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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.

Price $59

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