The Smart Bulb Snafu

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July 24, 2015

Light bulbs keep getting smart makeovers. As Bob Tedeschi wrote in the New York Times, “You never knew you needed such things, but maybe you do.” But Fast Company Exist noted a problem that could inconvenience homeowners.

“Are any of these startups even going to be around when your fancy smartphone-controlled bulb burns out?” the article asks. “You'll need to choose a system and stick with it, hoping that the system stays around so you can buy replacements or additions in future. You also have to hope that the app you use to switch your lights on and off is updated to work on any new phone you might buy.”

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