Todd interviews Greg Memo from GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in the emerging smart home services market including home monitoring and elderly care. On show is their home energy management solution that uses wireless (ZigBee) plug-in devices to monitor and control power consumption.
The system is not just limited to power management as other remote monitoring and control technologies such as lighting and video can be included. The complementary iPad app allows the homeowner to select individual rooms within the property and make adjustments if necessary – for example, a thermostat could be turned down or the timings changed to alter when the heat comes on.
The overall solution won a CES 2012 Innovations Award so congratulations to GreenWave. Available now, starting from $200.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast network.
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Four the twelfth year in a row, Philips Lighting is providing the lighting technology for the Times Square New Years Eve ball. And for the first year, to help usher in the new era of more efficient lighting choices (since the incandescent light bulb is going to be going the way of the dodo bird), the ball will be completely lit with the newest Philips technology, the AmbientLED.
The AmbientLED is the first LED on the market to effectively replace the 60 watt incandescent bulb. The AmbientLED can save up to 80% of energy costs associated with lighting.
The Times Square ball is lit with 32,296 individual lights, and because of the increased efficiency of the LED bulbs, can now be lit year round instead of just for a few hours on New Year’s eve. When the ball drops tomorrow night, Philips Lighting will put another feather in their cap regarding efficient lighting.
AmbientLED lighting from Philips has seen price drops of late; bulbs that originally cost closer to $100 can now be bought for under $25. Yes, it’s a lot of money for a light bulb, but with its long life and low energy usage, it could pay for itself within a year or two. The AmbientLED is estimated to last as much as 25 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb.
Happy New Year!
Finally, is this the light bulb for me? Many of you have seen me complain about the quality of energy-efficient lighting. My biggest complaint is that the lighting creates weird, sharp shadows, or that the color is completely off. Since I’m a crafter, color balance is pretty important to what I do.
Philips has announced the release of its AmbientLED 12.5-watt, the closest replacement to a 60-watt incandescent bulb we may ever see. It has achieved an Energy Star rating as it meets or exceeds the standard minimum light output of 800 lumens, a color temperature of 2700K (for soft white light), color rendering index (CRI) of 80. Philips is also offering a 7 year warranty on the bulb. Philips estimates the bulbs will last 15-17 years.
But at a price of nearly $40 retail, I’m not sure I’ll be buying one anytime soon.
I would also want to know if the usual visible “flicker” of the LED is present in this bulb, or if it glows smoothly. As a mother of an epileptic child, such things need to be taken into account when purchasing for the home environment.
Philips recommends this bulb for table lamps, ceiling fan globes, and accent lighting. 25-watt and 40-watt equivalents are also available in the AmbientLED line from Philips.