Monday, December 10, 2012

Smart Light Bulbs?

Phillips has recently introduced their HUE lighting system.   It's a wi-fi based light bulb control system for timing,  brightness and color.

How can you use it around the house to save energy?  Honestly, I can't think of any scenarios that would reap enough savings to justify a $60 bulb.

But in multifamily buildings, there's the hallway lighting to address.  In the middle of the night, the hallways could be dimly lit.  During the day, the lights could be completely off.  This system is competitive with the cost of hardwiring timers and dimmers.   And I've never seen dimmable timers.  You could save at least 30% of your hallway lighting cost.  Still, I'd wait until these bulbs come way down in price.  

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