Smart lights seem to be the next big thing, with emberlight being just the latest product to hit Kickstarter. It’s literally just the base and give you ability to make any bulb smart. Take a look at their Kickstarter video below.
The initial outlay for each emberlight is more than for a single Philips Hue bulb but then when a bulb’s life ends with the emberlight, you’re only replacing the light. But LED bulbs, like the Philips Hue should last upwards of 10 years and in some cases they claim 25 years.
Customising your smart lights
The emberlight looks like a good starter solution and one that gets you into the smart light game at a much lower cost than the Philips Hue, which for me is still one of the best options on the market, especially when connected up to services life IFTTT. That said, the emberlight works with WiFi and BLE so it can perform many of the same functions.
According to their Kickstarter page, there will eventually be and there’s potential for integration with IFTTT.
We love all the other products on the market that focus on customers and specific use cases (e.g. Nest) and apps that connect different technologies in our lives (e.g. IFTTT). We will have an API. As we continue to move along, we’ll keep you updated on the release date.