Novostella 13W 1300LM Smart LED Light Bulbs9.3/10 (Expert Score)
?1300LM RGBCW 2700K-6500K Smart Bulb?13W 1300LM, the brightest Smart WiFi Light Bulb on Amazon. RGBCW = RGB + Warm White + Daylight White, tunable white from 2700K-6500K. There are 16 million dimmable colors and 8 lighting scenes to choose from. Explore unlimited lighting possibilities for your project with just one light.
Top Positive Review
I have tested numerous white + Color LED bulbs, and these are the brightest I’ve used. Other bulbs that are RGBW add either green or red color to the cool white to adjust the color temperature. They end up looking very odd, and are always more “fluorescent” looking than natural, like an incandescent bulb (see attached photo). These are RGBCW (Have both Cool white and Warm White) and are very natural looking and blend in nicely with regular light bulbs.
I have 3 of them in my front lights, and they are great for setting colors for various holidays (Christmas, St. Patrick’s, Valentine’s, Easter, etc.) without having to go outside and manually install color bulbs. Just a simple click of a color change in the app.
They work great remotely, have several nice features such as schedules, editable scenes (select which colors to cycle through, brightness, saturation of color, and speed to change colors), grouping of multiple lights to adjust them together, and are also controllable from a home automation system, such as an Alexa or an IFTTT account to allow other internet connected devices to adjust the bulb colors (for example, change colors based on the weather). Very pleased with this purchase.
Top Critical Review
Pretty good bulb. Nice white range and definitely bright. Colors are better on the Lifx bulbs, but the color range isn’t bad.
Update: bulb flickers any time brightness is above 30% no matter what light fixture I put it in – no other bulbs have this problem – and the colors are not reading correctly. I tried to set my light to a nice light blue within the native smartlife app and it’s purple. When using Google home to try to set all of my bedroom lights to the same color, only the novostella doesn’t change to even the right color range. By that I mean that I will press green and the novostella turns pink. I’m not sure what’s going on with it, but it now sucks even as an accent light.
Second update: bulb never stops flickering. I have reset it, moved it to a new room, deleted and reinstalled the apps and linked and unlinked my accounts and the bulb. Nothing works. Bulb can’t be found on my 2g WiFi network or be used by Google home or the smart life app. It won’t stop flickering, so it doesn’t even work as a normal light.
Customer Questions & Answers
This buld lasted me only a few months of minimal usage in a living room lamp. It blew out while it was on. Anyone else have this problem?
Answer: No, you might have gotten a defective one. These should last years. I would contact the seller and explain to them what happened – they might be able to give you a new one for free.
Does it easy to control? Can three bulbs be controlled at the same time(ie: change colors on both at the same moment)?
Answer: Yes,very convenient to use.This smart light bulb compatible with Alexa, Google Home. IFTTT is also supported. Be sure that you are using 2.4GHz WiFi when connecting with the smart bulb. You can create a group,add these three bulbs in it,then you can control them at the same time.
I have ceiling light where the bulb is horizontal and not vertically down. Can I use these bulbs and expect same brightness or should I not use them?
Answer: Should work, socket size is the same as a normal bulb, its about as bright as a 60 watt bulb
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