Xiaomi has been growing in leaps and bounds and they are not a smartphone manufacturing company alone. They have focused on building their Mija brand which is Chinese for “Smart Home”.
In their Smart Home range, Xiaomi has introduced a variety of products such as Yeelight, Smart Security, Cleaning Robot and more.In their bid to conquer the smart home market, Xiaomi has been taking everyday objects and making it smarter and giving it extra features.
One of them is the Eyecare 2 Smart Lamp.
This is the second edition of this lamp and Xiaomi has collaborated with Philips for this device. While Philips manufactures the LED Bulbs for the lamp that are good for your eyes, Xiaomi takes care of the design and build.
One of the competitors for this product is Taotronic’s, Smart Lamp.
Let’s see how Xiaomi’s lamp fares.
Mijia Eyecare 2 Smart Desk Lamp Review
Out of the Box
In the box, you get an instruction manual that is in Chinese, a plug to connect your lamp to electricity and the lamp itself.
Firstly, it’s a beautiful looking lamp that is neat and simplistic.
The Xiaomi lamp has a large circular base that is made out of plastic and has a matte finish which will protect against fingerprint. The base is quite big and you will need a big table.
Underneath the base is rubber soles which give a grip to the lamp and cannot be easily pushed. This is an important detail.
The buttons are backlit, which makes it great to operate in the dark. The arm is about 15.6 inches in length which can be extended and closed and this is also quite big and it covers a wide space.
The Bulbs used in the Eyecare 2 Smart Lamp are LED and throw out a warm light compared to the sharp white light that you encounter on most smart lamps. This is soothing to the eyes.
Firstly, the lamp is connected via Wifi in your home or office and not via Bluetooth from your phone which is an amazing addition as Bluetooth drains your battery life.
There are two lamps, one in the top of the arm and one at the stem. The light at the stem faces backwards, giving you an overall lit experience compared to a focused lamp which acts as a strain on your eyes. Switching on both the lamps lights up your environment amply.
Memory mode remembers the last light mode on your lamp and if you turn it on, the same mode is activated. So if you had it at the highest brightness during the last operation, it will switch on with the highest brightness the next time.
The touch keys on the lamp lets you the lamp and switch it off. You can also control the hue and the intensity directly from the base of the lamp. The brightness of the lamp can be increased and decreased with a touch motion or a sliding motion. The buttons are also backlit that lets you control the lamp in darkness.
Just like other Mi Home devices, Eyecare 2 Smart Lamp also can be controlled with your smartphone. The first step is to pair the smartphone with your device which takes a minute. Here are some of the features:
The app comes with a set of pre-built modes that is a certain level of brightness based on the activity that is being performed. Some of the modes are “Teen Studying”, “Adults Reading”, and “Phone/computer” mode.
You can choose to power off the lamp after a certain time period. This is perfect for people who go to sleep without switching off their lamps. You can choose from a range of 1 minute to about 60 minutes.
Apart from the set light modes, there are also three other features which are Night Light Mode, Eye Fatigue Reminder and Ambient Light Sensor
Nightlight Mode – This is the lowest brightness settings that help you work throughout the night under calm lighting.
Eye Fatigue Reminder – After every 40 odd minutes, the lamp switches off reminding you to rest your eyes for a few minutes to avoid eye strain.
Ambient Light Sensor – This is a sensor that controls the brightness of the lamp depending on the light from the surroundings. This is similar to the sensor on your phone that controls the brightness of your display depending on the surroundings.
Scheduling – You can schedule it to turn off when you are going to sleep, reminding you subtly that you have to go sleep.
You can turn on and off the lamp remotely which is a safety feature giving the feeling that somebody is home when you are away travelling.
The luminosity of this lamp is as follows.
- Within an area of 60cm, there is 1200 lux
- Within an area of 90cm, there is 300 lux
- Within an area of 1.2 metres, there is 200 lux
Should you buyEyecare 2 Smart Lamp
There is nothing negative you can say about this lamp. If you had to bring out a con, then it’s the lack of USB port to charge your devices while using the lamp. But again, that is not the function of this lamp.
At the price point and the features provided, the Eyecare 2 Smart Lamp from Xiaomi is the lamp you need!
How does the Eyecare 2 protect your eyes?
Eyecare 2 has the softest white light you will see on a lamp. This is called a soft white. This isn’t harsh. At night, when there isn’t ambient light and there is only artificial light, it cannot be too sharp. The lights emitting from Eyecare 2 is super soft that is better for the eyes.
Does the Eyecare 2 give enough ambient light?
More than a direct source of light, I prefer to eyecare 2 to be an ambient light emitter. The Eyecare 2 is pretty good at emitting light and creating an artifical ambient light that looks natural and is easy on the eyes.
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