Finding Internet-connected lighting for the inside of your home is a pretty simple proposition these days. Just take a look at our Green Deal roundup, Belkin’s line of WeMo products is littered with smart lighting solutions. However, bringing the internet of things to your outdoor spaces is a little trickier.
Enter Ilumi. While this brand already has a nice line of LED products for your home, it has now announced a new product designed for BR30 compatible sockets. Not only does it have the usual Internet of Things and multi-colored features, there is support for Apple Watch and Alexa on the horizon as well. More below.
Ilumi’s BR30 Smart Bulb was born out of the brand’s success with its products designed for the indoors. Unlike Philips Hue, this light is not Wi-Fi or hub-dependant. It communicates with your device via Bluetooth while still offering “simple whole home control.” Designed to meet IP64 weatherproofing standards, this bulb isn’t waterproof but it can still take a beating.
The new BR30 is color-tunable as you’d expect from this kind of product. That means you can make the outside of your home look as colorful as the inside. Ilumi uses an LED bulb here, so you’ll be consuming around 15 watts of power while pumping over 1,000 lumens. That’s good for an equivalent 100W experience from a traditional flood light.
As we mentioned before, Ilumi uses its proprietary MeshTek Bluetooth technology that allows bulbs to connect from up to 150-feet away. Up to 50 bulbs can be connected at once without the need for a central communication device.
At launch, the BR30 outdoor smart bulb will work with Ilumi’s iOS and Android app with support for Apple Watch and Amazon Echo coming this summer. Additionally, it plans to offer IFTTT and Android Wear compatibility as well. Alexa support is particularly intriguing when you consider the limited amount of voice-controlled products for the outdoors.
Ilumi is now accepting pre-orders at Best Buy and directly through its site for $70 per bulb. If you are interested in a LED alternative without smart functionality ,we recommend checking out these highly-rated bulbs from Philips. We currently have discounted Hue bundles, including the first generation Lux Starter Kit and 4-packs of A19 bulbs.
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Transform Backyards, Front Porches and Other Outside Areas through the Power of Lighting with ilumi’s BR30 Outdoor
DALLAS – (April 21, 2016) –The connected home now encompasses the outdoors with ilumi’s BR30 Outdoor, the first and only outdoor-rated LED smart bulb designed to live and perform outside. Through its waterproof construction, MeshTek Bluetooth® Smart connection and boundless list of features, the BR30 Outdoor instantly transforms any dull outdoor patio, deck, backyard, front porch, pool house or gardening landscape or into a customizable living space.
The BR30 Outdoor’s IP64 rating means it is equipped to take on rain and splashes from all angles, allowing it to live outside. This newfound versatility takes the connected home to unchartered outdoor territories. Consumers can easily create several ambiances in their backyard with these color-tunable Smartbulbs to entertain guests or set the mood.
An IP64 rating lets the bulbs live outside, while patented MeshTek Bluetooth® Smart technology enables it to play outside. This flexible and robust connection allows users to connect and control up to 50 ilumi Smartbulbs at once with a Bluetooth range of up to 150 ft., all from the convenience of a smartphone or tablet. With this range, users can illuminate their entire homes, both inside and outside, with ilumi Smartbulbs and truly experience “better living through better lighting.” The use of MeshTek technology eliminates the need for cumbersome hubs, restricting standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
The BR30 Outdoor is controlled via ilumi’s free application, available in the App Store and Google Play. The app contains several experiences and features, such as Vacation Mode, which prompts lights to illuminate at scheduled times to provide additional peace of mind when a homeowner is away; Light Your Routine, which allows users to schedule sunrises or set mood lighting for any occasion; and Music Sync, which syncs a user’s favorite playlist to the Smartbulb, making lights flash to the beat of songs. ilumi will be updating its app with several new exciting features and integrations with IFTTT, Nest, Amazon Echo and more at the end of Q2 2016.
The energy-efficient BR30 Outdoor produces more than 1000+ lumens while only consuming 15 watts of power, the equivalent brightness of a 75-100 watt incandescent, at a fraction of the energy cost. This, coupled with its a ten-year lifespan and features that allow users to schedule when lights should be or off, make the BR30 Outdoor an energy saving tool.
Similar to its indoor counterparts, the BR30 Outdoor is color-tunable and can be set to millions of different colors. It is also designed with ilumi’s patented HyperLux® LED technology, which provides best in class lighting brightness, efficiency and color quality for any shade of white to rich vibrant colors.
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