Sengled Pulse Solo review: You can put a JBL orator in your lamp. Question is, should you?
June 29, 2016 - table lamp
In 2016, a thought of determining a light tuber from your smartphone is aged hat. Controlling pronounced tuber and streaming song to a built-in speakers is, apparently, all a rage. The $59 Sengled Pulse Solo ($43 from Amazon as of this story’s writing) is one such product. Using Sengled’s messenger Android or iOS app, we can control a LED bulb’s liughtness and adjust volume as needed.
So, is a Bluetooth-connected, 550-lumen (50-watt equivalent), dimmable, comfortable white (2700K) LED tuber with an integrated orator we can tide your favorite tunes to all it’s burst adult to be? Kind of.
If you’ve ever altered a lightbulb, you’re already a pro during installing a Pulse Solo. Find a flare with a customary E26 socket—one that’s not tranquil by a dimmer and that can accommodate an A66-format bulb—unscrew a older, reduction able bulb, and reinstate it with a Pulse Solo. Each time it’s incited on, you’ll hear a integrate of beeps indicating a Bluetooth capabilities are active and looking for a connection.
Pairing your phone or inscription with a Pulse One follows a customary Bluetooth-pairing procedures as well: Open a Settings app, go to Bluetooth, wait for your device to find a Pulse One’s Bluetooth signal, and bond to it.
I used both an Android and an iOS device to tide song to a Pulse One, with no playback issues. Any Bluetooth tie will apparently shorten we to a service’s limitations, such as stretch and interference, nonetheless as prolonged we as remained in a same room as a Pulse One, playback was fine.
There are twin methods for determining a volume level. First, we can use a volume settings on your device, usually like we always do. As we adjust adult or down, a change is reflected on a Pulse One. Second, and some-more laborious, we can adjust a volume in a Sengled messenger app.
Over my week of regulating a Pulse Solo, we grew undone with carrying to go behind into Bluetooth settings and reconnect to a orator any time we left a room. If a orator relied on a Wi-Fi connection, this disappointment indicate wouldn’t be an issue.
I desperately wanted to contend a speakers in a Pulse Solo sounded amazing, with intelligible sound. Unfortunately, notwithstanding a participation of twin JBL drivers, altogether sound peculiarity is lacking. Testing a Pulse Solo in twin opposite lamps with vastly opposite flare shades, we found a altogether sound echoey.
Sound peculiarity softened when we private a flare shade from a second exam lamp. As we competence expect, a relate all nonetheless disappeared. But this is a light bulb, one that’s designed to be commissioned in a building or list lamp, a immeasurable infancy of that have some arrange of cover. You should also be wakeful that a Pulse Solo can't be used in a entirely enclosed fixture, nonetheless that’s to be approaching deliberation it’s also a speaker.
Controlling a light itself
Using Sengled app, we can adjust a bulb’s liughtness regulating a slider in increments from 0 to 100. Sliding your finger over a semi-circle controller increases or decreases a altogether brightness, including branch a light off altogether though interlude song playback. Remember, though, that this is usually a 550-lumen bulb. If you’re looking for something to irradiate a vast room, this competence not be inadequate.
Given my disappointment with constantly reconnecting my device after withdrawal a room, you’d consider a same would start when perplexing to adjust lighting, right?
Wrong. From what we found, we can control a light usually by rising a Sengled app on your device and watchful for it to find a light. In other words, we can open a app, spin a light adult to full liughtness and go behind about your business though a need to open Bluetooth settings and reconnect to a orator on your device.
This also means some-more than one device can bond to and control a lightbulb’s settings during a same time, nonetheless usually one device can bond to a orator during a time.
Should we buy one?
I’m not sure. we consider if you’re not a large audio clean and simply wish a approach to listen to song though deploying a orator that won’t devour any space on your desk, tabletop, or building (dry locations only, so don’t get any ideas about installing it on your porch, nearby your prohibited tub, or anywhere it competence be unprotected to sleet or liquids), a Sengled Pulse Solo will do a good adequate job.
The fact that it’s dimmable (via a app only), we don’t need to worry about using a energy cord to it or recharging a batteries each time we wish to play song are reward points. Just travel into a room, spin on your light, bond your phone, and you’re prepared to rock. But if we caring during all about music, you’ll be happier with a some-more required speaker.