Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:47 | By Relaxnews

Wi-fi lightbulbs that work with a smartphone

A new lightbulb product is designed to offer US consumers remote control over their lighting while also reducing energy consumption.

Wi-fi lightbulbs that work with a smartphone

Wi-fi lightbulbs that work with a smartphone

The GreenWave Reality Connected Lighting Solution combines a wi-fi device, a smartphone app and four LED lightbulbs to allow users to control the lighting in their homes and apartments at the touch of a button.

Once the bulbs are screwed in and the app installed, the system is up and running. The app's control panel comes with three default settings: home, away and night, meaning users can turn off all of the lights in their home when they get into bed, or turn on the light in a child's room remotely if they're crying. Consumers who don't own a smartphone or tablet can opt for a hand-held remote control.

Launched in the US on Tuesday for sale via utility companies, the system is the first such device to market. Each pack contains a wi-fi device plus four low-energy LED bulbs for $200. Additional bulbs cost $20 each.

LED bulbs use 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and adopting them could save the average American household $150 on their utility bill. By adding smart control, bills could be reduced even further. What sets this system apart from other systems currently in development is that the wi-fi bulbs will fit a standard light fitting and can be controlled individually, rather than in groups. One system can support up to 500 bulbs.

Already certified in the US, GreenWave Reality hopes to start shipping the system to Europe in the coming months.


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