The futuristic-looking light promises to enhance your sleep, function as a clock, and connect to other GE smart bulbs in your home. Sol is really just an Echo with a 13-inch (diameter) LED ring mounted to it. Its design screams sci-fi. At $200, though, the Sol had better be more than just an Echo + LED lamp, and it is. In addition to the outer LED ring, which you can use voice controls to adjust the brightness and color temperature of, there’s also an interior ring that doubles as a clock. There are red and blue lights which are moving. The blue light is the hour and the red light is the minutes.
The clock movement is clever and reminiscent of one those pretty albeit hard-to-read clocks that you’d find in Design Store. And if you don’t like it, or it bothers you when you’re sleeping (if you put the Sol on your bedside table), you can always turn it off completely within the C by GE app. When turned to the warmer tones before bedtime it eases one to sleep peacefully. The voice controls just make it a whole lot easier change lighting scenes. (You can also use the C by GE app or the touch-sensitive buttons on the top of Sol to change the brightness.)
“We really think this product will be an iconic piece in people’s homes,” he said. “It really is a unique item. We’ve seen from focus groups that people hear about the product and learn that having in addition to having all the power you get an Amazon Echo in terms of the hardware to voice streaming to voice control, you also have this very modern design of a light fixture. People have been quite impressed to hear about it”, said Jeff Patton, General Manager, GE.