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2012-10-29 04:33:46 PM  
Queen's English like typing detected.
 
2012-10-29 04:36:57 PM  
There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.
 
2012-10-29 04:38:43 PM  
As a purely decorative thing, $200 isn't bad for ever customizable lighting at the beck and call of my phone.
 
2012-10-29 04:50:04 PM  
Will I always have to use a controller? In that case, I'm losing functionality. (For some people, the light you want to turn on is closer than your iThing.)
 
2012-10-29 04:51:31 PM  
Standard size only?  That ain't going to fly.  Every house I've had, most of the lights are from fixtures with some candelabra-like size.  And even then, a variety from fixture to fixture.
 
2012-10-29 05:12:26 PM  

timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.


I'm not sure if this is the one you're thinking at, but it's still going on and at about 1.3million out of the 100k they were shooting for.
 
2012-10-29 05:34:53 PM  

TheOmni: timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.

I'm not sure if this is the one you're thinking at, but it's still going on and at about 1.3million out of the 100k they were shooting for.


That's the one, but it's not as clear cut as you might think. There has been a lot of trouble surrounding the LIFX bulb, trouble that actually caused Kickstarter to change its policies on what can be funded through their site. It's currently "vaporware". Here's a writeup on some of the issues.
 
2012-10-29 05:51:42 PM  
Wow. Apple reinvents mood lighting. Yippee.

I bought a lot of day-glo posters back in the 70s and a blacklight lightbulb. I thought it was cool too. But I was just a stupid farking kid Apple. What's your excuse?
 
2012-10-29 06:00:49 PM  

gopher321: Wow. Apple reinvents mood lighting. Yippee.

I bought a lot of day-glo posters back in the 70s and a blacklight lightbulb. I thought it was cool too. But I was just a stupid farking kid Apple. What's your excuse?


Next up: The iDimmer.
 
2012-10-29 06:48:42 PM  

timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.


not just a kickstarter....
Link
but this bulb is not that bulb...
NOT actually a repeat.
 
2012-10-29 07:17:16 PM  

sno man: timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.

not just a kickstarter....
Link
but this bulb is not that bulb...
NOT actually a repeat.


ah, yeah, I think that might have been the thread where I first heard about it... and then it was probably another one where I read about the problems they're having.

But I realize this isn't the same one, the thing I liked about the LIFX was that it wasn't just for iOS. Of course, since it's Apple selling this one, it will be.
 
2012-10-29 07:33:43 PM  

timujin: sno man: timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.

not just a kickstarter....
Link
but this bulb is not that bulb...
NOT actually a repeat.

ah, yeah, I think that might have been the thread where I first heard about it... and then it was probably another one where I read about the problems they're having.

But I realize this isn't the same one, the thing I liked about the LIFX was that it wasn't just for iOS. Of course, since it's Apple selling this one, it will be.


The lot of them are off the chart too expensive for what they are, this tech will be cheap in maybe five years. LED is the future of lighting, but colour rendering, lifespan, and price are issues not yet up to speed, the dimmers are about 60 bucks and that's a lot for a switch too. And limiting the remote control options is not going to help...
 
2012-10-29 07:41:10 PM  
www.thinkgeek.com

$34.99 at ThinkGeek
 
2012-10-29 07:42:01 PM  
"Have you felt the velt of velour of colour?"

"Aye."
 
2012-10-29 07:42:04 PM  
iPhones are so gay. i don't know why i ordered one

maybe i'll give it to the dog as f00d
 
2012-10-29 07:42:30 PM  
Once I was done playing with the lights, I headed to the scene screen, where there are 12 preset options, including sunset, deep sea, beach and hammock

Is there a "Disco" or "Rave" option?
 
2012-10-29 07:42:31 PM  

sno man: And limiting the remote control options is not going to help...


Seriously. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to access these from an iOS, Android or Windows device. Having an app that runs on my HTPC seems like an ideal tie-in. I get that Apple likes to keep things in-house, but when you're moving into a new technology that is going to have a limited customer base, why limit it even further?
 
2012-10-29 07:42:38 PM  
Ahh, the perfect gift for the Apple fanboy to show his Android buddies...

Of course, as already pointed out, these things have been around for years.
 
2012-10-29 07:44:36 PM  

wildcardjack: $34.99 at ThinkGeek


Yeah, but this and, potentially, the LIFX blub, are more elegant implementations.
 
2012-10-29 07:47:49 PM  

gopher321: Wow. Apple reinvents mood lighting. Yippee.

I bought a lot of day-glo posters back in the 70s and a blacklight lightbulb. I thought it was cool too. But I was just a stupid farking kid Apple. What's your excuse?


So Apple is spelled 'Phillips' now?
Good to know.
 
2012-10-29 07:49:14 PM  

fusillade762: Once I was done playing with the lights, I headed to the scene screen, where there are 12 preset options, including sunset, deep sea, beach and hammock

Is there a "Disco" or "Rave" option?


It's called a Kernel Panic, AKA "Spinning Beach Ball of Death."
www.thexlab.com
 
2012-10-29 07:49:37 PM  
I'm surprised that they didn't wait until version 2 to implement some of those features, like color changing, dimming, and power on/off remotely.
 
2012-10-29 07:53:18 PM  
For those worried these will only work with an iPHone, apparently they will conform to the ZigBee LightLInk specification and therefore will be inter operable with other devices. 

Information from these guys who are developing a somewhat related product.
 
2012-10-29 07:56:31 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: gopher321: Wow. Apple reinvents mood lighting. Yippee.

I bought a lot of day-glo posters back in the 70s and a blacklight lightbulb. I thought it was cool too. But I was just a stupid farking kid Apple. What's your excuse?

So Apple is spelled 'Phillips' now?
Good to know.


It also can be controlled via Android, or a web browser. And all software and API is open source, from what I read. Philips even has an online forum for exchanges.
 
2012-10-29 07:56:48 PM  
Oh, and now that we have 100,000 hour LED's why are we still making bulbs? Why am I not seeing more lamps and fixtures with integral LED solution?
 
2012-10-29 08:00:39 PM  
God...all kinds of hipster retards are going to raid their trust funds to get this.
 
2012-10-29 08:01:49 PM  
When you compare the energy savings of a LED bulb to a CFL or an incandescent, it's actually cheaper in the end, even if you don't take into consideration that the LED will last you at least 20 years.
 
2012-10-29 08:04:21 PM  


You just know that this is going to happen
the moment you leave the house ...


i.chzbgr.com

 
2012-10-29 08:04:44 PM  
Will it change to Any Colour You Like?
 
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2012-10-29 08:07:50 PM  

UsikFark: fusillade762: Once I was done playing with the lights, I headed to the scene screen, where there are 12 preset options, including sunset, deep sea, beach and hammock

Is there a "Disco" or "Rave" option?

It's called a Kernel Panic, AKA "Spinning Beach Ball of Death."
[www.thexlab.com image 32x34]


If you've kernel panicked, you're not gonna see the Beach Ball.

km.support.apple.com
 
2012-10-29 08:12:25 PM  

sno man: timujin: There was a Kickstarter (that stalled, I believe) for something similar that was compatible with either Android or iOS. I would probably buy some if they actually end up being available. They're LED, so they should last a while if they use good components, so I don't find the price to be egregious considering the added functionality. It might not be your cup 'o tea, Britishmitter, but I like the idea.

not just a kickstarter....
Link
but this bulb is not that bulb...
NOT actually a repeat.


Well, if Philips has this type of product in production, available at iTunes, I bet that's it's already patented and not by the kickstarter project guys. $1.3M raised will either be taken by the lawyers, by the kickstarter starters, but at least partially eaten by the funders.
 
2012-10-29 08:15:33 PM  
All I can think of now is homestar runner and light switch raves... Oh we'll find memories.
 
2012-10-29 08:17:43 PM  
LED, colour changing, remote-controlled LED light bulbs are 6 dollars on amazon.com. So there's that.
 
2012-10-29 08:20:40 PM  

rbcp: When you compare the energy savings of a LED bulb to a CFL or an incandescent, it's actually cheaper in the end, even if you don't take into consideration that the LED will last you at least 20 years.


Is it really? An incandescent is about a quarter, an LED is twenty bucks. That means 80 incandescents per LED. I have tried them, I bought four last year, two still work. I use a combination of incandescent, LED and CFL around the house. In my non-scientific testing, they all fail before they're supposed to.
 
2012-10-29 08:22:25 PM  

wildcardjack: [www.thinkgeek.com image 300x300]

$34.99 at ThinkGeek


$34.99? lol, who do ThinkGeek think they are, Apple?

If you are handy with search terms,and the codes of your lighting fixtures (E14 etc), you can find these in many configurations from spots, to diffuse to gawdy crystal fixtures delivered for about $12 on eBay

you too can make your pad resemble a Star Trek set!
 
2012-10-29 08:23:40 PM  

CruJones: Is it really? An incandescent is about a quarter, an LED is twenty bucks.


I guess you're lucky that you get free electricity, most of us don't.
 
2012-10-29 08:24:21 PM  

WTF Indeed: Queen's English like typing detected.


British spelling, but a monetary value in American currency. Subby seems confused...
 
2012-10-29 08:26:06 PM  
All I want from a lightbulb is lots of lumens and for it to be roughly a warm white.

If it can`t do over 1000 lumens then it`s useless.
 
2012-10-29 08:34:32 PM  

shiftyphil: CruJones: Is it really? An incandescent is about a quarter, an LED is twenty bucks.

I guess you're lucky that you get free electricity, most of us don't.


Eh, it takes about 7 years per bulb to make up the difference. I'll be out of this house by then. Some day they'll be a much better purchase. Today? Meh.
 
2012-10-29 08:34:58 PM  
This is awesome. A network addressable LED luminaire with essentially zero installation costs. I see this kind of system go into the top end sustainable buildings all the time at a price point of around $600 per point. Now this wanders in and does it cheap.

I have a dozen lights in the kitchen on one switch. If I replace them with these, I can set it up to turn them on one (or actually groups of three make the most sense) at a time. Folks writing this off as a mood lighting gimmick obviously have no experience or even exposure to good lighting design practice and modern systems (DALI ain't just a dead painter folks).

/I know. This is how false information gets spread around.
 
2012-10-29 08:38:52 PM  
Yay, more stuff we don't really need. Go capitalism.
 
2012-10-29 08:38:55 PM  

CruJones: shiftyphil: CruJones: Is it really? An incandescent is about a quarter, an LED is twenty bucks.

I guess you're lucky that you get free electricity, most of us don't.

Eh, it takes about 7 years per bulb to make up the difference. I'll be out of this house by then. Some day they'll be a much better purchase. Today? Meh.


7 years? Maybe if you use it 400 hours a year... The cost difference is made up within 3000 hours of use in my area (where power is $0.20 / kWh). And that's ignoring the longer lifespan and lower HVAC energy usage if you have air conditioning.

Much like the lottery, incandescent lightbulbs are a tax on people who suck at math (with the obvious exceptions - closets, motion sensor lights, etc).

/The real cheap answer is a CFL.
 
2012-10-29 08:48:28 PM  

CruJones: shiftyphil: CruJones: Is it really? An incandescent is about a quarter, an LED is twenty bucks.

I guess you're lucky that you get free electricity, most of us don't.

Eh, it takes about 7 years per bulb to make up the difference. I'll be out of this house by then. Some day they'll be a much better purchase. Today? Meh.


Take them with you??
 
2012-10-29 08:48:40 PM  

Surpheon: /The real cheap answer is a CFL.


I've had bad luck with the globe-type CFL meant for bathroom fixtures like this one (but not necessarily that brand...can't remember the brand off the top of my head). For some reason, they burn out after less than two years while the incandescent ones right next to them keep chugging along. Fortunately, I don't leave the lights on in my bathroom that often, so replacing the CFLs with incandescents as needed will not significantly affect my electricity bill. 

I like the regular, curly-type CFLs meant to be used inside lamps and light fixtures though.
 
2012-10-29 08:53:18 PM  

UsikFark: fusillade762: Once I was done playing with the lights, I headed to the scene screen, where there are 12 preset options, including sunset, deep sea, beach and hammock

Is there a "Disco" or "Rave" option?

It's called a Kernel Panic, AKA "Spinning Beach Ball of Death."
[www.thexlab.com image 32x34]


that's just a rumour
NEVER actually happens on a real iMac..
 
2012-10-29 08:55:11 PM  

Ed Finnerty: gopher321: Wow. Apple reinvents mood lighting. Yippee.

I bought a lot of day-glo posters back in the 70s and a blacklight lightbulb. I thought it was cool too. But I was just a stupid farking kid Apple. What's your excuse?

Next up: The iDimmer.


I know! And I can't believe Amazon claims to have invented books. I'm like, they've been around for centuries, dumbass!

/just because a company sells something doesn't mean they're making any claims about it
 
2012-10-29 08:55:44 PM  
Filed under: Things I may have bought trying to get laid in college.
 
2012-10-29 09:06:59 PM  

jshine: WTF Indeed: Queen's English like typing detected.

British spelling, but a monetary value in American currency. Subby seems confused...


Lovecraftian, perhaps.
 
2012-10-29 09:11:39 PM  
Thought about putting something like this together with an arduino, but never really got around to making anything more than a prototype for my car:
i6.photobucket.com

It's fun at night though.
 
2012-10-29 09:14:07 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: jshine: WTF Indeed: Queen's English like typing detected.

British spelling, but a monetary value in American currency. Subby seems confused...

Lovecraftian, perhaps.


Canadianian maybe...
 
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