The new Kickstarter campaign for Emberlight lets you take your existing bulbs and turn them into smart bulbs without any complicated equipment. Simply screw in a dimmable bulb of your choice and then connect it to your existing Wi-Fi router to control it via your smartphone or tablet. Not only will you be able to turn on and off the lights in one room or multiple ones, but you can dim them up or down, create automatic settings for lights in a room or your entire house and even reduce your energy consumption via suggestions on how to optimize your lighting use.
Other cool features include the ability to automatically turn lights on or off based on BLE proximity and the chance to set a mood with quick presets for your house’s lights (great for when you’re on a date and trying to be romantic). So you don’t even have to have your phone in your hand to turn on a room’s light with its Bluetooth proximity function. And if you don’t have your phone on you, you can simply use your regular light switches to control the lights. If you’re away from home, use its app to turn on the lights or even simulate being home by having lights turn on or off while you’re away. Pledging $49 will get you one Emberlight while $89 will get you two.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.