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New Kickstarter Called GlowLytes Will Put Android-controlled LED Lights in Your Front Yard

It’s always fun to browse through Kickstarter and find neat projects to fund, and a new one called GlowLytes has caught our attention. It is much like the multi-colored LED bulbs that you can put inside of your house sockets, but these are specifically made to be put outdoors. Once you set up the set of multi-color LED lights, you can control individual bulbs using your Android or iOS device. There are also presets available for special occasions, such as Christmas, 4th of July, and Halloween. It’s a fun and mobile-related way to show off your festive side all year round.


Each bulb is controlled by a central panel which is connected to your home’s WiFi, which is how your device is allowed to talk to each bulb. The idea is really neat, and the founders are looking for $90,000 to get their project off of the ground. Backer bundles with lights start at $200 and go up from there, so yes it does seem a bit pricey off of the bat. Although, if anyone is familiar with outdoor lighting, it’s not a cheap process. What is nice about the LED aspect is that they use a lot less energy as conventional light bulbs as well, so your electric bill will thank you.

Go check it out.

Via: Kickstarter
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  • John Friend

    The gays are gonna be all over this! Hey Mortie, forget Christmas, there’s even a setting for pride month!

  • John Friend

    Non wired lights in your yard look like trash I don’t care what you say. They’re never bright enough.

    I just can’t believe they run on cat5 cable. I’m thinking I have a pretty big spool of the stuff in my basement but I’m not sure how durable it is underground.

    • sirmeili

      that’s my biggest worry about this project. I’m not sure cat cable will last very well in the outdoors. I live in FL and my biggest fear is the heat and sun. UV can decimate a cable, which is why most outdoor cables have UV protection. You can buy UG (underground) rated Cat cable (I believe), but it is more expensive.

  • Justin Fosco

    Where I live these would get stolen in about an hour…lol

  • CasperTFG

    CAT5 and main controller? The last thing I want is digging/stringing cords across my lawn. BT or Wi-Fi would be preferable. Appreciate the concept regarding Android interoperability.

    • sirmeili

      My thought is that Solar/battery powered lights just don’t cut it. They never seem to last and are no where near the same quality as the wired versions. These seem to be plastic, so i’m not sure about the durability of these specific ones. However, never having to worry about batteries is a plus. Not to mention that I have yet to meet a solar light that lasts all night long that is reasonably priced.

  • brad smith

    I will wait for the 20$ chinese knockoffs

  • joseph barrientos

    why cant i just go to the store and get Hue and friends of hue lights and do this TODAY?

    • zurginator

      Last I checked, Hue didn’t support Android (seriously wtf, we’re the kind if people who use stuff like this).

      • joseph barrientos

        no it does, but its not as complex as the iphone app, it does allow changes. but i wanna use some for the bottom of my bed and or bar 🙂

  • Jpx

    Price is outrageous, the design aesthetic leaves much to be desired

    • CasperTFG

      Yea, it looks romper roomish.

    • Effing hideous product. Looks pretty weak on lumens too. No thx.

  • laheelahee

    i’d rather buy some solar powered lights instead (they have a sensor so it only turns on when it’s dark)

  • Cael

    I can buy Christmas lights with a timer for cheaper than this ‘_’

  • picaso86

    Are there any Bluetooth light bulbs that I can control with my phone? I would like to use it for my bedroom.

    • sk102704

      Not Bluetooth but you can control your lights or whatever is plugged into the outlet over WiFi for $50. Belkin WeMo Switch, Control Your Electronics From Anywhere with the… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BB2MMNE/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_-xLOsb1840CN7

    • jamaall

      Yes there is. I have a gunilamp 7W bulb in my room with Bluetooth 4.0. The problem is out only works with 4.3+ and the app is poorly made. But the bulb itself is great and the Bluetooth is fine. There’s a color wheel you can choose from. I got mine got $40 on new egg with a promo. Normally $60.

  • Adrynalyne


    Dubya tee eff.

  • Samvelavich

    Thats actually a really cool idea! But that price… not gonna do well with that price

  • mswansonxi

    But will it blend?

  • JBartcaps

    $200 for 2 lights???? No thanks, but awesome idea

    • mustbepbs

      It’s amazing the kind of **** that goes up on Kickstarter.

      There’s a reason these people are doing crowdfunding: investors ran the other way!

      • JBartcaps

        See the way I think it should work is, you set a price to get a set of these, let’s say 5 lights for $100, something that’s appealing to the masses. They sell like crazy on kickstarter, then you show that to investors who have physical proof that people want this, then they invest. The people who backed on kickstarter the 5 lights for $100 but once it’s a product on the shelves, then go back to 2 lights for $200. That’s just me though lol

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        They know theres enough stupid people to pay for it out of the 7 billion in the world.

    • zurginator

      An unfortunate side-effect of them being a small startup running though KS: They can’t rely on scale to drive costs down. On top of that, outdoor lighting is a relatively small market, so the R&D costs and everything else are distributed over a small number of products, thus being more expensive as well.