REVIEW – SwitchBot has been impressing me for the previous few months with their revolutionary, but fairly priced gadgetry like their curtain closing robotic, contact and movement sensors, and now with their Color Change Bulbs. The Holiday season is an ideal time to attempt these out!
What is it?
SwitchBot’s Color Change bulbs are 120-volt, Wi-Fi-connected, LED illumination sources able to producing 16-million colours from a regular lightbulb socket.
- 120-volts (different voltages can be found for worldwide use)
- Fit normal bulb sockets
- 16-Million colours
- Up to 800 lumens
- Manual and programmable color-changing capabilities from the SwitchBot app
- Voice Control suitable
- Grouping suitable
- 10-Watts (60W incandescent comparable)
- 25,000-hour lifespan
- 5.83 x 2.56 x 2.52 inches
- Supports Alexa, Google Home, Siri Shortcuts, SmartThings, IFTTT, and Clova.
- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi community suitable
What’s within the Box?
- Color ChangeBulb
- User guide
Design and Features:
SwitchBot generously despatched 4 Color Change bulbs for analysis.
Packaging is minimal, however correctly boxed, shouldn’t pose a injury subject in transport.
Adding bulbs to the app took not more than 30 seconds.
The app’s bulb management is split into “White,” “Color,” and “Dynamic.”
“White” configures the bulb tint anyplace from a really cool blue tint to a yellowish heat white tint and every part in between in addition to brightness. Do it’s essential match the tint of an present fixture, décor, or vacation ornament? Six fast entry buttons present instantaneous entry to user-selectable tint and brightness ranges.
“Color” is provided with an identical slide bar that may run the bulb by means of your complete gamut of colours. Reaction to the slide bar’s motion is duplicated on the bulb virtually immediately. Similar settings for customized decisions are supplied.
Both the “White” and “Color” screens have configurations for schedules. Time of day, days of the week, and fade charge (from instantaneous to 60 minutes) are all programmable and labored flawlessly.
Also featured are delay timers that may flip the bulb on or off based mostly on the present time.
“Dynamic” has preprogrammed or programmable patterns with a number of completely different fade and flash patterns. Do you need to flash your lights pink, inexperienced, and blue for Christmas? Pink and white for Valentine’s Day? Five shades of inexperienced for St. Patrick’s Day? This is the place you try this. The identical schedule and delay timers can be found for “Dynamic” modes
There is even a cool “Music” mode that flashes the lights in synchronization with the microphone enter from a smartphone. Neat!
Multiple bulbs may be grouped so all of them behave the identical habits. Here they’re in my house theater:
“Power Loss Recovery” permits the customization of the bulb ought to energy be interrupted. It ought to be famous that SwitchBot recommends not utilizing wall switches or dimmers with their coloration bulbs.
Integration with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Clova, and Siri is accessible. Because I already had the SwitchBot app linked to Amazon, as quickly because the bulb was added, I acquired a discover that it was obtainable to be used with Alexa.
Integration is the place these bulbs actually shine (pun supposed). Once linked to Alexa, I used to be ready to make use of phrases like, “Alexa, turn [bulb name] blue,” or “green” and even some obscure colours like “chartreuse” and “goldenrod.”
Of course, I might additionally dim and switch the bulb on or off. This performance labored completely, however not all coloration names are “known.” “mauve” and “evergreen” confused Alexa. Still, I used to be very impressed by the flexibility of the voice instructions.
As a bonus, SwitchBot included some NFC tags. These little buttons enable the telephone to activate, off, or toggle SwitchBot devices by tapping the telephone on them, akin to utilizing your telephone as a key. They work however require some version-specific necessities and the app to be open. For me, it’s simply simpler to make use of the app.
To sweeten the expertise, the bulbs are absolutely suitable with the gadgets I beforehand reviewed right here and right here that means switches and sensors can be utilized to set off bulb capabilities. SwitchBot’s integration is a factor of magnificence.
What I Like:
- So many colours!
- Simple connection and setup.
- Fantastic voice command capabilities!
- Great integration with different SwitchBot merchandise and residential automation platforms!
What I Would Change:
- 800 lumens is comparatively vivid, however I might like to see brighter variations sooner or later.
I’ve put in the 4 SwitchBot Color bulbs in my house theater for a little bit of a snazzy improve. I really like having the ability to change colours utilizing voice instructions to suit my temper, the scheduling and cloud integration is fantastic, and the funky computerized color-changing capabilities will likely be a celebration hit. These bulbs are extremely enjoyable!