Z-Wave Smart LED Bulb Review

Connectivity


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.

Performance


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.

Conclusion


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.

Pros

  • Inexpensive price point
  • Quick and simple setup
  • Connects to Piper’s ecosystem for added security

Cons

  • Weak overall brightness output
  • Basic set of features by itself
  • No color changing feature like other bulbs

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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11 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

even bulbs are getting a 7 nowadays :p

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Surprised no one replied "if it had Apple logo on it then it would've even got a 9+ Lol" I see trolling is really fun.. Ha ha hahaha

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Reviewing bulbs now, eh PA? Must be a VERY slow day! After Smartphones, there came Smart watches, Smart Televisions, and now Smart Bulbs. It's smart this, smart that. Every bloody thing from your rice cooker to toaster is getting 'smarter' now... That brings me to one glowing question; is this a step towards human extinction? Imagine this 'SMART CRAZE' 40 Years later. SMART TANKS, SMART DRONES, SMART MISSILES... Terminator, anyone? James Cameroon is a GENIUS!

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Trollllll arena

4. 35tomycity

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 16, 2015

Anyone remotely out of it will go "oooooh, a phone that's a light bulb!"

5. Raghavkumar

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Qube smart light from indiegogo is far better than this! Oh wait! this is phonearena right?

6. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

It's better to just install a zwave switch. No one wants to grab their phone every time they want to turn the lights on or off.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

You can also set timers for group of actions or add motion sensors too

9. st1114g

Posts: 11; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wow.. LG V10 and the Smart Bulb on the same boat ... With rating of 7 lol

10. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Don't forget the Xperia Z5 premium lol

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so $29.99 for a dimmable bulb is considered inexpensive, great

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