|Priced at Rs. 1,299 each, the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulbs are affordable.||B22 to E27 socket converter required for each of these bulbs.|
|Come in a very elegant silver matte finish.||Lack of support for incoming notifications.|
|Do not require a separate hub or a bridge to connect with|
|The installation process of these bulbs is quite simple and can be done in five minutes.|
|Can be controlled via Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants.|
|You can save a particular hue as a favorite and name it too.|
Xiaomi is one of the very large companies that produce a diverse variety of products in China including the smart home products. They are now bringing them to India because of the large and potential Indian market.
One of the products is the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb from Xiaomi’s smart home devices portfolio that is making its way to the Indian market. After going up for pre-order through Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform; the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb is now available for sale in India. Priced at Rs. 1,299 each, the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb offers customers a relatively affordable entry into the world of smart home devices. In typical Xiaomi fashion, it also brings a lot to the table at a bargain.
Mi LED Smart Bulb Review
The Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb comes in a pear-shaped profile, but with a less curvy design and sharper lines than most commonly available LED bulbs in the market. Unlike standard bulbs, the Xiaomi’s bulb has a metallic base and is quite heavy.
The matte finish lends a premium touch to it and helps with heat dissipation. Although, you’ll have to separately purchase a B22 to E27 socket converter for each and every Xiaomi bulb you buy; these bulbs are better than others in the market in the terms that they do not require a separate hub or a bridge to connect with, as they come with in-built Wi-Fi. As for the B22 to E27 socket converters, these are easily available in the market for around Rs. 150 to Rs. 200. The E27 sockets can be found on some decorative lamps and chandeliers inside your homes.
The installation process of these bulbs is quite simple and can be done in five minutes. Mi Home app has all the features that you need to interact with the bulb, but that’s only half of the device’s intended use case scenario.
Mi Smart Bulb with Smart Voice Assistants
The Mi Home Smart LED bulb can also be controlled via Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. The Mi LED Bulb is controlled using the Mi Home app, which acts as a unified control hub for nearly all the connected smart home devices offered by Xiaomi. You can simply download its phone application and add your bulbs into it using the ‘+’ option. If the phone fails to discover the device, you can add it manually by resetting the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb.
To do so, switch the bulb off and then on again five times in a row with a two-second gap between each step. Once you have performed the reset step, the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb will display a multi-coloured effect briefly and will then turn white. At this point, select the ‘Add Manually’ option in the Mi Home app; then tap on the ‘Operation Confirmed’ button on the next screen.
You will find five toggles on the Mi LED Wi-Fi Smart Bulb’s home page in the Mi Home app. You can turn the light on/off, adjust the colour, or enable the ‘Flow’ mode that smoothly transitions between different colours.
The user can also tap the heart icon at the top, to save a particular hue as a favourite and assign it a name. In the Favourites section, which can be opened by tapping the star icon at the bottom; you’ll find a list of light colours you’ve saved as favourites and can also choose from some pre-installed presets. For example, the Sunrise effect turns on the light and gradually increases its brightness over the next fifteen minutes.
In conclusion of our review of Mi Smart Bulb, we can say that although there is a lot of competition in the market related to such kinds of products; these bulbs have come with a number of features which will let them stand out in the market.
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