From the house of Xiaomi comes another incredible Xiaomi Smart Home product and that is the Yeelight Lamp. Xiaomi has made a string of incredibly useful products that benefits users. That includes cable organizers, smart lamps, massagers and more. Today we go in-depth into the Xiaomi Yeelight Bedside Lamp.
Out of the Box and Assembly
In the box you find the lamp a USB cable and instruction sheet. Like a lot of users have mentioned, they would like Xiaomi to make instruction sheets in English as well as their products aren’t restricted to the Chinese mainland, but the entire world uses Xiaomi Products.
The use of a USB cable and not a USB-C cable is a major concern as USB-C cables are the latest technology and that has not been incorporated in this device.
There is literally no assembly required as it is a plug and play device.
There is no doubt that the Yeelight is a good looking product, if you happen to look at the Yeelight without knowing what brand it is, you’ll think it’s a Muji product from Japan, but obviously much much cheaper.
The tall cylindrical design is pleasing to the eyes. It’s 8.7 inches in height and has a width of 3.9 inches, this means it can be added to the smallest of side tables near your bedside. It doesn’t take up too much space.
It weighs just below 500 grams, which means it’s not heavy at all. The base of this smartlamp is made of aluminium and the bottom of the lamp has a rubber protection to protect from falls. But I have a small disagreement with this. A rubber base will help from small nudges and pushes, but it can still tip over, especially because it’s located near your bedside.
So while you are searching for your phone in the morning, you can tip the Yeelight over. But having said that it’s not prone to breaking because the dome is made of plastic that cannot break and the base is aluminium which can absorb some hits.
Coming to the dome, it is frosted white, which means, you know you are going to get light that is curtailed. On top of the dome is the button that is minimalist in look and does not seem like there is a button there.
This is that sort of product that can be easily set-up in any room without affecting the design of the space.
The cable that comes along with the Yeelight is not up to standard as it can be easily separated from the Yeelight if you happen to trip over it or give it a little nudge.
Unlike many other Xiaomi Smart Home products, this one doesn’t have to be connected to the wi-fi in your home or office, it connects directly to your iOS app or Android app. It connects via Bluetooth and the only downside is it drains your battery.
The maximum light that can emanate from the Xiaomi Yeelight Lamp is 300 Lumens. This isn’t much at all. Considering it has 16 Million colours, the lumonisity isn’t enough for reading or illuminating one side of your room. It is a light source which gives a little bit of light for night time movement around your home.
There is a glowing in the night feature which lightens up your room to a certain extent in the dark.
To summarize the light from the Yeelight lamp is it is Ambient light and not direct light that let’s you perform functions that you intend to do.
The App functionality is pretty basic, you can connect it with your phone and it let’s you turn your Yeelight on and off no matter where you are. There is also a timer feature that let’s you switch the lamp off after 15 minutes
BUT, you have multiple connectivity options which takes the use case to the next level. For example, you can connect it with Home Automation products such as Alexa and Google Home. You can also connect it to the Mi Band Smart Watch that lets you automate the device to switch off after a particular time, according to your choice.
The Yeelight is advertised as a smart lamp and priced at a range of a smart lamp, but it doesn’t do justice to the name as it is an ambient light product. The design and aesthetics and the quality of the materials are top class, but it fails to perform the basic functions you expect it to do. But on the contrary, there are numerous connectivity and automation options that you can perform with devices like the Mi Smart Band.
- Aesthetic design and build quality
- 16 million colours
- Petite an Portable
- Its more of an ambient light product and less of a direct light source