What You Need to Know About Smart Light Bulbs | Allstate Insurance

Welcome to The Handyguys and today we're goingto talk about light bulbs.

That's right, Paul.

The simple light bulb has been around forabout 150 years, but now, we have something else.

Right, today we now have smart bulbs.

They're LED bulbs much like this older LEDbulb, but this is a dumb bulb.

It just good as on and off.

These LED bulbs have some intelligence.

That's right.

They can be controlled by your smart phone.

They can change colors.

They can change brightness — all kinds ofthings.

So, the question is how do they work? Right, you don't need to install any fancyswitches.

You don't need to do any electrical work.

You just — if you can screw in a light bulb— you can do the physical install of these no problem.

Right, so just by installing these like anyold-fashioned light bulb — you screw it in — you'll be able to you set these onand off with a standard light switch and a standard lamp.

They essentially work either over your Wi-Fior they work with a hub or they work with a voice app on your phone.

Right, or a virtual assistant, if you haveone.

Exactly.

So, you know they're pretty cool, but we needto talk about what all the features are.

Are they worth it? What can we do with these smart bulbs, Brian? That's right, so one of the things that Ihave is those mechanical timers.

You set the time for a light that you pluginto the timer.

You set the time on and time off and it controlsthat light.

Well, now you don't need to do that.

You can do that all in a smart app and controleach of these bulbs individually to come on and off certain times of the day.

Or, as a group, if you want, and so you canset them for a room and have them go on and off based on a timer which you would set upon the smart app that's available for the particular brand of smart bulb that you'reusing.

So, that's pretty cool, but Brian, I likethe feature where you can have them go off automatically when you leave your, you know, driveway.

That's right.

That's called geofencing and that's used ina number of different kind of apps.

But with the light bulbs, you can set it sothat when you leave your house a certain group of lights or all of them turn off and whenyou approach the house you can even be a say a mile away and you want to have all the lightscome on.

You can do that, as well.

So, it triggers the geofence.

That’s right.

But the other cool feature, which we've kindof hinted at, is that they can if you have certain kinds of smart bulbs they can changecolors.

So, for instance, you could set them greenfor Christmas.

You could set them as orange for Halloweenor you could set up various scenes for you know different things you do about the day.

So, these are smart bulbs but there are somedrawbacks.

In perhaps, the drawbacks you know may meanthat someone may not be interested in these smart bulbs.

But, what are the drawbacks? That’s right.

One of the biggest ones for me is the cost.

So, these bulbs are going to run two to fourtimes the price of a regular LED bulb which is already on the expensive side comparedto what we used to pay for the incandescent bulbs.

Right, so they cost a lot more.

But, there's also the challenge of configuringit so it isn't really just plug it in and you're ready to go with all the intelligentfeatures.

Right.

So, a lot of these will require some kindof a smart hub.

The manufacturer will specify what they needor they're going to need to hook up to your Wi-Fi.

They're going to have to have an app of sometype and like we said a virtual assistant.

So, you're going to need to make all thesedisparate technologies work together.

And another thing, Brian, is you essentiallyhave to treat these like another computer.

That's right.

They're going to need software security updatesand patches.

All of that good stuff just like your laptopor smartphone does.

Exactly.

So, there you have it the old-fashioned Edisonbulb has been replaced by LEDs, CFLs and now smartbulbs.

They come in different shapes for differentlights.

You know recessed lights, your standard lamps, but again, they're not necessarily plug-and-play.

You really need to get into the technology.

But once you do, they're pretty cool.

Alright.

So, there you have it, thanks for watchingThe Handyguys.

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