ilumi LED Smartbulb Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Glorious!

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On June 2, 2015
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Circadian is worth the price of the bulb alone...

I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with biohacking, but I always keep my eyes open to new technology that can improve health and wellness. I first heard about the benefits of proper LED lighting in early 2014 through Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Radio podcast: Episode #95. Dave’s guest Steven Fowkes described how certain types of light can improve your skin, mitochondrial function, and sleep pattern. I was planning to experiment, but wasn’t too keen to their solution of sticking LED strips of tiny bulbs under my desk and bed and having an extra remote control to carry around…so I never tried it.

Fast-forward to the present, and I’m watching a rerun of the ABC reality show Shark Tank. ilumi founders Corey Egan and Swapnil Bora impressed Mark Cuban enough to secure a $350,000 investment in their new LED Smartbulb! So I looked them up online, gave them a call, and was able to convince them to send me a review unit for testing. After a few weeks of usage, here is the word…

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The Good:

  • It’s one powerful bulb that easily lights up a large room
  • The color combinations are nearly endless
  • There are pre-programmed “experiences” such as: Rise and Shine, Music Sync, Vacation Mode, Torch, etc. Most of these are novelty to me, except one in particular (see below)
  • There is a free smartphone app that communicates with the bulb via bluetooth, but you can also turn the light on/off from a lightswitch
  • They will soon be opening up the APK for the public to program their own features and experiences
  • The customer service goes above and beyond

ilumi LED SmartbulbThe Bad:

  • The darn smartphone app is still buggy, but they assure me they’re working on it with in-house developers
  • The lightbulb is oversized, so you need to be conscious of how it may fit in your lamp. The lamp I’m using in my family room has the bulb almost touching the metal support bars (see picture)

The Glorious:

For me, the pre-programmed “experience” called Circadian is worth the price of the bulb alone. It’s the only setting I use, and yes, it’s glorious! Once you set the app to Circadian, you never have to touch the bulb or open the app again. Feel free to do your own research on this, but I have found the most optimal lighting is one that follows your body’s natural rhythm. Blue-ish/soft white light is better during the day, and a warmer amber light is better towards the evening. The Circadian setting changes the bulb’s color automatically based on the clock in your smartphone, and it’s very subtle, so you barely notice it. Near bedtime, the light is deep amber and I have found it to be a very calming sensation that helps to ease me into sleepy time!



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