Philips made a splash a while back with the Hue Connected Bulb. The vivid, Internet-connected light bulb is offered in Apple Stores and also a great deal of various other retail electrical outlets, and it collaborates with a going along with app to allow you transform the colour of the illumination to match your state of mind. Well, there’s an additional clever bulb in the area– the Lumen Bulb from Tabu (US$ 49.99). Like the Color, it has an application that supports it for managing the bulb.
The Lumen Bulb looks a little like a typical and now forbidden incandescent bulb, other than for some elegant metal “fins” on the side. Like any other light bulb, you merely screw it into a typical socket. Unlike the majority of light bulbs, nevertheless, the Lumen is Bluetooth-enabled so you can transform it on or off with a tap on the free Tabu Lumen app.
The app supplies a means to control single Lumen Bulbs or group them. For teams, you can turn everyone the bulbs on and off with one tap, or obtain them all running a particular program (any person for a houseful of disco lights?) concurrently.
At the most standard degree, you can control a bulb by transforming it on or off with the application, change the shade from “cozy white” to your virtually endless selection of shades, flash a light so that you understand which one you’re managing with the app, or transform the name of a bulb.
In warm white, you have controls for 90, 70, 50, or 30 percent intensity, plus three hexagonally-shaped buttons. Those buttons let you have the light flash at a price and shade you pick when a call can be found in to your iPhone, established a time to have the light begin gradually activating (you could transform the period to make sure that the illumination turns up like a sunup over 10 or 15 mins), or established distance. The last is rather cool. Picture having a light turn on immediately when you enter a space then transform off when you’ve left the space for a couple of mins– that’s the proximity control. My only gripe about that is that it calls for Bluetooth to be enabled on your iPhone 24/7 …
Go to the shade mode and you have an outstanding range of colours and brightness that you could establish for the bulb or team of bulbs. On top of that, there are a lot of presets (these are my names for these modes):.
- Disco Round– beams the Lumen Bulb in changing shades concerning as soon as a second
- Quickly Nightclub ball– a really seizure-inducing flash, transforming a number of times a 2nd in varying colors
- Ambient enchanting– simulates an enchanting dusk by cycling via cozy colours like yellow, orange, and red.
- Ambient relaxing– patterns with blue, pink, purple, magenta for a relaxing color design
- Songs sync mode– blinks the illumination in time to songs that’s playing on your iPhone while altering the colour
- Closeness mode– just like that described for the cozy white settings
- Call mode– the same as that explained for the cozy white setups
The Lumen Bulb is called an RGBW bulb– that is, it can create any sort of RGB (red eco-friendly blue) shade in practically 16 million distinct colors, and it additionally has 7 watt white LEDs that make more compared to 400 lumens of illumination.
Energy-wise, the Lumen Bulb could supply the lighting matching of a 40 W incandescent illumination bulb at one-tenth of the energy consumption. The Lumen utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity, so it will function with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPod touch 5th-generation, iPad mini, iPad Air, and 4th-generation iPad. Tabu sells the Lumen Bulb with Amazon.com and a lot of various other sellers, and is presently working on a Kickstarter advocate a “mini” variation of the bulb.
If you want to start dabbling with app-controlled illuminations, I can not think about a much better product to try compared to the Tabu Lumen Bulb. While the Lumen Bulb does not supply quite the house automation versatility of the Philips Tone (which can be regulated by IFTTT scripts in addition to an application), it’s much easier to establish and excellent for those residences or offices where you simply desire a couple of “personalized” illumination bulbs.
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