World’s first remote-controlled LED light bulb now available, compatible with smartphones

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You probably remember the "clap on, clap off" commercials of the 1980s and 1990s, but this device takes lazy light control to a whole new level.

Insteon has come up with what they call the world's first remote-controlled LED light bulb, letting you control your ambient lighting without having to get off the couch. The dimmable bulbs are linked to a remote and can then be controlled at a distance.

Here's Insteon's demo video:

To use the light bulb, you link it to any Insteon-branded remote control, like a hand-held device, keypad, switch or motion sensor. For those who want to use it with their Android or iOS device, you can purchase the SmartLinc Hub kit and download the free app to control any Insteon-branded device remotely.

The bulb, which retails for $29.99 US, uses eight watts of power to emit the light equivalent of a 60W traditional light bulb. As Gizmodo writes, this little device will be great for those of us who just don't want to climb out of a comfy bed to turn off the lights.