Z-Wave Smart LED Bulb Review
Getting it connected to an existing Piper setup is a breeze, much like the other Z-Wave accessories in Piper portfolio that we’ve come across, like the Outdoor Smart Switch for example, which allows us to control our outdoor Christmas lights. For this particular setup, we’re using the Z-Wave LED bulb with your ordinary side table lamp in a living room. Using the companion app, the Z-Wave technology behind everything with this setup quickly sniffs out the LED bulb and adds it to our existing set of accessories connected to Piper.
First, let’s talk about the Z-Wave LED bulb’s brightness output. It obviously doesn’t achieve a potent punch at its highest setting, but rather, it’s meant to be used more as a reading light than anything else. Considering that its output isn’t as potent as a daylight bulb, it actually turns out to be better in being mood lighting – allowing its softer tones to gently light up areas. Of course, it’s very easy on the eyes and never overpowering to cause distraction.
Being connected to Piper’s system, it means that we’re able to remotely turn on/off the bulb when we’re away, which means that it’s good at warding off potential prowlers. Not only that, but the LED bulb is dimmable as well, allowing us to adjust its brightness through the slider tool in the app. While its features are basic, in comparison to how some other bulbs can change colors, the advantage here is that it can work in conjunction with other Z-Wave peripherals connected to Piper. For example, if motion is detected by Piper’s camera, the LED bulb can automatically be turned on – or conversely, turned off at a specified time.
In terms of pricing, the Z-Wave LED bulb is no different from the vast majority of alternative smart bulbs out there in the space. With an MSRP of $29.99, it’s exactly the same price as the color changing Misfit Bolt, but still cheaper than the Philips Hue Connected Bulb. Naturally, the main benefit here with this one is seen in how it achieves a higher level of utility with Piper’s ecosystem. Going beyond just being a standard LED bulb for lighting, it can be used as a deterrent when it’s incorporated into Piper’s security.
By itself, it’s pretty bland and boring, since its functionality is limited to just remote operation. Combined with Piper, however, it’s a nifty tool that serves its purpose in giving folks an added layer of peace of mind when they’re away.