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Xfinity Home to add remote control light bulbs

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 1:37pm
Brian Santo

Comcast Xfinity Home subscribers will soon be able to install light bulbs from Sylvania that can be controlled via remote.

Comcast said it has entered an agreement with Osram Sylvania to be able to provide the latter’s new energy-saving LED smart light bulbs.

The Sylvania Ultra iQ LED BR30 flood light bulb has integrated dimming controls that use the Zigbee Home Automation standard to create a system that can be controlled wirelessly for quick and easy adjustments using a smartphone or the Xfinity Home app.

The 11w bulbs emit 700 lumens (63 lumens per watt), and are dimmable to 5 percent. These bulbs can be plugged into any standard light bulb socket, and can save up to 83 percent in energy costs and last up to 17.5 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, the companies said.

With the deal, Comcast believes it will be the first service provider to offer an integrated remote controlled light bulb.

“With Osram Sylvania, we are bringing innovative lighting solutions that integrate with the Xfinity Home platform and provide home control and green technology features to our customers,” said Mitch Bowling, senior vice president and general manager of new businesses for Comcast Cable.

Xfinity Home is a broadband and cloud-based platform that provides next-generation home security, control and energy management features that allow customers to stay connected to their home and family through the use of an interactive Web portal, mobile devices and the free Xfinity Home app.

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