Smart Home technology is becoming ever more present and affordable, and LED lighting is certainly in the, ahem, spotlight at the moment. I recently sent guest blogger Dave Ware a sample of the Koogeek KLLB3 bulb, a standard fit lightbulb that packs some powerful features in to a small package, as well as the DW-1 Door and Window Sensor. Here’s what he found. -Erin
What is Koogeek KLLB3 smart bulb & Koogeek DW-1 Door and Window Sensor?
This light bulb, while it looks like an ordinary bulb, has smart control built in. The functionality allows for remote control of the light from your smartphone, even when you’re out of the house.
The bulb doesn’t need a ‘hub’ or a connected device that connects the bulb to your Wi-Fi, so conveniently, even if you’re not a Smart Home hub type user, you can still run the bulb directly from the app without any excess accessories needed.
The Door and Window Sensor is meant to be stuck to your door and door frame and alerts you when the door opens up, so it’s kind of a mini alarm system. Koogeek DW-1 Door and Window Sensor also communicates with your app to tell you if the sensor has been opened/closed. With the Apple Homekit version, you can use your Apple TV or ipad/iphone to link the blub, sensor, and other smart home devices together.
These devices can also be connected to voice control assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
Reviewing Koogeek KLLB3 smart bulb
If you’re already in the Smart Home game, you likely have Amazon’s Alexa, or Google Assistant, and the KLLB3 bulb plays nicely with these. The version I reviewed was specifically built for the Apple Homekit (though it still works perfectly with other “assistants”). This allows for control directly from your Apple devices through the Home app, as well as the Koogeek Life app.
Setting up Koogeek KLLB3 smart bulb
First off, download the Koogeek app. Then, the setup was very quick and easy, I simply screwed in the bulb in to a standing floor lamp and turned the power switch on and off 3 times. This enables the ‘setup mode’ for the bulb, and the Koogeek app quickly found and recognized the bulb.
Once that pairing was complete, I was able to use the app to choose features like the color of the bulb, whether I wanted to dim the bulb or have it full strength, as well as creating “scenes” or specific settings of color and brightness stored as a preference. This would allow you to create a mood or setting in your room, which you can then use your voice assistant to control: “Hey Siri, Set Mood lights” for example.
I played around with the feature, creating a scene I dubbed ‘Red Alert’: using my Amazon Echo to create a voice command to play a klaxon alarm, switch the bulb to red, and increase in intensity.
Setting up Koogeek DW-1 Door and Window Sensor
The Door and Window sensor was fairly easy to install, by removing the paper backing on both sides, and sticking the larger unit to the frame, and the smaller on the door/window itself. You need to ensure the sensor side (denoted with a small circular groove) on both units are within 2cm of each other. The sensor is small enough to be unobtrusive, and has a practically invisible rounded white casing. The sensor works using Bluetooth, so the detection isn’t instantaneous, but should be quick enough for most purposes.
Other applications for Koogeek smart home gadgets
As a programmer, the most interesting facet of Smart Home tech is the ability to create “code” or a chain of commands for the Home using various inputs and outputs. Pairing this bulb up with the Wireless Door sensor allows you to create a routine that would trigger the light when your door is opened. Further, that concept could be used in various ways. If you add a time function to it, you could have the bulb light turn itself up to 50% when you come home in the evening, but also have the same bulb light up to 100% or strobe/flash if the door is opened after midnight (useful for those with sneaky teenagers). Consider as well, if you’re a snoozer in the morning, setting up a series of routines that increase the intensity of the light slowly over the course of 15-20 minutes, similar to some of the glow-type lights that mimic the sun coming up to brighten your room and help you wake up.
Another great feature is that this bulb, being an LED bulb, uses only 8.5 watts, compared the standard 60W bulb, which can add up in energy savings quickly. (Again, pairing this up with your Smart Home routines can increase this further by allowing you to set a timer, ensuring the light doesn’t stay on all night if someone forgets to turn it off.) Koogeek claims the bulb is rated for 25,000 hours or almost 23 years if used 3 hrs per day.
Battery life of DW-1 Door and Window Sensor
The Door sensor has a CR2450 battery which can be replaced. Koogeek claims 2 years of usage should be normal before requiring a battery change.
Overall review of Koogeek smart home gadgets
Overall I found the light bulb to be easy to set up, responsive to commands, and to have a wide range of colors, though some colors seemed quite dim even at full brightness. The Door sensor was simple to operate and setup, though care is needed when installing the sensor, and the Bluetooth connection might have too much of a delay for some purposes.
Amazon sells the Homekit version of the lightbulb for $46.99, and the standard version for $23.99, while the door sensor sells for $49.99. This could be that affordable entry to Smart Home tech that you’ve been waiting for.