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tp-link Smart WiFi Bulb

tp-link Smart WiFi LED Bulb Review

Versatile and nicely priced

I was attracted to the tp-link LB130 smart WiFi LED bulb with colour changing hue because of its simple operation..no hubs or adapters needed. The extra WiFi bits make this smart bulb a little bigger and heavier than most but it fits most normal lamps.

tp-link Smart WiFi Bulb

Easy smart bulb setup

To get started, you just screw the thing in, turn it on, and pair with it in TP-Link’s “Kasa” app. Then you just have to follow the app’s instructions to connect your iPhone or Android smart phone via WiFi.  That done, you’ll jump back into the app, where which will tether the bulb to your home network and you are done. You’ll be able to turn the bulb on and off, dim it, or change its color and color temperature using the Kasa app.

tp-link Smart WiFi Bulb

Versatile smart bulb app

The Kasa app is easy to use and provides a lot of versatility. In addition to the usual on and off functions  you can set colour and schedules as well as checking  the power consumption. Kasa also features a Circadian setting that varies the colour temperature and brightness throughout the day. I found it useful to set the mood of a room but didn’t see much more to excite me about this feature.

Listens to Alexa

While the app is useful, I preferred to control the bulb with my Amazon Echo. It was simple to setup using the usual procedure for setting up Echo smart home skills. Once set up I had all the control I needed with simple voice commands.

Good Buy

The tp-link LB130 Smart WiFi bulb is an excellent choice if you are looking for a versatile LED smart bulb with full control over light colour and intensity. It can be controlled by the Kasa app and Amazon Echo which makes this $40 bulb an excellent buy.

 

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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