TP-Link LB130 Multicolor Wi-Fi LED Review

By   February 23, 2017

Smart lights have been a hot item ever since they hit the market. However, over the last few years, these devices have become more convenient and functional. Today, users can control their Wi-Fi bulbs with voice commands. The Amazon Echo is home to one of the most intuitive AI assistants in the world, Alexa, which supports an array of third-party Internet-connected devices.

 

LIFX+ Smart Light Bulb

Lifx Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

TP-Link LB130 Wi-Fi LED

The TP-Link LB130 is the Wi-Fi bulb for someone living on a budget. The color-changing bulb works with Amazon Alexa to offer hands-free control. The Android or iOS version of the companion app offers color temperature control and full color. Unlike the Lifx LED, which has a built-in Wi-Fi Radio, the LB130 does not.

Alexa skills are a little limited, when it comes to the TP-Link LB130 LED. Alexa can only switch the bulb on/off and adjust the dimness level. It can also be grouped with other Alexa-compatible LEDs to control everything simultaneously.

When pairing with Alexa, you just need to open Smart Home section of the Alexa app. Tap on the “Get More Smart Home Skills”, find the Kasa skill and enable it. The next step entails asking Alexa to scan for the LB130 bulb. It will be added to the Smart Home device list.

From the app, users can create time schedules, so the bulb will change colors and switch on/off at specific times. Track energy usage on a per-day basis and the average energy savings compared to a 60-watt incandescent bulb right from the app.

The Circadian Mode allows users to switch between hot, light blue daylight tones and yellows for evening, without customization capabilities.

The LB130 compatibility options are limited to Alexa, which makes it extremely difficult to put the colors to good use.

For consumers looking for more features and functionality, the Lifx Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb will probably be a better option.

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