GE Lighting signs up with Apple’s HomeKit for consumers and Qualcomm for retailers


GE wants to keep its lighting business relevant as our appliances, cities, and even our homes become connected. On Monday, GE partnered with Apple’s program that will let people use their phones as a remote control for all sorts of connected appliances and fixtures in the home— from door locks to outlets. GE’s new Internet-connected light bulbs will automatically mimic natural sunshine with bright, bluer light in the morning and a dimmer yellow light in the evening.

By partnering with Apple and its so-called HomeKit service, GE is hoping to retain its top status in the increasingly competitive consumer lighting industry. GE will integrate its connected lighting products with Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform, the companies said on Monday. The new GE bulbs will be available later this year, but there’s no word yet on what they will cost.

Many of GE’s competitors offer similar sun-mimicking patterns on their connected…

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