GE’s new Link smart light bulb can be controlled by your phone

Without doubt, smart light bulbs are cool. This is because it allows users to control their lights remotely as well as apply different moods to the lighting, so if you wanted something romantic, all you’d have to do is adjust it from your smartphone via an accompanying app. Basically it’s an introduction to the home of the future. However emerging technology rarely comes cheap and when Philips first announced the Hue light bulb back in 2012, it was priced at $199 for a set of three. Well it looks like General Electric could be looking to give Philips a run for their money via its new smart LED bulb called Link. The Link smart bulbs will be controllable via the Wink app and you can even control it remotely anywhere around the world.

It’s all about home automation here in 2014, and General Electric are taking full advantage. More than a century after General Electric founder Thomas Edison created his version of the light bulb, the company has introduced a new smart LED light bulb called Link. What’s neat about Link light bulbs is that they can be remotely controlled by iPhone users from anywhere in the world, being Internet-connected and operated using the so-called Wink app which allows for the control of its settings and syncing with associated devices. Boasting GE’s expected levels of quality and energy efficiency, Link’s creators point out that it is available in three key lighting applications: 60-watt replacement soft white (2700K) LED bulb, or A19 shape, commonly used for general lighting in table and floor lamps. Indoor soft white (2700K) floodlight LED, or BR30 shape, installed as downlighting found in dining room, living room or other entertainment spaces. Indoor/outdoor-rated bright white (3000K) spotlight LED, or PAR 38, used for outdoor security or spotlight. The Link light bulb starts in price at $15, and will be available for pre-order from this Monday, through Home Depot’s official website. It will be sold in brick-and-mortar Home Depot stores starting this fall.

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