So i recently bought my first smart light bulb and after many hours of research with my finger hovering over the “buy now” button i decided to skip the expensive options and try out a simple $30 light bulb.
I went with TP link for 3 reasons:
- It is a well known brand
- It did not require a hub
- It was cheap
I have to say it was a lot easier than i thought to set up. First thing first though i had to switch the light off then simply screw in the light bulb. Download the KASA App and follow the simple steps to set it up. Even with a firmware update this was simple and painless.
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After this i paired it with my google home app and now have a couple of nice routines set up to automate my experience. I wake up at 5am and walk out to the lounge room and the light is on and it’s very dim, just the way i like it. At 9pm the light dims down to about 15% and at 11pm the light and TV turn off. That’s my way of making myself got to bed.
Will i be buying more TP link products? Certainly, I actually have the brighter full color option already in the cart.
So, the key benefits for me are:
- The brand
- The price
- No hub
- The simplicity
- Easy pairing with Google Assistant
- I can Dim it to my choice of brightness
- Adding routines to my day for how i interact with my home
The only real downfall for me is that it isn’t very bright but that is a choice i made at the counter, not a fault of the product. This is why the next one i get will have more wattage and more colour options so i can go for that cool bright colour in the kitchen.