Sylvania Good+ LED overview: Colourful bulb works with HomeKit and Siri

Related lighting is usually a easy sensible house place to begin, and Sylvania’s new Apple HomeKit-compatible, color-changing sensible bulb desires to be so simple as it will get. With a Wi-Fi radio constructed into every bulb, there isn’t any must plug a hub into your router — simply screw in, activate, and sync with Siri. The associated fee? $45 per bulb.

That HomeKit compatibility signifies that you may management the bulb in your iOS system utilizing Apple’s Dwelling app as a substitute of a devoted Sylvania app. The Dwelling app permits you to management the Sylvania bulb alongside different Apple-friendly devices, and it additionally permits you to pin fast bulb controls to your telephone’s Management Heart, or management the bulb utilizing spoken Siri instructions. That features altering the colour of the bulb, however these controls do not go as deep as what you may discover within the apps for Lifx or Philips Hue, the place color-changing mild controls are the core characteristic.

Nonetheless, Sylvania’s LED prices rather less than Lifx or Hue, and whereas $45 remains to be rather a lot to spend on a lightweight bulb, Sylvania’s positioned itself fairly nicely right here — particularly instead for Apple loyalists trying to construct a wise house round Siri. It that sounds such as you, and sensible, color-changing mild is one thing you are keen to spend on, then give this mild a glance.

The Sylvania Good Plus LED (left) is loads brilliant, however not fairly as brilliant as Lifx (proper).

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Like most each LED mild bulb, the Sylvania Good Plus LED makes use of a fraction of the vitality wanted to energy a standard incandescent bulb, however nonetheless claims to place out the identical degree of brightness — 800 lumens, per Sylvania. I used our integrating sphere and spectrometer to check that declare, and clocked the default, gentle white setting at 755 lumens — simply inside the margin of error of that 800-lumen declare. It is not as brilliant because the Lifx LED, which will get up over 1,000 lumens at its default setting, however it’s kind of brighter than Philips Hue, and lots brilliant to name itself a 60W alternative.

Although correct, Sylvania’s colours had been a lot much less brilliant, ranging between roughly 80 and 200 lumens relying on the shade. That is typical of color-changing bulbs like these, for the reason that majority of the brightness comes from the white-light diodes. Nonetheless, it is price noting that Lifx gives much more oomph throughout the spectrum, and in addition permits you to add the white mild in on high of the colours for brighter, extra delicate tints. It is nonetheless the sensible bulb I would advocate for individuals who simply need the brightest, best-looking colours.

Lifx and Hue additionally provide devoted, absolutely featured apps for colour management, in addition to a variety of integrations with third-party platforms and gadgets. Each work with Alexa and with Google Dwelling for voice-activated colour adjustments, each will sync up with the Nest Studying Thermostat, and each have channels on the free on-line automation service IFTTT. Hue already works with HomeKit, too, and HomeKit help for Lifx bulbs, although lengthy delayed at this level, remains to be within the playing cards, as nicely.

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