When it comes to lighting and home automation, Philips Hue is the product that comes to mind right – WiFi lights controlled via your iPhone. Pretty cool eh? The problem with Hue is that it’s an eye watering £180 (mainly due to the WiFi hub needed to connect all your bulbs to your Internet). Until now, Hue has been pretty much unchallenged in this arena – that’s about to change with the announcement of Lumen, the Bluetooth controlled LED Colour Smart Bulb!
Unlike Hue, Lumen is powered by Bluetooth – this has its pro’s and con’s though. The pro is that it knocks off a chunk of the price because you don’t need a WiFi router. On the other hand, you have to be in range of the light to control it opposed to being able to control the lights from anywhere in the world with Hue. Most of the time though you’ll only be using it when you’re in the room and if you do need it to turn on/off at a specific time when you’re not home, the timer option will still sort you out.
Check out a (slightly amateur) demo of Lumen below;
What’s so special about a Bluetooth controlled lightbulb? Well apart from turning it on and off, you’ve got a whole colour spectrum to choose from – perfect mood lighting for any occasion! It even has different modes:
- Party mode 1&2 – Transforms your living room into a dance floor in a matter of seconds. (Pre-programmed flashing beats that matches normal music)
- Romance mode – Creates the perfect condition for a romantic date or a quiet evening at home.
- Relaxation mode – Simulates calming moonlight to improve sleep and enhance rest.
- Call Alert mode – Notify you when there is an incoming call. You’ll never have to miss any important phone calls again.
- Music Sync mode – Visualise your music by synchronising your music and lighting effects.
- Proximity – Your light will know whenever and wherever you are in or away from the house.
Pretty cool eh? There are more features for the bulb which can be found on Lumen’s website. It’s available in the UK for £49.99 per bulb with options to ship internationally too! What do you think of Lumen? Amazing or a waste of £50? It always divides opinion so let me know in the comments below!