Smart lighting solutions are carving out their place in ever more living rooms. When it comes to smart homes, Osram has already demonstrated its innovative capacity in the past with its smart lamps and luminaires in the Lightify series. Now Osram is carrying on with the first smart LED lamp controlled by the Thread network protocol and is presenting it at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“We are proud to present the prototype of what is probably the world’s first LED lamp that can be controlled wirelessly via the Thread network protocol from anywhere,” said Timon Rupp, who is in charge of the Lightify IoT (Internet of Things) platform at Osram. “We are convinced by the principle of open standards, which give customers the greatest possible choice and combination of smart home applications. In the near future, Thread can play a major role in this field.”
Designed for the application of different smart home devices in and outdoor, Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud. This allows devices like lamps and luminaires to build a freely meshed network.
The non-profit Thread Group has more than 220 members worldwide and gained a lot of interest as well as rapid growth since its foundation in October 2014. The Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things, showing product developers and consumers on the unique features and benefits, and ensuring a great user experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.
In the field of smart home applications, Osram has been offering the Lightify system with many different lamps and full-blown luminaires for almost two years now. Lightify Pro is a professional version for commercial use. The Lightify lighting system can be integrated in an existing WLAN and be controlled via an app on a user’s smartphone or tablet. Via the remote control function, users can control the brightness, implement timers and program and call up lighting scenarios. It is possible to control the color temperature or vary the fluorescent color of lamps, depending on the type being used.
With Lightify, users can immerse living rooms, workspaces, balconies and yards in a variety of lighting moods via smartphone or tablet. The scenarios can be configured freely, and also be controlled away from home. In addition, the app provides programmed lighting scenarios such as a realistic sunrise. Of course, the lamps can still be turned on and off via conventional switches in the home.