Sight And Sound Satisfaction

A bulb that somehow manages to include a speaker as well, does this sound farfetched to you? Does to me, but considering the possibilities available to us in the future, maybe we will have something like this in our living rooms and pubs. Wireless speakers are there as are light bulbs, so you basically put them together in a rather sophisticated way, citing technological advances as your friend.

It will be amusing to see homes screwing on the SoundBulb. Wireless speakers streaming music all over the place with the shimmy of disco lights; sounds eccentric! Apparently the parts of the SoundBulb are replaceable and can be upgraded from time to time. My only concern with this design is the heat factor, after all bulbs do produce a lot of heat and could be damaging to the speakers.

Designers: Hoang M Nguyen, Poom Puttorngul & Anh Nguyen

88 Comments

  • Gray says:

    when do they start production =D
    so far, there has only been speakers that plug into lightbulb sockets, but they aren’t lights anymore D= this one would be so much more useful. i hope they’re energy saving, i’d replace every bulb in my rooms with these.

  • Armin says:

    Nice!

    Do the lights flash to the beats of the music (that would be nice)?!

  • Thomas says:

    LED’s don’t produce a lot of heat, so no problem there…

    • zippyflounder says:

      no they dont in the ammounts that a incandescent do, but they do produce enough heat to destroy themselfs. High output leds use heat sinks on the back to solve this problem, so in theory this would work. Some of the work has been done after all audi has teamed up with some led folk for their led headlights that produce more than enough total lumens for the job. The real problem is the acoustic enclosure, dont expect really great sound here, but its a doable thing.

  • Eric says:

    This could be fun!

  • Mowgli says:

    interesting..

  • toast says:

    well the sound waves coming off of that speaker are going to have a hard time getting through that led board and the glass. if you want to make this work i think the speaker must be clear and in front of the light source.

    • zippyflounder says:

      it looks like there is a air gap, might need to have the circut board a bit smaller say 60% of the speaker diameter, the smaller the better.

    • ere time says:

      agreed… or else you’d have bad treble

  • zippyflounder says:

    there is no reason to have the top to act as the volume control, a simple dallas digital pot operating in the same area as the on off switch is easier and cheaper.

  • Keith says:

    Maybe just have the lights a little bit lnoger, and have a conical section behind the boards to help spread the sound waves around the light source. This would work in the same way as those ambient outdoor speakers.

  • Carl says:

    not the first concept of lightbulb mounted bluetooth speakers i have seen and prob wont be the last, (as people still knock out ipod accessories). question is: Is it an improvement over what you already have? by merging the to are you compromising the light that a regular lamp would give off. If it is switched off at the wall and you want to listen to music would it work? If you have a large room this tiny thing would not provide good stereo imaging. im not sold yet. so i suppose ill live to regret this but would like to see a better solution..

  • Noah says:

    Actualy, the heat is no problem, LED’s give off so little heat it makes no difference.

    • prodmod says:

      please stop saying LEDs give off little heat. Its just not true for an LED that produces anywhere near the amount of light you would want from an incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb.
      Go buy yourself a 1W or 3W LED flashlight, leave it on for about 2 minutes and you will feel it get warm. Take off the housing and touch the LED or LED heatsink with your finger and it will burn you. If the LED shown in the photo is high output, 1W or 5W or 10W it will produce a lot of heat. That heat sink might not even be enough to keep it from destroying itself, and because its contained in that bulb housing it will be difficult to ventilate the hot air without a fan. So the speaker will get very very hot.
      I am not saying it cant be done, just please stop assuming LEDs run cool. The small 5mm ones you find in RadioShack run cool, but anything 1W or more with descent light output get hot.

      • prodmod says:

        its true that a cluster of 5mm LEDs as shown in the picture wont get as hot as the 1W or 3W bulbs I mentioned, but they also dont produce favorable light. But it could work as drawn.

    • jdog says:

      you ever played with a 5W LED? They’re bright enough to be uncomfortable (at a minimum) if you look right at them… and they are hot enough to melt themselves without adequate heatsinking. go read the specs on Cree or Nichia high lumen LEDs… junction temps will freak you out, and the heatsinking requirements are right there with it. Why are all the Surefire and similar LED-based flashlights made mostly of metal? not just as style nor protection, but partially as heatsinking.

      little tiny radio shack LEDs are of limited heat production. high lumen, high wattage ones kill themselves from heat without heatsinking.

      Now if this could be combined to work with my Sonos system….that would be pretty dope.

  • evangelistc01 says:

    Asides from the transmission over bluetooth, this is actually a great idea for a concealed surround sound system – or even for keeping ugly radios out of the kitchen when I eat breakfast in the morning.

  • KraZy007 says:

    I want! I want now!! For casual listening environments this would be great.

  • whootowl says:

    Small drivers are good for higher frequencies. High frequencies are more directional than low frequencies. I want the sound directed at my ears, but I do not want the light directed at my eyes. He need to redesign the human head, perhaps relocate the eyes to a lower part of the body.

  • felix015 says:

    It’s Flawed, you have to open the bulb up, drill or at least make holes in the bulb were the speaker is so the pressure can get out and you don’t get muted sound, and a much higher volume.

    • zippyflounder says:

      I think its logical that the “top” is made of perforated material, to let the pressure waves from the speaker “out” and to let the heat (minimal) from the LED’s dissapate into the enviroment.

  • Adonai Torrez says:

    If you were to put this out in the market it would sell like crazy, and the idea of sound coming out of a bulb is just one of a kind. Im impressed good luck and hope you launch this one.

  • ricky says:

    awesome.

    this will revolutionize bars, art galleries, even doctor offices.

    so cool.

  • MRusan says:

    Heat shouldn’t be a factor. LED’s are very cold to the touch. I would be worried if it had an incandescent or fluorescent insert instead.

  • Chris says:

    I would buy as many of these as I could afford. My house has over 40 recessed lights in it and I’d love to have music coming from the ceiling from any source I want. We skipped on the whole house speaker system because they’re so ugly, and these things are perfect!

  • LEDesigner says:

    This is an interesting concept, however the designers have some pretty challenging obstacles to overcome. First and formost is the LED light engine. High output LED’s (Cree X-lamps Nichia,etc.)absolutely produce heat and that is in fact their worst enemy from a reliability and lumen depreciation standpoint. Thermal managment and proper heatsinking will be tough in this closed design. In addition, this LED light engine will need a driver either CV or CC and that is going to take up a lot of the design envelope.

    Any of the claims are plausible, however pulling together a bluetooth or wifi receiver AND speaker, AND light engine AND driver AND heatsink, that put out decent sound and decent light output and color temp. in a package that would replace a standard incandescent or PAR 20 bulb at a price that is under $100 is a tall order. If they DO achieve this they will be on the cutting edge of the technologies they employ.

    • zippyflounder says:

      All very good points, I was thinking this would be a good application for a piece of old tech. In the old days we used to use the mains for transmission of audio (music and intercom) this would remove the blue tooth requirement and the audio amp as well. This would leave money and space for the LED drivers and with a few proper holes (used for the bass port) you could have a good convection path for air cooling. Its just a thought, sometimes to solve a new problem you have to look back.

  • Tristan says:

    Actually, this type of product is available. It goes by the name of: Klipsch® LightSpeaker®. Klipsch claims that it is the first product to combine efficient LED lighting and wireless ambient sound into a single unit that installs like a light bulb.

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