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Insteon® Ships World’s First Remote Control Networked LED Bulb

$29.99 Bulb Offers Dimmable Remote Control with iOS and Android Apps

 

June 19, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. - Insteon®, manufacturers of the best-selling, most reliable home automation technology, today introduced the Insteon LED Bulb 8 Watt (60W), the world’s first-to-market networked remote control dimmable LED light bulb. Featuring Insteon’s award-winning technology in a sleek design, the Insteon LED Bulb is a technological innovation sure to brighten both the connected home and personal technology industries alike.

“For years, home automation has controlled light fixtures with plug-in lamp modules, wire-in switches and keypads. But, until now, no one has controlled the bulb itself. It’s exciting to be the first to introduce a new product to the world,” said Joe Dada, chief executive officer, Insteon.

The Insteon LED Bulb features simple setup, intuitive control and easy linking to any Insteon controller, such as a handheld remote. When paired with the free Insteon app, the SmartLinc Hub turns an iOS/Android smartphone or tablet into a fully functioning remote control of the bulb or an entire Insteon network. The bulb is fully dimmable and can be added to any number of scenes to create custom lighting at the touch of a button.

The Insteon LED Bulb contains Insteon’s patented dual-band communication technology, the most reliable, efficient communication system available. Just like other Insteon devices, the bulb acts as a network signal repeater and sends signals over both radio frequencies (RF) and a home’s existing wires (powerline).

The Insteon LED Bulb retails for $29.99. For more information or to watch a demonstration video, visit www.insteon.com.  

“The market is very excited to be getting an LED bulb with remote control built in, at a price that is actually below the cost of most standard LED bulbs. It’s like getting remote control for free,” said Joe Gerber, president, Insteon.

The Insteon LED Bulb is the latest addition to the Insteon product family, built upon the best-selling SmartLinc Hub. The Insteon product family ranges from wall switches, plug-in modules and  keypads to thermostats and motion sensors.

With its simple installation and setup process and trustworthy communication, Insteon has become the industry’s premier remote control networking technology. Plug-in modules and in-wall switches make it possible to add wireless control to any appliance in a home or business without having to hire a contractor. By making every networked device talk to each other via radio frequencies and existing electrical wiring, Insteon eliminates the need for custom wiring.

For more information about Insteon or the bulb, please visit www.insteon.com.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).


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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

SMARTLABS DESIGN IS NAMED CES INNOVATIONS 2007 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

November 8, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) today announced SmartLabs Design as an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the SocketLinc Dimmer at the International CES New York Press Preview. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products.  

The SocketLinc Dimmer is the first full-functioning screw-in dimmer designed for individual light bulbs and fixtures. It fits lamps of all sizes and uses the Insteon wireless home control networking technology to provide custom lighting control.

"The SocketLinc is the only device to combine a sleek, compact form factor in a dimmable device," said Duke Chadsey, vice president of SmartLabs. "And although it is powerful enough for integrated home control systems, it is also user-friendly enough for consumers who are not tech-savvy. Users simply screw in the SocketLinc and the lamp is not only dimmable it becomes part of the Insteon home control network."

As a widely renowned consumer technology awards program that began in 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. It is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.

SmartLabs Design’s SocketLinc Dimmer will be displayed at the 2007 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747. New for 2007: High-Performance Audio (HPA) Innovations Honorees will also be exhibited in The Venetian on the third floor, across from the San Polo Ballroom. Best of Innovations honoree products will also be displayed at the Grand Lobby of Las Vegas Convention Center, next to Experience CEA, and at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES. Visit www.CESweb.org/innovations for details on Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Honorees. 

Products entered into Innovations 2007 must be available to market to U.S. retail outlets or on the company website between January 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: 

  • Engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used 
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value 
  • Aesthetic and design qualities (using visuals provided) 
  • Unique and novel features 
  • Contributions to consumers’ quality of life 
  • Impact on the manufacturer’s business model

Products chosen as Innovations honorees reflect the innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs. 

Innovations honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, where you can see a list of product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

Smarthome Announces Software for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 for its Insteon-based Home Control Networking Products

Smarthome Timer Software Enables Homeowners to Easily Control Room Environments and Living Experiences From a PC

 

October 14, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome Inc., the authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the availability of the Smarthome Timer Software for PCs running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The software enables users to improve the home entertainment experience by establishing preset room environments from their computers.

Homeowners using the Smarthome Timer Software will be able to control all future Insteon-enabled home control products—such as their Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, television, stereo, lights and security system—from a Media Center PC with the software installed. The Timer Software is also pre-programmable and interfaces with Smarthome’s Insteon technology, using radio frequency and powerline communications. In addition to interfacing with the Media Center PC, Insteon allows the Timer Software to work independently of it, further increasing overall functionality.

The Smarthome Timer Software allows users to easily program and manage room scenes. When homeowners are ready to watch a movie, for example, they select the “home theater” scene and automatically their Xbox 360 turns on, the lights dim, the surround sound comes on, the TV screen lowers and the popcorn starts popping.

Or, a “morning” scene can program lights to come on slowly to wake the homeowners gradually, turn the sprinklers on for a sunrise watering, start the coffee percolating so it is hot and fresh when the homeowners step out of the shower, turn music on while they are getting ready and turn the security alarm on before they head out the door.

“Smarthome has brought the insights of its 15 years of working out real-world electronic home improvement solutions to the Insteon technology, and to the unique features of the Smarthome Timer Software.,” said Duke Chadsey, Vice President of Product Development. “We are pleased that Microsoft is able to take advantage of this expertise and add our home control technologies to the Media Center Edition 2005, making users experiences as affordable, easy and convenient as possible.”

“Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 continues to provide cutting-edge integrated digital entertainment experiences to a growing number of customers around the world,” said Dave Mendlen, director of Windows Consumer Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “We’re thrilled that a company such as Smarthome has made optimal use of the power of Media Center Edition 2005 to deliver increased comfort and convenience to customers who want to expand their systems to accommodate home control automation.”

The Smarthome Timer Software will be available in December and can be purchased at www.smarthome.com or by calling 800-SMARTHOME (800-762-7846). 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

Smarthome Announces First Insteon Home-Control Products

Initial Products Incorporating Wireless Home Network Technology Include Lighting and Appliance Controls and Software

 

June 16, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic products to improve the home, today announced initial Insteon™ products for lighting and appliance control at CES 2005 in Las Vegas this week. These first Insteon products will be demonstrated at Smarthome's booth 26624; shipping is scheduled for second quarter of 2005.

Insteon (for "instant on") is the first dual band wireless home-control network technology combining radio frequency (RF) communications with the home's existing wiring, or powerline, to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances and climate. 

To install Insteon, users simply need to plug-in two SignaLinc™ RF access points into their home's electrical outlets. Once the SignaLinc RF modules are in place, Insteon home-control products can be installed using a simple "Plug and Tap™" process. Initial products include wall switches and plug-in modules for lighting and appliance control. Pricing starts at $19.99.

"Our customers have been requesting a reliable, secure and affordable home automation technology since Smarthome began 13 years ago," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. 

"Our engineers designed Insteon with the customer in mind and since it's backwards compatible with X-10™, the current home-control networking standard, customers will be able to easily adopt it without having to immediately replace all of their existing products," Dada said.

"By starting with a customer base of home automation enthusiasts, we believe Insteon will grow to mainstream markets and become the de facto home-control networking standard," Dada said. "Many OEM design engineers, home builders and remodelers, lighting, electrical and HVAC contractors, and even interior designers have been waiting for an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use home-control network technology for some time, and we believe Insteon will meet their needs."

Developed over the past four years by Smarthome engineers, Insteon utilizes an integrated dual band wireless network to create a cost effective, robust and reliable home control network.

Insteon is designed to be incorporated into products to perform essential tasks such as remotely locking the front door or automatically filling the swimming pool. Examples of Insteon applications for homeowners will be many but can include whole home scene lighting, unlocking the front door and turning lights on in the house with a key fob before entering the house, controlling thermostat settings wirelessly from another room or over the Web, having a pleasant tone ring upstairs when a washer/dryer cycle downstairs is completed, or sending a page or email alert to parents when kids return home from school.


Purchasing two SignaLinc RF products is the first process in establishing an Insteon network in the home. Once the SignaLinc RF is in place, any Insteon product can be installed, including:

 

SwitchLinc™ II Dimmer: A wire-in remote control dimmer that allows remote on/off control of lighting to personalize mood lighting for any occasion. For the first time the switches are available in white, silver/gray, black, brown, ivory or almond. Additionally, the level brightness lights are available in white, blue, red or green. 

LampLinc™ II: Allows remote on/off control as well as dimming/brightening. The two- or three-pin plug-in module can also remember different light settings for different "scenes," such as "movie time" or "dinner time."

ApplianceLinc™ II: These three-pin modules can remotely control any appliance, such as room fans or coffeemakers, or non-dimming lamps. 

KeypadLinc™ II: A wire-in controller that controls individual lights, or triggers whole-house mood lighting scenes with the touch of a button. Includes six or eight button interchangeable keypads. 

ControlLinc™ II: A plug-in desktop controller that remotely controls any Insteon or X-10 module, switch and or dimmer in a home. 

PowerLinc™ II Controller: Available with a serial or USB interface, PowerLinc II Controller is a stand-alone downloadable computer or alarm panel interface for controlling lights, appliances, heating/air conditioning and alarm systems.


"Integrating wireless with powerline is the most cost effective and reliable network technology for the home," said Dan Cregg, Vice President of engineering for Smarthome. "Previous home networking development has not focused on real consumer needs. Insteon is designed to directly meet the homeowner's need for a network to communicate simple data such as security, lighting and climate control inexpensively throughout a home. We believe this will open the electronic home improvement market to the broad consumer market."

For more information regarding Insteon, please visit Smarthome's Web site, www.smarthome.com or www.Insteon.com or call 1-800-SMARTHOME.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

SMARTHOME Introduces New Home Automation Network Protocol

Insteon Combines RF and Powerline Communications for First Time to Create Seamless Home Control Network

 

June 7, 2004

IRVINE, Calif. -  Smarthome, Inc., the world’s leading provider of home automation products, today announced Insteon™ (pron: “instee-on”), the first home automation network technology to combine the home’s existing wiring, or powerline, with radio frequency (RF) communications to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for automatic or remote control of lighting, security, entertainment systems, appliances, climate and more. 

Developed over the past four years by Smarthome engineers, Insteon works 30 times faster than X10, the home automation standard for the past 30 years that works exclusively through the powerline. By combining the powerline with RF, Insteon offers the cost benefits and efficiencies of powerline communication and the wireless connectivity required for certain applications in or outside the home.

Insteon’s enhanced powerline communications also enables it to perform “mission-critical” home automation tasks such as remotely locking the front door or automatically filling the swimming pool while maintaining affordable pricing. 

“Many OEM design engineers, home builders and remodelers, lighting, electrical and HVAC contractors, and even interior designers have been waiting for an affordable, reliable and easy-to-use home automation protocol for some time,” said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, based in Irvine, Calif. “We believe Insteon will become the standard to meet their needs.” 

“Because the technology is backwards compatible to X10, we believe Insteon will become the de facto standard among existing home automation users very quickly,” said Dada. “We believe the new level of performance and simplicity Insteon offers will also spur home automation demand among mainstream consumers.” 

To begin using Insteon, users will simply need to plug-in two RF access points in their home and two filters to prevent interference with PC power strips or certain brands of televisions. The installation of Insteon home automation devices will feature a simple “Plug and Tap™" process. 

“In the past, most efforts to create a reliable home automation network concentrated on broadband technology, while today many are focused on exclusively wireless or powerline solutions,” said Dan Cregg, vice president of engineering for Smarthome. “We wanted the best of both worlds – affordable and efficient powerline technology combined with RF to provide extended reach as needed and to work with wireless applications.” 

Insteon is designed for incorporation in OEM products, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) devices and garage door openers, for a variety of controls. For instance, when incorporating Insteon, dishwashers could be programmed to not turn on when the washing machine is in use or when someone is taking a shower. When the dryer’s cycle is complete, a pleasant voice can remotely tell a user their “Clothing is finished,” instead of a loud buzz. 

Other examples of applications for homeowners using Insteon can include receiving a text message on their mobile phone if a refrigerator stops working or the plumbing leaks, adjusting outdoor speakers via a wireless controller, and changing room temperature automatically when entering a new room by carrying a wireless thermostat. 

“With Insteon’s reliability, the opportunities for home automation applications are nearly endless,” Cregg said. “Users can creatively program Insteon to perform tasks that best suit their living environments — and make their homes more convenient, safe and fun.” 

For more information regarding Insteon, please visit Smarthome’s Web site,  www.smarthome.com or call 1-800-SMARTHOME

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

Media Contact

Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com