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Review: Belkin WeMo LED Lighting plays nice with the WeMo system

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Oct. 24, 2014
These bulbs perform solidly and integrate seamlessly into the rest of the WeMo ecosystem.

Like other WeMo smart devices, the smart bulbs will eventually connect to IFTTT, for even more specialized control. IFTTT is a service that works with social networks and other Internet-based alerts to trigger actions--in other words, you'll be able to use Internet-based alerts to control your lights. You could set up an IFTTT recipe that turns your lights on whenever you check-in to your apartment building. At the time of this review, the WeMo bulbs are not yet compatible with IFTTT (though other WeMo components are), but Belkin promises that IFTTT compatibility isn't far off.

Bottom line
If you're interested in controlling your lights via Wi-Fi, Belkin's WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set lets you do so at a relatively competitive price. While the WeMo app is full-featured and gives you extremely precise control over your lighting setup, these lights are perhaps best suited to people who are interested in home automation, rather than simple convenience. I say this because the lights aren't compatible with Belkin's physical switches, and having to open up an app every time you want to turn on your bedside lamp can get tiring. They're also not yet compatible with IFTTT, while Philips' Hue bulbs are.

 

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