Over twenty years ago I started using energy saving bulbs because they were going to last a long time (they did) and use less energy. I certainly was satisfied with my choice then and now. Well, here comes the next generation of bulbs. Not only energy saving but SMART. Yes, it appears all our devices may end up smarter than some humans.
Here I identify where the bulb is from a drop-down menu. This is a great idea. If I had two bulbs for my home on the outside – front and back of the house, I would then control when the are turned on and off simultaneously and I wouldn’t have to walk downstairs go to either end of the house to flip those switches separately. It might be good exercise to walk all over the house, but there are times it’s just easier to tap on my phone. At least I would have the option.
In the “Palette” window I can change the color of the light the bulb gives off. It’s subtle but it does make a difference. This bulb only has frequencies from yellow to blue. Other bulbs have more colors.
Below the colors is the next feature. I can control the brightness by swiping from low (left) to brightest (right). When I like what I see – the bulb responds to my changes immediately – I “ADD to Favorites” and write in a name for my new Favorite.
I installed the app on a tablet to see if it was different. The same process as on the phone…here’s the picture of the bulb I took with the tablet. By the way this is the bulb at full intensity – and BOY, is it bright! This is supposed to be a 45 watt LED bulb and inside the house I generally never have it up that high. And I love that it never gets hot. This bulb has a life of 20,000 hours.
Create a Group, say, of all the lights upstairs, or downstairs. That way you can control the entire area at once. Turning all the room lights on and off or having them all the same ambient lighting scheme.
I didn’t bother to take a photo because I only have one bulb, so the app uses the default picture
The AwoX Smart CONTROL App is synced to the Moto360 watch I just reviewed, so I can turn the bulb on and off from my watch! How COOL is THAT?
If you have several bulbs – especially the ones that change colors – turn on disco mode and play music. The bulbs will brighten and dim to the music. While I’ve tried this with my one bulb, it’s obvious that this really works best when you have several bulbs – maybe outside in your garden – that are all various colors. Makes for an interesting party atmosphere.
Once your bulbs are all set up with their colors, just play any songs from your list in your Smartphone. Hit PLAY and Get The Party Started.
Once I set up the bulb I decided to move it to my desk and I must say being able to turn the light there on and off “remotely” is very convenient. “Oops, I forgot to turn off my light and I’m already in bed! Well, I’ll just grab my phone and tap the OFF icon!”
It gives a nice soft light. And I do love that I can change the brightness whenever I need to. It’s great having a Smart Bulb. It almost makes me feel Smarter.