Smart homes can help you save time and money in the long haul, but are very costly to set up. The various accessories and tools required to install security systems and monitoring systems can be a hassle. One company hopes to change that. Emberlight is a San Fransisco-based startup with a simple idea; create an attachment that can turn any lightbulb into a smart bulb.
The Emberlight attachment, being promoted via Kickstarter, is designed to add the smart function to any lightbulb. Installation is fairly simple. The user screws in the attachment, adds the lightbulb, then syncs the attachment to the Emberlight phone app. Once installed, users can control their light via a smartphone app, a timer or even a proximity sensor. The Emberlight app keeps track of your location and can turn on the lights when you arrive home.
Emberlight has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities and works on a master/slave architecture. This means that once the Emberlight master unit is installed at home, all additional Emberlight work under it via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Through the Kickstarter campaign, the company hopes to raise $50,000. Backers can preorder one Emberlight attachment for $49, two for $89, three for $139, four for $169, six for $249, eight for $339 and 10 for $399. Backers can also pay $1,000 to become a beta tester and gain early access to Emberlight. The start-up expects to have all of its orders out by December 2014.
Smart Lightbulbs have been on the market for a long time. However, they can be expensive and require you to replace the entire system along with the bulb. Emberlight provides a solid alternative that will let you replace the bulb while keeping the smart part intact.