Add another product to the devices fueling your disco fever: Sengled announced the availability of Solo Color Plus, a Bluetooth speaker bulb that changes color to the beat of whatever floats your boat. Sengled also significantly upgraded its base product with Element Color Plus, a smart LED bulb that offers 16 million colors and thousands of shades of white light.
“Reducing the barriers of entry is crucial for having more consumers adopt smart lighting,” Sengled CEO Johnson Shen said in a statement. “Our goal with the Element platform, including the latest Element Color Plus bulbs, is to provide a simple and affordable smart lighting option that consumers will enjoy using every day.”
Element Color Plus also features lots of smart home fine-tuning options including app control, scheduling, tunable white light controls and energy use tracking. The colorful mood light retails for $30 per bulb and is also available in a starter kit with two bulbs and the Element control hub for $80.
But what really fuels our boogie fever is the new color mode for the Solo Color Plus. The app offers a preset “Rhythm Mode” that changes color to the best of the music. Sengled says it is perfect for parents, kids, and anyone who wants to re-create a spa experience, music festival or dance party. We want to re-create John Travolta’s dance solo to the tune of You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees. We’re not sure what mode is going to satisfy that impulse, but good luck getting that song out of your head now.
Solo Color Plus uses the Sengled Pulse app and does not require a hub to operate. Additionally, Solo Color Plus does not integrate with other smart home platforms, however, it can connect to any Amazon Echo device for voice controlled on/off music streaming (but no lighting control).
Meanwhile, Element Color Plus utilizes the Element Home app and can connect with the Element hub, or other popular hubs including Amazon Echo Plus, SmartThings and Wink. Once connected to a hub, consumers can connect to Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to control lights with their voice. More advanced smart home tinkerers can adopt If This Then That automation channels to control and set triggers for Sengled’s smart lights based on time of day, location, weather and music as well as security and energy functions at home
Keep an eye out for more Sengled products in the near future. The company’s portfolio of products is expected to expand significantly this year with the addition of an inclusive Sengled Home app, smart motion-sensing bulbs, and a smart plug to help automate ordinary small appliances.