Recently I got acquainted with smart bulbs from the company TP-Link. I want to share with you my impression and tell what kind of devices and how they work. I’ll show you how to connect an intelligent light bulb and control it from a mobile device through a special application. Perhaps you are thinking about buying a smart bulb, but do not fully understand how these devices work and how they differ from “unintelligent” light bulbs. Where they can be used and what are their advantages. Now I will try to clarify this matter a little.
In the line of smart bulbs, which are presented in our market, there are four models: LB100, LB110, LB120 and LB130.
TP-Link LB100 is the youngest model. The aperture is 600 lumens. Power consumption 7 W. The color temperature is 2700K.
TP-Link LB110 – compared with the first model slightly increased light output (800 lumens). Power consumption 10 watts. The color temperature is also 2700K. There is a function of monitoring energy consumption.
TP-Link LB120 – brightness of 800 lumens. Light temperature 2700K – 6500K (in this model it was possible to change the settings of the heat of light). Power consumption 11 watts. Circadian mode, in which the light bulb automatically changes the brightness and heat of light depending on the time (for simulating natural lighting).
TP-Link LB130 – this model has the ability to change the color (2500K-9000K and the full spectrum of RGB). Other functions and features that junior models have are also available.
All of them have excellent power saving, connect to your Wi-Fi network and they can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet, via the Kasa application. You can manage not only in the local network, but also via the Internet (through the account). If necessary, from different devices. All models have a brightness control function and the ability to configure on and off on a schedule. But depending on the model, there are differences in technical characteristics and in functions.
I have two light bulbs: LB110 and LB130.
Light bulb TP-Link LB130 I have been using for several weeks. LB110 today also set up and checked in the work. The setting is very simple.
Connecting and configuring the TP-Link smart bulbs.
I will show you the example of TP-Link LB130. The adjustment process for all models will not differ. The difference is only in the functions that are available after the setting.
We take a light bulb and screw it into our chandelier, floor lamp, sconce, etc. We turn it on using the switch. For normal operation, the bulb requires a constant power supply. The light will flash several times and will shine.
On your phone or tablet, install the Kasa app (from the App Store, or Google Play). Then we open the Wi-Fi settings on the phone and connect to the Wi-Fi network of the smart bulb. The network will be approximately with this name: “TP-Link_Smart Bulb_”. No password.
After connecting, open the Kasa application. You can create an account right away and enter it (to control bulbs over the Internet, even when you are not at home). Click on the “Add device” button. Choose the type of device. Instructions appear. Click “Next” and again “Next” (if the lamp is already on).
Then start searching and connecting to the light bulb. If your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network lightbulb, a field will appear where you need to set the name of the light bulb and click “Next”. In the next step, select the icon. We connect a light bulb to our Wi-Fi network. You must enter a password from your Wi-Fi. If you need to select another Wi-Fi network, just click on it and select your network from the list (the application automatically selects a Wi-Fi network with the strongest signal itself).
If you correctly specified the password from Wi-Fi and the light bulb was able to connect to your wireless network, then the connection process is completed. In the Kasa application, a list of devices will appear where the installed light will be.
How to reset smart bulb settings.
If the light bulb is on, but the Wi-Fi network does not distribute, then it is probably already configured. You need to reset the settings. This can also come in handy if you want to reconfigure the light bulb, connect it to another Wi-Fi network.
To make a reset, turn it off using the switch. And then turn it on and off 5 times. Turning on the light bulb, it should blink several times. This means that the settings have been reset to the factory settings.
TP-Link Smart Bulbs Management.
Let me remind you that I connected the model LB130. And this means that if you have a different model, the settings in the Kasa application may differ. For example, there will be no color management. Switching the lamp on and off, as well as changing the quick settings (color and brightness, activating the circadian mode) can be done from the window where the entire list of devices is displayed. There you can also open Kasa application settings and manage your account. If you are logged in to the account in the Kasa application, the added devices are automatically attached to your account. And you can manage them through the Internet, not just from home (on a local network).
Selecting a light bulb will open the advanced settings. Where can I change the brightness and color (if you have a light bulb LB130). If you press the “AUTO-WHITE” button in the color settings, the circadian mode will be activated, which will automatically adjust the brightness and heat of light depending on the time of day.
By opening the settings of a particular light bulb you can change its name, icon and status. Disable remote access (via the Internet). Set the time settings and see information about the light bulb. There you can delete it.
By opening the “Schedule” tab, you can create a schedule that our smart bulb will shine on.
And on the tab “Usage” you can see the statistics on the power consumption.
There everything is intuitively clear. Despite the fact that the interface of the Kasa application is in English. I hope there will be a version in Russian and Ukrainian. I also would like to be able to create widgets on iOS-devices for quick management.
The light bulb is stable. It is always connected to the power supply (it should be so), I manage only from the phone. In principle, it can be used as a normal light bulb, turn it on and off through a switch. Cool device, I really liked it. And if I did not find an intelligent outlet, I use a smart bulb every day. I turn it on as additional lighting. By changing the color and brightness, you can create a special atmosphere in the room.