June 06, 2013 by Grant Clauser
Remember a little while ago that we told you smart LEDs would be the future of lighting control? Well, here’s more proof. Comcast’s home control system, AKA Xfinity Home, is now incorporating wireless LED light bulbs from Osram Sylvania.
The Sylvania Ultra iQ BR30 LED bulbs use the Zigbee home automation standard. They’re similar in concept to the Philips Hue light bulbs, except they don’t offer the color control of Hue. In that respect they’re closer to the wireless LED lights from TCP and Greenwave; however those use the 6LoPAN protocol.
The Sylvania LED lights will be controllable via the Xfinity app. The bulbs fit into standard light bulb sockets, making them just as user friendly (and just as limited) as other similar solutions. Comcast reports that the lights use 83 percent less energy and last up to 17 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
The 11 watt bulbs emit 700 lumens at a color temperature of 2700K. They are dimmable down to 5 percent. No information on how much the individual bulbs will cost (similar lights go for around $30). They’re not yet on the Xfinity equipment list. The only other lighting device available for the service appears to be a plug-in module that can be used with lamps.
If you like the idea of wireless control of energy-saving LED lights in a professionally-installed system, and want to play with pretty colors, then check this out.
More about lighting control:
Control4 Expands Lighting Control Products
The Bright Future of Smart Lighting
Honeywell Adds Support for Lutron Lighting
LEDs Are the Future of Lighting Control
The Importance of Pathway Lighting
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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