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Misfit's smart bulb is a color changer, not a game changerThough it costs less than Philips Hue or Lifx, we're not sure that the Misfit Bolt is your best bet for color-changing smart lighting.
[MUSIC] Misfit's probably best known for it's wearables, but it's also got a smart lightbulb. It's called the Misfit Bolt, and it's this color changing bulb seen here. The idea is this light can help you kind of set the mood. If you wanna relax If you want a nice cascade of blues and greens, if you want a volcanic eruption of reds and oranges, whatever you want, this bulb can do. Now the bulb itself is really cool looking. It's got this black spiral body. It's very heavy and metallic, it looks sort of like a slug to an alien rocket grenade, maybe I'm playing too much Xcom but it's a cool looking thing, that's what I like about this bulb. The app looks really good, too. As you're scrolling through all these sort of cascading, pre-set options. Movie night, date night, this forest mode for cascading greens. You've got a very nice appearance there in the app, and it's also very easy to use. You just select one. And then you select the speed at which you want it to cycle through the colors. What I don't like is that if you wanna select a specific color, you're gonna go here to this color ocean of pixels. And that's not the best way to select a color, dragging your thumb or your finger across the screen, and you're blocking the colors you're trying to see. You can't see where that bulb icon is landing. It's kind of awkward and Difficult to get to the specific shade you're aiming for. Now compared to bulbs like [UNKNOWN], the [UNKNOWN] bulb is a bit more dim. When you turn it on in its default setting, you're gonna get about 600 Lumens of soft white light. Now you can change that and get up to th 800 Lumens that this bulb promises by scrolling through the soft white part of the spectrum and finding its sweet spot. The colors are also a bit dim, you see here in these comparisons Shots, that's it on the right. It just doesn't come through quite as bright as [UNKNOWN] or [UNKNOWN] there on the left. It's got a good tone of color, it's hitting those colors accurately, it's just not as bright as the competition. [UNKNOWN] retails for $50. You might be able to find it a little bit cheaper if you shop around. I like that price for a smartbulb that changes colors, but I like LIFX better. It's brighter. It's got a better app, and better integrations with IFTTT and Amazon Echo. I say stick with that. [SOUND]