The Disconnected Bulb

Apr 21, 2017 by

As connected lighting options expand, the landscape is becoming increasingly confusing and fragmented. But there is hope in the form of new innovations that better address consumers' needs and improve usability.

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Sengled Solves the Connected Bulb Dimmer Problem

Jan 4, 2017 by

Sengled introduces two new connected bulbs: one is the least expensive connected bulb available, and the other one works with your existing dimmer switches. And just for good measure, they're both carbon neutral, counterbalanced by Sengled's tree-planting program.

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Jasco Releases Enbrighten Z-Wave Connected Bulb

Nov 18, 2016 by

Jasco has released a new connected bulb with all the usual specs. What's different about this bulb? It uses Z-Wave Plus to work in your Z-Wave connected home.

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Disconnected by TCP

Jul 20, 2016 by

TCP is the latest casualty in the connected home cloud services space. Connected by TCP products no longer function remotely or through third party systems, including previous integrations with SmartThings, Wink, or Muzzley.

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Home: On #061 – Smarthome Venting, with Chris Compton

Dec 4, 2015 by

Hunter Douglas introduces a battery operated shade system, First Alert releases the first HomeKit compatible smoke detector, and D-Link is trying too hard with an expensive switch that incorporates everything but the kitchen sink. On this news-packed episode, we’re joined by Chris Compton from Smart Home HQ.

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Lutron’s New ZigBee Remote Controls Connected Bulbs

Sep 7, 2015 by

Tired of fumbling with a phone to control your lights? Lutron has introduced a compact remote control for your ZigBee connected bulbs—including Cree Connected, GE Link, and (unofficially) Philips hue bulbs. In fact, it may well be a better remote for hue bulbs than what Philips plans on releasing soon.

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Home: On #046 – Analyzing Locks, with Mike Wolf

Apr 20, 2015 by

Amazon adds home control to the Echo; Philips, Aeotec, and LIFX all come out with new connected bulbs; and there’s a lot going on in the smart lock space, so who better to talk with us about it than market analyst Mike Wolf?

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Home: On #043 – Quirky Behavior, with Seth Johnson

Mar 9, 2015 by

HomeTech Podcast's Seth Johnson joins us to discuss the latest smarthome news, including IFTTT's new iOS apps, new bluetooth-controlled outdoor lighting, and the latest round of connected bulbs. Finally, we discuss Gizmodo's scathing review of the Quirky Wink hub and product line.

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Three More Connected Bulbs: Another Comparison

Feb 17, 2015 by

Looking for the best connected bulbs? We examine the latest offerings and share our thoughts on each, considering price, quality, and more (Hint: Cree wins)

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Cree Announces Anticipated Connected Bulb

Jan 17, 2015 by

Cree has finally announced its long-anticipated connected bulb at a surprisingly low price. Initially working with Wink, users should expect long-term compatibility with other ZigBee hubs and HomeKit.

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Three Connected Bulbs: A Quick Comparison

Sep 3, 2014 by

Major lighting manufacturers GE, Philips, and TCP have all come out with their own connected household bulbs. We round them up for a quick comparison of their features and benefits.

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