Let there be dimmable lights!
Yeelight started the year with a bang, launching a range of smart lighting products including the Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 (Multicolor), which was highly successful because who doesn’t want color-changing lights?
The Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 (Dimmable) is the W3 (Multicolor)’s serious sibling, offering the same convenience that all of Yeelight’s bulbs have to offer, but this time on a more subdued level. The W3 (Dimmable) stays true to its name — it’s a smart LED bulb that you can dim.
If you didn’t know, Yeelight is owned by Xiaomi (yes, that Xiaomi), so it isn’t surprising that their smart lighting solutions are affordable yet high-quality. The company released its first-ever smart LED bulb in 2019, so it’s exciting to see how far they’ve come since then.
Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 (Dimmable) Overview
Right off the bat, the Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 (Dimmable) is the older brother of the Yeelight Smart LED Bulb 1S (Dimmable). Their features are essentially the same but the W3 is slightly smaller and offers compatibility with additional smart home platforms.
Here are the specifications for the Smart LED Bulb W3 (Dimmable) from Yeelight’s website:
● Lamp Fitting: E27
● Rated Power: 8 Watts
● Standby Power: 0.3 Watts
● Connectivity: Wi-Fi
● Color Temperature Range: 2700K
● Dimensions: 60 x 118 mm
● Integration: Google Assistant, Alexa, MTC Smart Home, SmartThings, IFTTT, HomeKit
● Dimmable: Yes
Features and Smart Home Integration
The Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 can be controlled directly from your smartphone. This means that you can adjust the color temperature, turn the light on/off, and more wherever and whenever. If you’re not sure if you turned off the lights before leaving the house, you can open the app to check.
You can also create groups of lights to control multiple bulbs at once. This makes it easy to turn on/off the lights by room and to create lighting schedules. For example, if you want to turn off all of the lights except for the kitchen lights at night, you can customize this (and more) from the app.
Another plus side is its compatibility with most of the smart home systems including Google Assistant, Alexa, and HomeKit. This means that you can tell your lights what to do. We know it’s not a brand-new concept, but the convenience does make the Yeelight Smart LED Bulb W3 worth every penny.
We tested the Yeelight W3 (Dimmable) using one bulb to see how it responded to commands from the app. The Yeelight W3 (Dimmable) was able to follow our in-app commands without noticeable delay. It consistently delivered rich warm light, but the default 2700K color temperature was a bit too orange for our liking. We quickly dimmed it down to 2000K as we found 2700K to be too distracting. If you’re planning on using the bulb as a reading light, you may have to turn its brightness down a notch.
The Yeelight bulb had no trouble responding to commands from Alexa. We were able to turn the lights on and off without repeating ourselves. However, there was a two-to-three second delay when using the smart home system to control the lights.
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