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The First Wi-Fi Lightbulbs

By October 25, 2012

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A company called GreenWave Reality has developed a new product they call Connected Lighting Solution... but most others think of it simply as Wi-Fi light bulbs. The concept of remotely controlling home lighting via a wireless network is hardly new: Home automation systems have provided this capability in different forms for many years. What's new about the GreenWave Reality product is its use of Wi-Fi compared to infrared and other custom types of wireless communication traditionally used in smart home systems. Each bulb in the Connected Lighting Solution actually gets its own IP address (and IPv6 at that). Ostensibly this makes the system easier for people to set up as they often own a Wi-Fi network router and are generally familiar with managing Wi-Fi equipment. Some people predicted many years ago that interconnected lightbulbs like these would be part of the future of networking - see Internet Zero (2004).

You cannot buy this product direct from a retail outlet, at least for now, as GreenWave Reality sells this product to utility companies instead of to homeowners directly.

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