Lightbow 1.3 - Belkin WeMo, Brightness, and more Bulbs

Belkin WeMo

Philips hardware is great, but several of Lightbow's users have Belkin hardware as well. Belkin's family of connected home products is called "WeMo", and you can find them right next to the Philips Hue at most Apple Stores. Instead of light bulbs, they stand in as a wall outlets. It's a great way to hang on to that beautiful old lamp you love with an exposed-filiment bulb, but still have the luxury of controlling it with Lightbow. You can add Explicit ON and Explicit OFF assignments for your WeMo wall plugs right alongside all your other lights in any Lightbow preset. 

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Explicit ON and Brightness

Lightbow 1.2 added the ability to add Explicit OFF assignments to any preset, for the times when you wanted to turn specific lights off as part of a larger lighting scheme. To accommodate all the combinations of things you requested to be able to do with your lights, Lightbow now has two new assignment types. Explicit ON lets a preset specify some set of lights to turn back on (without needing a specific color setting). The Brightness assignment lets you adjust multiple light brightnesses at once without affecting the current color. Think "Dim the current colors of my lights to 15% brightness when I tap this."


More Bulb Models

Philips recently released the long-awaited GU10 and BR30 form factors! The GU10 is common in track and task lighting in Europe, while the BR30 is the common "big light" in America. Blooms and Light Strips were nice, but this really rounds out the Hue family well, and the new bulbs support the Color Temperature spectrum, giving you the perfect warm and cool whites that set the Philips hardware apart from other LED lighting on the market. The new light types will show up on your light list with the appropriate custom icon, and the color controls will accurately reflect the color features of your new lighting hardware. 

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