July 01, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
We’ve seen a lot of smart bulbs lately. Even though getting a bulb is a lot cheaper than getting a full-blown lighting system, they’re still sort of expensive. However, GE is hoping to change all of that with the new Link.
The Link is a new ZigBee-certified LED bulb that allows users to remotely control lighting from anywhere in the world. It’s also $15.
Of course, there are more expensive kits with multiple bulbs, but the one bulb starts at a mere $14.97. Once connected, the Link syncs with the Wink app for iOS and Android devices. If you remember yesterday, you’d know that the Wink app is part of the Wink company, which was recently launched by GE and Quirky.
The Link will be available in three models. There’s a 60-watt replacement soft white (2700K) LED bulb for table and floor lamps, as well as an indoor soft white (2700K) floodlight LED for dining room, living room or other entertainment spaces. Also, the indoor/outdoor-rated bright white (3000K) spotlight LED can be used for outdoor lights and spotlights.
By using the Link, you can save a little money on monthly energy bills by switching lights off from your smartphone. It also allows you to make it look like your home is occupied, when on vacation. Other options include brightness settings through the Wink app and the ability to tie lighting into other Z-Wave-enabled devices.
GE is now taking orders for the Link connected LED bulb through the Home Depot website. It will be available in retail stores starting this fall.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.