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Google Unveils Brilliant Android-Controlled LED Light Bulb

Posted By Mike Chino On May 10, 2011 @ 7:38 pm In green Interiors,Green Lighting,Green Lighting,Green Products,News | 8 Comments

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Today Google flipped the switch on a remarkable new LED bulb [1] that can be controlled by any Android device [2] using the company’s new open-source wireless networking protocol. The search giant worked with Lighting Science Group [3] to develop the omnidirectional 60-watt equivalent bulb, which can be dimmed or brightened on the fly by an Android-equipped smart phone, tablet, or laptop. The smart bulb is the perfect test bed for Google’s new protocol, which stands to open the door to a new wave of energy-efficient home systems.

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Next-gen lighting technology has come a long way since The Clapper [4] – Google and Lighting Science Group’s new bulb is based on Lighting Science Group [3]‘s A19 LED light and it features a built-in radio that interfaces with Google’s new open-source wireless protocol. Unveiled today at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the protocol can be used to control appliances and thermostats as well, so it may very well usher in a new wave of smart systems that self-adjust to ensure energy efficiency.

Artificial lighting accounts for about 11% of your home’s energy use [5], so smarter lighting systems are a surefire way to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment – which accounts for a remarkable 38% of CO2 emissions in the US [6]. The new bulbs are set to hit store shelves by the end of the year at prices comparable to Lighting Science Group [3]‘s standard LED bulbs.

+ Lighting Science Group [3]

Via GigaOm [7]


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[1] LED bulb: http://inhabitat.com/tag/led

[2] Android device: http://inhabitat.com/umeox-unveils-solar-powered-apollo-cell-phone-for-android/

[3] Lighting Science Group: http://www.lsgc.com/

[4] The Clapper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clapper

[5] 11% of your home’s energy use: http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/home_energy.cfm

[6] 38% of CO2 emissions in the US: http://www.usgbc.org/News/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?ID=3124

[7] GigaOm: http://gigaom.com/cleantech/google-lighting-science-working-on-open-source-home-wireless-protocol/

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