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This is the PLAYBULB Garden Solar LED Light

Since our first hands-on with the PLAYBULB Rainbow Light, we've had a chance to check out the rest of Mipow's fancy lighting lineup. The outdoor option we're looking at here is the PLAYBULB Garden — a solar LED light that stakes claim anywhere outside you see fit for novelty nighttime lighting. Included with the Garden are 2 monopods that can be fitted together for extra height if needed. Snap that into place underneath, stick it in your preferred location, and let the sun do the rest.

Since the PLAYBULB Garden is water resistant with an IP56 rating, keeping it outside during rainy days isn't a problem. The internal lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 650mAh and is advertised to last up to 20 hours when fully charged. After a week's worth of use, I have no reason to dispute that claim, as its stayed strong every evening until the sun comes up. Inside is a smart sensor that recognizes when it gets dark — switching the LED light on automatically. When morning comes, it switches off as soon as charging initiates again.


Pairing with the PLAYBULB Garden wasn't as smooth as I'd hoped, though. Underneath the light is a single power button that immediately kicks it into pairing mode when pressed. It took my Galaxy S6 edge a good 10 minutes before it even recognized the light, appearing as "Seven" — likely attributing to the large 7 drawn on the label under the unit. To access the lighting features and color control, you'll need to download the PLAYBULB X app (opens in new tab) — free for both Android and iOS. If simply pairing over Bluetooth didn't take long enough, getting the Garden light to show up under devices on the app was even worse. After numerous attempts, I had to switch the light off, restart my device, re-enable Bluetooth, then switch the light back on before I was able to successfully get it to show up.

Once paired, it's smooth sailing. You can adjust a single color if you're after a simple accent for your yard, or delve into the effects portion of the app for pulse, rainbow, flashing, and rainbow fade features. I'm not one to draw much attention to my moderately-kept lawn, so I found a medium rainbow fade was a nice look at the corner of my walk way to the front door. Oh, and you'll find that bugs love this thing.

Final thoughts

While the PLAYBULB Garden looks and functions great, you should really think about its intended use in your yard in case one just isn't enough. Its unique look comes with a price, though — $39.99 to be exact. If you're really into maintaining a nice lawn or garden, these smart lights may be ideal for taking things to the next level.

  • $40 each??? that's expensive
  • ...especially for something that I would inevitably forget about and run over with my lawn mower
  • Every solar powered Outdoor lantern system for my yard I have ever bought never even make it to the 1 year mark before the entire set goes on the fritz. Unless they can guarantee these will last for 2-3 years, I doubt I would get them. Granted I live in St.Louis with average 70% humidity, 110 degree extreme august summers and -5 degree winters for extremes too. Probably not a lot of solar powered fixtures can endure the humidity and temperatures these things go through on a regular basis here. St.Louis weather is constantly changing with the Gulf stream and Jetstream colliding right above us constantly.
  • TMI!
  • Use the handy feature called, "move your eyes." Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup... come back when you're $25.
    But then the monopod becomes a stake...
  • That is a fair price.. Might grab 3 of those suckers...
  • My outdoor solar lights were 5 ea and I got them for 2. 40 WOW! I'd pay 20 max.
  • I'll admit I was intrigued... Until I saw the price. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does everything in your house/garden really need to hook up to your phone/internet? I got 12 regular, single color solar lights for $20 and they look great with out changing colors Posted via my G4....because my Nexus 5 died #sadpanda
  • He does have kids and a pool, and probably it's great for entertaining friends and family if you do that a lot
  • I can just see people stealing these from yards. They are nice, but that would hurt to lose. Wouldnt mind putting some in some indoor plants maybe.