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Philips Presents Hue E14 Candle

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Philips Lighting announces the Hue E14-- a candle light bulb compatible with the Hue app-controlled lighting system, available in both colour and white ambiance versions.

Philips Hue CandleThe E14 fits in a wide range of household lighting fixtures (up to 80% of sockets used across the world, the company claims), and offers identical functionality to other Hue products. It is a 40W equivalent bulb with 470 lumens brightness. Customers need to pair the candle bulb with the Hue Bridge accessory before control through the companion smartphone app.

Control features such as custom lighting colours, schedules and geo-fencing, as well as simple on/off switching. Philips says candle light bulbs are mainly used in decorative lamps for the bedroom, and the white ambiance bulb has dimming features promising better sleep.

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The HomeKit-Compatible iLuv Rainbow8 Bulb

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iLuv presents a first HomeKit-certified device-- the Rainbow8, a smart lightbulb featuring wifi connectivity and Siri voice control, with no need for a central hub devices.

Rainbow8According to the company, using the Rainbow8 is as simple as plugging it in. Once the bulb is in the socket users can set up the bulb via companion app, since it pairs directly with smartphones via wifi. The app allows one to set up schedules, geo-fences able to activate and deactivate according to user location, and custom lighting scenes. Siri support provides voice control, and the bulb can pair with others for the control of multiple units.

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Crestron Aims Zūm at App-Based Lighting Control

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Crestron announces Zūm (pronounced "ZOOM"), a package of essential "building block" devices for the design, setup and management of app-based lighting control in any space.

Crestron ZumThe Zūm system includes wireless dimmers, switches and sensors, all engineered to work together wirelessly. Setup requires a few taps on a keypad, dimmer or mobile app, and a single load controller supports up to 32 devices. Each device has a wireless range of 45m in every direction, and mesh networking allows communications to hop from one device to the other, with no need for interface boxes or antennae.

The system can from standalone systems to centralised building-wide control and network management in "literally a snap," since the Zūm network bridge "snaps" into a Zūm load controller to add remote setup, daylighting, time clock scheduling, temporary overrides and other advanced capabilities.

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Ledvance Intros HomeKit-Enabled Smart Bulb

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Sylvania smart bulbLighting vendor Ledvance presents the Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19-- a HomeKit-enabled smart bulb customers can control via Siri or Home app, without need for a separate hub controller.

Installation promises to be very easy, since one simply needs to screw the bulb in place before syncing with HomeKit. The bulb works when users are both inside or outside the home, with a connected Apple TV or iOS 10-enabled iPad acting as a hub for remote control. Customers can combine the Sylvania smart bulbs with other HomeKit-enabled devices to create custom scenes through the Home app, such as an "I'm on my way home" command activating lights, unlocking the door and turning on the thermostat.

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Crestron Intros In-Wall LED Lighting Control

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Crestron WirelessCrestron announces a pair of products for in-wall and centralised 0 - 10V control for LED lighting-- the Cameo Wireless In-Wall LED Dimmer and In-Panel LED Dimmer Module.

The Cameo Wireless In-Wall LED Dimmer (CLW-DIMFLVEX-P) placeholder is designed for dimming 0 - 10V voltage light, and can be installed in any standard 1-gang wall box. It features field-replaceable engravable buttons installers can configure with various button layouts and designer colours, as well as white LED indicators providing visual reference of current dimming levels. The dimmer comes in 12, 230 and 277V models.

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Hive Takes on Smart Light Bulbs

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Hive Active LightsBritish Gas subsidiary Hive launches a pair of light bulb additions to the Active Lights app-controlled lighting portfolio-- one colour changing, the other able to shift from cool to warm.

The Colour Changing bulb covers full RGB and white colours, allowing customers to choose from virtually any colour. Similarly the Cool to Warm White bulb is fairly self-explanatory, being tuneable from "warm white" 2700K to a "daylight cool" 6500K colour temperatures. Like the original Active Lights bulbs control comes through a Philips Hue-style app.

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Somfy Powers Draperies With Irismo

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Somfy launches the Irismo drapery motor range with the Irismo 45 WireFree RTS motor and 35 Mini DC low-voltage motor, both promising to be easy to install and easy to conceal.

Somfy IrismoThe Irismo 45 is a rechargeable battery-powered motor Somfy says can be installed in minutes. It offers long-life operation and provides a solution for areas where wiring can be a challenge. Meanwhile the 35 Mini DC motor uses a 24DC power supply plugging directly into a standard outlet, saving time and money by eliminating the need for an electrician.

The motors work with all types of draperies, including Pinch Pleat, Ripplefold and Accordia styles. The compact size makes them easy to conceal, allowing for seamless integration into spaces and improving aesthetic appeal. Advanced track design minimises the light gap, providing greater light control, privacy and UV protection.

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