• [REVIEW] Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb called Nyrius

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    This handy globe is called the Nyrius' which is a Bluetooth-connected light bulb.

    Initially Nyrius' bulb seems to tick a lot of the right boxes. It's controlled via an iOS or Android device, it offers scheduling options and a variety of colors, and it can even flash when your phone has an incoming call.



    Summary

    You can't control much of what happens during scheduled events. The only toggle in fact is to have the bulb fade in or out — you can't make it change color or brightness level, which should be obvious if not mandatory options. The fade isn't even that subtle, coming in steps instead of smoothly.

    Another tab in the app, Moods, offers four presets: Reading, Dining, Relaxed, and Party. The first is just regular white lighting, and the other three are tacky — especially Party, which rapidly cycles between colors.

    A final tab, Rhythm, tries to match lighting to music, but does this using your iPhone's microphone. That means it responds as much to talking as anything, and you have to leave your iPhone out and on to make it work.

    Pros:
    •Long-lasting, power-sipping lighting
    •Several color options
    •Decent scheduling system


    Cons:

    •Poorly designed app with some limited or useless options
    •So-so room illumination
    •Weak home automation support, no HomeKit ties



    Hardware

    How does the bulb itself actually perform, though? Well enough, but not spectacularly. Like many LED bulbs, it's dimmer than normal incandescent or compact fluorescent options, even when brightness is maxed out. It's fine as desk or accent lighting, especially given the power savings, and longevity potentially reaching into years or decades.

    There's no iOS HomeKit support, and while you can create multiple lighting groups, options don't get much more complex beyond that and the app can only handle eight bulbs. If you do want lights to turn on and off when you enter your house or apartment, you'll have to spend on one of the company's Smart Outlets

    Conclusion

    If you don't expect too much going in, Nyrius' smart bulb may do the trick. It changes colors, it dims, you can program it to come on at night and shut off in the morning.

    On the other hand, if you're truly invested in the idea of a smart home, there are other options out there with better apps and integration — in some cases cheaper, if you don't care about multi-colored lighting.


    Score: 3 out of 5

    Would you buy the Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb?
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