February 13, 2013
People often look to add new functions to a smartphone while sometimes passing over the stunning smartphone technology already available to them. To invent something new is great, but to maximize and elevate an already existing technology to new heights is amazing. iLumi cofounders Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora were thinking along those lines when they took Bluetooth connectivity to a whole new world: light bulbs.
Egan and Bora have designed a new type of customizable LED bulb, for home use, that can be tuned with a free-to-download smartphone app. Hold up; I know what you are thinking. LED lights are a complicated purchase decision, they require complex control systems with significant upfront installation costs, and the only real justification rests on the energy they save: wrong, wrong, and wrong once again. “iLumi provides all the benefits of LED lighting systems in a simple and engaging way, without the limitations,” says Egan. “Our patent pending series of Bluetooth-enabled multicolor LED lights create amazing lighting experiences, pay for themselves in energy savings, and give you an advanced lighting control system that’s as easy as screwing in a light bulb.”
Where iLumi differs from its competitors – Philips Hue, LIFX, and Greenwave Reality – is that iLumi can shine any color in the spectrum of visible light, be programmed for any user’s specific wants and needs, and shine brighter and more efficiently than other LED bulbs out there. Not to mention a lot of competitor bulbs require complicated Wi-Fi pairing, not Bluetooth, which limits use and functionality.
With iLumi, multiple users can use their own devices at the same time to control every aspect of lighting. The controls can put all the lights on the same color and brightness, or just one light in one room at a specific setting. Users can set alarms that trigger lights to turn on suddenly or gradually, or set pre-determined times for lights to flip on and off for security purposes. Lights can be synced to data on the user’s smartphone and will change color when messages or phone calls are coming in. Additionally, iLumi can be set on a proximity basis and go on and off based on motion detection, or even sync to music to give any party an extra bit of energy. Egan and Bora let their high caliber experiences at companies such as Sabre Holdings, Maxim-IC, Honeywell, Siemens, and Deloitte inform this amazing new bulb, and they have created an extremely efficient product. They have fostered strong relationships with LED manufacturers, wireless communications experts, and they have filed extensive patents to make sure iLumi grows to reach its maximum potential. This train is not stopping anytime soon, and they are looking for more people to jump on board. Oh, and if all of this was not enough, iLumis last for up to 20 years.
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