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Yeelight 1SE Review

Yeelight 1SE Review

RGBW smart bulb for your home.

In today’s post we’re going to show you Yeelight 1SE RGBW Smart Bulb Review. First, we’ll take a look at the Yeelight bulb features and then, we’ll test the Yeelight app.

Smart LED bulbs have been picking up in popularity for the past couple of years, because they are becoming a more affordable and easy to integrate with other systems.



In the box

Inside the package, you’ll find the bulb and a quick manual on how to get started. The manual is in Chinese, so you won’t need it.


The bulb has a sleek design with a silver finish that makes the lamp modern looking. This bulb comes with the E27 screw, but you can also find one with E26 version.



Specifications

Type: RGBW LED
Thread: E27
Lumen: 650
Color temperature: 1700-6500K
Lifespan: 25.000 hours
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b / g / n
App: Yes
Power: 6W
Voltage: AC 100-240V
Weight: 180g
Size: 6 x 6 x 12.4 cm

The Yeelight has Wi-Fi built-in and it uses 6 watts according to the product specification manual, so they are fairly energy efficient. They claim the bulb has a 11 years lifetime (It should last 25000 hours).

These bulbs are RGBW, so you have up to 16 million different color choices, including pure white. The light temperature is also adjustable (1700 to 6500 Kelvin).

What makes this bulb one of the best alternatives in the market right now is the price point. These bulbs cost less than $20 at GearBest.

You can also integrate the Yeelight with popular platforms like Alexa, IFTTT, Google Home, Node-RED, Home Assistant which makes it one of the best choices for your IoT projects.



Yeelight App

Let’s connect the bulb to a lamp holder and see how it works.


Since it’s a Wi-Fi connected device, you’ll have to download the Yeelight app from the Android Play Store or the iOS App store.


Once the app is installed, apply power to your lamp. The next thing you need to do, is to open the app and create a Mi account (or sing in into your existing account).

After creating your account, tap the Add Device button, select the LED Bulb color and then, you must turn your lamp on and off 5 times in a row until it goes into reset mode. Click Next and select your device.


Finally, choose your network and type the password. Wait a few seconds while your lamp connects to your router. You will see a success message. You’re all set to go. You can instantly turn the lamp on and off from the main screen.


Modes and features

Let’s a take a quick look at what you can do with the app. If you select the Yeelight color bulb, a new page loads with Recommended modes. It has sunrise, sunset, movie and so on. You also have a slider at the bottom to control the brightness.


Light’s Temperature

There is also a tab called White where you can change the light’s temperature. Simply drag the cursor to find your preferred color temperature, you can always adjust the brightness with the slider.


Color Picker

Select the Color tab at the top right corner. With the color picker you can quickly apply a new color to the bulb. You always have the slider to adjust the brightness.


Preset Colors

That’s not all, if you open the menu on the bottom right corner, you’ll see a bunch of options that you can choose from. You have 5 pre-set colors that you can use.

Photo Color Picker

You also have the photo color picker which starts your camera and shows you a cursor in the middle of the screen that applies a color from the environment to your lamp. I think this is a really interesting feature and it works quite well. However, this effect is a bit difficult to show on camera.


Timers and Schedules

The app also comes with an adjustable timer that turns off your lamp when the timer ends. You can set schedules, so the Yeelight turns on at a specific time and repeats a certain task as you wish.

Default State

In this menu, you can set your lamp’s default state when it turns on.

Music Mode

It even has a music mode, where the lamp reacts to the room noise. In my opinion this is a really fun feature.


Firmware

You can also check if your firmware is up to date by clicking the Firmware Update button or update the firmware if necessary.

LAN Control

Finally, if you want to use this bulb in your DIY projects, you can enable the LAN control here.

The app has a few more features like scenes and rooms to automate all your Xiaomi products.


Privacy

The Yeelight privacy policy was last amended on 20.09.2018 and explains in an understandable way which information is recorded for which purpose. According to the privacy policy, only absolutely necessary information is recorded.

In the course of the test only European servers were contacted, but the privacy statement explains that data can also be relocated to data centers outside the current continent, where other privacy laws may apply. With other Xiaomi products, we were used to data storage within the owner’s continent.

The deletion of the Xiaomi and therefore Yeelight account is possible directly in the app. Good job!


Conclusion

In my opinion, the Yeelight 1SE Smart LED Bulb is just great! It has a modern looking and all the materials feel premium quality. The Yeelight application is intuitive to use, works well, and the lamp responds really fast. Besides that, the app also comes with nice and usefull features like the timers, schedules, photo color picker and music mode.

What makes you really like this lamp is the fact that it can be controlled by third party services like Node-RED or Home Assistant, which makes this lamp a great choice for your DIY IoT projects. 

Additionally, this lamp can be considered low-cost when compared with its competitors. 








Yeelight 1SE E27 6W RGBW AC 100 - 240V Smart LED Bulb Colourful Light Version ( Xiaomi Ecosystem Product )


$30.7


$17.99







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