Smarter Home Life gets many, many emails and comments from its fans about the price of home automation products, and specifically, connected (or smart) lighting products. Some require a purchase of a starter kit with a hub, and others are à la carte but are upwards of $60 per lamp. Why is this stuff so darn expensive? It's partly because this is still a relatively niche industry, although it's growing rapidly. But all it takes is one lean start-up to take on the challenge of building a less-expensive but quality product. And, that's exactly what happened in 2015.
Meet one of the newest members of the LIFX family: The LIFX "Z" LED strips with multiple zones for creative and fun lighting effects.
While LIFX now joins several other brands (Philips Hue, Sylvania Lightify) in making “LED strip lighting” that is app-controlled and can be integrated into home automation systems, they’ve taken it further by creating eight digitally-addressable zones per each strip.
Filled with the latest products from home automation to LED lighting and a little bit of everything in between, our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide will help you (or those on your list) create a smarter, more intelligent home!
Our most-requested product review is here: the LIFX Color 1000 Smart LED Bulb. With a gorgeous palette of colors and shades of white light and no need for a hub or bridge, it’s a great smart bulb for those just getting started making their homes smarter.
Cree radically redesigned its existing "better" LED bulb from last year, ditching the 4Flow design and making it even "better" for 2016 with a more "standard LED bulb" look. We decided to take it apart to see exactly what makes this bulb light up.
We decided to help you spend more time with your family this year, instead of making you sit through a long video or article where we talked about every deal in excruciating detail. So instead, just browse through our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter to see some hand-selected deals and ideas.
Cree has introduced a new version of its 4FLOW LED bulb, calling it “A Better LED Bulb” that delivers higher energy savings, better performance and longer life.
Only a short two and a half years ago, Cree entered the consumer market for LED light bulbs after being only known in the LED chip industry. With its original entry, it introduced an excellent, efficient LED bulb at a very low price point with easy-to-understand packaging and forged an exclusive distribution deal with The Home Depot.