CO company unveils light bulbs with brains

Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 20:43:48-05

Every year, more than 150 people in the U.S. die from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. It's called the "invisible killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. But now, a Longmont company is taking a basic household object and turning into the first-line of defense.

"As buildings become more efficient and get better sealed, the interior air quality becomes much more important. And lights are everywhere the occupants are," said Matthew Sallee, Director of Buisness Development with TERRALUX.

It is a light bulb with a brain.

The bulb, called “LEDSENSE” has a sense of smell. It can see, it can even feel -- and it's made in Colorado.

Not only can it sniff out odors in the air, like smoke and carbon monoxide, it can even trigger an alarm. The "brain" works on a WiFi-like technology.

"It really allows them to optimize their energy in the building space in ways they could never do before because of information they never had before," said Sallee.

The light can feel the temperature in the room and dim or brighten based on weather and room occupancy levels. The designers at TERRALUX say its internal "brain" can help reduce energy costs in buildings up to 80%.

"It's definitely the future of lighting. 'The internet of things' is kind of a revolution. It's just devices that you're not used to being connected to the internet are now connected to the internet," he said.


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