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Xiaomi Yeelight E27 Smart LED Bulb - £14.98 Now works with Echo @ Gearbest
Xiaomi Yeelight E27 Smart LED Bulb - £14.98 Now works with Echo @ Gearbest

Xiaomi Yeelight E27 Smart LED Bulb - £14.98 Now works with Echo @ Gearbest

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I have been looking to buy some smart bulbs for a while but couldn't quite justify the expense. I had looked at Yeelights before but was put off with the lack of compatibility with the Echo.

However, they are now compatible, I have bought a couple and they work well. They don't need a hub so a much cheaper way to add smart bulbs to the home than some alternatives.

Echo functionality is still in the beta stage but it works well with a few minor limitations. Anyone can participate in the beta, instructions here:

forum.yeelight.com/t/c…193

cheers

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Heat

Worth a punt at that price

Superb if you don't have a bridge for the other systems and a lot cheaper than the Hue colour, even on offer. Might grab one out of interest to play with and for my kids to use with their tablets for their bedroom lamps.
Edited by: "mluton" 23rd Dec 2016

I'm always nervous about mains powered products from cheap overseas retailers, not sure if that's just me. Xiaomi might be one of the better brands but I doubt these have been certified for EU?

Are these screw in only?

Original Poster

EarlBarrett

Are these screw in only?



These are yes (E27), I am going to buy some adapters and try in other fittings around the house.

In order to use the beta you have to connect you're echo to the Singapore server!

Original Poster

minesweeper

In order to use the beta you have to connect you're echo to the Singapore … In order to use the beta you have to connect you're echo to the Singapore server!



No, you connect your bulbs to the singapore server rather than the default chinese server, not your echo, the echo you simply add the skill and scan for devices

Can I just buy the bulb and control it with my echo or do I need other things as well?

I see, thanks for letting me know.

Original Poster

taneesha963

Can I just buy the bulb and control it with my echo or do I need other … Can I just buy the bulb and control it with my echo or do I need other things as well?


Yep other than setting up the apps that's all you need. I can say Alexa living room on and the lights come on

PurpleTrousers

Yep other than setting up the apps that's all you need. I can say Alexa … Yep other than setting up the apps that's all you need. I can say Alexa living room on and the lights come on



Thanks .. is there and app on the Alexa app? I checked and I couldn't find it

EarlBarrett

Are these screw in only?



​Can probably get them elsewhere but IKEA were selling adapters to convert screw to bayonet for about 49p in their lighting section. They work really well.

Edit. On Amazon for example

LONGYEE( TM ) 6 x Bayonet BC Cap B22 To E27 ES Edison Screw Light Bulb Lamp Base Socket Converter Extender Adaptor Holder Fitting 220-240V amazon.co.uk/dp/…8QP
Edited by: "ghostm4n" 17th Jan

minesweeper

you have to connect you're echo to the Singapore server!



Wait... are you saying I'm the Amazon Echo? But my name isn't Alexa!
Edited by: "ollie87" 17th Jan

I received one a couple of days ago and have to say it's nowhere near as good as the Hue in terms of colour output and range. For the price though it's ok, I've added the bulb to my OpenHAB setup on the Raspberry Pi and it's seen as a Hue item by Alexa.
If you have a spare Raspberry Pi you should definitely check it out!

ollie87

Wait... are you saying I'm the Amazon Echo? But my name isn't Alexa!



"Alexa, please correct their grammar".

dadofdaisy

I received one a couple of days ago and have to say it's nowhere near as … I received one a couple of days ago and have to say it's nowhere near as good as the Hue in terms of colour output and range. For the price though it's ok, I've added the bulb to my OpenHAB setup on the Raspberry Pi and it's seen as a Hue item by Alexa.If you have a spare Raspberry Pi you should definitely check it out!



Are these good enough to light a small room? From the videos on the site they seem a bit dim.

Can the light be turned on / off when away from the local wifi network i.e. when i'm on holiday or away from home etc?

dadofdaisy

I received one a couple of days ago and have to say it's nowhere near as … I received one a couple of days ago and have to say it's nowhere near as good as the Hue in terms of colour output and range. For the price though it's ok, I've added the bulb to my OpenHAB setup on the Raspberry Pi and it's seen as a Hue item by Alexa.If you have a spare Raspberry Pi you should definitely check it out!


Does your Hue system see it as a Hue bulb? I have the hue bridge and two hue white bulbs but as the colour bulbs are so expensive I'm looking at 3rd party alternatives that work with the existing set up. I appreciate the colour range might not be as good but I'll try it for £15 as opposed to £50.... (PS I'm using Apple home kit not Amazon Echo) thanks

shakerstevens

Does your Hue system see it as a Hue bulb? I have the hue bridge and two … Does your Hue system see it as a Hue bulb? I have the hue bridge and two hue white bulbs but as the colour bulbs are so expensive I'm looking at 3rd party alternatives that work with the existing set up. I appreciate the colour range might not be as good but I'll try it for £15 as opposed to £50.... (PS I'm using Apple home kit not Amazon Echo) thanks



No, the Hue bridge doesn't talk to the bulb. The Raspberry pi's emulated hue bridge shows non hue items as hue items to Alexa so it wouldn't work for you as you're using HomeKit.
Your best option would be to buy the Osram Lightify RGBW bulb that Amazon have on offer for £20 as that connect directly to the hue hub and is fully compatible.

sure these were even cheaper a few days back

RooGuru

Are these good enough to light a small room? From the videos on the site … Are these good enough to light a small room? From the videos on the site they seem a bit dim.



If you just use the white range of colours then yes, once you get to the reds and blues it gets fairly dim. The colours are only really for ambient lighting

InTheKnow444

sure these were even cheaper a few days back



You should've shared

Think they were £14:09, didn't appeal to me, even at that price

I just say "wife, turn on the light"

steevieboy4u

Can the light be turned on / off when away from the local wifi network … Can the light be turned on / off when away from the local wifi network i.e. when i'm on holiday or away from home etc?



I use the white bulb and I can control that from anywhere.

So when they run out you just throw £15.00 down the drain? Is that correct?

Norgie

So when they run out you just throw £15.00 down the drain? Is that … So when they run out you just throw £15.00 down the drain? Is that correct?



what do you mean when they run out? their lifespan is typically 15,000 hours, that's 8 years @ 5hrs/day.

Total cost over lifetime:

Bulb £15
Electricity £18

dudedude

what do you mean when they run out? their lifespan is typically 15,000 … what do you mean when they run out? their lifespan is typically 15,000 hours, that's 8 years @ 5hrs/day.Total cost over lifetime:Bulb £15Electricity £18


I had no idea they lasted this long, fair play

My main worry here is the lumens output. The Gearbest page says 600lm, which in comparision with 800lm output from Philips hue bulbs is low. In fact the max light output is my biggest concern with philips hue lights. The philips hue bulbs while outputting 5000K white light the illumination is not good enough for a decent sized room.

Considering this bulb's maximum output seems to be rated 600lm, I have doubts. Has anyone got one of these? Any comments on the brightness?

aravind_svu

My main worry here is the lumens output. The Gearbest page says 600lm, … My main worry here is the lumens output. The Gearbest page says 600lm, which in comparision with 800lm output from Philips hue bulbs is low. In fact the max light output is my biggest concern with philips hue lights. The philips hue bulbs while outputting 5000K white light the illumination is not good enough for a decent sized room.Considering this bulb's maximum output seems to be rated 600lm, I have doubts. Has anyone got one of these? Any comments on the brightness?



The Hue is 10W (80lumen/W). This is 8W (75 lumen/W). So fairly similar in efficiency, this is just lower wattage.

One Hue or Yeelight bulb is not enough to light a room, nor is it a good idea to try and light and room with only one bulb (of any brightness), as it will look like a prison cell.

The solution is obviously to buy more of these bulbs as they are cheaper and it will look better than a single brighter bulb.

PurpleTrousers

No, you connect your bulbs to the singapore server rather than the … No, you connect your bulbs to the singapore server rather than the default chinese server, not your echo, the echo you simply add the skill and scan for devices


Does this mean that if you lose internet connection you lose your lights?

Can this be used with iPhone smart home

defard

Does this mean that if you lose internet connection you lose your lights?



​Not sure about these, but with WeMo bulbs you can override by turning the wall switch off and back on.

I doubt they'd suddenly go out if net connection went down. Just wouldn't be able to issue anymore commands until it was back. But you should still be able to connect to them directly over the app i imagine.

I would also assume that turning them off/on via main light switch they would resume their last programmed colour too?


BungalowBill

​Not sure about these, but with WeMo bulbs you can override by turning t … ​Not sure about these, but with WeMo bulbs you can override by turning the wall switch off and back on.


After some digging it looks like IFTTT is already live!

https://ifttt.com/yeelight

Just convinced me to buy a couple

dadofdaisy

No, the Hue bridge doesn't talk to the bulb. The Raspberry pi's emulated … No, the Hue bridge doesn't talk to the bulb. The Raspberry pi's emulated hue bridge shows non hue items as hue items to Alexa so it wouldn't work for you as you're using HomeKit.Your best option would be to buy the Osram Lightify RGBW bulb that Amazon have on offer for £20 as that connect directly to the hue hub and is fully compatible.



Thanks for the info on the osram lights! Awesome

Tetsumi

Thanks for the info on the osram lights! Awesome



No problem, I received mine yesterday, it's in a lamp in the same room I have a hue v3 bulb in. The difference really is negligible.
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