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Lightify your smart home with Osram's new LEDs (pictures)

The Osram Lightify LED Starter Kit is a new competitor to Philips Hue Lux with a trick or two up its sleeve.

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Osram Lightify LED Starter Kit

Osram's Lightify LED Starter Kit looks to compete with connected lighting kits from Philips, Belkin, and TCP. Click through to see how it stacks up.

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What's in the kit

The Lightify Starter Kit is pretty simple -- just one bulb and the plug-in Gateway that controls it. The bulb is color tunable, which means you'll be able to change the color temperature from a yellowy 2,700K to a bluish-white 6,500K or anything in between.

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The Gateway

The Gateway communicates with the bulb using a built-in Zigbee radio, then translates that data into Wi-Fi and sends it along to your router. Since it has its own Wi-Fi radio, you won't need to connect it to your router -- just plug it into a spare socket.

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The pairing process

Osram's app does a good job of walking you through the setup process.

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App controls

You'll be able to control brightness and color temperature in the Osram app, and also schedule automated lighting changes.

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Other Lightify products

You can add additional bulbs to your setup for a little over $30 a pop, or sync additional Lightify products with your system, including this color-changing Flex Strip.

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WeMo compatibility

Osram's Lightify products will work directly with WeMo, thanks to a partnership with Belkin. Belkin's WeMo Link is nearly identical to Osram's Gateway -- if you have one, you won't need the Gateway at all, and can control your Lightify LEDs through the WeMo app.

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Price point

The Osram Lightify LED Starter Kit is available now for pre-order on Amazon, and will arrive at retail outlets like Lowe's by the end of March. It'll cost you $60 (roughly £40, or a little over AU$75). That makes it slightly more affordable to get started with than competing kits from Philips and Belkin. Does that make this smart kit a smart buy? Read the full review for the full story.

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