There are lots of Bluetooth LED bulbs that change colors. There are lots of bulbs with Bluetooth speakers. However, not many combine both of those features in one product. The 1byone Bluetooth Smart LED Bulb is one such premium product that combines both of those compelling features and does so at a competitive price point (just $30.99 right now on Amazon, or you can also get it direct from the 1byone Website).
It’s an attractive bulb with a sleek, modern design measuring 3.15 inches (8 centimeters) by 5.51 inches (14 centimeters) that should fit in most standard light sockets. The top portion features an LED bulb that can convert its seven main colors into over 16 million, including warm and cool white. The middle portion is the speaker.
You can wirelessly connect most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, and computers directly to route all audio to the bulb. Google Android 2.3.3 and later, and Apple iOS 7.0 and later devices can use a free app to control LED color functionality.
What’s funny is that 1byone doesn’t tell you the app’s name in the manual or on the box. Fortunately, there was a QR code on the box, so I scanned that. Once scanned, the mystery app’s name was revealed to be CHSmartBulb. It automatically added another Bluetooth entry in addition to the earlier one I made on my wife’s Apple iPhone 6 Plus to test the speaker functionality.
On iOS, the app provided direct access to our iTunes library. The advantage the app has over just playing music from any app (in our case, our preferred Spotify) is that the colors will change automatically. There’s also manual or auto color changing options, the ability to turn the bulb on or off, as well as various timing functions. The app is no frills, but gets the job done.
Here’s a sampling of the audio quality:
Light intensity is fair. I’d judge the brightness better than that of a 40 watt bulb, but probably not quite as good as a 60 watt bulb. Speaker quality is excellent. Making the sound loud and room filling is no problem. The only area where the sound quality disappoints is in the bass response, but considering it’s a light bulb with such a small footprint, that’s a minor complaint. Overall, it’s a very cool product.
Thanks to 1byone for the review unit.