Feit Electric HomeBrite Bluetooth Smart LED Review: Feit’s Brightest Idea: Better Bluetooth Bulbs

Centres. Who needs them?

Not Feit, that’s for sure. Last year, the manufacturer gave me a glimpse of the HomeBrite brand of smart LED lights that use a Bluetooth network to sync with your phone and with each other. That means you don’t need a control center plugged into your router to control everything.

The obvious drawback with a Bluetooth bulb is that you need to be within Bluetooth range (about 50 feet) to interact with the light on your Android or iOS device. With some of the Bluetooth bulbs I’ve tested – most notably the C by GE Life and Sleep LEDs – it also means that pre-scheduled light changes won’t work when you’re not in. coverage range.

Luckily, that’s not the case with Feit’s bulbs. They’re smart enough to remember your schedule even when you’re not at home, and if you have a lot of light bulbs, they’ll be synced while you’re away, constantly pinging and pinging together to help track settings. your.

Combine that with the fact that HomeBrite’s lineup includes bulbs that usually don’t come with built-in radios (e.g., outdoor-rated LED footlights and PAR38 headlights) and you’ll start to see. the appeal of these lamps. With HomeBrite’s basic bulbs selling for a relatively low $ 15 each, I think they could make sense for anyone looking for simple smart lighting fixtures in one or the other. two sets of lights. However, the lack of compatibility with third-party systems coupled with glitchy, imperfect performance in my tests made me stop recommending them immediately.

LED HomeBrite pictures BR30-, B10-, A- and PAR38.

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The HomeBrite lineup includes five options:

  • A popular A-shaped bulb for $ 15
  • A B10-shaped candlestick bulb for $ 19
  • BR30 shaped headlights for $ 20
  • PAR38-shaped outdoor headlights are weather-rated for $ 30
  • A submersible fixed retrofit set for $ 35

I tested one by one in our lighting lab, where we use a spectrometer and a built-in sphere to measure things like brightness, color temperature and how heat buildup affects to the performance of each bulb.

HomeBrite bulbs are a bit dim to my tastes, with an A-shaped bulb with 672 lumens of power, much lower than the 800 or more you’d expect from a regular 60W incandescent bulb. Incandescent bulbs are also in the dark, with 277 lumens as its name suggests – slightly lower than the average in candlestick category, at least among 40W replacement bulbs.

The bulbs, however, have done an impressive job with heat management. All LEDs will see a slight decrease in performance during the first hour of use as the bulbs heat up. Each HomeBrite bulb drops less than average, with none of them falling below 90% of their original brightness. It’s a very good result and a good one for Feit’s hardware.

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