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Samsung introduces “Smart Bulb” lights that last 10 years and communicates with your Android devices

Following in the footsteps of LG, Samsung has now officially announced its plans for "Smart Bulb" lights, which are bluetooth-only and controllable via your mobile devices.
March 28, 2014

Earlier this week LG announced their new Smart Lamp light bulbs, designed for easy control from a mobile device. It seems that Samsung thought it would be a bright idea to follow with their own light bulb announcement this week as well (sorry… couldn’t resist).

Simply called the “Smart Bulb”, Samsung’s simple looking LED light bulb features a Bluetooth-only design, versus the Wi-Fi only design found on the reasonably popular Phillips Hue series. Samsung says that going with Bluetooth means you can control up to 64 bulbs directly using their smartphone app.

That said, it also means that you’ll need a Zigbee Smart Bulb Bluetooth hub if you wish to control Samsung’s bulbs even when you’re outside of your home or business. It’s also worth noting that LG’s bulbs offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, giving the company a bit of an edge over both Phillips and Samsung.

Besides turning your lights on and off using a smartphone or tablet app, you’ll also be able to dim them to to ten percent power with a color range between warm and cool white. Samsung also promises its bulbs are good for about 15,000 hours or roughly 10 years of “normal usage”. As for the pricing? Samsung has yet to get into the specifics, though we wouldn’t be too surprised if they end up costing similar to the LG Smart Lamp bulbs, which will set consumers back around $32.

What do you think, are smart bulbs and other forms of smartphone-controlled household objects the future or merely a fad? Interested in bringing your home into the age of automation or not?