The Ilumi A19 Smartbulb is a new contender in the ever-growing smart bulb community. It is placed at a sector of smart bulbs that is Bluetooth-connected and does not require a hub to be operated. It is a color-changing light bulb which you can set schedules with an accompanying app. It can even sync to the beat of your favorite tracks, and be programmed to be turned on every time when it “sees” your smartphone to be nearby. However, the accompanying app is a clunky and some features aren’t well-made.
The Ilumi A19 Smartbulb May Not be Smart Enough
For its design, the Ilumi A19 Smartbulb is made up of a thick white plastic which curves upward then terminates into a translucent bulb. It measures in at 4.5 x 2.5-inches with regards to its height and width. By comparison, it is smaller than one of its closest competitor, the Nyrius LED. Both bulbs weigh 7.2-ounces.
The A19 Smartbulb produces 800 lumens of brightness which is equivalent to a 60-watt light bulb. It is brighter than the Nyrius which can only produce 490 lumens. It is even brighter than the 600-lumen Philips Hue. You can dim its brightness as it has the ability to produce light from 2,000 to 5,000K. Also, the colors it makes are all nice and saturated.
Despite its brightness, it is unable to illuminate an entire room mainly because it does not spread the light out. But do take note that the light is still bright enough to blind you if you look directly at it. The bulb’s design is basically one that sends the light in one direction. However, it should be considered that many smart bulbs are designed like this. If you want to illuminate an entire room properly, you may want to purchase multiple bulbs; but then again, your wallet might not agree with you.
For its app, it has an overly cluttered interface. All the options and settings are located inside menus in which you have to pull from the left side of the screen. TO activate these featres, you would have to add them to an Experiences page. It is confusing at first but you can get used to it. But as far as user-friendliness goes, the app does not have it.
While the Ilumi A19 Smartbulb is a decent smart bulb, its app is its major chink in the chain of what could be a list of nice features. It should also be mentioned that some features do not respond well, such as the Music Sync and Torch Mode. Hence, it may be difficult to recommend this unit.