Belkin’s WeMo joins the smart light market

Belkin's WeMo joins the smart light market

The smart bulb market is heating up. Already, we’ve seen a number of products announced by the likes of Philips, GE, Samsung and LG; and now Belkin is showing us its own offering.

Just like all other devices in this category, the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs allow users to control, schedule, customize and dim household lighting using the WeMo app on a smartphone or tablet.

The WeMo Smart LED Bulbs work with a dedicated device called WeMo Link to connect to a home’s Wi-Fi network and are controlled via the WeMo app, which is available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. With a potential lifespan of up to 23 years, the long-lasting, energy-efficient bulbs produce the same amount of light as a traditional 60-watt bulb, but only consume 10 watts of energy.

Said application allows users to customize lighting schedules, create rules based on the sunrise or sunset timing, set a vacation mode for simulated occupancy, as well as turn on a dim-to-sleep feature that sees the light gradually dimming until completely off over a set period of time. Moreover, the WeMo Smart LED Bulbs can be controlled individually or in groups, and work with other WeMo products such as the WeMo Light Switch and WeMo Insight Switch to give multiple layers of home lighting control in one interface. For example, there’s an option to create a grouping for multiple WeMo Smart LED Bulbs in a single chandelier, or create a kitchen work zone by combining the overhead lights, over-counter pendant lights and other task lighting.

The WeMo LED Starter Set includes two WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and a WeMo Link, which can support up to 50 individual smart bulbs, including the upcoming WeMo-enabled ULTRA iQ BR30 LED bulbs from OSRAM SYLVANIA. Individual WeMo Smart LED Bulbs are also sold separately.

The WeMo LED Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs are available in the US at Belkin.com, Amazon.com and Best Buy; and in Canada at Best Buy and Future Shop for a MSRP of $99.99 and $29.99, respectively. The WeMo app is free to download.

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