California-based Insteon just announced the new Insteon LED Bulb 8 Watt, which is the first networked, remotely controlled, dimmable LED light bulb in the world, according to the company. The bulb sells online for $29.99 and is designed to conserve a significant amount of energy over the standard 60-watt incandescent. Nonetheless, intelligence, not efficiency, is the name of the game with this controllable screw-type light bulb.
“For years, home automation has controlled light fixtures with plug-in lamp modules, wire-in switches, and keypads. But, until now, no one has controlled the bulb itself. It’s exciting to be the first to introduce a new product to the world,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon.
The new bulb can be linked and controlled by any Insteon controller, such as a handheld remote, wall keypad, or Android or iOS smartphone or tablet (provided you install the $99 Insteon SmartLinc Controller).
Further, Insteon also has an entire suite of products available for those wanting more than just light bulb automation. Plug-in modules and in-wall switches allow for the wireless control of appliances, etc, without a bunch of custom wiring.
On a related note, keep in mind Google and Lighting Science Group announced a smart LED bulb more than a year ago, but that was supposed to be available by the end of 2011. TechCrunch asked Google for comment on the status of the bulb in December 2011 and received no comment. So for now, it seems Insteon will remain alone with the “world’s first networked dimmable light bulb.”