Trendnet's TWC-L10 Indoor HD Wi-Fi Light Bulb Surveillance Camera is worth your money if you want a two-in-one smart device to illuminate and monitor what's happening in a room from above.
The TWC-L10 combines a recessed 40W replacement LED with a 720p HD live streaming camera. It can detect motion, save recorded video clips locally to a microSD card (cards can be up to 64GB, but are not included) and has an integrated microphone along with a speaker for two-way audio. Trendnet's TWC-L10 costs $100 and is currently only available in the US.
The camera's wide-angle 185-degree lens has digital pan and zoom capabilities so you can see a whole room with relative ease, but details like a credit card number or a phone's access code would be too blurry to make out.
While the TWC-L10 delivers prompt motion alerts, the camera really struggles to capture detail. Instead, you'll get a distorted, aerial fisheye view. And you're pretty much stuck with only seeing the top of a person's head -- unless they happen to look up at the light.
The TWC-L10 has a standard-size socket and is designed for use in recessed ceiling lights -- or arc lamps. An adjustable base gives you leeway with different fixture sizes and styles.
It's rated at a 360-lumen light output, just under what you'd expect from a 40-watt incandescent bulb, and a 3,000K "warm white" color temperature..
Trendnet's LED-security camera hybrid installs easily, simply screw it in the socket. It looks OK overall, but I wish the clunky-looking central panel was more streamlined.
It's simple to get the TWC-L10 online via the related ReadyView app for Android and iOS. Follow the steps in the app and you'll have the live video stream up and running in a few minutes: Just enter the TWC-L10 Wi-Fi module credentials provided in the Trendnet installation guide, then enter your local Wi-Fi information.
While we're seeing more security cameras integrated into light fixtures ($158 at Amazon.com), we haven't tested anything quite like Trendnet's TWC-L10. The , , and are all security cameras that pair with smart light fixtures. But all of those devices are designed for outdoor use. is another security camera built into a light bulb, but it's supposed to be used in standard lamps rather than recessed fixtures.