British Gas has announced a smart light bulb that you can control using your smartphone, and it’s pretty cheap.
The Hive Active Light bulb is the latest addition to British Gas’ Hive line of products. The smart bulb lets you control the light’s colour and brightness using an app, and can be managed even if you’re away from home. There’s also a scheduling tool that lets you set times for the bulb to turn on, off, or dim, which could work as a home security feature.
You can watch the light bulb’s announcement spelled out in Morse code using a Hive Active Light below:
The bulb is available in both screw-in and bayonet fittings, and works with the existing Hive app. British Gas says the bulbs are “energy efficient and deliver more light using less electricity”. According to the energy giant, each bulb has 25,000 hours of lamp life.
Kass Hussain, Director of Connected Homes at British Gas, said:
“Giving people greater control of the space they love most, whether they’re home or away, has so many benefits, from energy-saving to mood-enhancing, which is why we’re continually looking to explore new ways Hive can help. This is one of many innovations in the pipeline – so stay tuned!”
The Hive Active Light bulb is available to buy right now, and costs £19.99. Alternatively, you can buy a multi-pack of three bulbs from British Gas for £49.99, saving you a tenner. Better still, existing Hive customers are eligible for a 10% discount until July 31, 2016. You can also purchase the bulb from Maplin, Screwfix, DSG, Amazon, and Shop Direct.
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