Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cree's new LED lamp is ZigBee and Wink compatible and costs less than you'd think

If you haven't done it yet, 2015 will certainly be the year you'll finally replace your old light bulbs with LED lamps. And while you're at it, you might as well choose some smarter lamps, like Cree's latest connected LED lamps.

You can use the new Cree Connected LED lamp as a direct replacement for a 60W incandescent lamp, knowing it will use less than 12W of power while providing a diffuse omnidirectional warm white light and it will last for about 25,000h (and being "immune" to power on/off cycles). But better yet, it comes with ZigBee technology, allowing you to control it remotely via a Wink ZigBee gateway (or others).

Though there's no shortage of connected lamps, some rely on less interesting protocols (ZigBee was specifically designed for this sort of things) and most have one major problem: price. Check Philip's Hue line of LED lamps (also using ZigBee, though in a proprietary Philips protocol) and you'll see what I mean.

On the other hand, this new connected lamp by Cree can be yours for just $15 which makes it a no-brainer. I can't wait for these to get here, as I'll certainly replace all my remaining "dumb" lamps with these!

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