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Let’s talk light bulbs for a moment shall we? But more specifically, smart light bulbs.
And that my friends, is because when I stumble upon something quite phenomenal and I know you could use this quite phenomenal thing just as much I can use this quite phenomenal thing, I feel the need to share it with you. Couple that with the opportunity to GIVE you one of those phenomenal things I’m chatting about? Well, that’s just a mighty fine Wednesday if you ask me.
As you know, we completed construction on the Broussard home a few months ago.
I am thoroughly enjoying our new space and working hard on making it feel like a home. My goodness, is that a process that doesn’t miraculously happen overnight?!
If you’re new here, you can check out my posts featuring my Kitchen, Living Room, & Foyer. I hope to have the Office, Laundry Room & maybe the Master posted by the end of the year and then head upstairs in 2015.
With a new house comes a LOT of light bulbs. Like, an insane amount of lightbulbs.
On our front porch, we have a gas lantern as well as multiple can lights. And while the gas lantern is constant and always on, the can lights and lights above our garage don’t come on unless we’re home to turn them on. And even when we’re home and both the lanterns and the can lights are on, well, our house is still quite dark and scary.
Looking into our front door is our Foyer area. That room also has a lantern, a can light, and a lamp on the foyer table; so adequate lighting. IF someone turns them on.
Typically, when we are home both sets of porch lights are on, and the lamp on the foyer table is on to provide some soft lighting into the space. We also try to remember to leave the lamp on if we’re running out to dinner and know it will get dark while we are away.
The dogs hang out on the staircase landing every. single. time they are left alone. It’s like their lookout area for when we come home.
If I forget to turn on the lamp, the interior lantern or a can light I will find my dogs staring out the front door in the dark.
(look in the right sidelight. See Milo?)
And we all know how much I love those darn dogs. The thought of them with only a nightlight? And in the dark? Appalling.
I was so delighted to learn about the GE Link Bulbs and Lighting Kit.
The bulbs are what you call “smart bulbs” because they have the ability to be programmed with the touch of an iPhone app.
You simply run yourself to your Home Depot and ask them to show you where the GE Link bulbs are.
My Home Depot had them displayed all fancy in their own little area.
You’re going to want to get a GE Link bulb (or bulbs, determined by however many places you intend on installing them) and a Wink Hub kit. It’s in a square box and looks like it contains a modem of sorts.
You simply replace your standard lightbulb with your new GE Link bulb, download the Wink app on your mobile device and then follow the instructions for connecting to your Hub.
The bulb itself just looks like a rather fancy typical light bulb and screws in the same way.
So stinkin easy.
The best part? Now you can wirelessly, with the swipe of your smart phone, turn your GE Link bulb (or in my case, my foyer lamp) on and off whenever you please without being physically present at your house.
Let’s demonstrate shall we?
I’m going to access the Wink app, select my Foyer light, and from my front yard turn it to “On”.
(The slider is a dimmer and allows you to control how bright or dim you want your bulb to produce).
And now my Milo is not in the dark!
Toggle to “Off” and your green light goes away.
And he’s back in the dark.
The Wink Hub app & the GE Link light bulbs get better.
Don’t want to worry about remembering to turn the lamp on in the first place?
You can schedule your light to come on and off each day!!!!!
That’s right! If you’re like me, and you know that you always want the soft glowing light from your foyer to be on and never have to worry about dogs being left in the dark, then you go ahead and tell that bad boy to come on each day at 6:30pm or whatever time it gets dark at your house.
And it does it!
And if you’re thinking that by automatically turning on the light is a waste of energy, you’ll be happy to know that these bulbs are so advanced they will last 22.8 years when used 3 hours per day. One $14 bulb = 22.8 years?! Heck, even if you leave it on for 5 hours a day- these things last FOREVER.
Can you tell I’m quite excited about my new light bulb?
And now you’re sitting there feeling bad about judging me earlier when I said we were going to talk about light bulbs.
And you’re probably thinking how nice it would be if the GE fairy granted you some light bulbs of your very own.
Well, good news. They’re going to give TWO of you a complete GE Lighting kit. The kit will include 1 GE Link LED bulb ($14 value), and 1 Wink Hub ($54 value)- everything you need to make your foyer lights on, lights off with GE Link Bulbs.
For more information about the GE Lighting company and their many other products, connect with them online:
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