Smart Bulb

Lutron RF Could Disrupt Z-Wave in Low-Cost Home Automation

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.

10 Most Popular Web Stories of 2013: Lowe’s Iris, Staples Connect, Nest, HDBaseT

By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2013 • Lowe's Iris Home Automation, a $3 million home theater, smart bulbs, HDBaseT 2.0, HDMI, Staples Connect, Jeremy Burkhardt, Nest thermostats top the list of most popular stories of 2013.

On LIFX and $1.3M: Will Crowdsourcing Implode?

By Julie Jacobson · December 23, 2013 • After raking in $1.3 million in one week on Kickstarter, smart bulb “maker” LIFX, appearing at CES 2014, still isn’t shipping product after 14 months. Now the category is stale.

Now That’s a Smart Light Bulb!

By Julie Jacobson · December 4, 2013 • I’m not a huge fan of the new “smart bulbs” that can be controlled with a mobile phone, but this battery-powered SmartCharge bulb is a better kind of smart.

URC Demos ZigBee Bulbs from LG, Cloud-Based Home Automation Service for $2/mo.

By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2013 • At CEDIA 2013, URC announced Z-Wave support, tested a ZigBee LED smart bulb from LG, announced cloud-based home automation service from MiOS for just $2/month.

25 Home Automation Projects on Crowdfunding: A Roundup

By Julie Jacobson · July 10, 2013 • How 25 smart home projects are faring on Kickstarter and elsewhere: smart bulbs, smart locks, energy management and other home automation (Julie Jacobson/CE Pro)

Savant Home Automation Supports Philips Hue Smart LED Bulbs

By Julie Jacobson · June 5, 2013 • Philips Hue RGB lighting control can be added inexpensively to Savant home automation systems thanks to Philips' release of API for the smart bulbs.

Magic of Philips Hue API: Smart Bulbs Integrate with Control4 Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · May 31, 2013 • Thanks to Philips Hue API, Extra Vegetables builds driver to incorporate low-cost RGB lighting control into home automation scenes via Control4.

13 Smart LED Bulbs: The Future of Lighting Control?

By Julie Jacobson · March 15, 2013 • Are smart bulbs and sockets the best approach for lighting control? We have pros and cons plus 13 products implementing WiFi/Internet of Things, 6LoWPAN, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth.

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