GE today announced that its connected LED light bulbs C-Life and C-Sleep will gain Apple HomeKit compatibility this summer.
A new C-Reach hub with HomeKit support will allow homeowners to turn on and off their "C by GE" lights, dim them, and control bulbs individually or in groups by rooms with Siri voice commands. The lights also should be able to be controlled with the Home app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 10 or later.
GE said the C-Reach hub will sell for less than $50 and will be available at a discount when bundled with some lights, according to The Verge.
GE describes the C-Life as an "everyday" light bulb that provides "optimal daytime light," while the C-Sleep light bulb is supposedly "warm and calm at night" and "crisp and vibrant in the morning." A starter pack with two C-Life and two C-Sleep light bulbs is available for $74.99 plus shipping in the United States.
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For new buyers, I would highly recommend buying a Hue Go along with the Hue hub. You can then use the app to do exactly the same thing. The advantage is that you can then expand your system into multiple lights of various types, all connecting through the same hub and controlled with the same app.
I have three Hue Gos, two Hue Blooms, one Hue Iris, two Hue Lightstrip Pluses, and two lamps with Hue White Ambiance bulbs in my bedroom alone. I have them set to start lighting up twenty minutes before I want to get up, and over the next thirty minutes, they slowly ramp up, starting out warm and growing ever whiter as time goes on. I also have a backup radio alarm set for five minutes after, because INTJ always have a Plan B. (And a Plan C that we don't tell anyone about.)
I am so far away from being a morning person that I actually have trouble understanding people who are. And this lets me wake up so gently and easily that I don't even complain.
A miracle, to be sure.
Before, especially in the incandescent days, you would just buy a big box of whatever brand is on sale for the lowest price. This was partially because the light bulb makers all got together and chose to make light bulbs not last very long, but also to make them very cheap. Yes, there was a light bulb cartel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel
Now with LEDs, they last for nearly the length of a mortgage, can be had with all sorts of nifty automation features, color spectrum, and other value-added gimmicks. They're also not so cheap. Now people cross-shop brands, compare features, and really research this stuff.
10 years ago if someone asked me what brand of light bulb I prefer, I would look at them funny. Today, a conversation cab had.
I had to read it a few times to come to the conclusion that the Life bulb is daylight only and Sleep is soft white only. To maintain a normal circadian rhythm, having bulbs that does all temperatures of white is essential.
I bought into the Hue system recently and I feel much better after having the right light temperature to wake me up and to put me to sleep. Philips also sells semi smart bulbs that change color temperature by quickly flipping the light switch. At $6 a piece it was a cheap effective alternative as filler bulbs.
Philips has a proven track record of HomeKit support, so I went with them after doing some research.
I think the limitation is due to heat.