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Ethen94
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Posted - 10/31/2018 :  04:14:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What are the merits of smart bulb? Does it worth spending huge amount of money?

MichaelCarter259
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Posted - 11/01/2018 :  10:13:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit MichaelCarter259's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Smart LED bulbs are energy-efficient. A smart bulb consumes about 9 watts and has a long life. This helps save you from paying high electricity bills.

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theiotpad
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Posted - 11/05/2018 :  6:27:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit theiotpad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Smart bulbs can be controlled when you are away, through an app on your phone. They can also be programmed to turn on when you are near your home so you arrive to a well-lit home (called geolocation). Finally, you can set up vacation settings so the bulbs turn on and off randomly to make it look like you are home.

The biggest drawback of smart bulbs is you need to use an app or voice control to operate them. If you turn off the wall switch, then you disable all the smart features of the bulb.

I recommend that people look into smart switches when possible. While they require a little more work it install, they operate like regular switches, but with the additional smart features mentioned above.
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Geo
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Posted - 11/06/2018 :  08:36:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is nothing Insteon, X10 and others haven't provided in years. Just a different way of achieving the same goals.

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