New LED lightbulbs controlled via smartphone

Summary:The new iLumi technology is Bluetooth-enabled, which means it can be controlled from a mobile app running on Apple iOS or Android.

Interested in installing LED lights that you can control remotely, but not so interested in rewiring your whole house? You might want to look into new technology introduced in late November by iLumi Solutions.


iLumi is a series of LED light bulbs that have been enabled with Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy, so that you can adjust the brightness, program schedules for them to go on and off, and make other settings changes using a mobile app running on a handheld device or smartphone using either Apple iOS or Android.

The bulbs support HyperLux, which means they are dimmable and come in multiple colors. Other features include proximity and geo-location recognition, so the bulbs can be set to sense whether or not there is someone in a run - and turn on and off accordingly.

Once they are set, they the bulbs can also be controlled with a traditional light switch (so you don't have to run around with your mobile gadget all the time).

The series comes in four versions including a 100-watt replacement bulb that uses 15 watts of power and produces 1,100 lumens of light and a 60-watt replacement that uses eight watts and produces 650 lumens. They aren't exactly inexpensive, although they do have a 20-year expected lifespan. The suggested retail price starts at $59.

Right now, the lightbulbs are part of an Indiegogo campaign aimed at helping the Dallas-based company find backers for mass production. The first batch of them is expected to hit the market in spring 2013.

Topics: Innovation


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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