Smart Light Bulb by Koogeek. HomeKit Compatibility
We have tested some HomeKit compatible devices. The truth is that in recent months we have seen how manufacturers are getting more and more accessories for this platform. One of the most prolific is Koogeek, from whom on this occasion we analyzed his Smart Light Bulb after several days of use.
Device type: LED bulb type E27.
Compatible devices: iOS 10 is recommended for direct control and Apple TV with tvOS 10 or iPad with iOS 9 for remote control.
Weight: 299 grams.
Warmth: between 2,700 and 6,000K.
Colors: configurable up to 16 million.
Connection: Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi.
HomeKit compatibility: yes.
App for iOS 10: yes.
Simple to install and quick to use
Like all HomeKit accessories, this smart bulb is very easy to install. You put the bulb in the socket, turn on the switch and open the HomeKit app or the one provided by Koogeek. You add the accessory and you have it ready to use.
The particularity of this bulb is that you do not need any additional accessories to control it. Do not buy a separate bridge or hub or buy a pack of several bulbs that includes it. Perhaps, the reason that this is so causing the weight of the bulb to be considerable. As soon as you open it and hold it in your hand, we will know that it is not a normal bulb. It weighs a lot if we compare it with the typical LED bulb.
Once we have it added to our home with the iOS Home app, we can begin to "play" with it. As we know, we can now activate this bulb both from the app and from the new Control Center. And of course, with Siri. As we have checked on other occasions, it is great to be able to tell Siri to turn on the living room light.
One of the things I like the most is that you can continue using this bulb like any other. That is, when the switch is turned on and off, the switch turns on and off. This way you don't have to activate it from the Apple Watch or the iOS device. The problem is that if we use it this way, the light it shows by default is too white. That and you have to remember to leave it connected to use it with HomeKit.
Good price, designed for secondary lights
The price of this Koogeek smart bulb is quite tight. Compared to other similar solutions and with support for different colors, it is the lowest I have found. Other manufacturers require the aforementioned bridge included in a pack that may pull back those who want to enter home automation without headaches.
The incorporation of a bridge complicates the installation with HomeKit inevitably. That's why this smart bulb is so attractive.
The only downside I have found is that it is intended for secondary locations. At the beginning of my tests, I have placed it as the main bulb of the room and it illuminated less than a conventional LED. That's why I ended up placing it in a floor lamp whose switch is less accessible and therefore fits better.
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