Sylvania announces Bluetooth-connected Apple HomeKit lightbulbs that don't require a hub

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in General Discussion edited December 2016
Early next year, Sylvania will release a new multicolor HomeKit-enabled Bluetooth lightbulb, allowing users to control the lights in their home without the need for a separate hub.




Sylvania's LEDVANCE lineup will add a "Smart Multicolor A19" bulb that is easily controlled via Siri, as well as Apple's Home app included in iOS 10. All users will need to do is screw in the Bluetooth-enabled bulb, sync it with the Home app, and start controlling their lights.

Because the accessory is Bluetooth and not Wi-Fi, users will need either an Apple TV or a HomeKit hub iPad nearby at home to enable control while away from home.

Other products, most notably Philips Hue bulbs and Lutron light switches, require a HomeKit hub accessory to bridge their platforms over to Apple's smart home network.

With HomeKit support, Sylvania's new bulbs will not only be controlled by voice, but can also integrate into scenes and triggers with other HomeKit accessories from various third-party manufacturers.

Sylvania says its Smart Multicolor A19 bulb will be available on Amazon in the U.S. in early 2017. The company has also pledged to expand with new HomeKit products throughout 2017.

"For more than a century, consumers have looked to the brand SYLVANIA for innovation, and this announcement represents another exciting advancement," said Aaron Ganick, who heads up the Smart Home Americas group at LEDVANCE. "For us, making the Smart Home a reality for consumers is all about quality products and strong partnerships with leaders in the industry. By working with Apple to provide smart lighting that works directly with the Home app, we're making it easier for Apple enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate quality lighting into their Smart Home, bringing convenience and simplicity to their daily lives."

Apple announced in October that it expects to have more than 100 HomeKit-certified accessories available by the end of this year. Recently announced products include new Fibaro sensors and the iHome 5-in-1 Smart Monitor.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    Looks good to me! The only question now is: price?
    ireland
  • Reply 2 of 13
    How bright do they get? Dimness is biggest problem with my Hue bulbs, the colored bulbs get barely brighter than a 60w bulb. They have to get much, much brighter. 
    patchythepiratewatto_cobraireland
  • Reply 3 of 13
    I recently bought my 1st HomeKit accessory: the "Eve Energy" controllable outlet plug from Elgato.

    Price was about $55, which seems crazy to control 1 plug.

    And yet... saying into my Apple Watch, "Turn on Christmas Tree" = priceless!
    patchythepirateravnorodomwatto_cobrachiaGeorgeBMac
  • Reply 4 of 13
    I wish Cree would do hubless Bluetooth for their high-CRI offerings -- did something particularly new in
    the Bluetooth standard allow for this?
  • Reply 5 of 13
    Although this is a good Start, this isn't The Way.

    What we need are lamps/fixtures/bulbs that conform to a low voltage DC bulb-standard and DC powerline-standard (like USB-C) that will eliminate RFI, heat/HVAC and current loss from the AC/DC conversion/inversion and BLE emissions.

    The problem, of course, is that one has to "go custom" to do this now (https://hackaday.io/lists is a good start) until some multi-billion dollar dominant player under pressure to enter new markets and keep making its numbers (while hitching its fortunes to a controversial new DC-power standard and home automation platform) decides to extend their specifications all the way to a (potentially outdoor) battery that sits on the side of a home/business (and ties into a grid transformer or renewable energy source).

    The_Martini_Catmdriftmeyerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 13
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,485member
    How does that work when I thought the BT spec allow for up to 7 devices to be connected to a device?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 13
    Although this is a good Start, this isn't The Way.

    What we need are lamps/fixtures/bulbs that conform to a low voltage DC bulb-standard and DC powerline-standard (like USB-C) that will eliminate RFI, heat/HVAC and current loss from the AC/DC conversion/inversion and BLE emissions.

    The problem, of course, is that one has to "go custom" to do this now (https://hackaday.io/lists is a good start) until some multi-billion dollar dominant player under pressure to enter new markets and keep making its numbers (while hitching its fortunes to a controversial new DC-power standard and home automation platform) decides to extend their specifications all the way to a (potentially outdoor) battery that sits on the side of a home/business (and ties into a grid transformer or renewable energy source).

    Sounds like Elon's next market for SolarCity Corp...
  • Reply 8 of 13
    In Europe they'll be branded as Osram.
  • Reply 9 of 13
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,132member
    Although this is a good Start, this isn't The Way.

    What we need are lamps/fixtures/bulbs that conform to a low voltage DC bulb-standard and DC powerline-standard (like USB-C) that will eliminate RFI, heat/HVAC and current loss from the AC/DC conversion/inversion and BLE emissions.

    The problem, of course, is that one has to "go custom" to do this now (https://hackaday.io/lists is a good start) until some multi-billion dollar dominant player under pressure to enter new markets and keep making its numbers (while hitching its fortunes to a controversial new DC-power standard and home automation platform) decides to extend their specifications all the way to a (potentially outdoor) battery that sits on the side of a home/business (and ties into a grid transformer or renewable energy source).

    Been watching how much traction Lumencache DC products have been getting. 
  • Reply 10 of 13
    davendaven Posts: 489member
    I bought the latest Phillips Hue starter kit for myself for my birthday earlier this year. I thought it would be a novelty that I would only occasionally use when watching movies. In fact I use it most every evening when watching tv or listening to the stereo. Pricey? Yes but also much better than I expected.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 11 of 13
    irelandireland Posts: 17,531member
    Announce when ready, please. Provide bayonet bulb, please. And yes, third party hubs can die by fire.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    Screw this.  I'm waiting for the superior Lifx bulbs to be Homekit compatible, which will happen in February.

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