Not all devices are created smart, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn. Thanks to the Socket, you can now transform any old light bulb into a connected bulb — just screw Socket into a lighting fixture, insert a standard light bulb, and know that you’ve turned a 20th century appliance into a 21st century smart home item.See here for the latest smart home lighting products on the market
It’s the latest release from iDevices and its suite of HomeKit products. Once you download the free iDevices Connected app, you can dim your lights, adjust the customizable color ring light, and otherwise control your lightbulb from your smartphone. You can also create a schedule for your lights — whether that’s a dimming cadence or a certain mood for a certain time — and let it run on its own even if you’re not at home. And if using the app just sounds like too much work, bear in mind that you can also make use of Siri voice commands to deal with your lights.
First announced at CES 2016, the Socket joins the iDevice Thermostat and Switch, which also allow iOS device users to control various elements of their homes by way of their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Indeed, iDevice says, their entire line of products are meant to “give users a simple way to customize their home and enhance everyday life.”
The Socket is compatible with standard Edison light bulbs up to 60 watts, and promises to fit into conventional lighting receptacles (which means you won’t have to redecorate your entire home to make it more tech-friendly). Currently available for $79, it may seem a bit pricey, but iDevices products do not require an external hub or subscription, and are instead meant to work right out of the box.