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This smart Socket gives a dumb lightbulb a brain

The problem is, the new iDevices gadget is a little dim itself.

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David Priest
David Priest is an award-winning writer and editor who formerly covered home security for CNET.
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The iDevices Socket is a new gadget from the developers of the iGrill and iDevices Switch. It turns standard bulbs into smart lights.

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The Socket features a simple on-off switch on the side, but most of its smarts are found on the iOS iDevices app.

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The Socket integrates with Apple HomeKit, and getting it set up and ready to be controlled via Siri takes under a minute.

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Once the Socket is set up, you can use its dimming functions to control the brightness of the lightbulb. You can also schedule it and control it remotely.

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On its own, the Socket is pretty unobtrusive. When paired with a bulb, though, it can be a bit bulky.

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The plastic rim around the Socket houses dim LED lights that can change colors and function as a nightlight. It's a nice touch.

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On the app, you can control the color, saturation, and brightness of the nightlight. It isn't bright enough to affect the hue of a lit bulb, but the colors are clear and look good for the most part.

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The Socket's greatest feature is its ease of installation. Screw it into a fixture or lamp, and you can have it running within minutes. That, plus its flexible voice control, make it an appealing product.

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The iDevices Socket is available now for $80 -- a price that's significantly higher than most other lighting devices. Check out our full review to see if it's worth the price.

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