@heartny sure, they aren’t workshop or gallery lights. But if you have stuff worth illuminating with more than 450 lumens then why are you on Meh?
I find that one on white and 100% brightness is just barely bright enough for a 10x10 room. 2 is plenty for the room. I usually keep one at max and one at minimum.
I have one of these. Not perfect but nice to be able to use without a hub. Took a second time around to link to Google Home after registering with the Geeni app, then was able to remove the app and use Google Home by itself. The default soft-white light is the brightest setting, while the rest of the colors are a bit dimmer. One works fine for our small bedroom but may need multiple if trying to give good light coverage to a larger room. Good thing this is a 2-pack.
@pbirgel The default soft-white probably works as a porch light, but colors are dimmer so if they’re always going to be in color, not so well. I don’t know how weather-resistant these are either so if planning to use outside they should have adequate protection from the elements.
As a side-thought colored porch lights could be useful if you needed people to find your place at night (grandma look for the blue lights, like at K-mart lol)
@hchavers I enjoy being able to turn off my nightstand light by voice as it’s hard to reach from the bed. Also if I stay out later than expected and come home go a dark house, I can turn on the lamp without having to fumble across the room. But the reason I got the smart bulbs is for my stairwell. My house is split level, the back yard is at the bottom of some steep stairs (built prior to codes). I am often outdoors till after sunset, or playing games with friends in the downstairs game room, and have to climb the stairs in the dark. Now I just yell up to Alexa to turn on the light. They provide a measure of safety.
I hate to sound like a broken record but you should not install any unvetted smart device on your home network unless you know what you are doing. They can be easily hacked. And once on your network, the hacker can access your other devices or use them for denial of service attacks.
@squishybrain It’s a huge stretch to claim devices like this “can easily be hacked” and that doing so means the hacker will be “on your network”.
There are two known cases of smart lighting being compromised. The first was with Hue lighting, which hopped into the zigbee protocol and allowed control of the lighting. This required physical proximity and did not allow access to the network, just the lighting.
These bulbs don’t use zigbee.
The second was with Lifx bulbs, which did reveal network credentials, but it had to do with how Lifx did peer to peer communication in a mesh. This hack was far from easy. It required physically taking one of the devices apart so the code could be copied from it and reverse engineered.
These bulbs don’t use a mesh network.
Even with your home network credentials, they’d need to be able to compromise your other devices, which should have their own security.
It’s more accurate to say there’s potential threat any time you place an unknown device on your network. We don’t know if it is a problem or not, just that it could be. Claiming that they CAN easily be hacked just isn’t true.
And you could always set up another access point in a different subnet to keep these things away from your home network.
Until I looked it up on Amazon, I thought they only did those two colors. Some pics of colors other than pastel shades of blue and pink would have been nice, especially if you’re not shopping for babies. (I mean shopping for things for babies — not buying babies, you freak.)
The photos make it look like some kind of gender conformity thing for light bulbs, and I ain’t got no time for that.
@AGentleman Mine turn on whatever color and brightness I had them set last. I just tested. Alexa, turn A2 red. It turned on and was red. Alexa, turn A2 off. Alexa, turn A2 on. Behold, it was red. Mine are in table lamps.
I believe that @awk and @narfcake will agree with me that this Saturday bundle (so called) is a fitting end to a literally mediocre week of items that included odd candies and blades, much as I hoped for.
And a shoutout to @barney - purple lights!, right?
These work well by themselves but if you try to mix in with Hue or TP-Link devices… they don’t work well. I have the bulbs and the switches by Merkury (and the bluetooth fidget spinners, too) from Meh and they are all in our Meh give-away tote.
I got mine today. The instructions seemed familiar, so, instead of installing the Geeni app, I used the Smart Life one I already had install for a different brand cheap Chinese wifi bulb, and it worked.
That way I just told Alexa to discover new devices and she found it. I didn’t need to add another skill.
These are not bright, as previously noted. They are for accent lighting, not seeing.
I bought 6 of these and love them. Works great with Alexa, and the white setting is very similar to what I had in my living room before (3 of them are there). When watching movies I have them go to a color which is perfect atmosphere. Really fun. What a deal, way cheaper than other options right now. I hope these come back, and the higher lumens ones too. Thanks MEH!