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Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs.

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Make room for another connected light bulb vendor: Samsung is moving in. The company announced a new line of LED bulbs on Thursday that will launch at next week’s Light + Building 2014 trade show in Frankfurt. Samsung will offer a range of options for consumers as well as business and will have built-in wireless connectivity.

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For the home, Samsung’s LED Smart Bulb fits into traditional fixture sockets and has a variety of control options. The Smart Bulb can be dimmed down to 10 percent brightness while the output color is tunable from 2700K to 6500K for warm or cool white colors. The bulbs should last 15,000 hours, which equates to around 10 years.

By using Bluetooth, Samsung says there’s no need for a hub or access point connection as the lights are controlled by a direct connection to a phone or tablet with a mobile app. Users can control up to 64 Smart Bulbs with the software. Business owners can get the Smart Bulb with a ZigBee radio for centralized management. Samsung is also offering a PAR-series spotlight that combines a bulb, fixture and swivel head.

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Samsung getting into the smart bulb business isn’t that surprising. Over the last decade, the company’s name has become synonymous with home entertainment thanks to sales of televisions and packaged media players. Tablet and phone sales have quickly blossomed as well, so combining the power of connected mobile devices with the home makes sense.

You can see that with Samsung’s WatchOn app for television content guides and control on its phones. And with the new Smart Bulbs, you’ll be able to see your family room in a range of whites at the touch of a button.

  1. I’m so mad because I bought these other bulbs on an article of a website that didn’t do its research and I just kind of took their word for it (my bad too, I guess) and had to buy a hub for them… and they don’t always even work. I wish I waited for these! No hub sounds great! The hub I have is the cause of most of my problems.

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  2. larry alexander Thursday, March 27, 2014

    The 15,000 hour estimate on bulb life for LED bulds seems very short. For LED bulbs to get to 50% brightness should be at least doble this estimate (see Cree LED bulb specs). I’m guessing they’re skimping on the heatsinking?

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  3. These sound like the Robosmart Led Bulbs I use at home using just bluetooth and my phone. In addition to dimming and a programmable timer, the Robosmart bulbs use bluetooth to detect when I am nearby so the lights can be set to switch on automatically when I get home or turn off when I leave. They are convenient so I no longer return to a dark house at night.

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  4. dilip kumar bajoria Saturday, March 29, 2014

    its good to see that samsung is going to brighten indians houses,with its very very hopeful targets.being an electronic shopkeeper i always welcome techs..i recently purchased a samsung galaxy grand and i truly feel happy.

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  5. What is the name of the App??? I could find nothing in the Apple app store for the ipad or the iphone….Who carries the bulbs???

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    1. Milton, they just announced these; they’re launching them this coming week at the trade show so those details aren’t yet available.

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  6. When they work as WiFi extenders I’ll get some :-)

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