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Ilumi LED Smart Bulbs review: The brains are in the bulb

Kevin Hunt | March 16, 2016
Onboard Bluetooth LE radios mean these bulbs don't need a hub to operate, but it also means they can't connect to a broader connected-home system.

That’s progress, and perhaps a more appropriate time to judge iLumi against Wi-Fi bulbs. But I would still miss being able to adjust lighting manually while away from home—which I do now with both Hue and WeMo bulbs during my twice-weekly overnights.

If iLumi Solutions were still selling the A19 at the $29 Kickstarter price available in mid-2015, it might convince people to give up connected-home compatibility, remote access and geofencing triggers that adjust lights when entering or leaving a home.

It’s a lot to give up at $60 and $70 per bulb. Bluetooth won the portable-speaker war, but it’s still not close to beating down Wi-Fi under the hot lights of the connected home.


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