TP-Link LB130

The new smart bulb goes mul­ti­colour

T3 India - - Tested -

`4,999, TP-LINK.IN

Smart bulbs have seen a surge in de­mand in the last cou­ple of years but one of the pro­hib­i­tive fac­tors is the re­quire­ment of a ded­i­cated hub. TP-Link bulbs work with­out the need of a hub and the new one to join its ex­pand­ing lineup is the LB130.

In­stalling and set­ting up the bulb is a cinch. The de­fault E27 lamp base is some­thing that is not com­mon in In­dian homes but the com­pany bun­dles a B22 base holder for free.

One fea­ture that dis­tin­guishes the new bulb from TP-Link’s ex­ist­ing lineup is the mul­ti­colour sup­port. And to use it, all a user needs to do is in­stall the Kasa app. The app al­lows the bulb to be con­trolled re­motely, change the colour and the bright­ness as well as set and cus­tomise dif­fer­ent scenes. Read­ing, Din­ing, Home Party, Good Night are some of the scenes avail­able. The 11W bulb has a bright­ness of 800 lu­mens and is en­ergy ef­fi­cient by up to 80 per cent when com­pared to a 60W in­can­des­cent bulb with sim­i­lar bright­ness.

There’s even a Cir­ca­dian Mode that au­to­mat­i­cally matches the light to the time of day by ad­just­ing bright­ness and warmth as the sun rises and sets.

The smart bulb can be con­trolled with voice via Ama­zon Alexa, which can be done by ac­ti­vat­ing the free Kasa skill avail­able in the Skills menu of the Alexa app or via Google As­sis­tant. Need­less to say, voice con­trol works flaw­lessly on both. All in all, the LB130 is a no-frill bulb that does not rely on a hub for you to en­joy all the smart bulb fea­tures, in­clud­ing var­i­ous scenes, dif­fer­ent colours and cir­ca­dian mode.

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