Consumers with a budding interest in the smart home have a few new reasons to consider Belkin this year, as the company wasted little time in announcing several new smart devices at CES today. Perhaps most intriguing among them is the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set. Consisting of a pair of the newly announced WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and a "WeMo Link" plug-in hub to help control them, Belkin's first step into smart lighting will cost $129, with additional bulbs retailing for $39.
Many of us expected home automation to take a step forward at CES this year, and Belkin didn't disappoint, announcing a new slate of WeMo devices that promise to make the smart home even smarter. With new LED light bulbs, an intriguing, multifunctional "Maker" device, and even a connected slow cooker, WeMo is looking less and less like a niche offering and more and more like a legitimate, full-fledged home network.
Belkin is adding LED bulbs to their rapidly expanding WeMo family of smart devices, the company announced today at CES.
The Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulb is an 800 lumen 60-watt replacement that you'll be able to control remotely on Android and iOS devices using the free WeMo app. Each bulb features a warm white color temperature of 3000K along with a lifespan of 25,000 hours. You'll be able to automate the bulbs to turn on and off at certain times, or trigger them with another WeMo device, like a motion detector.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, incandescents; it tolls for thee.
Along with the start of a new calendar year, the changeover to 2014 will signal the dawn of a new era, one in which rising efficiency standards render 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs obsolete. The new standards will put an end to the Edison creation's century-long run as America's favorite light, and force consumers to turn to newer, more efficient technologies when replacing a burnt-out bulb.
In the big picture, incandescent bulbs seem to be going out with more of a whimper than a bang, … Read more
The most commonly used household light bulbs are set to be phased out in just a few days, but a majority of consumers is unaware of the impending changes, according to the 2013 Osram Sylvania Socket Survey.
Conducted at the end of every year since 2008, the Socket Survey polls hundreds of consumers from around the country to help track their opinions on the rapidly changing lighting landscape. This year, Sylvania reports that just 4 in 10 consumers are aware that beginning on January 1, a sharp rise in efficiency standards will effectively render standard 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs … Read more
Surely you've heard the term "Internet of Things" this year, and perhaps you're even intrigued by the concept. Smart devices ranging from thermostats to locks to light bulbs captured our attention this year. The reason in part is because adding some connected smarts to these household basics offers up benefits that are easy for consumers to understand. Whether you want to monitor the comings and goings in your home, save energy, or simply glide through a fully-automated world of connected devices, the appeal is clear.
Extend that idea to large appliances and the benefits become less … Read more
Incandescents have enjoyed a good century as the light bulb of choice, but times are changing. So too are efficiency standards, which jumped to a new, even higher threshold back on January 1, officially rendering 40-and 60-watt bulbs obsolete. Despite Congressional leaders postponing the official phase-out for the time being, manufacturers are continuing to lead the charge into a new era of higher efficiency lighting -- and largely leaving incandescents by the wayside.
Don't be too quick to mourn them though. Recent advancements in LED technology have brought prices down on these highly efficient, long-lasting bulbs even faster than … Read more
LightMan Converter does a fine job of converting your files, but it loads your computer down with junk programs, as well. Since there are programs that are just as good and don't take your computer hostage like this, this one is tough to like.
This program's installation process is loaded with add-on programs that will take over your browser and search page with toolbars and other junk. However, unlike other programs that let you opt out of them, this one forces you to keep the check boxes checked if you want to download the program. If you're … Read more
LightMan Player gives you plenty of format support, but it's not a pretty media player by anyone's standards. It also shoves some nasty toolbars and add-on programs on your computer. It's nice that it plays just about any format, but most people will want a player that's a little easier on the eyes.
This media player doesn't stick to just music or videos; it can play both without much of a problem. It offers impressive format support, as well. During testing, the program handled every format we threw at it with no issues. As far … Read more
LightMan TagEditor lets you edit your music files' tags, but it makes you suffer through a bunch of add-on programs to do it. Worse still, the program doesn't do much of the work for you, making you manually edit your files instead of filling them in for you. All told, there isn't much that makes this program better than other options or even Windows' default file renaming tool.
LightMan TagEditor lets you fill in the gaps in your music files so you can have a more complete track listing. It doesn't tap into any database, though, forcing … Read more