By Julie Jacobson · October 9, 2018 • If you guessed Google's first stab at local home-automation might involve ZigBee, Z-Wave or Thread + Weave ... you would be wrong. Google announces local integration via BLE with GE smart bulbs, along with a new protocol for pairing and control.
By Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2017 • Crestron patent application describes a smart bulb with an integrated on/off mechanism, so users can turn the lamp "off" locally but still control via app or home automation. Is it practical? (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Rachel Cericola · November 16, 2015 • The BeON smart bulb incorporates Qualcomm Technologies' Bluetooth-enhanced CSRmesh platform.
By Rachel Cericola · August 26, 2015 • The Philips Hue wireless dimming kit (MSRP $39.95) will start selling in September. Each Philips Hue white bulb boasts white light at 2700K with no fade-in and is rated for up to 25,000 hours of use.
By Rachel Cericola · June 3, 2015 • GE's smart bulbs will work with Apple's HomeKit smart home platform and feature its Align technology. The lighting can be automated based on sleep cycles, with brighter bluer tones in the morning and an amber light in the evening. With HomeKit, users can control the bulbs using Siri and link them to other connected home devices.
By Rachel Cericola · December 30, 2014 • LIFX smart bulb uses WiFi and mesh radio technology for control from iOS or Android devices.
By Rachel Cericola · December 22, 2014 • Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP) to release WeMo-friendly smart bulbs in 2015.
By CE Pro Editors · December 10, 2014 • CE Pro takes a look at the trends in energy management, from HVAC and lighting to smart home adoption, LED light bulbs to smart sprinklers.
By Rachel Cericola · November 17, 2014 • Smart light bulb from BeON Home can learn and replay lighting patterns to give the appearance someone is home while they are away.
By Rachel Cericola · August 13, 2014 • New lighting option also provides notifications, intercom features, party modes, and more.
By Julie Jacobson · August 6, 2014 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson changes her tune: For the 132 million homes in the U.S., smart bulbs will absolutely become a very important factor in lighting controls.
By Julie Jacobson · June 27, 2014 • Compatible with Quirky’s new Wink home automation hub, GE Link smart LED bulbs ($15 and up) communicate via ZigBee; Lutron ClearConnect wireless bulbs expected to later this year.
By Jason Knott · May 14, 2014 • Light bulb manufacturers have created a dilemma. LEDs now last so long that replacement cycles could be as long as 68 years, so revenues will crash. That's why smart bulbs (and lighting control) might be their savior.
By Julie Jacobson · April 11, 2014 • The problem with smart bulbs is that you always have to keep the switch on, and you rarely have local control. Enter CentraLite’s clever little solution … plus more new ZigBee HA 1.2 devices.
By Julie Jacobson · April 7, 2014 • Lutron’s new Smart Bridge Pro brings apps, Internet connectivity to low-cost ClearConnect dimmers, thermostats, motorized shades, new GE smart bulbs.