WigWag bringing affordable, smart lighting to the masses
WigWag, a home automation company whose intelligent "if this, then that" sensor system easily surpassed its Kickstarter goal a year ago, has added to their smart home lineup with a line of smart LED bulbs called Filament.
The market is becoming full of smart lighting options, but WigWag's bulbs stand out for two reasons. One is that they are compatible with virtually all other smart home automation and lighting systems so all you have to do is put them in your fixtures, download the app and you're done.
Filament works with internet-connected devices like Belkin WeMo devices, Sonos, Nest, Philips Hue, LIFX and INSTEON bulbs and The Relay -- the hub for the bulbs -- can also work with adapters with different protocols such as ZigBee, Bluetooth and Z-Wave so you can really customize and build upon any smart home devices you already have.
The other big thing that Filament has going for it is price. Starter kits of four to twelve bulbs cost from $199 to $399, with individual bulbs going for $25. In comparison, the Philips Hue starter kit is $199 for three bulbs and individual bulbs cost $60.
The Filament kit is like others in that the LED bulbs are dimmable, full color and can be controlled individually or as a group, connected by the WigWay Relay that plugs into the local router. WigWag says the bulbs can produce 64 million colors with a brightness of up to 800 lumens and the bulbs have an average lifespan of 20 years. Of course, all of this can be remotely controlled with an app on your Android or iOS smartphone.
The kits can be pre-ordered on the WigWag site.