This Common Home Appliance Can Compromise Your Entire Security
LIFX is a smart light bulb that can be controlled with your smart phone via your home's Wi-Fi network. Turns out that anyone within range can obtain the Wi-Fi password from the light bulb. It's a problem with the communications protocol.
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:21 AM
The stand by power consumption of a LiFX bulb is 1.7W. Orders of magnitude more than Clive suggested. These are a toy.
That said there is a case for networked lights. I've worked on vehicles where we've reduced the weight by significant amounts by replacing a traditional wiring harness with networked controllers. It also reduced cost and increased reliability. In principle networked house lights offer the same advantages, although I would expect the network signals to use the power lines instead of WiFi.
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