LG has revealed its first smart bulb, the LG Smart Lamp, a low-wattage bulb that is said to be 80% more efficient than typical incandescent bulbs. However, while frugality is nice, the main highlight is its compatibility with Android and iOS devices. What this means is that you can control many aspects and features of this bulb via an app on your device.
LED lighting manufacturer Cree has outed its latest bulb, a 100W-equivalent that the company claims is the first to look just like a traditional incandescent bulb. Promising 1600 lumens of light and available in both soft white and cool daylight temperatures, the A21 bulb minimizes its heat-sink - the usual cause of LED bulb bloat - to a small ruff around the base.
Supposing you’re the sort of technologically-advanced person who also wants to head out into the wilderness with just about as much bright lighting as you could handle, Pelican has your device. Just one of the ever-growing set of LED work lights and ultra-bright flashlights the company has on the market today, the 9420 LED Worklight brights on two LED bulbs atop a 5-foot-high mast. Need a smartphone lamp assistant? Here’s your overachiever.
Philips has its own plans for location-based services in stores and entertainment venues, eschewing low-power Bluetooth by instead using LED lighting that can communicate with a smartphone app and guide customers around. Dubbed Intelligent Lighting, the connected retail lighting system not only illuminates the store, as you'd expect, but acts as a positioning grid which the smartphone can use to figure out where it is currently.
Remote control lights like Philips hue may allow you to change the color of your environment, but LightingScience claims its bulbs actually improve the quality of it. A Bluetooth-enabled downlighter, the Rhythm Downlight cuts out the frequency of blue light that tells the body to "wake up" and runs the user through a smartphone questionnaire to learn their living routines and automatically adjust what frequencies are emitted.
We've a soft spot for color-changing lighting here at SlashGear, not to mention minimalistic design, and the Huli lamp on show at CES 2014 fits the bill on both fronts. A stark 20 x 20 x 3 cm aluminum square, the Huli keeps its LEDs on the back, intended to flood the wall behind it with light whether you're picking hues from the iOS app, or letting it synchronize to your music playlist.
Belkin has added to its growing WeMo smart home system with a new LED lightbulb, allowing for remote control of lighting around the home or office from an Android or iOS app. The new bulbs, which come in a starter pack with the WeMo Link that plugs into a spare power socket and bridges the home network with WeMo, are standard screw-fit, and the equivalent of 60W traditional incandescent bulbs.
Colorful remote-control lighting isn't the preserve of the multi-million dollar mansion any more, and Tabu wants to democratize smart home bulbs even further with the Lumen TL800. It's not the first smartphone-controlled LED bulb, but unlike Philips' hue, however, Tabu has turned to something far more prevalent in today's phones and tablets to make the connection: Bluetooth 4.0. Does that make Lumen the remote bulb for the mass market? Read on for the SlashGear review.
In the battle of the smart bulbs, it would appear that the Lumen TL800 is about to be a big contender starting here in 2014. There's been little damage done to the likes of Philips Hue's efforts in the smart light bulb business since inception, but all that may be about to change now that the Lumen TL800 arrives at Amazon online before being given a full showing at CES 2014. This light bulb is both multi-colored and smart enough to know when you've walked in the room.