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THE SOUND-CONTROLLED HEELIGHT HAS 400 LUMENS BRIGHTNESS WITH 50,000 HOURS OF LAMP LIFE
What if we told you that there are bulbs that respond to sound waves? Heelight is one such LED bulb with 16 billion RGB colours and a sound chip. Unlike other smart bulbs that work over WiFi, Bluetooth or Zig Bee standard, Heelight responds to the sound emitted by the app. The sound-controlled Heelight has 400 lumens brightness with 50,000 hours of lamp life. While it can be plugged into any threaded socket that supports E27 interface, our review unit came with a wooden stand with a switch. All I had to do was plug the bulb into the socket and turn on the switch. One can change the colour of the light by using either the virtual control on Heelight website or installing the Heelight Pro app. A QR code has been added to the box that instantly takes you to the webpage for controlling the LED. The Heelight Pro app is available for ios and Android platform. Unlike other apps, it doesn’t need to be paired and can be used instantly.
The Heelight Pro app has a neat yet simple user interface. There is a circular dial in the app with a power button at the centre and modes on the sides. The app also has a colour palette on the left bottom, a '+' icon at the bottom centre for preset modes, and set- tings on the bottom right. There is also an option of selecting up to five favourite colours from the palette that later appear on the app home page for quick access. Like other smart bulbs, the Heelight Pro app, too, has preconfigured modes such as night lamp with dim light that aids sleep, meal lamp with fixed light yellow lights,
lantern mode with eight kinds of red lights that automatically and gradually change, ocean mode with 12 tones of blue light changing gradually, clouds with three white and six blue lights, among others. There are some advanced modes as well. For instance, in the Clink Glasses mode, the light starts to flash when glasses clink. In the Heelight mode, the bulb responds to voice by changing colours randomly. There is just one colour in music mode but the brightness changes according to the surrounding sound.
Wondering what the tech behind the bulb is? There is a built-in microphone that works over sound waves. Every time a colour or a mode is selected, the app emits a sound, and the bulb responds to the same. The lamp has a control system with patented digital sound control technology in the aluminum plastic heat sink and 130lm/w high luminance LED.
Heelight is listed on Kickstarter and hopes to raise $20,000. The idea behind the Heelight was conceptualised in September 2016 and the design completed in October. The first prototype was designed by the end of December 2016, which was followed by testing that gave way to final prototype. If Micro Novelty manages to raise the pledged funds successfully, Heelight will go into production and will start shipping in March, next year.
Currently, the Heelight is available for pre-order on Kickstarter at $59 for three bulbs.