June 20, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Insteon has another bright idea on its hands. The company just announced the Insteon LED Bulb 8 Watt (60W), the world’s first networked remote control dimmable LED light bulb.
The name isn’t so awesome, but the product is another story. Instead of your ordinary lightbulb, the Insteon LED Bulb has the company’s patented dual-band communication technology. That makes it act as a network signal repeater, sending signals over both radio frequencies (RF) and a home’s existing wires (powerline).
Besides dimming, the bulb also offers scene options, so users can have custom lighting at the touch of a button.
“For years, home automation has controlled light fixtures with plug-in lamp modules, wire-in switches and keypads,” said Joe Dada, Insteon’s CEO. “But, until now, no one has controlled the bulb itself. It’s exciting to be the first to introduce a new product to the world.”
The bulb boasts an easy setup, which includes linking it any Insteon controller, such as a handheld remote. Insteon also has a free app, which works with the company’s SmartLinc Hub and iOS/Android smartphones and tablets.
The Insteon family includes wall switches, plug-in modules, keypads, thermostats and motion sensors. If you want to add the Insteon LED Bulb into the mix, it can be had now for $29.99.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.