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Would you pay $32 for LG's new smart bulb that connects with Android and iOS?

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Would you pay $32 for LG's new smart bulb that connects with Android and iOS?
LG has introduced its line of smart bulbs. Surely Thomas Edison could never have conceived of anything like this. These low wattage bulbs can last for as long as 10 years. Consider that an LG smart bulb screwed into a lamp today could provide light until the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 16. These bulbs also can work with devices running iOS 6 and higher, and Android 4.3 and higher, to remotely turn the lights in your house on and off. This way, when you're on vacation, you can make it appear as though someone is still home.

A "party mode" allows you to use your iOS or Android device to have the bulbs flash in different colors in time to any music that is playing. That feature is available right now only to those sporting a device powered by Android 4.3 or higher. Another feature allows the bulbs to flash whenever your smartphone rings.

LG is planning on releasing the bulbs in South Korea over the next few days, priced at 35,000 won ($32 USD). No word yet on when, or if, the smart bulbs will be coming to the states.

LG's new smart bulb lasts up to 10 years and works with iOS and Android devices

LG's new smart bulb lasts up to 10 years and works with iOS and Android devices


source: LG (translated) via GSMArena, AndroidCentral

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posted on 23 Mar 2014, 11:09 12

1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Apple iPhone 16?! I think you mean the 10s.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 11:29 3

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Math fail lol.

I find this pointless tbh. I'll stick to my Eco friendly light bulbs that costs $6 at Target.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 21:39 2

30. Neo_Huang (Posts: 474; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Also, Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb, he just stole Nikola Telsa's work.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:05

33. downphoenix (Posts: 2359; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Edison was before Tesla.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:00

15. Boybawang (Posts: 46; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Something seriously wrong with your math dude. Or probably your current iPhone is iPhone One 1st gen LOL!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:21

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Are you referring to me or the article? I'm pretty sure Smurf understood my post. Do you?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:11 2

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Total fail on PA's part lmfao.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 21:37

29. Neo_Huang (Posts: 474; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


There's an s version for everything (like iPhone 5s)

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 11:20 3

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 238; Member since: 18 May 2013)


If it really does work for 10 years, why not? Seems fine to me...
But no, I am stuck on 4.1.2, too bad. :D

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:16

19. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


You'll get an upgrade eventually :-)

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 21:06

34. downphoenix (Posts: 2359; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


yea, pretty fail on LG's part to make it Android 4.3, which is something that most android phones do not have, but yet allows iOS 6, which every Iphone since 2009's Iphone 3GS supports. Why not do Android 4.1 at least?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 11:26 2

3. Jommick (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


11/10, would be worth it just for the party mode.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 11:53 1

5. papss (unregistered)


Seems interesting enough.. Not sure if I would pay this amount but neat none the less.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:12

6. Duketytz (Posts: 504; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I would love the flashing when my phone rings, it will just freak my friends out during a horror movie... If I had friends:(

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:17 1

7. Sauce (unregistered)


If you're gonna spend a lot of money on lightbulbs, get the much better Hue lighting system.
I have 8 hue bulbs around my party basement, and it's so awesome. Definitely wows the crowd every time I throw a party.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:48 1

9. Jommick (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Neat - pretty much the same thing, but in the US.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:39

13. cripton805 (Posts: 949; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


$32 is a lot of money? In the US that buys you a small back of underwear.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:31

17. Sauce (unregistered)


Why would I buy one lightbulb? If I'm going to buy a smart bulb, I'm not going to have 9 regulars and 1 random smart bulb. LOL bro use your brain, or common sense if you have any.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 15:14

18. Commentator (Posts: 2437; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'd rather have this than underwear any day.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:18 1

8. fzacek (Posts: 1939; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I might buy some if they made it compatible with slightly older versions of Android. I'm on 4.1 with my ZTE Supreme.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:53 1

10. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Yes they should start supporting Atleast all the versions of Jelly bean, then i can think of purchasing it, as presently i'm stuck on 4.2.1

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:25

11. p51d007 (Posts: 76; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Ummmm....NO!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:39

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 1771; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Sure why not. The party mode is kinda cool, but it's the flashing when your phone rings that could come in handy especially in loud environments.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 13:59 1

14. iLoveAmexica (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


shut up and take my money

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 14:04 2

16. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


I'd buy it for the party mode alone.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:18

22. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 370; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


well I paid $200 for hue bulbs(which I love), so yes, I would gladly pay $32 and I would buy at least 6 of them. You don't realize how useful these things are until you try them. I have NFC stickers in my room and on my door that control my bulbs. Touch my phone to a certain sticker and all the lights turn on in my room. It is pretty awesome tech that will be mainstream soon enough.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:33

24. AJtheAndroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


This is awesome, how did you set up the stickers?

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 18:02

25. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 370; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


If you mean literally how, there are apps that allow you to program them. If you mean what i did with them, I put one on the outside of my door that when activated turns on or off all of my lights. I have one on my desk that turns on just my desk light and I have two next to my bed, one turns on the light next to my bed and the other turns all the lights on and off. no more getting out of bed just to turn the lights off! being lazy just got easier.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 18:07 1

26. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 370; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


using IFTTT is also pretty cool. My lights flash blue when it is about to rain outside and they turn red when the temp is over 90 degrees. I also have one programmed to flash green when I get a new gmail message. All of these functions are programmed to not go off between midnight and 8am so as not to wake me. Believe it or not, you can do a lot with light bulbs that are connected to your home network.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 19:44

27. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


That is awesome killgoretrouttime!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:32

23. AJtheAndroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Cheaper than any other option in this markert (phillips Hue or Lifx) I think its worth it but maybe do discounts on packs. (55 for 2, 75 for 3)

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 21:04

28. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Yeah, imagine the lights flickering when you receive a call in the middle of the night...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 00:13 1

31. Taters (Posts: 3288; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sure why not. Better than that clap on stuff. If this has different brightness settings then it would be worth it no questions asked. Those dim to bright lighting systems and switches cost more than 32 bucks I think.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:04

32. latcho (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Wow dimming! :) How innovative. And 1 bulb per caller? haha how functional.
I use AppLamp: Color + warm white bulbs, Dual White bulbs (cool to warm) and RGB/ RGBW HQ (super bright in my opinion) ledstrips and 2 types of downlights. That is my sytem of choice, not
only for budget, but because it has more ways (luminaries) to light. And
soon there will be E14 andled panels also I was told. 19 to 27 € a bulb
at wifiledlamp dot com (google AppLamp)

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