REVIEW – I must admit that I am a fan of Alexa controlled smart devices, not only because of the smart integration but also because my kids simply love the “play around” with Alexa.
What is it?
The TaoTronics Smart LED Floor Lamp is a floor standing LED lamp that works independently or with Alexa as a smart device.
What’s in the box
In the box, there is the base of the lamp, the top of the lamp that includes the LEDs and the diffusion shade, the lamp pole that comes pre-wired, and in 4 sections that have to be screwed to together, the AC adapter and the assembly/instruction manual.
Design and features
The TaoTronics Smart LED Floor Lamp works with Alexa as a smart device. It is a 65 inch Dimmable Lamp with 3000 Kelvin Warm Light that is covered by a diffusion shade. You can control this wifi-connected light with your voice via Alexa, or it can be manually controlled.
There are apps available for both IOS and Android. The app allows you to stay connected and control your lamp even when you’re not at home. You can also use the timer function to pre-set the time to turn the lamp on or off from anywhere in the world.
Additional functions include wireless dimming and the ability to control the percentage brightness of the lamp either by tapping the power sensor on the lamp or by voice command. (For example: “Alexa set floor lamp to 60 percent). “Floor lamp” is just an example of a name that can be assigned to the lamp when you set it up in the Alexa app. The lamp also memorizes your most recent brightness settings.
Once the lamp is assembled, the power cable extends out of the bottom and connects to the AC adapter. The 4 rubber plugs seen in the picture below are shipping plugs that protect the threads on the sections of the lamp pole.
The only control on the pole of the lamp is a power/sensor button that controls powering on and off and dimming. Also, with a press for a few seconds in the off mode, it activates the wifi function so that it connects to your network. (Same network as Alexa of course)
The head of the lamp that includes the LEDs and the diffusion shade connects to the lamp pole with a swiveling ball joint. It swivels approximately 20 degrees in any direction.
The lamp gives off an even and widely spread diffused light that is easy on the eyes and yet provides adequate coverage for a 20′ x 10′ room.
Taotronics offers the SunHome app for IOS and Android, that allows you to control the lamp including power functions and setting scenes. Here are the screenshots from the app:
What I like
I like everything about the physical lamp. It looks great and functions well.
What can be improved
When I signed up to gain access to their app, I was initially successful, but then I got an “invalid login” message and it took over a dozen attempts over a 2 week period to finally get continuously successful access. This included submitting requests to reset my password and entering new passwords and codes over a dozen times. Access to their app needs to be simplified and improved.
This TaoTronics Smart LED Floor Lamp that works with Alexa is simply a nice looking and great functioning lamp, that easily integrates into the smart environment in my home. Prior to receiving this lamp, I already had a floor lamp that works with an Alexa enabled WEMO outlet. Since I received this lamp, the pre-existing lamp is rarely used. The cost to value dynamic is usually individually subjective, so I will not quantify it. However, I am very happy to have this lamp, and if I did not, I would consider it at its current price.
Where can I buy: Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Taotronics.