Wednesday, 14 January 2015 13:55

Yeelight up my Smart Home life

Click image to enlarge, and Yes, a Bayonet version is ALSO available :-) Click image to enlarge, and Yes, a Bayonet version is ALSO available :-)

Yeezus! A new range of Smart Home products from part-Xiaomi funded Chinese company Yeelink has come yelling into the Australian market with two new Bluetooth-controlled LED Yeelights - with thankfully no involvement from Kanye West. 

The fourth largest smartphone maker in the world, and perennial Apple cloner, Xiaomi, is one of the funders of a new Chinese Smart Home company, Yeelink.

The exclusive Australian distributor is broadband specialist PCRange, which is cleverly distributing a massive range of tech gear into the country and has now branched into home automation.

The company has announced the first two Yeelink products - the ‘Yeelight Blue II Smart LED Bulbs and Yeelight Blue Lightstrips’, both of which ‘can be controlled by iOS or Android apps via Bluetooth 4.0 technology.’

We’re told that the ‘six-watt Yeelight Blue II Smart LED Bulbs and Yeelight Blue Lightstrips display as many as 16 million colours, offering features such as scene lighting, one-button clicks to make lights dance to the rhythm of the music and a timer to program lights to turn on or off at a certain time.’

In addition, both products ‘also support colour temperatures, allowing you to choose either white or warm white lighting.’

The Yeelight Blue Lightstrips ‘are backed with 3M tape for assured adherence.’

Yeelight Blue II Smart LED Bulbs cost $59.95 each while Yeelight Blue Lightstrips cost $69.95.

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PCRange CEO Raaj Menon said Yeelight provided quick and convenient control of your lighting environment.

“These products let you use your lights like never before.

“Using any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, you can choose from 16 million colours to let your imagination run free. You can run these flexible Yeelight Blue Lightstrips under your sofa, around the clock on the wall or under the TV, to bring design freedom for your home lighting.

“You can even make your lightstrips dance to the rhythm of your music or run flowing colours based on photos in your smartphone album,” concluded Menon.

PCRange will sell Yeelight products through its existing resellers and also target homebuilders and electrical outlets.

Yeelight Blue II or Yeelight Blue Lightstrips will be available from early February. Both products can be pre-ordered online at the Australian Yeelink website.

Review samples are on their way to iTWire and we’ll have a review of them in due course.

Oh, and for those who are wondering, the specs clearly state (click 'specifications' on this page) the product is availble in 'E27 (Edison Screw) or B22 (Bayonet)'. 

There are no pictures yet of the Bayonet screw version but one reader who hates getting screwed by Edison screw lightbulbs will be pleased to know a Bayonet version is available. 

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