Smart home products and IoT products are still trying to carve a space out in the market and sometimes the whole experience feels a bit disjointed. There are hundreds of different smart products on the market and smartbulbs are one of them. Mark Cuban-backed ilumi is one of the companies trying to be one of the leaders in the market and they might have a slight edge above the rest. Well built and well designed, the ilumi Smartbulb is probably one of the best bulbs you can get out there right now and this is the ilumi Smartbulb review.
What can you say about the design of a lightbulb? The shapes haven’t changed much over the years and this is no different with the ilumi A19 and ilumi BR30. Both of these bulbs retain the traditional shapes of indoor lamp and flood light bulbs. The build quality and materials used are another matter though. Both the A19 and the BR30 feel substantially more solid than the off the shelf dumb bulbs you normally buy. They’re actually a lot heavier than I expected but not in a bad way, they feel solid and worth the price you’re paying for them. Overall the design is great, they look like traditional bulbs but with really great quality.
Ease Of Use
ilumi uses Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with your iOS or Android device and the pairing process is super simple: screw in the ilumi, open the app, and pair. The app offers a plethora of options from changing colors on the fly to setting up moods and presets based on the time of day or week. You can also create scenes that will allow you to switch quickly from one preset to another. You can also set ilumi to turn on at a certain time of day to work as an alarm or use vacation mode which will turn your lights on and off at preset times, giving the look that someone is home.
You can also sync your ilumi to your smartphone’s music and watch the lights flicker and change to the beat of your music. There is some proof that changing the color of the lighting around you can be therapeutic and the app allows you to set a pattern for that purpose as well. Finally, you can even play the classic game Simon with your ilumi, kind of cool and a fun talking point with visitors.
It is important to note that in order for things like vacation mode and rise and shine to work, the light switch must be in the on position at all times. That could be an issue if you have kids who like to flip switches constantly (like I do). There were several times I was expecting my ilumi to fulfill a preset I had programmed but it didn’t because a small human had flipped the switch to the off position. Just something to be aware of.
The ilumi Smartbulbs performed great and there’s a ton of fun things you can do with them. The company is releasing a revamped app in April that’s supposed to be better and more user friendly than the current setup (though the current app isn’t all that bad). Overall these bulbs perform great!
Priced at $59.99 for the A19 and $69.99 for the BR30 it’s going to cost some bucks to retrofit your whole home with these. But the plus side is, LED bulbs do last longer than traditional bulbs and you’re less likely to replace these as often saving you those future expenses.
If you’re looking to install some smartbulbs and want quality over price, ilumi is a top of the list product.