Stack's Alba lightbulbs, which means sunrise in Italian, may represent the future of connected home lighting. Like existing smart bulbs, like the Philips Hue, Alba allows users to toggle the bulbs on and off and change the light temperature. However, what sets Alba apart is that it can learn about your behavior and adapt lighting to fit how you spend your time around the house in a similar way to how Google's Nest Learning Thermostat can adjust the temperature based on your presence.
With embedded motion and lighting sensors, Alba can respond and adjust to the lighting levels around you. In a bright room, for example, Alba can turn down the light and save up to 80 percent more energy than traditional static LED bulbs. In a dim room, Alba can turn up its lights to give better illumination.
Alba can also be activated via the built-in motion sensor when it senses your presence. Additionally, it can change the light's color temperature, kind of like a Hue bulb, to deliver white light to help you concentrate or a mild blue-hued light in the morning to gently wake you up as your alarm.
The Alba bulb, which promises to adapt to your life, is now on pre-order in a starter kit for $150, which includes two bulbs. Additional bulbs could be purchased for $60 each and both the kit and separate bulbs will start shipping starting in the first quarter of next year.
What do you think of a more intelligent light that can adapt to its surroundings and your presence? Is Alba worth the $150? For comparison, Philips' Hue lights come in a starter kit of 3 bulbs and a hub for $199.