BeOn's bright idea: security minded smart bulbsThese tricky smart lights keep an ear out for your doorbell or alarm system, and will keep shining even when the power is out. But are they worth the cost?
[MUSIC] Hey I'm here in the CNET Smart Home testing out BeON bulb. These are a new set of LED lightbulbs that use Bluetooth radios to communicate with your cellphone. And they also have Have interesting security minded smarts, mainly the listen for your doorbell or burglar alarm and then turn it on automatically when they hear them. They'll also turn on when the switch is off or the powers out, because they've got a built in battery by this yellow module. In the center of the bulb. That last bit's pretty appealing. A lot of traditional smart lights won't work if the switch is off. These don't have that problem. You come home and the house is dark, and you want to turn the lights on before you get in. You can do it even if your lamp and switches are turned off. Now, I like these bulbs quite a bit. The built-in battery is an appealing addition for anybody who doesn't like the Traditional smartphones won't work when the switch is down, it'll automate them to turn on in the morning, you leave the switch off, it won't work. These ones don't have that problem, but one thing I don't like is that you can't set them to turn on in the morning. You can't set them to turn on at any time, there's no scheduling feature. A very basic smartphone component, built into this [UNKNOWN] app. Another col feature, the [UNKNOWN] have a sort of VR function that will record your common lighting habits. Then, when you're away on vacation or out for the night, just slide that slider to the right, and they'll replay your typical lighting patterns to fool people into thinking that you're home. The focus is really on security, so if you like the fact that They will turn on when the door bell gets rung or when the alarms go off, I think they are intriguing options. They are also really expensive, $75 per bulb or $200 for a three bulb starter pack. That is more expensive than Phillips Hue, LIFX, a lot of the other expensive [UNKNOWN] out there and a lot more expensive than the entry level kind of basic [UNKNOWN] Bulb we've got, that pre-connected LED, the GE linked LED. Those are costing $15 each. That price makes these bulbs quite a splurge, unless you're really drawn in by the security minded smarts. For more check out my full review at CNET.com along with the rest of our smart home coverage. For CNET, I'm Ry Crist. [NOISE]