Bulbrite Solana Smart LED Filaments Tunable White A19 review: Inexpensive and intuitive, but feature-deprived

Bulbrite Solana Smart LED Filaments Tunable White A19 review: Inexpensive and intuitive, but feature-deprived


If you’re looking for an attractive, easy-to-use smart filament bulb that won’t break the bank, this inexpensive model from Bulbrite’s Solana line makes for a solid choice. Available for $20, The Smart LED Filaments Tunable White A19 is a Wi-Fi-enabled bulb that doesn’t require a hub, and unlike other smart filament bulbs in its price range, you can tune it from a warm white to a cool daylight temperature. Easy wireless setup and a sleek, intuitive app should please newcomers to the smart home market.

Some key features are missing, however, such as proper sleep/wake modes as well as a vacation mode. And while the Bulbrite Solana bulb does support Alexa and Google Assistant, it lacks support for Apple’s HomeKit and IFTTT.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart LED bulbs, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping this category.

Specifications

Bulbrite offers a variety of Solana-branded smart bulbs, including a standard A19 dimmable white bulb, a dimmable white BR30 floodlight, and a color A19 bulb (which we’ve previously reviewed). The brand also sells three smart filament bulbs, including a G25 globe, an Edison-style ST18 bulb, and the standard A19 bulb  reviewed here.

The $20 sticker price for the Bulbrite Solana A19 filament bulb is relatively inexpensive compared to similar smart filament bulbs on the market, particularly given that its both dimmable and tunable. Philips Hue, for example, sells a dimmable but not tunable ST19 coiled filament bulb with Zigbee and Bluetooth connectivity for $25 (or $28 on Amazon), while LIFX has a dimmable, non-tunable Wi-Fi filament bulb for an even pricier $40.

The Bulbrite Solana A19 filament bulb has a familiar bulb shape and a standard E26 base, which will screw into most conventional light sockets. Rated to last up to 15,000 hours, the bulb’s white temperature can be tuned from a very warm 2,200 Kelvin to a cool 6,500K, which is the equivalent of daylight on a hazy day.

Inside the clear bulb are a quartet of straight (rather than coiled) filaments, two of which emit a warmer white temperature while the other two filaments shine with a cooler light. The two pairs of filaments will glow in various combinations to serve up the color temperature you’ve set in the Bulbrite Solana app (more on that in a moment).

Bulbrite Solana Smart LED Filaments Tunable White A19 review: Inexpensive and intuitive, but feature-deprived Ben Patterson/IDG

The Bulbrite Solana A19 filament bulb has four linear filaments, two of which glow in warmer white temperatures while the other two shine with cooler light,

Being the filament bulb that it is, the Bulbrite Solana A19 is better suited to setting a mood than lighting up a workspace, but it’s still relatively bright at 800 lumens, which is the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Cranking the bulb’s brightness all the way up in my darkened dining room, the Bulbrite Solana A19 filament bulb’s illumination was only adequate; but again, filament bulbs are more about style than utility.

Setup

The first step in adding the Bulbrite Solana A19 filament bulb to your Wi-Fi network is to download the company’s app and create an account (you’ll need to enter an email address and create a password). Next, the app will prompt you to screw in your new smart bulb, power it on, and ensure that it’s blinking rapidly, which means it’s in pairing mode. You’ll then need to enter your Wi-Fi password, and if all goes well (as it did for me, and refreshingly on the first try), the bulb should connect to your Wi-Fi router.



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