March 24, 2014 - 17:20 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - LG has announced its latest household lighting concept – an LED light bulb that can be controlled using a smartphone and blinks when the user gets a phone call, according to The Telegraph.
The Smart Bulb can connect to an Android or iOS smartphone via either WiFi or Bluetooth, and will last for over a decade if switched on for an average of five hours per day. This represents an 80 per cent energy saving compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, according to LG.
The lighting system can be programmed to act as an alarm clock, getting gradually brighter from a chosen time in the morning, rather than emitting a sound. It also comes with a 'security mode', which turns the lights on for short periods while the user is away on holiday, to deter burglars.
There is also a 'party mode', which adjusts the brightness in accordance with the music emanating from the smartphone and will even blink to the beat, but his is only available for use with Android smartphones at launch.
The Smart Bulb will go on sale in LG's native South Korea in the coming days, priced at 35,000 won ($31.33). It is compatible with Android 4.3 and above, and Apple iOS 4.0 and 6.0. International launch plans are unknown.
LG's Smart Bulb will go head-to-head with the Philips ‘Hue’ lightbulb, which connects to broadband networks and then lets iPhone users change the colour and brightness from anywhere in the world. Philips claims that Hue uses just 20 per cent of the energy of conventional bulbs.
Light themes, called ‘LightRecipes’ also adjust bulbs to the optimum shade and brightness of white light to help users relax, read, concentrate or energise, according to Philips. The Hue bulbs are currently available exclusively from Apple Stores.