Misfit breaks into the smart home with a color-changing lightbulb

Misfit, a startup best known for making fitness trackers, announced its newest product on Tuesday, and you don’t wear this one: Instead, the Bolt is a connected lightbulb that changes colors.

Bolt lightbulbs screw into a common Edison lightbulb socket and can produce both colored light as well as white light equivalent to the brightness of a 60-watt CFL bulb, or about 800 lumens. That’s slightly brighter than Philips Hue, a similar line of color-changing connected LED bulbs, which only puts out 600 lumens. Also unlike Hue, Bolt bulbs don’t need a hub, because they connect to your phone through Bluetooth LE.

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One Bolt feature shows why Misfit thinks the smarthome is a good fit: Misfit trackers and the Beddit measure sleep, and Bolt bulbs can use that information to gently wake you up with a “simulated sunrise.”


However, you’ll also need to download a second Misfit app if you already use the Flash or Shine. The Bolt connects to a new Misfit Home app (which will be available for iOS and Android) that gives users the ability to change the color or turn off your collection of Bolt bulbs from your phone. The Bolt will also work with Logitech’s Harmony Home hub remote and app.

It’s difficult to tell where Misfit Bolt lands in the growing list of connected lightbulbs hitting the market. At $49.99 per bulb and $129.99 for a set of three, it’s slightly less expensive than the Philips Hue, which costs $60 per bulb and requires a wireless bridge. Here’s a great guide to how the connected bulbs currently on the market stack up.

Bolt lightbulbs are available for pre-order today and are expected to ship in “mid-Febuary.”