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The Lumen Smart Bulb bets on light entertainment


November 20, 2012

The Lumen Smart Bulb is a Blueetooth-enabled LED with intelligent functions such as Party, Sleep and Wake mode

The Lumen Smart Bulb is a Blueetooth-enabled LED with intelligent functions such as Party, Sleep and Wake mode

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Combining the power of smartphones, LED light bulbs, wireless and remote control technology has inspired designers to come up with smart solutions such as LIFX, Philips’ hue light bulbs and INSTEON. The Lumen Smart Bulb project, currently raising funds via indiegogo, aims to add one more option to the wireless-enabled LED market, while betting on home entertainment and well-being to score extra points.

The Lumen, as the developing team calls it for short, is designed for iOS and Android devices and enabled with Bluetooth. It is an RGBW LED because, besides the usual red, green and blue colors, it also features a 6 W white LED that generates over 400 lumens of softer, more comfortable light, which the makers claim is comparable to a 60 W incandescent (by our reckoning it's closer to a 40 W incandescent). It is compatible with E26 and E27 bulb sockets, so it doesn't require any adaptations.

As well as being significantly more energy efficient and, consequently, greener, than incandescent bulbs, LEDs also last longer with the designers saying that the Lumen's projected longevity is 30,000 hours. How LEDs maintain their luminous output over time depends on usage and ambiance conditions.

The device uses the new Bluetooth 4.0, which offers a range of up to 30 feet (9 m), making it possible to operate the Lumen around the house via an accompanying app on a smartphone or tablet – unless you live in a sprawling mansion, of course. The current prototype only works with iOS devices, but support for Android devices is promised in the future.

The developers have also included a few lifestyle functions. There’s Party mode, which means the lights turn the home into an instant disco with light color changes determined by the music that’s playing. Once the party is over, the user can switch to Sleep mode, which simulates moonlight for a chill-out effect. Finally, there’s Wake mode, which bears resemblance to the light boxes used to mitigate the effects of seasonal affective disorder in the dead of winter. Starting off dim, it increases luminosity at the speed chosen by the user until it reaches maximum luminosity at wake-up time.

The developers take us through the Lumen Smart Bulb in the video below.

Source: indiegogo

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Antonio Pasolini Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology. All articles by Antonio Pasolini

400 Lumens did he say ?

I have a 40 watt flouroscent tube in my room belting out about 2400 lumens ( 60 lumens /watt) and I feel that's inadequate . What are they on about anyways ?

The main function of any room lamp is to provide light good enough for reading at dark. The party and night lamp modes are add ons if ever.

That's why the CFLs ( normally 55-58 lumens per watt) are a failure coz good CFLs have very high one time and replacement costs as compared to about a dollar for a fl. tube.

LED lighting solutions are a bad joke in the real world.

Atul Malhotra

Not very impressive. The Philips Hue works on a WiFi mesh network so is easier on the battery than bluetooth and has a massive range. Almost everyone one I know switches off bluetooth on their phone to save a little battery. This systems short range will be its downfall.


I have a colour changing bulb, which comes with its own remote control. Although the price is not shown here, I expect my bulb is a lot cheaper. these guys need to do some market research.


Atul, my entire home is LED illumination for about three years now yes only white unlike this toy. This is a toy

Bill Bennett
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