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Belkin Adds WeMo Smart Lighting Kit, Bulbs

Starter kit boosts entry-level home automation line 9/19/2014 07:45:00 AM Eastern

Playa Vista, Calif. — Belkin International has added a basic smart LED lighting system to its entry-level WeMo home automation ecosystem.

The WeMo LED starter set and WeMo smart LED bulbs allows users to control, schedule, customize and dim household lighting from anywhere using an app on a smartphone or tablet.

As easy as replacing a standard light bulb, the WeMo bulbs work with the WeMo Link dongle to connect to a home’s Wi-Fi network and are controlled via the free WeMo app.

The bulbs produce the same amount of light as a traditional 60-watt bulb, but only consume 10 watts of energy. Brightness is measured at 800 lumens and 3000 kelvins and the bulbs are fully dimmable. Belkin said the bulbs have a potential life span of up to 23 years.

The WeMo app, available for iOS and Android, allows users to customize lighting schedules, create rules based on the sunrise or sunset timing, set a vacation mode for simulated occupancy, as well as turn on a dim-to-sleep feature, which programs the light to gradually dim until completely off over a set period of time. Through the WeMo app, users can also set the WeMo bulbs to be controlled individually or in groups, and set them up to work with existing WeMo products such as the WeMo light switch and WeMo Insight switch to give multiple layers of home lighting control in one interface.

The WeMo LED starter set includes two WeMo smart LED bulbs and a WeMo Link, which can support up to 50 individual smart bulbs. Individual WeMo bulbs are also sold separately.

In addition to the WeMo bulbs, the WeMo Link will work with the upcoming WeMo-enabled Ultra iQ BR30 LED bulbs from Osram Sylvania that will launch later this fall.

The WeMo LED starter set and WeMo smart LED bulbs are available now in the U.S. at Belkin.com, Amazon.com and Best Buy, and in Canada at Best Buy and Future Shop for a suggested retail of $99.99 and $29.99, respectively.

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