Comcast selling 'smart light bulbs' to cable subscribers

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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) struck a unique deal with Danvers, Mass.-based lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania to market a new line of "LED smart light bulbs" to its Xfinity Home subscribers.

The cable MSO said customers who take its home automation and security service will be able to use smartphones or its Xfinity Home app to wirelessly control the light bulbs. The energy efficient bulbs use up to 83 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, according to Comcast.

Comcast Cable Communications CEO Neil Smit told analysts last month that the company is looking to introduce new services through Xfinity Home. Comcast and other cable MSOs are expected to eventually market home health care services to subscribers through their home automation services.

"Home automation is a growing trend that takes complex ideas and turns them into simple solutions that can be delivered to thousands of people. This is another example of how we are continuing to evolve our Xfinity Home product," Mitch Bowling, Comcast SVP and GM of new businesses, said in Thursday's announcement.

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