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Written by Richard Oldale on December 8, 2020

Yeelight Smart Bulbs

Yeelight smart bulbs enable you to sync your digital lifestyle and have fun with your home lighting. Create personalised scenes with photos, sync your lights with music, automate mood lighting and control your lights from anywhere. 

Yeelight smart bulb

Yeelight Smart Light Bulbs

  • White LED 800 lumens
  • Colour LED 800 lumens
  • LED Lightstrip
  • Motion Sensor Nightlight
  • Desk Lamp

Compatible Hubs 

  • 2.4G & 5G WiFi router (No hub required)
  • Amazon Echo etc
  • Google Home and Nest
  • Apple Homekit

Compatible Voice Assistants 

  • Amazon Alexa 
  • Google Assistant 
  • Apple Homekit

What’s In The Box?

  • 1, 2 or 4 LED light bulbs

Yeelight LED Smart Bulbs Setup

Yeelight smart bulbs have a distinct design, distinguishable by the crisscrossed lines that form a diamond-shaped pattern on the neck. As part of the Xiaomi Smart Home ecosystem, you need to install either the Mi Home or Yeelight app on your mobile handset or tablet. But that’s straight-forward enough. Once installed you have the option to create settings for your entire house including desk lights and corner lamps.

No hub is required to use Yeelight bulbs. They are WiFi-enabled. You can pair them with either Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Homekit though. Not many other budget-friendly smart bulbs are compatible with Apple.

Yeelight smart bulb mobile

Yeelight Bulbs Lighting Settings 

With 16 million colours, the choice of light settings is endless. And Yeelight is much brighter than the competition. You can customise a multitude of ambient settings to suit whatever you are doing or the time of day, and even engage additional light effects including colour temperatures, filter photos through your lights and sync your lighting to music. 

Yeelight Smart Bulb Features 

  • WiFi support - no hub required
  • Voice assistant support
  • Sync with music and photos
  • Personalised lighting theme
  • Timer and customised schedule
  • Motion sensor 
  • IFTTT applets for third-party devices such as cameras and doorbells

Verdict 

The Yeelight smart LED bulb was awarded the PCMag Editor’s Choice on the grounds that it works with all three leading voice assistants as opposed to Alexa and Google Assistant like most other budget smart bulbs. That’s fine for Apple users but for everybody else, Wyze and Sengled represent cost-efficient alternatives - unless you want a choice of 16 million colours, lights that dance to your music and project your photos. To be fair, these are pretty cool features! 

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