Xiaomi Yee­l­ight

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -

A VERY AF­FORD­ABLE SMART BULB.

WHILE MOST RGB Wi-Fi-con­nected smart bulbs cost over $50, the Xiaomi Yee­l­ight is just $25. There is also a bright­ness-ad­justable white ver­sion that can be picked up for around $15. The bulbs con­nect di­rectly to your Wi-Fi net­work and don’t need a hub. The bulb uses the stan­dard E27 screw fit­ting, and there are no bay­o­net op­tions avail­able. It’s rated at 9W and out­puts 600 lu­mens — around the same as a 60W in­can­des­cent. The colour tem­per­a­ture is ad­justable from 1,700–6,500K, while the RGB side can han­dle 16 mil­lion dif­fer­ent colours. The bulb is rated for a 25,000-hour op­er­at­ing life — or around 11 years of nor­mal use. The Yee­l­ight uses the Xiaomi Smart Home app, avail­able on An­droid or iOS. It can be a lit­tle fid­dly to get set up and isn’t quite as slick as the com­pe­ti­tion, but works quite well. While the app it­self does not have a huge amount of con­trol au­to­ma­tion built in, you can loop in ser­vices such as IFTTT and Ama­zon Alexa for smarter op­tions.

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