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TP-Link's color-changing smart bulb is ready for Alexa

You can control this color-changing Wi-Fi LED using Alexa commands. Worth 50 bucks?

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Ry Crist

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The TP-Link LB130 is a smart, color-changing LED that offers voice controls via Alexa. Click through to see what it has to offer.

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Sync it up

To bring Alexa into play, you'll need to enable the TP-Link Kasa skill in the Alexa app.

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App controls

The app lets you select the bulb's color or color temperature using these spectra. Just drag the cursor to the specific shade you want.

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More features

The app also offers an energy tracking feature, a "Circadian Mode," and a scheduling tool.

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Colors!

For the most part, the colors look great -- but you can't change them using Alexa commands. You have to use the app.

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In terms of brightness, the TP-Link LED competes quite well with Lifx and Philips Hue. It puts out a very respectable 896 lumens at its default setting, and comes in nice and bright at the green and cyan settings, too.

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That green setting was a bit yellowy for my tastes, though.

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The TP-Link LB130 costs $50, which, like a lot of other color-changing smart bulbs, is annoyingly expensive. Be sure to check out our full review to see if we think it's worth the splurge.

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