Cree Connected LED Bulbs: Affordable Smart Home Lighting

Cree Connected LED Bulbs: Affordable Smart Home Lighting

Initiating a smart home setup often begins with straightforward devices like a smartphone-controlled switch or an LED bulb that can be managed via an app. However, these bulbs often lock users into a specific ecosystem or necessitate the use of several apps for different devices. Cree, known for its LED technology, has introduced a new product, the Cree Connected LED Bulb, priced at $14.97, which works with various lighting hubs.

These bulbs are crafted to replace the traditional 60W incandescent bulbs, consuming only 11W to deliver 815 lumens of light and boasting a lifespan of 25,000 hours.

Cree Connected LED Bulbs: Affordable Smart Home Lighting

Their broad compatibility is what sets them apart, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers. Currently, the Cree Connected Bulb works with Zigbee Light Link certified hubs like Philips Hue, the WeMo Link Hub, and GE Link, as well as the $50 Wink Hub and Wink Relay Touchscreen Controller. These hubs are controlled via their respective iOS apps.

This means a wide array of iOS apps are available to control these bulbs.

For instance, owning a WeMo Link Hub, I can manage the Cree Connected bulbs using the WeMo app. If you already use Wink-controlled devices like the Aros Air Conditioner or Egg Minder, the same app can control your lights individually or in groups.

During my testing with the WeMo Link Hub, I encountered some issues with connectivity. The hub instantly recognized one bulb, but two others—one just 10 feet away and another outside—did not connect until they were moved closer to the hub.

Steven

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