LG jumps into smart lighting industry with appropriately named Smart Bulb

By Shawn Knight
Mar 24, 2014
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  1. LG Electronics over the weekend unveiled a pair of LED-powered smart light bulbs. Smart Lighting, South Korean company's first entry in the product category, will work with both Android and iOS devices and promise to reduce energy consumption by as...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    32 skins for a lightbulb is just plain bonkers but they do sound interesting. If other manufacturers hop on the bandwagon, prices drop and they might just become viable.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Yes, today $32 is a lot. But many countries around the world have already passed laws to phase out incandescent bulbs. In the US, California has passed a law to make them illegal in 2018. The days of the $.50 bulb are over, so we may have to get used to higher prices. Other LED bulbs are also nearly this expensive.

    It's probably a good move by LG because LED bulbs don't have the exact light color people prefer. They say humans have gotten used to light created from heating something from our thousands of years of living around a campfire and the LED glow is unpleasant. But with the LG bulb people are paying for the Smart functionality and maybe they'll put up with the color.

    Personally, I can't see spending $80 on a ceiling fan and light fixture and then another $128 on 4 bulbs to put in it. Honestly, it's probably just another product in the hopes of making everything in our homes 'smart'. I think the goal for companies like LG and Samsung (they make home appliances AND electronics) is to build a 'brain' into everything they sell. We'll have Smart ovens, fridges, and probably toilets soon.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    I couldn't agree more. Now that you mention a smart toilet it'll have to have smart toilet paper and I wonder just how much ordinary $.25 roll will skyrocket to once they've applied a bit of tech to it...
  5. Wow, available in 2 colours! Such advanced offerings!
  6. "Much like the morning sun, the bulbs can function like an alarm and slowly illuminate.."

    Yes, that makes them MUCH LIKE the sun. LoL, what an *****ic statement. Nuclear lightbulbs?
  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    Smart Chair: for those times when your arse needs a good rubbing.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    That's why we have CFL bulbs now.

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