What would make 3,453 backers pledge $490,049 for the development of a lightbulb? Well, the fact that the lightbulb can be controlled by smartphones, for one thing. On the Kickstarter website, the LIFX lightbulb has gotten this much support already, and the campaign still has 58 days to go.
Nicknamed as “The Light Bulb Reinvented,” the innovation was created by Phil Bosua, Andrew Birt, Andy Gelme, John Bosua, Ben Hamey, Dave Evans and Guy King in a span of six months.
It is a multi-featured lightbulb that enables its users to control lights from any location using Wi-Fi and a a smartphone. Initially, the team is making available a cost-free LIFX App on Google Play and the App Store. However, they will eventually offer it on Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well. Users, however, can still use a light switch to turn the LIFX bulbs on and off.
They can also specify the lightbulb’s brightness and color, allowing it to be a part of a room’s décor. Because it is an LED light, it promises to be energy-efficient, consuming as little as a tenth of the energy of regular lightbulbs. Thus, it helps save money from energy use, which according to the team, eats up 20% of a household’s power consumption. The LIFX bulb also claims to last up to 25 years or 40,000 hours of usage.
Users can opt to purchase just one or several LIFX bulbs. These bulbs, can be installed easily, just by replacing the lightbulbs in one’s room with them. Moreover, the LIFX bulb comes in different variants to fit the consumers’ needs, including Edison Screw, Bayonet Cap and Downlight.
Those who want to support the project may head over to Kickstarter. The lowest amount that one may pledge is $1. However, for $69, the consumer will get to be among the first to try the lightbulb, which is expected to be available in March 2013.