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00:32 – Hardware overview and installation
01:29 – Overview of product line
02:51 – Mobile app overview
03:11 – Setting the color of the bulb
04:07 – Dimmer controls and settings
04:32 – Controlling bulbs as a group using the scenes feature
05:53 – Amazon Alexa demonstration with an Echo
08:07 – Power consumption
08:45 – Scheduling
09:19 – Conclusion and final thoughts
TP-Link has put together some decent light bulbs that respond to commands quickly with minimal latency. Each bulb connects to WiFi independently and do not require a hub as an intermediary point. Bulb features are controlled through a mobile app as well as devices that support Amazon’s Alexa service (like the Amazon Echo).
While the hardware is solid and works well, the software needs to offer more options for managing groups of bulbs. At the moment color and scheduling are set on a per bulb basis making it a bit cumbersome to manage the more bulbs are added to a network.
There are some group controls for turning off groups of lights and setting colors on specific bulbs in the group, however. It would be nice to see some a group-based color setting and scheduling added to the product.
Amazon Alexa integration is solid although limited to only on, off, and dimmer settings. The Philips Hue does allow for the group settings to be controlled by Alexa, something the TP-Link product does not currently allow.
If they can address some of the grouping features this could be a solid alternative to the Philips Hue system.
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