Wyze Smart Light Bulb Review


Gabe: Hey, folks. Did you ever wonder if you
could get into the smart bulb market for under $10? Wyze is here to say that you can. So
today I’m reviewing the Wyze bulb. [music] Gabe: If you’d like to see a list of our favorite
smart bulbs, google “Security Baron best smart bulbs.” If you have question about today’s
review, leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. In today’s review of the Wyze bulb, I’m going
to look at its design, its feature set, the installation experience before diving into
its mobile application, the Wyze app, to make sure you have all the information you need
to make the right decision. [background music] Gabe: Let’s kick off today’s review of the
Wyze bulb looking at its design. Note that it basically resembles your typical a 19 bulb.
It has an E-26 base and you’ll note that it does have a pretty significantly larger midsection
than other bulbs. It’s made out of a hard plastic. Here, you’ll see that the surface
area of the actual bulb itself which is LED is a little bit smaller. Now one thing to note is that on the back
they have a few different almost like stats for the bulb itself and let you know that
it’s 800 lumens. You have the QR code and you have this really I think pretty aesthetically
pleasing Wyze logo but remember that most of this is going to be covered by your lampshade
anyway. Overall, I’m a fan of the Wyze bulb especially
its heft. It’s got a substantive feel for it which is important in considering how affordable
it is. So that’s our look at the design of the Wyze bulb. Now that we’ve gone over the
design of the Wyze bulb, let’s talk about its feature set. Of course, the main draw with a smart bulb
is the ability to control it remotely. You don’t have to walk over somewhere and yank
on a string up and down to get the lights on or off. It works really well with the Wyze
bulb. One thing I do want to note in terms of that feature set and the ability to control
it remotely is that you are going to be controlling it essentially just in terms of temperature
and brightness. This is not a bulb that has blue, red, green,
pink. This bulb is basically going to get you from a pretty bright room white to a pretty
low dim room, and yellow. That’s where the Wyze bulb really works. In terms of its competitors, you might see
that they can really switch the game up in terms of the feel and vibe of a room through
multiple colors. That’s just not something you’re going to get with the Wyze bulb. That
being said, you still have the ability to set scenes, to set schedules. There is a sunrise
and sunset capability with your Wyze bulb. You’re not going to see any geo-fencing but
there is a vacation mode. So if you want to make it both think that you’re at home when
you’re really 3,000 miles away, you can do so right in the Wyze app. On top of that,
if you don’t think that controlling it with your hand is enough you have integration with
Amazon and Google smart platforms. You can just use your voice to control the system. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the feature
set on the Wyze bulb. [music] Gabe: Hold on. I hope you’re enjoying today’s
review of the Wyze smart bulb. If you want to be kept up to date on all the news regarding
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Baron, dropping new, hot videos weekly. All right. Let’s get back to the video. Now
that we’ve gone over the design and feature set of the Wyze bulb, let’s talk about that
installation experience, which honestly for me, it was quite simple and convenient. You’re
going to want to make sure you have the Wyze app downloaded. You want to make sure you
have your WiFi and password ready to go. We’re going to go into your lamp. Put your
Wyze bulb. You’ll see it come on. Like so, you’re going to want to switch it on and off
three times so they can enter that pairing mode. It’ll begin to pulse different colors
and once it’s pulsing, you simply hit next. In the app, it’ll direct you to essentially
connect to the WiFi of the bulb itself. You’ll connect to that WiFi then that’ll allow it
to connect to your overall WiFi. From there, you’re basically ready to go. You of course
want to upgrade any firmware or software that is necessary, but overall the process takes
you well fewer than five minutes and is ready to go. [background music] Gabe: Now, I want to look at the Wyze mobile
application. Now, the Wyze app is where you’re going to be doing most of the interfacing
with the Wyze bulb. Remember that you can also be controlling your Wyze Sense or Wyze
Cam, Wyze Cam Pan, all inside of that mobile app. It does fairly well in the various app stores.
In the Google Play store, it has a 3.7 out of 5-star rating, and does slightly worse
in the Apple App Store where it’s at 3.5 out of 5-star rating. Let’s go ahead and check
it out on my iPhone 7 Plus. Here I am checking out the Wyze mobile application
for my Wyze bulbs. Now you’ll note here, I’ve got two bulbs called Wyze Baron bulb and Wyze
Baron bulb 2. You’ll also note some of the other Wyze devices here in the application. Now, I want to go ahead and just show you
how intuitive this application can be. It’s not everything in the same space. Overall,
I found it to be a pretty nice intuitive app, especially for such an affordable device.
If I click of course on and off I can just turn them on and off. Now, here I am in darkness. Let’s turn these back on. Just by tapping
right there. Now it’s pretty straightforward, which is which, because of the names you have
your icons here to help you understand what you’re actually looking at. I want to go in, and actually do a little
bit more with the Wyze Baron bulb. If you note here, I actually have the timer turned
on in the upper left-hand corner. It says off in 54 minutes, I can cancel that. You’ll
see here that I have a brightness at the top. Lastly, actually change the brightness of
the bulb. I can even change the kind of tone of the bulb. You’ve got White, Daylight, and Cool White
all available to you. Let’s go down to daylight. Turn their brightness
down for the Baron bulb and let’s go ahead and just add a new scene. I can go to “Add
Scene.” Now this is a new scene for me. Let’s just call it SB scene. I’ve saved it and this
is going to save the current brightness and color temperature settings. I’ve already made a few other scenes from
my Wyze Baron bulb. One is almost dark and this is for this bulb here and another one
called perfect dark. Perfect dark is pretty low in terms of the color and the temperature.
Shout out to Nintendo 64. If I want to go ahead and make this work in
conjunction with one another, I’ll go out, click on that upper left hand corner. I’ll
go to the upper right hand corner and now, it says group products. So now I want to go
to group products and you’ll see it says Wyze cam group, contact sensors, motion sensors. I’m going to go to the very last one which
is bulbs. I tap on bulbs and I say Baron home, made the name and I’m going to select both
of these bulbs. Now, Baron home is the actual device in my system. They’re both in the same
space. Now I can hit on and off and turn them both on and off. Like so. Turn it back on. And then I can just create scenes for each
bulb individually. If I want to go to Baron bulb II and make it as bright as possible
and go to other Wyze Baron bulb and make it as bright as possible. I can then just set
this as a scene. [pause] Gabe: Let’s go here. Let’s call it brightness.
Here I have now made the Baron home brightness scene which is really useful to be able to
have these bulbs work in conjunction with one another. In terms of setting a schedule,
I will note that it is not as straightforward as what you might see with some of the other
bulbs in the market. I do want to show you how to do so. You’re
going to go to the top at its shortcuts. Create shortcut. And then you’re going to have it
say something like bulbs on and the actions will be to turn on both of your bulbs. Now
these are saved. I want more action and then what I’ve done here, we automate
it. Automation is going to be set at let’s say 4:00 PM. Let’s say for 4:30 PM and we’ll have a repeat
on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday but not Saturday and Sunday. We hit save.
Boom. Now, we have this automated shortcut to turn on both of our bulbs 4:30 PM on weekdays.
I hit done. Voila. Now, it’s ready to go. Now, you see that shortcut
any place in the Wyze app. Just to be clear, that is not as intuitive and as straightforward
as we’ve seen with some of the other scheduling on various apps for other competitors, but
you can figure it out. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it
does become pretty much second nature. Now, you see the bulbs on shortcut or schedule
in the upper left-hand corner. The final thing I want to show you, which
is necessary and useful, I think, is the ability to hit on that upper left-hand clock, and
just turn the lights on or off after a set number of hours or even minutes. If I want
to turn it off after 15 minutes, I can do so. I hit start. Now, both of these lights
will turn off in 15 minutes. This is something to help you get yourself
prepared to go to bed, if you know you’re forgetful in the morning, you know you’re
going to leave for work. You can say, “OK”. You don’t want to set necessarily a schedule.
You can say, “OK, have these lights go off in 30 minutes,” so that you know that once
you’ve actually made it out of the house, the lights will go out. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the manner
by which the features for the Wyze bulb work in the Wyze mobile application. That’s our
look at the Wyze mobile app. Sometimes, I may not have my mobile phone
on me, and I want to take advantage of the Smart Platform integrations that you get with
the Wyze bulb. In those instances, I can just say, “Turn off my Wyze Baron Bulb.” Drastically changed my lighting situation
without moving a muscle. Then I can just say, “Turn on my Wyze Baron Bulb.” That’s just
one example of the Smart Platform integrations you can get with the Wyze bulb. [background music] Gabe: We’ve now put the Wyze bulb to the test,
but you want to know, “Gabe, does it get a passing grade?” I’ll say this. For $29.99,
you get the four pack of the Wyze bulb. That four pack costs about the same as just one
light bulb from one of its competitors. Not even a color bulb, which it comes in far under. The Wyze bulb is bringing a lot to the table
in terms of the ability to set up scenes and schedules. It has a mobile application that
integrates all the Smart Home elements in terms of the Smart Home Security System cam
and bulb. Finally, it does integrate with the two major
Smart platforms out there, Google and Amazon. If you’re looking for the most comprehensive
bulb out there in terms of your ability to project colors, you’re going to want to look
somewhere else. It’s not going to give you that blue, green,
yellow, purple. It will give you yellow, but it also is not going to give you geo-fencing.
Overall, for $29.99, we’re mighty impressed with the feature set and capacity of the Wyze
bulb. [background music] Gabe: That concludes our review of the Wyze
bulb. If you appreciated today’s video, give us a like and hit that subscribe button. As
always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure.

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