Wyze is one of the newer smart home companies on the block, and I gotta say, I’m super impressed with what they’ve come up with so far. From their $20 Wyze Cam to their new security sensors, Wyze is always meeting industry standards while keeping their prices shockingly low. So when I heard that they came out with a new smart light bulb that is only about eight dollars, I was more than happy to test it out.
In this review, I’ll go over the Wyze Bulb’s design, features, installation process, and app. At the end, I’ll make a recommendation about who should buy the Wyze Bulb, and who should steer clear. Let’s get started!
Wyze Bulb Design
Okay, so I’ll admit, looking at the Wyze Bulb, it’s not immediately obvious what makes it different from a regular old light bulb that you’d buy at your local hardware store. But don’t be fooled. This LED bulb has a ton of capabilities, mainly due to its ability to connect to the Wyze app via Wi-Fi. It’s brightness is a standard 90 watts, and with an A19 shape and an E26 lamp base size, it’ll fit into all standard lamps. The bulb is dimmable, but it isn’t multicolor, which is a pretty big drawback. I love making my rooms different colors of the rainbow!
That’s it for design, so let’s talk more about the Wyze Bulb’s capabilities.
Wyze Bulb Features
Of course, the main way you can control your Wyze Bulb, aside from manually, is through the Wyze app, but it doesn’t end there. You can also create schedules for your Wyze Bulb so it turns of and off automatically throughout the day, or group your bulbs into scenes, customized with the dimness of your choosing. That way, if you want to change multiple bulbs at once, you won’t have to start from scratch every time.
Another really cool feature is sunrise/ sunset mode, which is exactly what it sounds like. Your bulb will sync with the start and end of each day, without you having to do anything. Imagine your light bulbs automatically turning on when it gets dark out. How comforting is that?
If you’re in the Amazon ecosystem, you’re in luck— you can just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to control your Wyze Bulb. You’ll also be able to sync the Wyze Bulb to other connected devices for some convenient home automation. For example, you can have your lights turn on as soon as your security system is disarmed, meaning you’re home. If you want friends and family to be able to access your bulbs, you’ll be able to add multiple users through the Wyze app.
The one thing that the Wyze Bulb lacks which I wish it didn’t is geofencing. Geofencing lets you sync your light bulb with the GPS on your cell phone so your bulbs adjust according to your location. However, this probably isn’t a dealbreaker as you can still set schedules and control your bulb remotely.
Installing the Wyze Bulb
Installing the Wyze Bulb doesn’t require a hub and obviously, it’s something you can do yourself. First, download the Wyze app and make sure it’s connected to Wi-Fi. Screw in the Wyze bulb and switch it on and off three times for pairing mode. It will pulse in different colors. Then, you’ll set it up in the app, connecting the bulb’s Wi-Fi to your home’s overall Wi-Fi, allowing you to name the bulb and upgrade any necessary firmware or software. Overall, the process took less than five minutes.
The Wyze App
You’ll use the Wyze app to dim, turn on or turn off your Wyze Bulb, set up smart platform integrations, create schedules, scenes, home automations, and add multiple users. The app has nice ratings, a 3.5 from the Apple store and a 3.6 from the Google Play store.
Recap of the Wyze Bulb
At only $7.99, the Wyze Bulb is by far the most affordable smart bulb I’ve ever reviewed as they tend to be more than three times that cost. It’s a great choice, but of course, no product is for everyone, so let me break it down for you.
Go with the Wyze Bulb if you’d like…
- Affordable price: A single bulb costs only eight dollars, about a third of the cost of even the lowest competitors.
- Schedules, scenes, sunrise/ sunset mode: There are many ways to control your smart bulb automatically!
- Alexa integration: If you’re in the Amazon ecosystem, you can control the Wyze Bulb using your voice alone.
But explore other options if you were looking for…
- Geofencing: Unfortunately, you won’t be able to sync your Wyze Bulb with your phone’s GPS.
- Multicolor bulb: The Wyze Bulb is only available in white, as of writing.
Of course, I’d love to help you find a smart bulb if the Wyze Bulb isn’t for you! To check out some other choices, read my review of 2019’s best smart bulbs.