NEED: Reinventing the lightbulb – It’s happened, and it even has its own app

LIFX to bring one of life’s essentials into the heart of the digital age. The result is a ‘smartbulb’ which is entirely controllable via an app on your iPhone or Andorid, giving you a multitude of options over your lighting. Not only that, but the new bulbs are much more environmentally friendly, and due to their LED components will last for an amazing 25 years.

The smartbulbs are connected to your WIFI network, and are controlled via the downloadable app. This app has a built in dimmer switch, complete RGB colour wheel which allows you to change the colour of the bulb to any shade, and allows you to visualise your music through your bulbs. The app even harnesses your phones GPS to turn your lights off when you leave, and turn them on when you’re nearing home. But just in case you’re worried about what would happen if you lost your phone, you can of course still use the light switch to operate the smartbulbs. They’ve literally thought of everything.

It’s not just lovers of the ‘smart-home’ who this product appeals to though, as existing light bulbs account for around 20% of energy consumption worldwide. LED technology reduces that consumption rate dramatically and due to the long life expectation of the product, waste will also be hugely reduced, resulting in a vastly greener lighting solution.

The brainchild of Australian inventor Phil Bousa, LIFX has spent over six months in the production and testing stage, and it was only with the launch of the projects Kickstarter page on 15th September that the dream started to become a reality. As it stands LIFX has recieved over $1,300,000 (the original target was a tenth of that) in donations in only 16 days, and with pledges now all sold out, the product will head into production shortly.

But if you weren’t one of the lucky people who paid £42 for one of the first smartbulbs, then you will have to register your interest with them on their website, and wait for the next batch to be released in 2013. Although after a century’s wait for a re-imagined light bulb, what’s another year?


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