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Pre-orders for Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb start, more HomeKit devices coming

Sylvania has launched pre-orders for its Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb, and is adding more HomeKit bulbs, and accessories in the near future.

The HomeKit-enabled Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb can be controlled individually or in groups as part of scenes. Features include turning it on and off, dimming it, adjusting it from a cool white for concentrating to a warm white, and changing it to one of millions of colors.

Control outside the home still requires an Apple TV or iPad. No bridge is required, like needed for Philips Hue and Lutron systems.

While no details were provided, the Sylvania Smart+ line will expand with A19 Soft White Light Bulb, Indoor Full Color Flex Strip, and Plug soon. The product line was announced in December 2016, and was originally expected in early 2017.

HomeKit-enabled Sylvania Smart+ lighting products will be available later this year. The A19 Full Color Light Bulb is available for pre-order for $44.99.

Introduced in 2014, HomeKit allows users to connect to a variety of compatible so-called "internet of things" devices through the iOS Home app in conjunction with each other, as opposed to a series of disconnected interfaces. The addition of Siri control to HomeKit allows for complicated sequences of events to be induced from an iOS device with one voice command.