@ruouttaurmind Yeah. Same here. I tried out one of them and they are a nice gimmick. For me they are lacking one essential quality of any light bulb: light. They are just not bright enough for practical use. They are dimmable: From dim to very dim
@PlacidPenguin Ya, they’re in my enormous pile of “Stuff for the yard sale I swear I’m going to have. Some day.” Which consists mostly of Meh merchandise, various bits from Woot! BOC from days gone by, and a buttload of casino “complementary gift especially for you” cookware kitchen appliances and party service sets.
@charlie_tca See, therein lies the rub. Although technically they are bulbs that emit light, as @einrad notes, they’re not really bright enough for usable light. More suitable for mood lighting, and I seldom find myself in said mood.
I admit… the sound from the speaker is unexpectedly full and rich though.
@PlacidPenguin No doubt it’s useful to someone, but there’s only so many rice steamers, cake pop makers and John Wayne cast iron cookware a guy can use, ya know? Every bit of it “new in box”. There are a few gems in there though. Like a Dyson bladeless fan, a Coach ladies wallet, a Kenneth Cole leather purse, even an iPod Touch. But the bulk of it is toasters, cheap Chinese wristwatches, porcelain chip and dip sets, Pyrex in every imaginable shape and purpose… just piles of “stuff”.
Bought last 2 times, they are actually decent for around $7.50 each! Put them in a place where you always have a light on and the look of it doesn’t matter, and you automatically get a Bluetooth speaker ready when you need it. I use one in my garage, in my basement, and in my dining room. Nice to have a speaker there that needs no charging or fiddling with cords.
@Stallion Yep. Agree. The app is a little squirrely but functional. One thing I’ve noticed is that the music-playing part of their app doesn’t let you select playlists. So unless you want to listen to every single song on your phone you’re better off using another music-playing app.
The mood lighting is great though.
Reddish orange + Barry White: 60% of the time it works every time.
@BleugrassBoy Honestly, for me, I just fire up bluetooth and pair it that way. It works great from both my android phone and iPad. I never use the app. The app’s only “real” use to me, is to change the color of the light, and quite honestly, I just leave it white.
@ILikeMeh Sengled makes them. They are for recessed lighting only though. You buy a master and then add on slave units. Connect to the master and the slaves play whatever the master does. They were expensive the last time I looked.
@mellowirishgent oh, I know, I am a huge fan of plenty of bulbs capable of specs in that range but they sure as heck are not full RGB color changing bulbs or are that size while hiding speakers and Bluetooth radios while being full RGB and containing the equivalent of 75+ incandescent worth of output
Bought these last time. I love them. I don’t have a fancy smart system, so these work great to play some music. One in my kids room for a dim light and speaker. Impromptu dance parties with the light flashing. Yes, there are better speakers, but this is cheap.
@Kerig3 yeah, what they said on the sound. Confession time, I bought them because i have a wall mounted hippo head that needed a light bulb that didn’t need a lampshade. This is great for that. But what do i know? I have a hippo head lamp on my wall.
Like others, I bought this last time. You can sync the speaker with a computer Bluetooth, but for the other functions, you need a smartphone or tablet.
The App crashed when I tried to control the light from my phone, but it worked with my tablet.
For someone on a budget who is never w/o their smartphone and thinks bass is really overrated, this could be a good deal, otherwise MEH!
One more thing: I contacted the company and asked for their control API so that I could write my own computer Bluetooth controller, but I never heard back from them.
Any idea if these work outside? I could see screwing them into the patio lights or on either side of the garage. Never need to put up holiday lights again. And as a bonus, I could play creepy Halloween sounds through them. Or drive the neighbors insane with “I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas” on a 24 hr loop for weeks!
@Hskrjer99 when you unpair or turn it off, the color goes back to white.
If it’s in a covered fixture… It might do ok for a little bit, but I have a feeling moisture and bugs would get into it and ruin it. The holes are where the speaker is. There isn’t any grille covering it.
@Hskrjer99 I bought six last time, and I’m buying six more, again…for exactly this reason. I had five running at one time, all cycling at different times through all the colors. I’m not sure what the significance is about “unpair or turn off and the color goes back to white”. If your phone is always on, and you have the app running, they all keep running at the last setting you programmed.
The only significant issue with multiples is that they all don’t play music through one app/phone.
I’ve only had them for a short time, so can’t speak to the longevity of quality, but I like 'em.
As for their brightness, the light is restricted by the speaker portion…it’s actually a very nice, subtle light. Sufficient for reading in direct light…just not great for lighting up a room…unless you’re lighting for a party.
So… I tried looking at the app on my phone. Crashes on Nexus 5X running 7.1.2.
It seems to be a 3rd party app anyways.
Meanwhile, if I really wanted lightbulbs which I could connect to my phone (and if possible, my watch), I would shell out a bit more money for more attractive lights. (Gasp I think I know what I’m getting myself for my birthday.)
( lucky-longing-Saturn ) I now have 4 of these things… My 6 year old daughter thinks there really cool. I was reading the comments on our site last week and somebody had to go mention the 400.00 cross bow on woot. ( thanks’ a whole lot. ) What the hell am I going to do with a badass cross bow??? ( probably going to get in trouble with it ) Hell, always wanted one so Thursday or Friday I guess I’ll have one…
If my house wasn’t in the process of having every light upgraded to a Wink hub compatible bulb, I’d go for these just for some accent lighting, but damn if I’m spoiled by lights that I can control through the Echo.
If Meh ever gets some RGBW Lightify bulbs though, I’m so screwed.
I got a pair of these last time. One is the perfect “next to the computers” bulb for either mood lighting or hitting the center button to find that bit of shatter that dropped behind the keyboard. It’s ok next to other huge lights sources (like, say…monitors) but it’s not even bright enough for a closet light. That said, at $7.50 a bulb, they are decent enough.
It’s in a home studio so I have not even tried the speaker though I suspect it’s like other mediocre BT speakers. (See what I did there?)
Now I cannot imagine the outright self-loathing that would come from having actually paid $200 for one of these from Amazon. Only ONCE in my life did I feel virtual donkey’s ears grow on my head, when I bought a “video camera” out of the back of a car on 18th street in Manhattan, and it ended up being a shrinkwrapped brick, (it was the early 80s, I was younger and stupid) but I digress!
Imagine for a moment what a huge horse’s ass is out there cause I bet SOMEONE bought one of these suckers for $200, and is still deeply facepalmed.
@droopus I can get 60W name brand LED bulbs that actually throw enough light to be useful for $1/each at Home Depot on sale. So as a bulb, these things–which don’t throw enough light to be useful even as a closet lamp–are NOT “decent enough”. They are only useful as a combination of a night light and a bluetooth speaker. As a bluetooth speaker, they’re about a 3/10. Not utterly hideous. But not even as good as things like the Logitech X50/X100 speakers that can had for about $10 on clearance.
In the end, I could see one of these being appealing to a 6 year old. But as something for adults…El Paso.
@KwadGuy Agreed. In fact, if I didn’t need an occasional small light next to my computers, I have no idea where I’d put the thing.
My whole house is LEDs - been availing myself of good Costco deals for a few years. I’m partial to the less blue LEDs that actually just look like bright incandescent. Pretty sure the only non-LED lighting anymore is the garage fluorescents.
That said, at worst, the bulb goes into the geek graveyard. But at least I don’t feel as bad as the chump who paid $199.
I put one in the recessed light socket above our amazon Echo, works great.
I thought it might be fun to have one upstairs for it as well, realizing you can only connect one at a time - but apparently having two things called “SunBeats” in the list is too confusing, even if only one is turned on at a time.
Going to put one in my kids’ bathroom and one in my son’s room for when he needs a night light and I need God to talk to him about his naughty behavior in the middle of the night.
We bought this last time, and I ordered one more set. We have them in the bathroom (listen to my phone/iPad while showering). The other is in my wife’s reading room. She’ll put music on it. The two new ones, one will go in my daughter’s bathroom for the same reason. The other one will probably go in the loft area.
The white light is good enough, but the color, as others have said, is kind of dim. The speakers are pleasantly LOUD and sound good.
I do wish you could play through more than 1 at a time.
Bought these for my kids for christmas. The app won’t work on one kids iPad 2, it won’t work on the other’s iPhone 4s. I try it on my android phone and it kinda works, but if I want to help my other kid with her’s then I have to uninstall the app to be able to manage a different light bulb. I had my expectations low and honestly it is far worse still. I’m really bummed about this purchase.
What a bright idea! The light of my life! The light of the world! I see the light! Be the Light! See the light in others! He turns my darkness in to Light! We now live in one of our darkest moments that we must now focus to see the light! Embrace light! illuminate the world with the this light! Be the light of the world! This bulb was born to light up the world! You have a light?! That’s a light joke!
I’ve considered buying these the last couple of times to put in our lamps on our bed stands. For $15 for 2, I’ll go for it this time. I like the different colors and that they’re dimmable. May use the speaker feature from time to time, too.
I bought this last time, and coupled it with a bluetooth receiver. I transmit my sound from my TV to the two speaker light bulbs. I like it. The only thing is for some reason there’s a loud buzzing sound, but it might just be a function of the transmitter. I am pleased with my purchase.
Funny, people love them or hate them. I really love mine. I am not much for the colors or the color cycling but the BT speaker rocks.
On the lumen thing…I have really low expectations due to the whole CF era. No way in hell would I ever buy those crappy counter-environmental mercury tubes. I waited for LED to become mainstream but still think the lumen thing in LED lighting in general is bunk. Don’t go by the “65 watt equivalent” because they probably aren’t talking about light, more likely a measure of energy or something. For whatever reason my bulb seems bright enough.