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HomeKit-enabled, WiFi-connected iLuv Rainbow8 bulbs now available

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HomeKit-enabled, WiFi-connected iLuv Rainbow8 bulbs now available

iLuv Rainbow8 bulbs are like Philips Hue with out the hub.

Have no idea if we blame it on provide or call for, however there is already a one to 2 month wait over on Amazon.

Beneath the Lighting fixtures segment on Apple's new HomeKit page a number of bulbs declare to be coming quickly. The iLuv Rainbow8 bulb simply beat the others to the punch. The Rainbow8 is a WiFi-connected, HomeKit-enabled bulb that is so much just like the Philips Hue White and Colour bulb.

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You stay pronouncing WiFi-connected. Why is that essential?

One of the most issues that units this bulb aside (and one of the crucial issues iLuv assists in keeping bringing up in its promotional reproduction) is its WiFi connectivity. Maximum sensible bulbs use both Bluetooth LE or a bridge to ship and obtain communications. While you factor a command for your Philips Hue bulbs, you are in reality issuing a command to the Philips Hue bridge. The bridge then tells the bulbs what they want to do. For Bluetooth LE, you are the use of a probably less-reliable Bluetooth connection to keep an eye on your bulbs — WiFi turns out to take care of interference and distance a long way higher than Bluetooth LE.

OK, gimme the specifications!

The iLuv Rainbow8 bulb is a 60W similar lightbulb — that suggests you are looking at a mild output of 800 Lumens. And, identical to some other LED bulb, you'll be able to rely on upwards of 20,000 hours of bulb lifestyles. The bulbs can dim and alter colour. iLuv says there are greater than 16 million imaginable colours to make a choice from.

And price?

The Rainbow8 bulb prices $49.99. That is similar to a Philips Hue White and Colour bulb, however there is something essential to believe in evaluating costs: A unmarried Philips Hue White and Colour bulb prices $49.99 however you continue to have to shop for the Philips Hue bridge to keep an eye on stated gentle. While you purchase the $49.99 Rainbow8 bulb, that is all you wish to have to shop for — it is one whole package deal — bulb and connectivity — according to bulb.

Were given it. Anything I will have to know?

I am more or less in love with iLuv's way for speaking standing. Listed here are a pair standing messages and the best way they are communicated with bulb colours:

  • Looking for WiFi community: pulsating white colour
  • Reset WiFi router information: flashing 5 colours (purple, yellow, inexperienced, blue and pink) then trade to white colour
  • OTA firmware improve good fortune: flashing inexperienced colour
  • OTA firmware improve failed: flashing pink colour

So what do you assume?

Do you favor the hub-based Philips Hue bulbs? Are you all-in on Bluetooth LE? Do iLuv's WiFi-connected bulbs excite you? Tell us within the feedback!

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