We all know how fast the technology is progressing these days. We have all kinds of appliances that can be monitored and controlled via apps on our smart devices, while we are in bed or not home at all, and this is no surprise. But, in this following text, we’ll talk about light bulb speakers. Yes, you heard that right! Today, we live in a world that’s pampering us by giving us the comfort of lighting our room all the while we listen to our favorite song. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?
So, dive in, as I present five different light bulb speakers that I had the pleasure of experimenting within the past period. In ways, all of them are pretty similar, but they do offer some distinctions too.
Sengled Solo Dimmable LED Light Bulb with JBL Speakers – Our Pick
The Sengled Solo LED light bulb comes with JBL speakers or described as Dual 1.07-inch high-fidelity speakers with L/R stereo effect. The light bulb is operated via an app on your smartphone, with options to play music and set the brightness, compatible with both Android and iOS smart devices. The bulb is simple to install – just screw it into a standard E26 socket. You won’t need any cords or wiring in the process. Just sit back, relax and play music from any mobile app (like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube). The beauty of the product is that you don’t need separate remote controls, but you can set the music and dim the light according to your mood. Basically, this light bulb offers the opportunity to light up the room with energy efficient LED light, while enjoying sound too.
You can use it wherever you wish – around the house or at the office, and you can connect more than one via the network. The sound coming from the speakers is fairly good (having in mind the size of it, and the price as well) and it can create the best experience in smaller rooms. The bulb itself is a bit larger than expected, but this is normal since it has a built-in speaker. However, you have to be aware that this light bulb with speakers can’t be connected to other similar products. Just keep this in mind when you plan your purchase.
In terms of light bulb speakers, unfortunately, there are some issues to be mentioned regarding this product. The app is working great when used for dimming the light, however, the sound tends to sometimes break. There’s also some delay between the light and the music streaming. The problem was getting a little bit worse when I tried to dim the light bulb while playing music on – that is, the sound was worse.
So, here’s what I liked:
- The L/R stereo effect and the decent sound
- Fast installation – in minutes
- Having few in my network and connecting my smartphone automatically
And what I disliked:
- Sound breaking up – this can be frustrating
- Adjusting the light did not go well with the sound
Texsens Smart LED Light Bulb with Bluetooth Speaker
This LED light bulb speaker is a great way to personalize your home lighting by using over 16 million dimmable colors and tones. The light bulb is operated via an app, compatible with both iOS and Android smart devices. The bulb offers a really cool feature – a timer off and sleep assistant functions. This means that you can set the timer to automatically turn off the bulb once you go to sleep, or set it to wake you up in the morning with soft music and light for a perfect start of the day. On top of it, the light bulb has a ’flicker mode’, or the light twinkles while following the music beat. It’s energy efficient, shock and vibrations resistant and it’s really easy to set it up. It equals an 80-watt halogen bulb, but with perks!
The built-in speaker provides a good sound – loud and clear voice with a decent amount of bass – enough to fill a small room with sufficient level of loudness. Just don’t expect any surround sound feel. You can use it as a cool light anywhere and listen to your favorite music via the Bluetooth speaker. If you have kids, they’d be especially happy with the twinkling light by rhythm and color changing options. If you are not looking to set the mood or entertain your family, you can always use it as a normal light with many shades of white.
One thing I found odd is the need for a battery operated remote control (these devices are usually directly operated via the smartphone). Prior to making the purchase, be informed that the light bulb is larger than the standard ones, so if you have a specific lamp, it may not fit.
Hence, in just a few words, I enjoyed:
- The plethora of colors and the sleep timer
- The rhythm twinkling option
- Music and light to pair my moods
- Streaming stability
What can be better:
- Battery operated remote control need
- No surround sound feel
- Size of the light bulb to fit some more elegant lamps
LIGHTSTORY Bluetooth Light Bulb Speaker
This light bulb speaker created by Lightstory, same as all similar products, is easily operated via an app on your smart device. All you need to do is to scan the QR code presented in the manual and you’ll have the free app downloaded in no time. It’s a color changing dimmable light bulb that offers four basic colors and 12 more shades of brightness. On top of it, it remembers the latest shade you used, so it can welcome you with the same one the next time you use it. Since it is a light bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, you can stream music from your smart device, while changing the lighting color. It is really easy to install and it is compatible with a standard E26 socket.
Same as the previous light bulb speaker, this Lightstory smart light bulb speaker has a timing alarm and sleep assistant. So, if you feel that you’ll fall asleep in 10 minutes, you can set the timer to turn off the bulb, without the need to get out of bed. The Bluetooth speaker offers a fair sound and loudness output to fill a smaller room. You can also place it as a front porch light and make your yard look and sound better. Depending on the occasion, if you are entertaining guests, you can use it as a very pleasant welcome note.
However, I feel obligated to mention some negative aspects. Do know that once the Bluetooth is connected to an Android phone, you can operate the light and the speaker in the app directly. But with the iOS devices, you’ll need to enter the light bulb’s app once more. If you don’t establish a second connection, you won’t be able to control both light and sound at the same time. And the toughest remark of all, you can play just music that’s on your phone and not stream via online source. Not to pile up, but there were also few complaints in terms of light and music synchronization – if you dim the lights while music plays, the sound may cut off.
To wrap this segment up, I really liked:
- The option to scan the QR code and download the app
- Needles to mention, the timing alarm and sleep assistant
- Using it on my porch and surprising my guests
- Decent sound and loudness
However, I think that the cons are more substantial:
- If you are an iOS device owner, you may feel frustrated when connecting the light bulb speaker to your phone
- A limitation to only phone library music
- Occasional sound cut-offs
Sunvito Smart LED Bulb Speaker
Want to wake up to your favorite song and customized light? Or perhaps set a romantic mood in the evening? The Sunvito light bulb speaker is a great way to do so. It’s operated via an app on your iOS or Android smart device – just scan the QR code and you’ll get the app. The light bulb has a Bluetooth speaker built-in, so once you connect your device, you can play your tunes while having fun with the colorful lighting solutions. It has four color models and has the option to add more preferred shades. In the app, you can choose from color patterns like normal, rhythm, rainbow, pulse and candle, depending on your current mood.
To be even more enjoyable, it offers the option of setting a timing alarm and sleeping assistant. To be honest, I really enjoy this feature since it kind of brightens up my mornings and slows down my evenings. Just set the timer at the time you wish to wake up and voila! – your tune plays gently as you open your eyes. In the app there’s a feature that can access your downloaded songs, so you can easily stream them through the light bulb speaker. The sound quality and the overall loudness are really good too.
It is a pretty decent smart light bulb speaker, but it also has some shortcomings. Some users reported issues with finding the right app, since the QR code took them someplace else (the right one is iLight, with an icon of a tiny light bulb with a colors circle). I found that, compared to other light bulbs, the colors changing is a bit more delayed and they don’t fade when setting on pulse mode, but sometimes rush through multiple levels.
In general, I really enjoyed the following light bulb speaker pros:
- The easy app download by scanning the QR code
- The plethora of color patterns in the app
- The timing alarm and the sleep assistant, naturally
- The app feature that accesses my downloaded songs
- Good and consistent sound
What can be improved (read cons):
- The delayed change of colors
- The colors are not fading smoothly, but are rushing through multiple levels
ROKOO Smart LED Music Bulb
This multifunctional light bulb speaker is easily operated via an app on your smartphone and can connect via Bluetooth to play your preferred music. It supports over 16 million colors and shades, allowing you to choose the most suitable according to your mood. The Android and iOS smart devices compatible app is providing you access to lighting colors and shades temperature, timer functions – the timer off and alarm mode, and of course, music. Just scan the QR code and you’ll get instant access. The bulb is a bit smaller compared to the other light bulb speakers too, so it may fit your laps even better.
The light can be dimmed at will and the light bulb is energy efficient. You can use it to enhance the mood on the table while having dinner, or simply use it as a wall or ceiling light in any room or office space. The music output is pretty good as well – the sound is surprisingly clear and if using a Bluetooth version 4.0 dual mode, it will provide an even more stable performance, with no breakups.
If you use the timer function to set your wake up and sleep time, the light will simply gradually fade into sleeping mode, or brighten up in the morning to wake you up. Basically, you won’t even need to get out of bed to turn off the light and the music if you feel like falling asleep.
But, before turning myself into giving straight As to this light bulb speaker, I have to add the struggle of app setup in case you don’t scan the QR code. If this is the situation, you’ll need to search the apps “Music lamp” and “Music light” on App Store, and “Magic Lamp” and “Lampe magique” on Google Play. This can be a bit of a drag to be honest. In terms of light power, I must add that regardless of how cool the light bulb is, it does not put out enough light if you compare it to a regular LED light. On top of it, secure Bluetooth pairing is somehow lacking. This means that if someone is standing within range (even from the backyard), they can easily control the indoor lights in your house. The thought of it spooked me a bit.
To summarize my overall experience with this smart light bulb speaker, here’s why I recommend it:
- Better light bulb size to fit any lamp size
- Many colors and shades to play with
- More stable Bluetooth performance and solid speaker sound
- Timer function for the lazy ones
And here’s what I found a bit disappointing:
- The light bulb does not put out enough light if you compare it to a regular LED light
- Lack of secure Bluetooth pairing and the open option for someone to control your indoor lights, if within range
- The long journey of clicks to find and set the app(s), in case you don’t get any QR code
To wrap it up
As you witnessed in this light bulb speakers review, the list of benefits and comfort of owning such a smart device is pretty neat. However, these benefits tend to vary from a specific product to product, especially if you consider some of the downsides.
For example, we saw that some of the light bulb speakers tend to break up the sound or delay the sound output when the light is being adjusted at the same time. This showed the case with the LIGHTSTORY Bluetooth Light Bulb Speaker and the Sengled Solo Dimmable LED Light Bulb with JBL Speakers. In my opinion, for a product that’s offering the combination of music plus light, this cannot be happening.
On the other hand, I really enjoyed the timer option and sleep assistant, which was built-in in all except for the Sengled Solo Dimmable LED Light Bulb with JBL Speakers. I can share the same excitement for the option to scan the QR code given in the manuals of most light bulb speakers presented here and get the app in no time.
What I really disliked is the rushed light mode change with the Sunvito Smart LED Bulb Speaker. To be honest, this should be better adjusted for a light bulb having the option of changing colors.
However, for such small-sized products, whose main purpose is to perhaps give light, the sound output is amazing. The tiny built-in speakers are of great quality and such light bulb speakers are sufficient to fill up a small sized room with decent sound. I really enjoyed this functionality, and I can guarantee that you and your family would enjoy it too.
In general, prior to buying any of the products, walk around your house and think where would you like to use the light bulb speaker. Make sure to properly measure the lamp size before making the purchase and consider the room size. The prices also vary, but according to my opinion, they are all decent. For a really small amount of money, you can create an amazing atmosphere in your home. So, consider one light bulb speaker for yourself.
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