Call me self-indulgent, but I want even the cheapest motel room to provide a little ambience. My long-time triage, a BYO red-tinted light bulb, added a romantic glow to charm-challenged chambers. But why settle for one color, when you can have a choice of hundreds of hues, all in one clever bulb? We’re gushing here about the new Lumen TL800 App-Enabled Bluetooth LED Color Smart Bulb from Tabu Products, which screws into any standard light socket. With the aid of the Tabu Lumen App, compatible with any Bluetooth 4.0-enabled Apple device and a growing number of Android models, the TL800 bulb will change color, guided by the movement of your finger along a color wheel image on your screen.
But wait, there’s more. The app also can program the bulb to flash when you have incoming calls, change colors and flashing beats in sync with your music; wake you up at a specified time with a sunrise-mimicking gradual brightening, or dim to a relaxing moonlight-ish glow. Once you’ve got the app installed, you won’t even need an Internet connection. The TL800 is a pricey little mood maker, but with an estimated 30,000-hour life span, it's good to go for a lot of stays.
Tabu Lumen TL800 App-Enabled Bluetooth LED Color Smart Bulb is $69.99 at www.tabuproducts.com.