LED lighting, a solid state technology, allows for smart connected lighting systems that can be controlled by apps from phones and tablets. These systems, often using Zigbee or other wireless communication protocols, pair lighting products to gateways or hubs. Remote control of ON / OFF, dimming, color temperature adjustments and lighting scene functionality all become possible.
Another less recognized but related category of LED lighting – light bulbs with integrated non-lighting features, some with mobile app control – is the focus of this post.
Sengled, an LED lighting manufacturer, has introduced many products in this emerging category. A few products in the Sengled line of LED bulbs with built-in additional features have even garnered Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Innovation Awards in the last couple of years.
Here are a few examples.
This is a simple, but effective application that addresses a safety issue – normally, when the light switch goes off, the room goes dark which may inhibit a person’s ability to leave the room safely. Assuming the light switch is not near the door (say a table lamp next to the bed in a child’s bedroom), navigating out the room would be easier with even a hint of illumination.
Sengled’s Twilight LED bulb solves the problem. When it is switched OFF, the bulb does not go dark immediately, instead in gradually dims for 15 seconds – just enough time to leave the room safely.
Motion Sensing Security
Another simple application, this product integrates an auto-on infrared sensor in an LED floodlight or other standard shaped bulbs used in common medium base sockets. No re-wiring required. Performing the same function as the motion sensor modules that come with some floodlights, the Sengled SmartSense LED bulbs with the “built-in” approach allows for changing the length of time light remains on after activation as well as allowing for an “always ON” setting.
Why not address a dead zone and extend your Wi-Fi network 100 feet by integrating a Wi-Fi repeater into a light bulb? Sengled did exactly that with their Boost LED bulb product. This no wire installation is as simple as screwing in the light bulb. The repeater connects directly to the existing 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi router. Singled also provides a free mobile app for easy set-up and lighting control.
With the Sengled Pulse line of LED light bulbs it’s possible to wirelessly stream audio from a TV, receiver or other source to Pulse LED bulbs equipped with JBL speakers. This 2017 CES Innovation Award winning product allows multiple LED light bulb / speakers plus the optional subwoofer adapter. It supports Bluetooth and 3.5mm auxiliary port connections. In addition, the Sengled Pulse mobile app can be used to switch be input channels and adjust sound or light levels with a single touch.
HD Video Monitoring
Another CES Award winner, this Sengled Snap PAR38 LED incorporates a 140° ultra wide angle HD camera to capture high quality video. The camera automatically activates night vision mode for 24/7 monitoring. With the free Snap app you can customize motion zones, receive alerts when motion is detected and access video footage. This PAR38 LED can be used to illuminate as well as monitor garages, entryways and other outside areas. A cloud service subscription is required for video storage and intelligent object detection functionality.
Other Sengled LED bulbs include features such as emergency backup, LED bulb usage tracking as well as conventional smart lighting, app controlled systems. Sengled also manufactures a line of conventional LED bulbs.
In the near future expect to see other manufacturers entering this category of LED lighting. The LED solid state platform allows for almost unlimited possibilities to add functionality with integrated solutions.
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