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Light Up Your Mood.

Summary: Experience mood lighting with the affordable Cube26 IOTA Lite LED bulb.

Mood lighting is gaining a lot of traction these days. I still remember the Philips Living Colors range that was launched a couple of years ago. It offered table lamps with over 16 million changing colours. The company recently launched Hue lighting with a starter kit priced at around Rs 17,000 comprising three LEDS. But it is the Cube26 IOTA Lite LED bulb that manages to do a great job at an affordable price point.

Set-up: The IOTA Lite is a small 7W LED bulb that is easy to set up and doesn't require any additional equipment. It can easily fit into an existing LED or CFL holder. If you have an older fitting, a connector can be purchased without spending much. Just fix the bulb in a holder, install the IOTA Lite application on your smartphone, and turn on the bulb. It will start illuminating in white colour.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: For the introductory price of Rs 1,499 on Flipkart, IOTA Lite is a great buy


PRICE: Rs 1,499

PLUS: Colours, LED, Price

MINUS: App functionality

Pairing: The IOTA Lite bulb pairs over Bluetooth 4.1 and doesn't require any Wi-Fi connectivity for pairing. The app instantly searches for the IOTA Lite bulb and pairs with a single click. Interestingly, up to seven such bulbs can be operated and controlled using an app on a single device.

Functionality: IOTA Lite is one of the best examples of mood lighting where you can choose from 16 million colours. There is a colour pallet from where you can choose the colour. There is a bar below the palette that allows you to adjust the brightness too. Simple to operate, Cube26 has a few predefined modes, too, where the bulb changes colour accordingly.

There is a reading mode that makes the room bright, whereas in candle light mode, the bulb flickers in the way a candle would. Other than the pre-defined modes, there is an option to create your own modes by choosing colours, but here the app needs some more work. The IOTA Lite also has a music sync feature where the bulb changes colour and glows according to the beats of the song. Additional features on IOTA Lite include call alert, and SMS alert, and it can also react to the weather outside.

Experience: Using IOTA Lite was a delight because, be it pairing or changing colours, everything could be done with a single touch on the app. I was able to replace my night lamp with the IOTA Lite as I was able to select a more soothing blue colour with very low brightness. For turning off the bulb, there wasn't any need to get up from my bed - the app handled this part as well. It has a range of up to 15 metres for operating the bulb from the smartphone.

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Date:Dec 20, 2015
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