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Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Selling people on the concept of Philips Hue color-changing bulbs generally isn't hard, but convincing them on the cost of the system can be tougher. Into the mixture, then, steps Hue Lux, slashing the price of the bulbs though giving up on color as a compromise. At just under thirty bucks a bulb, has Hue Lux finally got the balance right?

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LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their Kickstarter goal of $50k with time to spare, and so are adding voice notifications to the feature list.

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Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Hue Lux ships September for entry-level wireless lighting

Philips' latest hue bulb has hit virtual shelves, with the Hue Lux becoming the most affordable of the company's wirelessly-connected lighting, albeit without exactly the same functionality. Announced back in March, Hue Lux is up for preorder now, with Philips telling us that it will begin shipping in the first week of September.

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Vocca voice-controlled smart socket lets you boss around your lights

Vocca voice-controlled smart socket lets you boss around your lights

The Emberlight smart socket has some new competition: the Vocca voice-controlled smart socket, which has recently arrived on Kickstarter. Vocca allows users to control the lighting in their home or apartment using voice commands, and to demonstrate this, the folks behind it have rolled out a catchy musical you can watch after the jump.

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Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

You might think that sharks getting caught up in tornados wouldn't need any more drama in your living room, but Sharknado 2: The Second One will actually be the first TV event to get its own Philips hue-based "light soundtrack". Added as part of the Syfy Sync app, the so-called light track will automatically recognize different scenes in the movie and adjust the lighting colors of the hue bulbs in your living room to suit. However, you don't have to wait for Sharknado 2 to try it out.

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Emberlight smart socket lets you control any light bulb over WiFi

Emberlight smart socket lets you control any light bulb over WiFi

If you think it would be handy to control your home's lighting through your mobile device but you've still got a box full of ordinary light bulbs in the closet, emberlight bids itself as the solution: a smart socket that lets you control any light bulb with your smartphone.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips' hue tap wireless, battery-free light switch for the company's color-changing bulbs has finally arrived in the US, allowing the smartphone-phobic still still get in on the home automation action. The ZigBee switch uses kinetic power to switch between up to four preset hue scenes, meaning it can be stuck to a wall without cabling being required, or moved around from coffee table to nightstand.

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Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

With the exception of astraphobes, the sound of rain and thunder can be relaxing -- a nice time to spend an afternoon indoors reading or a way to fall asleep quickly. If mere sounds aren't quite up to par for you, one artist has a solution: Cloud, a thunder cloud-shaped lamp.

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Philips confirms “Works with Nest” plans for hue smart bulbs

Philips confirms “Works with Nest” plans for hue smart bulbs

Philips and Nest are working together on integrating hue wireless bulbs as a potential part of the "Works with Nest" program the Google-owned smart thermostat company launched in a bid to link up the smart home. The work-in-progress, Philips tells SlashGear, builds on hue and Nest's existing compatibility as linked by IFTTT.

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GE smart lightbulbs to take on Philips hue

GE smart lightbulbs to take on Philips hue

GE is getting into the smart lighting industry, revealing its upcoming connected light bulbs. As with the competing Philips hue (read our review), these bulbs will let users control the lighting in their home or office using their smartphone or tablet and a related app.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips' hue tap battery-free switch for hue wireless bulbs has gone on sale, offering an app-free way to quickly control groups of lights between a set of favorite presets. The circular switch was announced back in March as a way for those with hue installed to avoid pulling their smartphone or tablet out.

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Cree 3-way LED bulb spans 30W-100W

Cree 3-way LED bulb spans 30W-100W

Cree has outed its latest LED bulb, and it's embracing the 3-Way in the process, with a trio of light settings to adjust the brightness. The new bulb is switchable between 30W, 60W, and 100W traditional incandescent bulb equivalents, despite using a quoted 90-percent less power.

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