Cree recently made its first foray into the Internet of things, unveiling a new line of LED bulbs that can be connected to, and controlled by smartphones and other mobile devices. 

Energy-efficient LED light bulbs are rapidly replacing their energy-inefficient incandescent cousins, helped in no small part by government regulations. The growing market is attracting new players and driving down prices.

Today, LED pioneer Cree, Inc. added a line of connected LED bulbs to its existing LED offering. The bulbs can be controlled—turned on, off, and dimmed—via a smartphone or tablet and any ZigBee controller, including the $50 Wink Hub. 

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