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Sengled lights are smarter than your average bulb


Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — It seems like everyone is selling some kind of smart light bulb these days, but Sengled is setting itself apart by incorporating wild add-ons like Bluetooth speakers and Wi-Fi repeaters.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015That’s right, a light bulb with a speaker.

At a demo during CES Unveiled here, the company showed me its lineup of four smart bulbs, all of which have their own gimmick beyond the to-be-expected remote control functionality through an app.

The 13-watt Pulse bulb ($170) includes a JBL Bluetooth speaker inside the light housing that can play any music from your iPhone or Android device. While some smaller sockets won’t support its curves, Sengled says most sockets will work with the Pulse.

The smaller Pulse Solo ($70) works identically and has a built-in speaker, but it functions independently from additional satellite bulbs that come with the main Pulse.

If you’re in need of Wi-Fi repeaters in your house, the Boost bulb ($50) does the trick. Sengled even built an IP security camera with facial recognition, microphone and speaker into its Snap bulb (yet to be released).

When light bulbs start getting that smart, maybe it’s best to flip the switch to off.


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