Wyze Bulb Review & Rating
Best known for its ultra-affordable home security cameras, Wyze enters the smart lighting arena with the aptly named Wyze Bulb, a tunable white LED that is one of the most affordable bulbs we’ve come across at $7.99. Despite its rock-bottom price, it offers plenty of features including built-in Wi-Fi, support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, adjustable white color temperatures, scheduling options, and interaction with other smart home devices. It’s also easy to install and doesn’t require a hub. All this earns it our Editors’ Choice for smart white LED bulbs.
Design and Features
The Wyze Bulb is a dimmable white LED that puts out 800 lumens, which is roughly equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. It’s tunable, which means you can adjust its white color temperature from 2700K (warm) to 6500K (cool), and it is rated to last up to 20,000 hours. The bulb has a classic A19 shape, uses a standard E26 base, and measures 4.8 by 2.3 by 2.3 inches (HWD). It is intended for indoor use only and has its own embedded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio. As such, it doesn’t require a hub like the Philips Hue White.
The light bulb is controlled using the same mobile app used to control other Wyze devices, like the Wyze Cam Pan security camera and the Wyze Sense Starter Kit. The home screen contains tabs for all installed Wyze devices with their name and their current status (Online, Offline). You can turn the Wyze Bulb on and off using the button on the tab, or open it and do other things like adjust brightness and color temperature settings using sliders. Here you can also create a Scene that will turn the bulb on using a preset color temperature and brightness level.
Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner to edit the name of the bulb, enable a Vacation Mode that turns the bulb on and off randomly to make it look like somebody is home, edit or remove Scenes, and create Rules to have the bulb interact with other Wyze devices and turn on and off according to a schedule. You can also use IFTTT applets to have the bulb work with third-party smart devices such as cameras and doorbells, and you can turn the it on and off using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Apple HomeKit is not supported, however.
Installation and Performance
As with other Wyze smart devices, the Wyze Bulb is easy to install. I already had a Wyze account from previous reviews, but if this is your first Wyze product you’ll have to download the mobile app and create an account.
I screwed the bulb into a lamp socket, turned on the lamp, and tapped the three dots in the upper right corner of the app’s home screen. I tapped Add a Product and selected the Wyze Bulb from the list. Following the in-app instructions, I put the bulb into pairing mode by turning the lamp fixture on and off three times (power cycling), at which point the bulb began flashing. I tapped Next, entered my Wi-Fi password, and connected to the bulb’s SSID using my phone’s Wi-Fi settings. After 30 seconds or so I was prompted to name the bulb and setup was complete.
The Wyze Bulb delivered a soft warm yellowish light when set to the lowest temperature, and a much sharper cool bluish light when set to the highest temperature, and it responded quickly to app commands and to Alexa voice commands. I created a Rule to have the bulb turn on when a Wyze motion sensor or contact sensor was triggered and it worked perfectly. I also created an IFTTT applet to have the bulb turn on when an Arlo Pro 3 camera detected motion and it too worked every time. Scenes worked without a hitch, as did my on/off schedules.
At $7.99, the Wyze Bulb is one of the more affordable white LED lights we’ve tested, and it’s also one of the most packed with features, offering voice control, interoperability with other smart devices, scheduling, one-touch scene options, and built-in Wi-Fi. Moreover, it’s simple to install and performed well in testing, and it doesn’t require a hub. That makes it our new Editors’ Choice for smart white LED bulbs.