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Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips Lighting has launched an interesting new LED light bulb focused on giving consumers a selection of lighting choices without requiring additional purchases. Dubbed the SceneSwitch, the new bulb supports three different light modes and using it seems about as straightforward as you can get without having to purchase new switches or dimmers.

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Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips has a new Hue light set for smart home fans, and this time the connected bulbs aim to bring every shade of white light into your bedroom or living room. The Philips Hue White Ambience kit introduces a new bulb, which although only offering white light - rather than the colors Hue is perhaps best known for - can be adjusted in light temperature.

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ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.

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Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

It seems that the IoT wars are finally heating up and Philips may have just fired the opening shot. The company has just rolled out a firmware update to its Hue brand of network-connected smart bulbs and one of if not the most significant thing it does is to cut off connectivity with third party bulbs, which is to say smart bulbs from its rivals like GE. This will, at least for the time being, probably dash the hopes of some to have an interconnected smart home, or at least smart lighting, with IoT devices from different and competing brands.

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GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE has just introduced a new pair of connected LED lightbulbs that adjust their lighting and color temperature based on the time of day in order to match sleep patterns and moods. The line is called C by GE and features two models, Life and Sleep. The bulbs don't require a smart home hub to work, but can still connect to GE's smartphone app for manual adjustments.

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Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Saffron has introduced its new Silk LED light bulb, and unlike some of its competitors that allow users to play music or set it to different colors, the Silk bulb has a more utilitarian purposes: it is designed to "bring sunlight inside", says the makers, combating the problems of artificial lighting. While artificial light has big effects on one’s internal clock, the Silk light adjusts its lighting colors automatically over the course of the day to mimic the sun.

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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

You turn on the porch light to complement your relaxing evening outdoors, only to have the light serve as a beacon for every insect in the region. The same happens in the middle of the night when you've one light on and the window screen fills with bugs hoping to get inside because of it. That can be bothersome, but in the case of mosquitos and some other insects, it could also potentially be deadly if the little bugs bring diseases with them.

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GE color-changing LED bulbs to get cozy with Apple HomeKit

GE color-changing LED bulbs to get cozy with Apple HomeKit

The arrival of the Apple Watch and the expected revelation of the so-called iPad Pro, or even rumors of a new Apple TV, may have distracted us from one of Apple's big iOS 8 reveals last year, but GE definitely hasn't forgotten. Its interest in smartwatches and tablets only reach as far as these devices' integration with HomeKit, Apple's platform for a connected smart home. And GE might be one of the first appliance makers to come out with a product this year, with the promise of intelligent, color-changing LED light bulbs that speak HomeKit's language.

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Philips introduces new 60W LED lightbulb under $5

Philips introduces new 60W LED lightbulb under $5

Philips is releasing what could soon be the cheapest 60 watt equivalent LED lightbulb on the market. There are a plethora of reasons people might want to stick with incandescents over LED lightbulbs, but Philips' newest LED bulb just voided the majority of consumers' biggest concern: cost. At only $4.97 USD, the price of these bulbs is low enough to sway those consumers who have been looking to lower their monthly electric bill but still haven't been convinced by previous LED bulbs on the market.

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Cree Connected LED Bulb Review – A promiscuous light

Cree Connected LED Bulb Review – A promiscuous light

If the smart home is to catch on, then its constituent pieces have to start playing together nicely. Cree has been pushing the LED bulb envelope - particularly on price - for some time, and now it's the turn of the Connected LED Bulb. Not long ago, fifteen dollars for a wireless light bulb was unthinkable; Cree promises not only that, but cross-platform support for home automation hubs compatible with ZigBee. While it's Home Depot favorite Wink that gets the mention on the Cree box, I was also keen to see how friendly the bulbs would be with smart lighting stalwart Philips hue, not to mention the increasingly popular SmartThings.

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Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Does the world need another connected lightbulb? Misfit believes the answer is yes, and it's taking advantage of its existing place on people's wrists to give its Bolt bulb an edge. Launched at CES this week, the color-changing LED light is quite content to do the usual hue-like switching of tones between different presets; however, it can also wirelessly connect to Misfit's Shine and Flash wearables, along with the Beddit sleep monitor, and tie lighting effects into your sleep patterns.

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