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November 29, 2015, 03:07:38 PM
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The only way Bitmain will sell a significant number of light bulbs is if they manage to get them down close to the cost of "conventional" light bulbs with similar capabilities - which pretty much means they HAVE to compete with "smart" bulbs or their hardware cost to make the things is gonna kill them.

 That's STILL going to limit their market quite a bit, most folks have ZERO interest in "smart light bulbs", but some folks like to play with the programability stuff.
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November 29, 2015, 07:18:37 PM
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Usb miners (which are made even simpler than mining lightbulbs) have been refined for years now, and they still are not profitable no matter the quantity. It's an industry of scale, even <1kW miners are going by the wayside, and as long as these standalone miners are in popular existence, light bulbs, pod and USB miners will not be sound financial investments, but rather niche products.

If a mining light bulb were able to turn a small profit, then a rack full of dedicated mining equipment could turn a considerably larger one, and keep cheap light bulbs where they belong.  I can't think of any rational reason for a large company (let along individuals for any reason but curiousity/tinkering) to put ASICs in light bulbs.  Unless the manufacturer was earning the mining revenue off their customer's electricity, which would simply be deception.

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November 29, 2015, 10:48:48 PM
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Usb miners (which are made even simpler than mining lightbulbs) have been refined for years now, and they still are not profitable no matter the quantity. It's an industry of scale, even <1kW miners are going by the wayside, and as long as these standalone miners are in popular existence, light bulbs, pod and USB miners will not be sound financial investments, but rather niche products.

If a mining light bulb were able to turn a small profit, then a rack full of dedicated mining equipment could turn a considerably larger one, and keep cheap light bulbs where they belong.  I can't think of any rational reason for a large company (let along individuals for any reason but curiousity/tinkering) to put ASICs in light bulbs.  Unless the manufacturer was earning the mining revenue off their customer's electricity, which would simply be deception.
Well here's the deal...I don't think it was ever intended for large companies to use these light bulbs for mining according to the following quote anyway:

“We believe that the project’s focus should not be on making money from bitcoin mining, but on creating innovative solutions with main purpose to use this product for educational purposes and fun,” said BitFury CEO Valery Vavilov

So yeah basically an alternative to a USB miner for people with interest in learning about bitcoin technology, and giving them a touch of the bitcoin blockchain ecosystem.  Obviously we (miners) know USB miners aren't money makers so these most likely won't be either, but still could be fun toys that teach more about bitcoin.
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December 01, 2015, 07:00:01 AM
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OK, so if the BitFury theory is that the "Mining light bulb" isn't an economic thing, why make it a light bulb? Why not a low priced "21 Inc Bitcoin Computer" like gadget? That seems every bit as useful to the "inovative solutions.....educational purposes and fun" plan as anything.

If they ever produce them for actual sale, we'll know what came of it. Of course maybe the "Everything that has electricity should be a miner"  hangover is finally setting in and they really don't have a clue about what to do with it.

Just my $.02 on the idea.
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December 01, 2015, 10:47:27 AM
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I would buy a few if they are economic light bulbs, and i know ill help a little with descentralisation  Grin
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December 01, 2015, 04:40:35 PM
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OK, so if the BitFury theory is that the "Mining light bulb" isn't an economic thing, why make it a light bulb? Why not a low priced "21 Inc Bitcoin Computer" like gadget? That seems every bit as useful to the "inovative solutions.....educational purposes and fun" plan as anything.
Lets be honest, a light bulb is about the easiest thing there is to set up instead of having to run on a computer, and I think a "night light" would be cool for kids rooms etc.

I would buy a few if they are economic light bulbs, and i know ill help a little with descentralisation  Grin
I would buy a few for the man cave, and some for the office.  TBH I would most likely give them as gifts to some of my younger cousins so they could learn about bitcoin, and help secure the blockchain!

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December 01, 2015, 07:20:29 PM
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You might find that setting up the Internet access is required for your "night light". I am assuming it will have WiFi, so that may, or may not, be as trivial as you think, depending on your location. At home I would have to somehow feed in the WiFi info (i.e. SSID and password). At my work place, it's even worse with the security controls in place for WiFi access. I won't be bringing a mining light bulb to my office, for a variety of reasons.

Of course maybe BitFury has thought of all this and made it completely trouble free.

I would very much like to hear about an actual person that purchased one and their experience. How much did it cost? What did they have to do to setup the Internet access? Did they get to choose the mining pool?

So far it's a "vapor demo mining bulb".
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