Despite the excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected smarthome gadgets over the past few years, precious little had happened in terms of products that you could actually buy. That’s now changing. Indian tech start-up Cube26 has come out with a smart LED bulb.
The Reos Lite, an LED bulb with a rated power of 13 watts, can be installed in any E27 screw or B22 pin lighting fixture (the latter requires a separate adapter). The LED technology, provided by Philips, can reproduce 16 million colours. The brightness is rated at a powerful 1,100 lumens, which makes it ideal for big rooms. The processor, made by Texas Instruments, enables all the smart functions.
To get this up and running, you need to download the Reos Lite app (free on Android and iOS). The Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy wireless connects the bulb to your phone’s app. The set-up process is quick and uncomplicated.
The app allows you fine control over the exact illumination colour you want. You can use the colour-wheel to customize and select the lighting colour. You can also set schedules for the bulb to switch on or switch off automatically. There are pre-set lighting colour and brightness scenes that automatically tweak the illumination for various scenarios—for instance, when you want to read a book, watch a movie, relax with a drink or jazz things up for a house party. All the modes are customizable, and you can create new ones too.
In Instant Alerts mode, the Reos Lite will blink a notification whenever you get a new message on the phone.
This is a connected bulb that is affordable and cool, and delivers on performance.