November 26, 2014

A LED bulb that adjusts to natural light

Tree Hugger - An ex-Tesla CEO has brought something new and interesting to the smart light bulb market and it could prove to be the most energy efficient of all of them. Neil Joseph left Tesla last year to start Stack, a smart lighting start-up. Its first product is called Alba and it's what would happen if you combined a Philips Hue with a Nest Thermostat.

Not only is the LED light very efficient and wirelessly connected, but it adjusts itself, much like the backlight of your computer screen. It's what Joseph thought of while still working in his Tesla office.

“It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?’” he said.

The Alba bulb is equipped with sensors that monitor the amount of sunlight in the room. Depending on the brightness from the sun, the lights brighten, dim or shut off completely. Additional sensors pick up movement (or a lack of movement) in the room and turn the bulbs off if a room is empty or on if someone walks in. And like the Nest Thermostat, the bulbs learn and adapt to the owners' lighting habits.

This means never accidentally leaving the lights on when you leave the house because they'll automatically go off.

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