A lot to like about Cree's new smart bulbWith Zigbee smarts, strong specs, and a terrific price point, Cree's Connected LED hits all the right notes
[MUSIC] Hey, I'm c|net's Ry Chris here with a first look at the Cree connected LED. Now this is the debut Smart Bulb from Cree, the first connected light that they've done, and I think it does very well. We've tested it out and been very impressed with it. Now, turning the one we can see that we have a nice yellowy golden color temperature right around 2700 k, we measured that at 2690. Six, so very very close to the stated 2700k. It's also a very nice brightness level. You get about 870 lumens according to our spectrometer and that's very well above the 815 that's stated on the box, so they're pretty generous on that front. Now [INAUDIBLE] LED is this bulb. is modeled after is an eleven-watt bulb. The new connected LED is eleven and a half watts; that extra half watt is for the Sigsbee radio packed inside. We measured it on our machinery and found that it was really more like eleven point one watts. Very very small increase in wattage for that Sigsbee radio, so again, creed's being pretty generous in their stats. There. Now long-term pre-plans to keep this bulb pretty open and to work with any hub that zig-bee built in. That should bring Smart Things into play and maybe Staples Connect. But at launch it's only going to work with the Way Code which is a Smart Home platform that you can find just a few shelves down at Home Depot. So that makes sense that they- Pseudo partnership at launch. The actual controls that we're talking about are the basic gambit of smart features. You can turn it off remotely. You can schedule it to come on automatically. Or you can use what [UNKNOWN] calls robots to automate how the bulb operates. So if you want the [UNKNOWN] bulb to turn off automatically when you leave home or turn on automatically. When a motion detector catches you entering a room, you can set that up on the Wink app. That said, I think those smarts are pretty good. Pairing the bulb with the Wink Hub was really easy and I was happy to see that, because that was a big drawback with the GE Link LED, the other big, notable smart bulb that you can use on that platform. With the GE Link LED it took me several tries to get bulbs paired up. It was kind of finicky. With the Cree Bulb, each bulb paired on the first try. Took less than a minute. So I was very happy with that. That's a great result. All in all, at $15 per bulb, I think this is gonna be a pretty exceptional value in the smart home category. It's cheap as a smart light as we've seen. Tying the GE Link LED at 15 bucks and I think that I like this bulb better just for the fact that it pairs so much easier. Easier with the wink platform. Thanks for watching. Be sure to check out my full review of this bulb along with the rest of my smart home and lightbulb reviews at cnet.com. For CNET appliances, I'm Rad Christ. [MUSIC].