Following up on the popularity of Philips Hue and Belkin’s WeMo offerings, GE has announced that it will soon be releasing its first Apple HomeKit-enabled Intelligent LED lightbulbs. GE is also including features that will help save on energy costs and even help improve your sleep.
These new bulbs will include GE’s Align technology that is designed to increase the amount of melatonin produced in your body throughout the day. By increasing the amount of blue tones in the light, the body will encourage melatonin production which will in turn help build a healthy sleep cycle. GE explains further:
By tuning the spectrum of light, GE Align AM bulbs mimic daylight and suppress the body’s production of melatonin. GE Align PM bulbs, meant to be used in the evening, produce an amber light, reminiscent of candlelight and campfires, and do not disrupt sleep circadian rhythm.
LED lightbulbs are now the expectation rather than the exception and Apple’s HomeKit will add remote features that have become popular. This will enable users to control lights with Siri and also trigger on/off commands based on location and the status of other HomeKit enabled devices. Unlike other lightbulbs that require third-party apps or work around with services like If This Then That, HomeKit enables product controls to built directly into iOS. By doing so, devices can communicate via Apple’s services instead of attempting to bridge the gap in unsupported ways.
Philips’ Hue lightbulbs have stood out amongst the competition in this product category and now GE will be competing directly with them. It will be very interesting to see how these new LED bulbs develop and if features such as color-changing and if different styles of lighting become a part of the design as well.
HomeKit rollout has moved at a snail’s pace since its WWDC 2014 announcement, so it’ll be interesting to see if GE hits its shipping estimate of “later this year” for these new bulbs. If you cannot wait until then, GE already has its line of Link Smart LED lightbulbs available now.