Globe Electric Wi-Fi Smart 10-Watt Multicolor LED Light Bulb Review – PCMag

March 17, 2022 by No Comments

Globe Electric’s Wi-Fi Smart 10-Watt Multicolor LED Light Bulb ($30.99 for a pack of two) offers an easy way for you to add colorful mood lighting to any room. In addition, you can use its intuitive companion app to create usage schedules and customize various lighting effects, and you can control the bulb with your voice via Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. We like that it doesn’t require a hub, but it’s more expensive than our Editors’ Choice winner, the Wyze Bulb Color ($20.99 for two), and it doesn’t integrate with nearly as many third-party devices. 

No Hub Needed, But Few Third-Party Integrations

The Globe smart bulb is an A19-shaped bulb with an E26 base that fits most standard lamp and fixture sockets. The dimmable LED bulb carries a brightness rating of 800 lumens, roughly equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb in terms of output. Rated to last up to 15,000 hours, it is capable of displaying millions of colors and has an adjustable white temperature range of between 2,000K and 5,000K. For comparison, the Wyze bulb (1,100 lumens, 1,800K to 6,500K) is brighter and capable of showing a wider range of white light.

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Like the Wyze model, the Globe bulb doesn’t require a hub. Instead, it connects to your phone via Bluetooth and to your home network via the onboard 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands; Siri voice shortcuts; and SmartThings home automation systems. Additionally, you can configure the bulb to interact with other Globe devices via the Smart Scenes feature in the companion app. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with either the Apple HomeKit or IFTTT platforms.

App Features

The bulb appears in a dedicated tab on the main screen of the Globe Suite app (available for Android and iOS). The screen has a small power button that glows green when the bulb is on and gray when it is off. It also displays the brightness level, as well as either the white color temperature or RGB value.

At the bottom of the screen are Home, Smart Scenes, and Profile buttons. The Home button takes you back to the main screen from any place in the app. The Smart Scenes button enables you to set the bulb up to interact with other Globe smart devices. Here, you can also specify usage schedules; instruct the bulb to react to environmental conditions (weather, sunrise, or sunset); configure a geofencing perimeter; and create a shortcut button. Tap the Profile button to edit your information; link to Alexa, Google, and SmartThings accounts; and enable notifications and alerts. 

Back at the home screen, you can tap on the bulb’s panel to open a Light screen where you can set the bulb’s white color temperature and brightness. Alternatively, you can select one of seven color temperature presets. Tap the Color button at the bottom of the screen to switch to a color dial that offers brightness and saturation sliders in addition to the seven color presets.

Also on the bottom of the Light screen are Mood and Routine buttons. Use the Mood button to select a scene such as Volcano (which transitions from red to orange to yellow and back to red), Jungle (which transitions between various shades of green), or Ocean (which transitions between various shades …….



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