Cree just released a smart bulb that only costs 15 bucks
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If you’re keen on getting some smart light bulbs in your house but have been waiting for the right time to strike, now is your moment. Earlier today Cree pulled the curtain back on it’s newest bulb: a network-connected 60W replacement LED bulb priced at just under $ 15. That makes it one of the cheapest smart lighting options on the market.

In terms of specs, the new bulb is almost exactly the same as its non-connected counterpart. It pumps out 815 lumens, consumes 11W at full brightness, and also sports Cree’s next-generation 4Flow Filament design for an even, omnidirectional glow.

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Sydney’s light-bulb moment
News from Deccan Herald:

Geetha Balachandran, Bengaluru, Jan 16, 2015 DHNS:

The LED [light-emitting diode] lighting programme introduced by Sydney, Australia, has won accolades for leadership and innovation at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2014 annual awards. Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the LED lighting programme has already reduced associated emissions and energy use by over 40 per cent. She explained that the programme was responsible for replacing 6,450 conventional lights, which will help save nearly 8,00,000 dollars a year in electricity bills and maintenance costs for the city!

According to the Lord Mayor, Sydney was the first city in Australia to initiate the programme of installing new LED street lights and park lights across its entire city centre, joining major global cities such as Berlin, Barcelona, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following Sydney’s lead, the New South Wales government is encouraging other councils to replace conven-tional street lights with LEDs. 

LED lamps emit a brighter white light, and are longer-lasting and significantly more energy-efficient compared to incandescent light bulbs, which have been in use since the 19th Public lighting, accounting for a third of the city of Sydney’s annual electricity use and 30 per cent of its greenhouse gas…………… continues on Deccan Herald

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