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World’s First LED Lightbulb Controlled Via Smartphone

by Adriana Lee | June 28, 2012

Apparently the world can exhale now, as the very first smartphone-controlled LED lightbulb has finally made its way into the market.

This Insteon setup gives every bulb a unique IP address, so you can finetune the lights that you trigger (via iOS and Android apps). While it may not seem cheap — the bulbs are $30 a piece — it’s actually not that outlandish, since LED bulbs can work for decades and even non-networked bulbs can run $25 or more. Even the $100 Insteon SmartLinc Controller (which you’ll need, if you want use your smartphone) isn’t that crazy of an expense.

To be honest, I thought this was a little ridiculous at first. (Why do you need to fire up your phone and search for the app to turn on a light? Just get up and flip it on, for goodness’ sake. After all, how lazy can we be?) But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Security can be a big deal, depending on where you live, and if lights can deter possible assailants from entering a home, then this is well worth the money. And if not, even if it’s just for peace of mind, then some folks will still find the expense worthwhile.

If you’re one of them, hit up video below or the source link for more information.

[via Popular Science, source Insteon]


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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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