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Apple to Begin Selling iPhone-Controlled LED Light Bulbs That Let You Turn Rooms Any Color You Want: VIDEO


The Phillips Hue light bulb is about to change everything for lighting enthusiasts:

How does it all work? The starter kit, which starts at $199, comes with a smart bridge, a gadget that plugs into your home’s WiFi router. That bridge connects to the LED bulb and then the 600 lumen LED bulb connects to the hue app on your phone. The bulbs screw into your existing fittings, just like any normal light bulb.

The secret sauce is really in the app though. That’s where you can control the light with some pretty advanced features, including matching the color of the light to a color on any photo; the bulbs supports any color on the RGB spectrum, which equals 16 million different colors.

You can also say goodbye to those old light bulb timers; you can set the light to turn on and off at a specific time and even wake you up with a “gentle wake up” setting. Lastly, you can control up to 50 bulbs from the single app.

Bulbs are not cheap, though. They start at $60 a pop.


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  1. What a colossal waste of money. I'm sure Apple enthusiasts will absolutely HAVE to have it though.

    Posted by: Luke | Oct 29, 2012 2:39:54 PM

  2. 200 bucks for light bulbs!??

    Posted by: Luke | Oct 29, 2012 2:40:12 PM

  3. Completely unnecessary.

    Posted by: Ted in Little Rock | Oct 29, 2012 2:54:01 PM

  4. @Luke...No. $200 is for the kit. Per the article: "Bulbs are not cheap, though. They start at $60 a pop."

    Posted by: Ted in Little Rock | Oct 29, 2012 2:55:14 PM

  5. The longer on the market, the cheaper they will become.

    Posted by: ***** | Oct 29, 2012 2:56:00 PM

  6. want.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Oct 29, 2012 3:05:01 PM

  7. Funny thing is.. If you are doing Home Control for lights, etc this is really quite reasonable. Good LED bulbs run 25-30 dollars and plug in or wall controllers for Lamps run from 45-100 a each. For this market, 60 really isnt bad at all.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 29, 2012 3:18:01 PM

  8. A fool and his money are soon parted.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 29, 2012 4:06:10 PM

  9. Or you could do it an open-source way...

    On principle, I don't buy Apple products.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 29, 2012 6:34:01 PM

  10. Also remember that you should expect at least a 15 YEAR lifespan with these bulbs and that they'll be using about 1/10th the energy as a standard incandescent.

    Posted by: Scott | Oct 29, 2012 8:59:06 PM

  11. Phillips is selling the lightbulbs, not Apple. The source article notes there will be Android and Apple apps to control the bulbs.

    Posted by: Dean | Oct 29, 2012 9:48:59 PM

  12. I'm all for Open Source, but unless you expect people to build their own lightbulbs the same costs are there. Presumably much of the cost of the $199 is also for the actual equipment, the smart bridge, rather than the app itself.

    (also Open Source like who, Google? Microsoft? All the giants are, in many ways, just as proprietary as Apple)

    Posted by: jdot | Oct 29, 2012 9:57:13 PM

  13. Makes me want to go right out to my local Apple Store and pick up an Iphone.


    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 29, 2012 10:53:35 PM

  14. This actually sounds like an interesting idea. LEDs last on the order of 20 years, so the cost of LED bulbs compared to standard incandescent bulbs is less than it would seem. This will be an idea to watch, and I have to think within a few years it will be a very viable product.

    On the other hand, if this is an exclusive Apple app, count on the technology being at least twice as expensive as it should be, and the iSheep will flock to it. Has Apple taken out a series of patents on "light-emitting objects that screw into a standard bulb socket?" I'm sure they must. Soon enough, Apple will control light itself.

    Posted by: KC | Oct 30, 2012 1:56:18 AM

  15. Whatever if money weren't an issue we would all have this!

    Posted by: Marco P | Oct 30, 2012 9:04:16 AM

  16. The same people who enjoy bashing Apple now are probably the same ones who once stood in line for the latest iPod or iPhone not long ago. Do the research and make up your own mind on what to buy. Apple products aren't faultless, but the company has historically been a market leader in bringing some pretty remarkable technology to the average consumer. Wait another three years, and Apple will suddenly be "cool" again with the hipsters (whatever those are).

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 30, 2012 9:45:23 AM

  17. Funny thing is.. If you are doing Home Control for light

    Posted by: LED Light | Nov 1, 2012 3:45:26 AM

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    Posted by: led floodlight manufacturer | Nov 13, 2012 6:32:52 AM

  19. Does really Apple going to make such thing?? Interesting..

    Posted by: Led Driver Manufacturer | Nov 13, 2012 6:36:19 AM

  20. But china led bulbs are best in market, and we can not say until we see Apple Led Bulbs

    Posted by: China Led Bulbs | Nov 13, 2012 6:47:31 AM

  21. Good function introduced for Apple's iPhone.

    Posted by: led lighting profiles | Nov 15, 2012 7:53:54 AM

  22. what happens if your wifi is down??? is there a manual way you can turn these lights on?

    Posted by: manual power | Nov 19, 2012 12:54:32 PM

  23. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by: LED Light | Nov 21, 2012 1:28:38 AM

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