A60 White + RGB LED globe (Bayonet cap or Edison Screw) ($40 in ES or BC)
If you have an old incandescent light, you can replace it with this RGB + White globe. Connect via Wi-Fi, and you can call Google to activate it or manually switch it on (it remembers the last setting).
Perfect for reading lamps, hard to reach places (these last a long time) and to reduce energy from 80-100W to 9W. White is set at 3000K (warm white) to avoid Blue Light (cool white sensitivity). Dimming is electronic from 0-100% (800 lumens), e.g. you don’t need a dimmer switch.
There is also a white only 900 lumens light.
GadgetGuy’s take: Great price, performance and very easy to use.
We were keen to review this 2m LED RGB+W self-adhesive strip as it is one of the few that is water-resistant IP44 – Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect, utilising either: a) an oscillating fixture or b) A spray nozzle with no shield.
What this means is that, within reason, it will stand out to outdoor use and bathroom use.
There are three parts – the 12V/1.25A (15W) AC transformer (not IP rated) that has a 1.5m cable ending in a water-resistant screw pug. If the transformer has rain protection, then the rest is fine for outdoor use. It then plugs into a Wi-Fi controller bock (water-resistant) and the 2m strip into that.
It uses dimmable 60 x RGB and 60 x White LEDs (3000K) and can have standard or customisable scenes. I know what will be adorning the balcony at Christmas time. But beyond that, it could act as task lighting over the kitchen, workshop, laundry, bathroom benches, as emergency lighting in hallways or even as a night light.
There are two things it cannot do compared to Lifx Z strips. It does not have addressable zones, and you can’t add additional lengths. But the IP44 rating more than compensates.
GadgetGuy’s take: Good price, well made, IP44 rated.
IP68 Weatherproof LED RGB garden lighting kit (four light kit $280 and additional lights $60)
Now this is impressive and at IP68 is weatherproof.
It comprises a transformer, a Wi-Fi controller and four 3W lights replete with garden spikes (or can be screw-mounted). The lights daisy chain via 2.2m together to a maximum of eight.
These are 3W RGB LEDs (no white) and have a 60° beam, so they are for mood or path lighting. And 12W is a measly amount to leave on at night or attach to a motion sensor. Overall useful ‘throw’ is about 3 metres.
We found that by experimenting with colours and lumens, you can create everything from a warm and inviting glow to a cool, frosty blue.
My only criticism is that all heads display the same theme – it may have been nice to have individually addressable heads, but that would have cost a lot more with Wi-Fi in each.