Ausdroid has discovered that Belkin’s Wemo division discontinued its smart LED bulbs in late 2016. This includes both the individual LED Smart Bulbs, LED Starter Kit, Wemo Switch + Motion bundle and means that once current stock of these products is depleted, they will no longer make new ones.
Wemo say they aren’t abandoning loyal customers, just making room for newer and better Wemo products.
WeMo say they will:
“Continue to support these products and they will continue to work as normal. Current users of these products will still be able to contact Wemo Support for assistance, and will not see any change as to how they use, program and interact with their bulbs. The only difference is they will not be able to buy new or replacement Wemo versions of these products. Luckily, we have other options available.”
“Wemo LED users will continue to be able to use the Wemo Link to connect other manufacturer’s bulbs and lighting products like those from Osram Sylvania and Cree. Both companies offer bulbs identical to the Wemo LEDs – see here and here – so users will be able to mix and match interchangeably. Osram Sylvania and Cree have been in the lighting game much longer than Wemo, so we actually think relying on their bulbs is better – and cheaper!”
Now we know why WeMo lightbulbs were on sale during late 2016 at deep discounts to previous Australian pricing. If you still want the bulbs and can get them for $15 or so that’s a pretty good deal since they’re rated to last for 23 years at 3 hours usage per day.
It’s good to see an unusually helpful move for a big company with Belkin Wemo suggesting that owners who want compatible extra lightbulbs should get them from Osram and Cree. If you know where to purchase these compatible bulbs in Australia for a reasonable price, or online shipped to Australia for a reasonable price, please let us know in the comments.