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What do you think of Lifx? How much would you pay for an energy-efficient LED light bulb whose color and brightness you could control with your smartphone app? Is programming your home lighting a great idea or an annoying time suck?
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+Tobin Rysenga Yeah, I'm not seeing most folks really snapping this up. On the other hand, if the price is right, even a small fraction of the total market is still pretty big in absolute terms.
 
Its novel, but really I just want an affordable and bright LED bulb
 
Great for rich people. Not so much for the rest of us. 
 
I'm in for a pair of them. I like the idea. We'll see about the execution of it.
 
While using a smartphone or a tablet the device could automatically dim the ambient lights to conserve device battery and/or make the screen easier on your eyes. Lots of context aware uses. The future is exciting. 
 
I'm not sure who made it, but a friend of ours has some color-shifting LED-based bulbs in his house, too. They have a dedicated remote, though, not a smartphone app. +Amit Bhor Yeah, I think context-aware technology has a glorious future. Lots of potential problems, I fear, at least as automation increases. I see it as rather like spam filtering -- hard to be sure exactly when to judge a contextual signal is strong enough to trigger some particular action. But there are a lot that might be nice.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20553143 try this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20553143
 
Nope. Maybe the Beeb knows I didn't watch enough Doctor Who or something.
 
Bizarre. Works for me. Try this

http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/12/03/139213/researchers-create-new-cheap-shatterproof-plastic-light-bulbs
 
Home automation has a pretty checkered (to be generous) history. Admittedly, better networks and smartphone apps (which presumably could also apply to relatively inexpensive dedicated Android tablets) help. But, for most people, it's a gimmick; it's not that hard to turn on a light. It gets interesting when it starts getting automagical and doesn't carry much of a premium.

(I admit to using some X10 stuff at home but that was just to avoid doing some incremental electrical work in an old house. Most has been rendered unnecessary but I still use it in a few places. OTOH, I've yet to buy an LED bulb--well, other than in one location where a light is on all the time--until such time as the prices come down more.
 
Gordon, look at the lifetime of OK incandescent versus LED. It's cost-effective now.
 
+Russell Nelson Fair enough. My calculation though is that overall Net Present Value is probably better if I wait a couple of years. i.e. the LED bulb prices are dropping faster than my incandescents are burning electricity. (Doesn't help that my house has relatively few standard incandescent bulbs and those aren't the fixtures that are on the most.)
 
+Russell Nelson Ever since the electricity crisis in California at my house LEDs are competing with compact florescent bulbs. It is not clear to me that a $40 bulb competes well with $3 CFLs. Only in the last couple of years am I replacing the CFLs that I bought about 10 years ago. The last incandescents I have are above the vanity in the bathroom. I want some nice sun light color LED globe bulbs for the bathroom that turn on quickly. Some of the CFLs take a minute or so to get up to full brightness.
 
CFLs were a bad choice for residential use. Mine often burn out within a year. From what I've read its caused by turning them on/off frequently. LEDs literally function by turning on and off rapidly so I feel this will be a better fit.
 
Seriously Dan, you just compared apples to oranges even though I was comparing to bananas. Seriously?
 
Not sure about LED bulbs, but I sure find CFLs rarely living up to their supposed long-life promises. Quite frustrating when they go on the fritz.
 
I think some CFLs are poorly built cheap crap. 
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