What if, with the flick of a switch, you could turn your light fixture into a digital music player or a home monitor?
As consumer technology increasingly resembles hardware plucked from "The Jetsons," a host of companies, including Google, General Electric and Samsung, are looking to make everyday appliances as ubiquitous, indispensable—and as cool—as a new Apple device.
Count Sengled among those companies. The China-based company is one of several developing LED technology in what analysts at McKinsey estimate will grow into a $108 billion market by 2020.
How can a light bulb ever be considered cool? By adding on high-tech attributes such as a Bluetooth speaker and a camera. Sengled, which made $200 million in revenue last year from the technology, has done both.
Intelligent home technology means "we can do more with less," Alex Ruan, Sengled's general manager, told CNBC in an interview.
Since there are more than 8 billion sockets in the U.S., Ruan said LEDs fit seamlessly in the smart tech sector. "That's why home automation with smart bulbs makes all the sense in the world," he added. "It adds a lot of value so you don't have to constantly add devices to your home."