Look ma, no wires
Last weekend’s Hot Home Products column included news about the e²LightSpeaker, which combines LED lighting and wireless sound in a speaker unit that can be installed either in a light bulb fixture in standard lamp or a pot-light ceiling fixture. The system is controlled by transmitter that can be hooked up with a variety of inputs, including an IPod, MP3, laptop, cable box, radio or receiver. A wireless subwoofer enhances the sound. Additional speakers can be easily installed in other rooms making it far less expensive than conventional multi-room systems. Weather-resistant “audiorock” speakers can be used outdoors.
A full package with two LightSpeakers, a transmitter, remote, trim kit, and audio input cables sells for $700. Additional speakers, up to 16 of which can be added to one transmitter, cost $300. Since the piece was published, I’ve found that while the system does not yet have widespread distribution, you can call 1-800-660-6234 to find dealers across Canada. If you’re in or around Toronto, look at East Hamilton Radio, Torbram Electric Supply, Electronic Lifestyles, True Tone, Kromer Radio, Gemini Group Electric or the Hi Fi Center.