Xiaomi Yeelight Bedside Lamp Review
Design and Features
The conical Yeelight measures 8.7 inches high, 3.9 inches around, and weighs 1.5 pounds. It’s made of thick white plastic with a brushed stainless steel ring around the base. There’s an unobtrusive logo on the front of the base and an AC power port on the back (a wall adapter is included). Unlike the battery-powered Elgato Avea Flare$99.95 at Amazon or the Philips Hue Go$69.99 at Amazon, the Yeelight can only operate when plugged in, which limits its portability.
You’ll find the physical controls on the top of the light. The Power button, located right in the center, switches the lamp on or off. You can also hold it down until the light flashes, then release it to enable a delayed shutdown function. When activated, the light will turn off after 15 minutes, though you can adjust the amount of time in the companion app, which I’ll discuss more in the next section.
The Scene button switches between preset color configurations, including a bright white, a rainbow fade that shifts through multiple colors, and a solid fuchsia. If you hold the Scene button down with one finger and slide another finger around the edge of the top of the lamp, you can manually change the color, without needing to do so in the app.
The Yeelight Bedside can produce up to 300 lumens of brightness, which is equivalent to a 10-watt incandescent bulb. Theoretically, it should be equal to the Hue Go, which also produces 300 lumens, and dimmer than the Avea Flare, which produces 430 lumens. But in testing, I found the Yeelight to be brighter than either.
It gives off cool or warm white light, and its colors are bold and saturated, though they tend to dissipate somewhat near the top of the lamp. Still, it’s a solid option for mood lighting, and true to its name, would work well on a nightstand.
Setup, App, and Performance
Setup is simple. Xiaomi doesn’t require a hub like Philips, so all you need to do is download the free Yeelight Lamp app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started.
You need a Bluetooth 4.0 device running Android 4.0 or later, or iOS 8 or later. After downloading the app, simply follow the directions, set up an account, and the Yeelight will be connected in no time.
I connected a Samsung Galaxy S6$579.99 at T-Mobile in just a few minutes, including an automatic firmware update. Of course, you also don’t need to connect your phone at all if you use the manual controls on the lamp itself.
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