Sengled Alexa Light Bulb9.2/10 (Expert Score)
Sengled Alexa Light Bulb ,Color Changing Smart Light Bulbs Bluetooth Mesh, Smart Bulbs That Work with Alexa Only, Dimmable LED Bulb A19 E26 Multicolor, High CRI, 800LM 60W Equivalent, 3 Pack
- 9 REVIEWS ALEXA APP
- 6 REVIEWS WASTE OF MONEY
- 5 REVIEWS EASY TO SET
- 6 REVIEWS WORKED GREAT
- 6 REVIEWS SET UP WITH ALEXA
- 8 REVIEWS ALEXA DEVICES
- 6 REVIEWS USING WITH ALEXA
- 12 REVIEWS LIGHTS
- 16 REVIEWS BULB
- 9 REVIEWS CONNECTION
- 9 REVIEWS DEVICE
- 6 REVIEWS UNRESPONSIVE
- 4 REVIEWS ECHO
- 7 REVIEWS SMART
- 9 REVIEWS CONNECT
- 4 REVIEWS RESETTING
- 4 REVIEWS STAY
- 3 REVIEWS SWITCH
Get Started in Seconds: Ultra simple Plug-n-Play setup. Simply twist in the Sengled smart bulbs and start enjoying with Alexa smart devices in seconds (automatic linking to Alexa account required). A relaxed and stress-free experience can be obtained through intelligent lighting control. NO HUB REQUIRED.
Top Positive Review
MPOV~ These bulbs are great. Why?
~Very, easy to add. Alexa does all the work with discovery. Done in like 1 minute per bulb, which includes renaming, and adding to room.
~These (my experience) in older home do not have issues of “not responding”, nor need reset frequently.
~Easy to move from one room to another with no issues.
~The color change option is awesome for a living room/bedroom as night light, or when watching tv.
~~~ I love these, this is my second order of them. Loved buying them as a three pack this time saving money, rather than single.~~ I would recommend to anyone who is interested in color lights.
Top Critical Review
I was initially attracted to the idea that these were specifically made to work through Alexa, basically using Alexa as their “hub,” without requiring another device. I do like no-hub required lighting solutions. Also, I was intrigued by the Bluetooth 5.0 BLE MESH technology that would theoretically make each “light bulb act as a range extender, enabling simple whole-home installations.” Their words not mine. Bottom line, you will get away with setting up 3-10 of these bulbs without connection issues, which require you to most of the time delete them from your devices in the Alexa app and re-pair them on a daily basis.
So pairing them is quite simple as these were designed to ONLY be used with a compatible Alexa device. I have several of these Skynet devices around my home and am familiar with adding and deleting devices. Simply screw in your bulb, go to add a device within in your Alexa app (you can do this via voice command, but it works better using the app), follow the on-screen instructions, and voil??. There some lights I had to attempt to add two or three times, but eventually they added successfully. I did this another 20 or 32 times.
I started running into issues when I added bulb 12 or so. Right after I added that bulb, every new Bluetooth bulb started indicating that it was unresponsive within the Alexa app. I tried giving my voice commands and nothing happened. At this point, I turned off the light switches to the affected lights, waited about a minute, turned them back on, and one by one they started working again. I though it was maybe just a small glitch. I also decided at this point to see if I would have any issues over night with the bulbs I had already installed.
The next day, all the lights were working fine to start the day. Late that day, I continued replacing the remaining bulbs in the house. Every couple of bulbs, would repeat the issue I had the day before. At first, it was one or two lights, but it progressed to all the lights becoming unresponsive. Turning off the light switch didn’t work any more. I had to unplug all my Alexas, wait one minute, and then plug them all back in. That was not going to be something that I was adding to my daily routine. The point of automation is to make life a little more convenient. Therefore, I started putting in my old Wi-Fi bulbs. Once the connected Bluetooth bulbs was reduced to about 10, they all started working pretty well again. In fact, I do have 4 of the Candelabra Bluetooth bulbs that are still connected and have not had a single connection issue in weeks.
This product is TWO-STARS because the bulbs themselves are relatively easy to setup and seem to pair well with Alexa devices (so long as you don’t pair too many), but after that they fall short on all other claims. Most importantly their most repeated claim in the listing is that due to their BLE MESH technology that you will able to install these bulbs throughout the entire home. Based on my experience, this would only be true if your house needed 10 or less of these bulbs to provide lighting throughout the entire home. I personally have returned to using my Wi-Fi bulbs that I was using previously and have never been happier. Ultimately, these bulbs are extremely limited.
Customer Questions & Answers
Can these be used outdoors?
Answer: I have been using them in an enclosed exterior light fixture for over 1 year. Fixture is under a 24″ wave. so it is protected from driving rain.
Is this bulb suitable for outside?
Most probably. It is an LED light, which does not get hot, where some outside rain or water, can fracture the bulb. BUT, it still requires 115vac, and that can be a dangerous situation if the socket, or wiring, is exposed to severe water situations.
What would be nice, though, is that a string of these lights would ??
What is the distance from an echo device?
Answer: I don’t know the answer since I have Echos all over my house. BUT, since this uses Bluetooth communication between it and the Echo, and Bluetooth is typically 10 meters, that is about 32 feet, I would imagine it would be about 32 feet.
Do I need a mesh router?
Answer: You don’t need any router as it is Bluetooth protocol and you can connect directly with your mobile phone or “Alexa with Bluetooth”.
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