A few months ago I wrote a story on the Phillips Hue Smart Lightbulb system. Well, it didn’t take long for other tech giants to jump on the band-wagon. LG has introduced their version of the Smart Bulb. The LG Smart Bulb is a connected light bulb that is Bluetooth and WiFi enabled. It is very similar to the Philips Hue. The Smart Bulbs are capable of connecting to both Android and iOS devices and will retail for approximately $32.
LG says the bulbs will run for over a 10-year period, based on an average usage of 5 hours per day. Of the many features which re included are; a security mode that enables you to set the bulbs to switch on when you are away from home. There is also a very cool feature; the ability to flash when you are receiving a telephone call. Android users have the edge on matters though as they can also enable ‘party mode’ where the lights will blink in time to the beat of played music.
Cross-platform support for any device is a great idea and it will be good to see how these compare to Phillips’ Hue offering. This is of course if and when they go on sale outside of LG’s home of Korea.
LG does has an advantage on the Hue Smart Bulbs in their pricing structure. At $32 each, they are nearly half the price of one Philip’s smart bulbs. Would you make good use of a smart lighting system? As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment, then please do so in the comments section below.
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