Tech Squibs: Lumen Bluetooth Smart Bulb

The Lumn Bluetooth Smart Bulb's color can be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth connection.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib illustrates how far we've come from The Clapper.

Lumenation Inc. is now offering the iOS app controlled Lumen Smart Bulb. The LED Smart Bulb works with standard E27 sockets and generates 400 lumens of  white light, the equivalent of a 60W bulb, but with one-tenth of the power consumption. The energy efficient bulb lasts up to 20 years and is easily controlled and customized from a smartphone or existing light switch, making it the ideal lighting solution for home or business use.

But the Smart Bulb is much more than a mere white bulb. It can change color and effect. “Party Mode” transforms a space into a dance floor with flashing lights which change color to suit the music playing. “Sleep Mode” simulates calming moonlight to improve sleep and enhance rest. “Wake Mode” starts with a very dim light, gradually brightening until it reaches maximum intensity at the stipulated wake up time.  Users can customize how long the brightening process should take. “Ambient Mode” creates the perfect conditions for a romantic date or quiet evening at home using a soft, dim light.

Lumenation Inc. has already successfully created a prototype of the Lumen Smart Bulb. Contributors to the project will receive a Lumen Smart Bulb and help Lumenation Inc. with international safety standard certification applications.

With a contribution of $49 (early bird special), backers can purchase one LED Lumen Smart Bulb to be shipped in April 2013.