Wyze Bulb Color review: a smart bulb that fills your home with color without emptying your wallet

Wyze Bulb Color Lifestyle
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Android Central Verdict

Bottom line: The Wyze Bulb Color is an excellent smart light bulb with good color saturation and a wide range of whites that can get very bright. Its companion app has many great features to give you a lot of control over your lighting — all at a very affordable price.

Pros

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    Excellent price point

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    No hub is required

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    Great colors reproduction and whites range

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    The app has a lot of great functions

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    Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa

Cons

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    Colors can wash out a little at high brightness

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    There's no special effect options in the app

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When it was announced, I was really looking forward to working on a Wyze Bulb Color review because finding an LED bulb that offers both colors and tunable whites isn't necessarily difficult, but generally, if you want those colors to be vibrant across the board — it is expensive. Some of the best smart light bulbs cost as much as $50 for a single bulb. This is why checking out what Wyze had to offer in the smart light space, specifically colored bulbs was so enticing.

Wyze is known for making a variety of smart home gadgets for very accessible prices. It makes some of the best security cameras at fractions of the cost for most other brands, especially when considering the Wyze Cam Outdoor. I have been using Wyze's tunable white LED smart bulbs for over a year now, and if Wyze can bring the same low-cost and high-quality to a color smart bulb option — I'm going to be very happy.

Wyze Bulb Color: Price and availability

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The Wyze Bulb Color was announced for pre-order on February 16, 2020, at a special price of $34.99 for a four-pack on the Wyze website. Launching two days later, a two-pack of bulbs was available from Amazon for the current price of $26.98. Wyze is selling both a two and a four-pack of the bulbs on its website for $19.99 and $39.99, respectively.

Wyze Bulb Color: What you'll like

I have been integrating various pieces of smart home tech into my home for about five years now. In that time, I have used many different brands of smart lights. After I finally got tired of fighting connectivity issues, multiple apps, and feature parity between the brands, I have mostly settled on the way too expensive Philips Hue ecosystem for most of my lighting.

However, in the last year or so, when I "needed" another smart bulb to add to my setup, I have begun adding in Wyze Bulbs. This is for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I already use a few of their cameras and other products, so I'm familiar with the companion app. The other reason is likely the most significant, and that's the price. Everything that Wyze offers is at an easily approachable price, and its products have the same or more features as more expensive options.

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SpecsWyze Bulb Color
Dimensions2.5" x 2.5" x 5"
Weight4.96 oz
Bulb ShapeA19
Base TypeE26
White Color Temperature1800K - 6500K
Color Range16 million
Lumens1100 (75 watt equivalent)
Life Expectancy25,000 hours
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth
Hub Required
Smart Assistant CompatibilityGoogle Assistant
Alexa

Now that Wyze has finally brought out some colored smart lights, I can integrate them into areas that I want to add some lighting excitement. All of the Wyze bulbs are hubless, which means you won't need to buy or maintain any additional hardware once you have your bulbs.

Wyze Bulb Color Lifestyle

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Wyze Bulb Color uses Wi-Fi to control the bulb, but you can still control the bulb via Bluetooth when the internet is down.

The process of adding a new bulb is as simple as screwing it into an E26 lamp socket; that's the most common bulb socket for the United States. From there, you simply power it on, open the Wyze app, then tap on the ➕ symbol. The Wyze app uses easy-to-follow steps to add the device to your Wi-Fi network and organizes it within your app. Once you have your bulb all set up, you can choose an icon to represent it, change its name, add it to a group, and arrange where it is in the app.

The Wyze Bulb Color supports over 16 million colors and a range of tunable whites from 1800K - 6500K, with a max brightness of up to 1100 lumens. Unlike some smart bulbs costing way more money, this one offers excellent saturation for almost all colors. My all-time favorite color bulbs are the LIFX smart lights; however, I have had so many connectivity issues with those bulbs that I just can't use them anymore.

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Using the color wheel in the Wyze app, you can drag the picker to any color and saturation level you choose. The bulbs have had excellent connectivity, so changing the colors is nearly instant as I adjusted them in the app. If you find a color that you really like and plan to use frequently, you can save it as a scene so that you can quickly get back to it when you want to.

If you want to set your Wyze Bulb Color to a more natural light, tap on Temperature to get the tunable whites. Operating in the same fashion as choosing a color, there's a ring of white light temperatures you can scroll through. Just as with colors, if you find a light you really like — you can save it as a scene. With Google Assistant and Alexa integration, you can use your voice to change the light's brightness and colors — you can turn it off or on that way too.

While setting colors and whites isn't necessarily anything special in the smart light bulb world, the experience is heightened by the additional features offered for the bulbs. By going into the Wyze Bulb Color settings, you can change almost anything you need to for your light as well as get into truly making it smart.

The settings let you easily create schedules for when the light is on or off and even change the color at specific times. If you have other smart home products from Wyze, like its motion sensors, cameras, or contact sensors, you can use those devices as triggers to control that Wyze Bulb Color as well.

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Perhaps my favorite setting that Wyze Bulbs offer is Power Loss Recovery to save from being woken up by a blinding light in the middle of the night after a power outage.

The settings also have an option for Sleep Routines that will let you use the bulb to help wake you up or help you to fall asleep. When enabled, you can set how long the light takes to fade, when to start it, the total brightness and the temperature. The goal of Sleep Routines is to simulate the sunrise or sunset to help with circadian rhythms for more natural sleep patterns.

One of the worst parts of using smart light bulbs is that the switch to that bulb has to always be on to allow you to control the light from your phone or with your voice. This means if the electricity goes out, even for a few seconds, when it comes back on, that smart bulb is on too and usually at full power. The Power Loss Recovery setting for Wyze Bulbs lets you choose what happens when the power comes back on: turn on the light, or maintain the previous state. Philips Hue is the only other bulb I've seen that offers this feature.

Wyze Bulb Color: What you won't like

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There is very little to not like about the Wyze Bulb Color smart lights. For the price, it's really hard to be too nitpicky, but as well all know — nothing is perfect, except tacos. I found only two things that could be better with these bulbs — color saturation at high brightness and the addition of some special effects in the app.

Far too often, I have found that most smart bulbs suffer from poor color reproduction, usually in non-primary colors. Although, yellows tend to suffer too. The Wyze Bulb Color handles most of the colors very well — even greens, purples, and teals. Where it can suffer is when you turn the brightness over 80%. The difference isn't major, but some of the saturation will wane when you push the brightness up.

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The only colors that seem to hold onto the vibrance are red and blue; the rest tend to wash out. While I would love to have my light going full blast with the whole gamut that the rainbow offers, I don't find it necessary.

Again, another nitpicking thing I'd like to see offered from the Wyze Bulb Color isn't so much about the bulb as it is the app. Something that is found with other brands is the ability to add effects to the light. Things like making the light look like a candle flickering, cycling colors automatically, or react to music. While these would be fun additions to be able to play with, they aren't deal-breakers.

Wyze Bulb Color: Competition