When I was first shown this little unicorn of a product, from 1byone, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I mean, how much can a light bulb really do? I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. For the $30 price tag I imagined a couple primary colors and audio quality equivalent to listening through a tin can, but boy was I wrong. The 1byone wireless Bluetooth RGB light bulb with a built-in speaker was one of the best surprises I had in awhile when it comes to an accessory.

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Design

The bulb itself is a bit larger than the run the mill lightbulb and it has a metal band around the side to allow for the audio to be heard(speaker grill). There is an accompanying smartphone app, CHSSmartBulb, that is downloaded by using your phone to read the 2D barcode on the side of the box the light bulb comes in. The app isn’t available through the Google Play store so you’ll need to make sure you have the app restrictions turned off on your device.

There are no special connectors or plugs, it simply screws into a standard sized light bulb socket.

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Usage

I gave the 1byone wireless bulb a spin in a couple different lamps before I decided on its new home, a tall floor standing lamp on the far side of my bedroom. The light, when first turned on, gives a very white illuminating glow just like a typical fluorescent bulb. In order to connect to it, a first for me connecting to a light bulb, the bulb required the very familiar bluetooth pairing motions on my phone. After getting setup, I opened up the app and quickly realized the full capabilities of this little overachiever.  The bulb itself is capable of over 16 million colors and in ‘Manual’ mode and actually changes colors on the fly while you select the color in the color pallette in the app.  

There is also an ‘Auto’ mode in the app where the light responds to the beat of the music playing from your phone or the sounds your phone makes.  The app itself also contains a music player, an on/off switch, and a sleep timer to control the light. The audio quality is definitely higher than I expected for this featured-packed light bulb, although a little on the quiet side.  With a fan and white noise machine running, it was just loud enough to listen to a book on tape from across my bedroom. But that was to be expected given this bulb doesn’t have a built-in amplifier like a typical bluetooth speaker. 

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Specs

Specification:

Product Power: LED 6W, AMP 3W

Working Voltage: AC 100V-240V

Working frequency: 50-60Hz

Light-flux: 300LM

LED light angle: 120 degree

Bulb specification: E27

Bluetooth version: 4.0+EDR

Color: White

Bluetooth distance: No obstacle 10M

Frequency band: 2.4GHZ

Working temp: -10 to 50 c

Summary

While I went into this review thinking, “How good can a Bluetooth speaker and LED light perform?”, I was simply amazed at how much value and entertainment 1byone provided with their product. The 1byone Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Smart LED Night Light Bulb was simply impressive. After a little research, I discovered that red light actually helps preserve night vision, helping keep you from losing vision in the dark at night. After learning that I now use the red LED light as a way to not disturb my eyes when I wake up in the middle of the night.

It’s a great accessory that is out of the way and out of site, yet provides a speaker for audio books at night when I am falling asleep. It also has an auto-off feature built into the app which comes in handy as I doze off. For $30, I highly recommend you add one of these to your life. It not only can serve as a party light, but it also functions as a standard light with a speaker. You really can’t go wrong with the 1byone wireless light bulb. If you’re interested in making a purchase, click the box below to purchase the light bulb at Amazon.com.

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