Combining lighting with audio by using a light socket to power a wireless speaker is a two-in-one approach that appears to be gaining traction and this latest example - the Sound of Light speaker - grabbed our attention on both the functionality and aesthetic fronts. The Sound of Light system uses a Texas Instruments 2.4 GHz Purepath Digital Signal Transmitter to set up a wireless link between an audio device such as an MP3 player, smartphone or tablet and up to four speakers within a 300 ft range.
Taking advantage of a lamp socket as a power source means the Sound of Light can be used in a wide range of locations. The system runs on 100V or 240V, accepts standard bulbs, is compatible with the iPhone and can also be paired with a sub woofer unit. A multi-function remote enables control of both audio output and lighting.
The Sound of Light is set for a June 2011 release. Pricing details are not yet available but we'll keep you posted. A similar offering from Klipsch, which has a 50 ft range but can can accommodate up to eight speakers, sells for US$249.
Sound of Light specifications:
- Texas Instruments 2.4 GHz Purepath Wireless Digital Signal Transmitter
- 433 MHz Receiver For Handheld Remote Control operation
- Range of up to 300 ft.
- Stereo RCA Input Jacks
- Stereo 3.5mm Mini Input Jack
- Pairing Push Button
- Amplifier - 25Watt Texas Instruments Purepath Class D
- Power Supply - Texas Instruments Switching Power
- Supply for high efficiency and Energy Star EuP compliant
- Each transmitter can operate up to 4 speaker lights
- Channel Selection - Left-Mono-Right (Selector Switch)
PRICING UPDATE:The Sound of Light system (1 lamp speaker, transmitter and remote control) is expected to retail at US$299 with additional lamp speakers priced at US$129.