LG introduces Smart Bulbs complete with iOS support

LG Smart Bulb

LG has introduced its new Smart Bulbs, a connected light bulb with Bluetooth and Wifi in a similar vein to the Philips Hue. The bulbs connect to both Android and iOS devices – iOS 6 and above – and will retail for around $32.

LG says the bulbs will run for over 10 years based on 5 hours usage per day. Features include a security mode so you're able to set the bulbs to come on when you're away from home, and the ability to flash when you're receiving a phone call. Android users can also enable 'party mode' where the lights will blink in time to music.

Cross-platform support is great, and it'll be interesting to see how these compare to the Hue if and when they go on sale outside of LG's native Korea. LG does have a leg-up on Hue in price, though. At $32 each, they're almost half the price of one Philip's bulb. Would you be tempted by these?

Source: LG via Android Central

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LG introduces Smart Bulbs complete with iOS support


That's a phone? I thought she was holding her laptop funny! Lmao! Those phablets/tablones are RIDICULOUS!

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I will be moving/building a new house this summer, and I plan to go all smart LED. Still leaning toward the incumbent Hue, but will be interested to see where LG takes this.

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Heck, just get the light bulb for regular use. With over 10 years of use it'll pay itself nicely.

Anyone know what the control protocol/pathway is? I picked up a set of barely used Hue bulbs to play with, and was unhappy with the extra Zigbee addition to my network. The first company to get bulbs that connect directly to wifi wins for me.