After launching with Wink Hub support and integrating with, the Cree Connected LED bulb works on Belkin's WeMo platform now, too.
The move continues Cree's push to position the bulb as a compatible "thing" in each nook and cranny of the Internet of Things. Based off of the lightweight, low-cost design of the, the Cree Connected LED adds in a Zigbee radio, which allows it to communicate wirelessly with a control device for automated lighting changes.
The fact that it uses Zigbee and not Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is the big caveat here, as you can't simply buy this bulb, screw it in and start automating it. You'll need something in between the bulb and your router that can translate the Zigbee signal into Wi-Fi -- which is where a gadget like thecomes in. With the Zigbee-fluent WeMo Link plugged into one of your home's outlets, you'll be able to control the Cree bulb right alongside WeMo LEDs and in the WeMo app on your Android or iOS device.
That puts the WeMo Link right up there with theand with the hubs from , and as potential Cree control devices, and also gives you another app interface that'll work with the bulb. Like with the rest of your options, the WeMo app will let you turn the bulb on or off remotely, dim it up and down, or schedule it to turn on or off at specific times.
For additional smart home flexibility, Philips Hue and SmartThings offer dedicated channels on IFTTT, the popular online automation service. Those channels can link the Cree bulbs up with a wide number of Web tools, social networks and other smart home gadgets.-- it seems likely that third-party bulbs such as the Cree Connected LED will get to come along for the ride, as it currently does with Philips Hue and SmartThings.
The Cree bulb's $15 price ties it with theas the cheapest big-brand smart bulb on the market. That, coupled with , makes for an especially affordable way of building an automated lighting system in your home. A $50 WeMo starter kit gets you the WeMo Link and two bulbs -- for less than $100 total, you could set up a system with a total of five connected bulbs: two WeMo and three Cree.