LG Smart Bulb

Will work with Android and iOS

LG Electronics today announced its first Smart Bulb — a pair of lightbulbs, actually, that will connect to Android and iOS devices. LG says the low-wattage bulbs will run for more than 10 years, five hours a day. "LG Smart Lighting" will work with Android 4.3 and up, and iOS 6 and above. It'll feature a security mode to make it look like you're home when you're actually away, and a play mode for when you're playing music (Android only).

And they'll also be able to flash when you receive a phone call.

LG's new smart bulbs will retail for around 35,000 won, or about $32 each.

Source: LG Electronics

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chefmorry says:

Sounds pretty cool.... Clicked on the source link for more info.... Sorry, I don't speak Japanese.

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DanMarkBen says:

LG is a Korean company, not Japanese :P Also, Chrome will translate for you.

TenshiNo says:

Way to make it awkward ;)

Lee-1 says:


JHK1984 says:

Dumb nut... smh

Knightedpawn says:

What about smart condoms that detect STDs coming through and give you a mobile alert?

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SirBobaFett says:

Yeah, but would you actually stop?

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spock123 says:

or just blown...

mwara244 says:

Just remember that condoms don't stop all std's, especially herpes, The More You Know.

Jaydec89 says:

You win

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LOL Kev..

Dolfan058 says:

I wish there was a way to upvote this over 9,000 times


We actually have this, it's called 'common sense'.

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DWR_31 says:

I'm loving the fact that they can flash when your phone rings. Hearing impaired people will love that feature.

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Jay Holm says:

That's a good point!

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ab304945 says:

if hearing impaired people can't hear the phone ring, how would they hear someone on the phone?

one80oneday says:


I Monarch says:

You're welcome.

Phones also have a hearing aid mode . And some hearing aids double as bluetooth devices

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Yeah like me :-)

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grydlok says:

LG made a bulb that currently works with only one of their phones. …hehe

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katnapper421 says:

Epileptic people will totally tweek out over the incoming call feature as well.

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tx_tuff says:

I'm sure it's a feature you can turn off.

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Shawn7656 says:

I guarantee it doesn't flash at a strobe light's pace.

Doesn't matter how fast or bright it is actually, it can still have an affect on them (my Mum has epilepsy as does one of my friends so I know).

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red.foxx15 says:

Did i some how miss it or was there no when on the site?

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Idk how i feel about this. I guess it's cool. *flies away*

LG G2 on 4.4. Kit-Kat

And at $32 a bulb, it better wash windows, do the dishes and take out the trash too

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eahinrichsen says:

Ten year lifespan with lower power use than a CFL bulb. Long term, it's a very good purchase.

Posted from one of an unnecessarily large collection of Nexus devices because I'm That Guy

TCP Connected bulbs are rated for 23 years... At 16.00 a pop. I have several, and they are really handy. At that price point, you will not see a ROI over a CFL ever.
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Bwahahahaha says:

Yea, saving money on the electric bill and replacement bulbs for ten years really sucks! ... /s

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Oh, you mean the same benefits of a regular LED bulb that costs way less? /s

Bwahahahaha says:

Wasn't aware you could control regular led bulbs from your phone... /s

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And it better make babies too.

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citycrazed25 says:

Seeing that at home depot they charge $40 for a super bright LED bulb that does nothing. $32 is kind of a fair price. IMO.

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rickybello says:

That price will take those bulbs places , as long as they open the software

So they say 10 years that means they will actually last 2 years.

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Jonneh says:


ricethief says:

There's a short video is on Youtube. There is no commentary other than a TV running in the background and can't really see what the app options are on the phone unless you can read Koreanbut, looks pretty responsive.


edde333 says:

When does it come out?

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kinster02 says:

LG better reverse those numbers from $32 to $23 even that is pushing it.

From my Note 2 to you

enigmax says:

Sounds interesting but if that is all, it's not enoughfor that price. You should also be able to control it through the smartphone - on/off dim change colours. There are already bulbs like that.
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TonyHoyle says:

Wait.. You can't control it through the smartphone? So in what way is this bulb 'smart'?

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enigmax says:

On and off works... from the vid above. How about dimming? Changing colours?

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retsaw says:

I'm sure you will be able to control it through your phone, otherwise what is the point.

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retsaw says:

Smartbulbs are a silly idea. The smarts should be in the light switch. I know this makes them harder to install, but I want to be able to turn them on and off when I enter or leave a room, and for the smarts to be any good in a smartbulb the switch will have to stay on, and that means controlling them with your phone which 95% of the time is far less convenient than a switch by the door, that is unless you were to stick a smartphone on the wall by the entrance to every room that uses a smartbulb.

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MasterElwood says:

Ok Google - lights on in the livingroom.

Or control it via smart watch.

Or smart watch position tracking (if i enter room x and brightness = below Y then turn lights on).

The future is awesome...

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Lamps... Like a torche lamp, porch light, kitchen over-the-sink light, and a spare bedroom is where I have mine... Porch comes on and shuts off automatically since it is too shady for a photoeye... The others are turned on and off by my phone depending on when it's dark, and which I want on... Confuses the hell out of the dog. My tstat is also wifi and handy. I do like the WeMo switches, but they are hella expensive... I have two of those also...
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Tomriley says:

Due to my house having limited bedrooms, I actually sleep in what used to be a second sitting room. It doesnt have a light switch inside the room and its a royal pain in the a** having to get up open the door then switch the light of in the hall.
Bulbs like this solve the issue.
Hopefully there available in the UK at some point.

GothBoyUK says:

You can cheaply buy remote control bulbs on eBay. That way you can control them from bed. I think I paid about £2.50 delivered from Hong Kong.

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alienwareX says:

I love seeing "music play mode" (Android Only) that line right there!!!! Oh HOW I LOVE IT!!! Finally iOS gets to ask why doesn't it have that feature for my fashion glass dickscan button phone??

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fuzzylumpkin says:

The fashion glass model didn't have a dickscan button, that's only on the newer fashion aluminium model. Isn't the nexus 4 a "fashion glass phone" also?

Serious query for iPhone 5s users: can you activate touch ID with your penis? (To avoid leaving the ladies out, how about a nipple?)

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NoNexus says:

is there a point to all the classless banter? Is it really needed?a point can be made without being an idiot.....

Warrenisit says:

The no-fun police have arrived! This is a no-fun zone! Smh... It's ok to be offended. It's not ok to be a prick.

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sojibby says:

Actually, what's "no fun" is trying to learn about, and have a discussion about [insert product here] and having the whole thread taken over by a flame war between Apple drones and Google drones. Like every other thread about any other product that can be controlled by an app. This thread has been relatively clean until now, and please kindly take your Apple vs Google crap to someplace more appropriate and stop ruining everyone else's fun. "smh"? Seriously? Says the guy bashing someone else's phone for no reason. It's been 4 years, most of us don't find it "fun" anymore, if we ever did.

Warrenisit says:

I agree that the comments on many of these posts are complete shit from trolls and the mods/editors don't do a damn thing about it. The two comments above look like friendly banter to me, not a long drawn-out dick measuring contest between ios/android fanboys. By the way, this is the internet and most of us looking at this site are doing so from phones and simple abbreviations are very common so take your judgmental ass elsewhere.

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sojibby says:

Yeah, I was trying to prevent it from turning into a long drawn-out (dick measuring? Please, the only people that passionate about their phone's operating system are likely compensating for that particular shortcoming) flame war. I don't care what you think those comments look like, what they look like to me is the start of a flame war.

Can we move on now please?

fuzzylumpkin says:

Well, I can't speak for the original commenter but I was just making a flippant response to what he posted, personally I don't care what device anyone uses, but on android central you should probably expect an android bias.

Also, we all love our tech, but let's not take this stuff TOO seriously, this is a post about LIGHTBULBS after all.

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sojibby says:

The first person was [maybe unintentionally?] trying to start a flame war. I am honestly just sick of reading the same pointless crap from trolls every day on every article. Just trying to stop it before it started.

BUT "this is a post about LIGHTBULBS" - exactly my point. Every article about everything is a friggin iOS vs Android flame war even when it's about LIGHTBULBS. It's very very annoying after 3 or 4 years of it.

NoNexus says:

My only point is why be crass ?

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

K White1 says:

Thirty-two dollars is a bit steep for a lightbulb, but I'd get one just for the security mode feature.

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mattopotamus says:

I pay $60 a bulb for the Hue lights :P

Warrenisit says:

People pay for innovation. $32 might be a lot to some of us but we're talking about the first of its kind. When (not if) other manufacturers jump on board competition will likely lower the price. Can't even imagine what the world will be like in 20 years.

EVO 4G LTE still doing work!

TCP Connected has the same design basically, and their bulbs are 16.00 a pop.

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BasPilot says:

That's something I might need... probably not, but I MIGHT!!!

For those whining about the price see Philips Hue or the handful of other kickstarted projects. Another major player in the market is good news. Until things settle down I'll be sticking with normal LED lighting.

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GeekalogySG says:

$32 for a pair of bulbs that we don't have to change for the next 10 years. Count us in! Thanks for this great first hand news, Geekalogy wrote an article based on it!

Here is the URL, AC staffs! (Not spam! Sorry!)

ConTejas says:

I love lamp.

I would seriously buy one of these...although a simple programmable switch does the same thing whilst on vacation etc for much less.

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AD93 says:

Can I get it to turn on when I have a good idea?

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Ben Joynes says:

My old neighbours left their lights on when they went on holiday. All that happened was the burglars left a note saying "thanks for leaving the lights on for us, we've saved you money on your electricity bill by turning them off when we left"

Warrenisit says:

Hahaha... I'm assuming you could set the lights to turn on and off at different times being that they're smart. Maybe they'll be able to cast shadows and such for extra security. Make it look like movement inside the house? Maybe?

EVO 4G LTE still doing work!

Jack Diz says:

Wow dimming! :) How innovative. And 1 bulb per caller flashing? haha how functional.
I use AppLamp: Color + warm white bulbs, Dual White bulbs (cool to warm) and RGB/ RGBW HQ (super bright in my opinion) ledstrips and 2 types of downlights. That is my sytem of choice, not
only for budget, but because it has more ways (luminaries) to light. And
soon there will be E14 andled panels also I was told. 19 to 27 a bulb
at www.wifiledlamp.com

kcerica says:

I just had a Jetson's moment. Now all I need is a smart kitchen that'll be compatible with my smart phone's smart kitchen menu app that will tell my smart kitchen to cook whatever smart menu items I chose, and then I'll need a conveyer belt installed on the floor to get me to my smart kitchen where my smart lightbulb will turn on as soon as I enter my smart kitchen.
IDK how I came up with that from an article about a smart lightbulb.

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