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Buying these to try with our Alexa Echoes was the greatest and some times laziest thing we did in Covid. Without having to worry about wiring or dimmer light fit outs, we placed these in our ceiling lamps over the dining table. With open plan living and dining, we can quickly and easily turn them on, off and adjust brightness by asking Alexa. Great ambient lighting for night also when watching a movie, just ask Alexa to turn brightness to 5% and its perfect. We love them and highly recommend.
Got 2 Bulbs 1 by Phillips (hue) and this one. Phillips plugged in connected to Alexa Easily using Alexa App 2 minutes done. Then this Bulb, need to download app, set up account (email, password) verify account through email, switch on location (why?) Allow google location services (again why?) When it started to ask for wifi passwords i unplugged. Will get another phillips
Bought two of these to replace a cheap Chinese one that failed, since you can only buy them in pairs, and fancied an additional one for another room. Wish I had have done sooner, because they're so much better! The setup procedure was a doddle - everything "just works" as you'd expect, unlike the cheaper ones that have problems with 5Ghz vs. 2.4GHz networks etc. and have you fiddling about with various setup modes before they can be coaxed into life. The Google Voice integration also works flawlessly, and unlike the cheaper bulb, this one can be happily turned off at the wall and will remember its settings, reconnect to wifi and just start working again when you turn it back on. So it can be used like, you know, a normal bulb, in addition to the voice integration which is the killer feature for me. Doing this tended to trigger connectivity problems with the cheaper bulb I had. Definitely worth paying a little more for the Kasa, though they're still pretty damn reasonably priced to be fair - certainly compared to the cost of e.g. Phillips Hue when you factor in the cost of the Zigbee hub etc. if you only want a small number of bulbs. Good quality at an affordable price point, as I've come to expect from TP-Link. Very happy so far!
Great bulb. You need to leave the wall switch on so the bulb is on “standby”. The bulb re-connects to WiFi in a matter of seconds if you accidentally turn the wall switch off or if there is a power-cut. In the Kasa app you can set the bulb to come on at 7am on weekdays (for example) and to increase brightness over 10 minutes to gently wake you up - this is a great feature and can be tweaked (more time, less bright, etc.) when you finally wake up you can turn it off in the app or even better set a schedule in the app to turn off at 7:30am daily. If you have an Echo, of course you can just ask Alexa to turn if off. At full brightness it really is quite bright, I turned the default brightness down to 75% in the app. With an Echo you can ask Alexa to turn the bulb on at whatever brightness you prefer, depending if mood/time of day. Great bulb especially paired with Echo or using a schedule in the TP-Link KASA app.
I can thoroughly recommend this bulb. I found TP link products through customer reviews when I bought my TP link smart plugs. I'd been looking for a smart bulb for a while to control my downstairs light as it's not wired to be turned off from upstairs. All the ones I had seen required a bridge or hub or something similar and I didn't want to pay a tonne of money for that. So I came across this TP link bulb and figured I'd buy one when it was reduced to see what it was like. Needless to say I was completely happy when it arrived super quick and was so easy to install. I popped the plug in, opened my Kasa app (which I already had from the bulbs but it's easy to download from the app store). Then it took all of a minute to set it up and it was working through the app and my Alexa Echo and Echo dot. I can change the brightness, turn it on and off and I've set up a schedule for it to come on a certain time. No hub or bridge required. Just a WIFI connection and you're good to go. Particularly handy when I realised I'd got to work and left it on. A quick tap on the app and it was off. You do need to leave your light switch on but it uses up about 1p per month of electricity so you won't notice it being on. The only hard bit was remembering to keep the switch on! :-) Will definitely be buying more very soon for the rest of the house!
Bought it for my daughters room. Takes a while to set up, but once it's set up its great. She uses it with Alexa and the integration is really good. It needs a good WiFi connection though or it will lose signal to the router randomly. We bought a WiFi extender and haven't had any further problems. Also the phone app is great because my daughter won't go asleep without the light on, so I can turn it off when she's fell asleep without even opening her door. You will need to get used to not pressing a switch to turn the light off though, as it will then need to reconnect to the WiFi signal, and I've had to reset it a couple of times because of people forgetting that you need to leave the light switch alone!
I like the opportunity to alter colours. The red is particularly good at night, imparting a warm glow in the absence of a focal point fireplace, for example. There's no eye strain due to the dimmer feature and there's no added-extra hub to channel through. Set-up is easy although every now and then the link is lost. This is easily corrected without hindrance.