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Cololight Review – Colourful Lighting for the Smart Home

The smart RGB lighting “Cololight” tested by us is a low-cost alternative to products like the Nanoleafs, which we have already tested. For smart lighting with many options, several hundred euros are quickly due. With “Cololight” this is different – here the basic set is available for a little more than 40 Euros. In terms of price, we are on a completely different level, which raises the question of whether this is also the case qualitatively: Can the inexpensive alternative keep up with the expensive models? We wanted to know and tested “Cololight”.

Scope of Delivery

The scope of delivery is not very spectacular: The basic set contains three lighting units. In addition, there is a control unit and a base with which the lighting elements can be set up. Connectors are also included. Other individual parts are not supplied.

The individual lighting elements measure 8.6 x 3.05 x 7.45 centimetres. This makes them a little wider than Nanoleaf panels, but still very handy. The carton in which they are delivered is correspondingly slim.

Additional modules can be purchased for each € 11.99. In addition, wall mounts, a stable stand, a additional power connection and stabilizers are optionally available.

Workmanship and Assembly

The individual lighting elements are hexagonal in design and each have six connection points on the rear, via which they can be connected to other lighting elements. This requires additional connectors, which are included with the luminaire elements. No tools are required to connect the elements, so you can get started immediately after unpacking. Since each individual component has six connection points, there are many connection options – so there are virtually no limits to creativity.

We were able to assemble the individual elements very quickly and without problems. The most important thing here is to connect one of the elements to a power outlet or a device that can supply it with power via a USB cable. The positioning in the room should therefore also be considered from the point of view of power supply options. It should also be pointed out that an appropriate USB adapter is required if the cable is to be connected to a socket. The manufacturer recommends models with at least 2 amps, but unfortunately does not include one in the scope of delivery. According to the manufacturer, one charging cable can supply up to 30 lighting elements with power. Since we have only tested the basic package with only three additional elements, we have not checked to what extent this is actually the case. If you want to connect more panels, you can connect them to other power sources.

There is little to say about the workmanship of the lighting elements. They appear stable and have no obvious weaknesses. In addition, they are handy, easy to connect and much more stable than Nanoleaf modules. However, Cololight is also intended for installation, while Nanoleaf should be glued to the wall. If you want to attach Cololight to your wall, you will need the optional wall brackets.

Inside the panels there are nineteen light emitting diodes. Of course, a short test cannot show whether the luminaires are durable. Despite the comparatively low price, Cololight does not seem to have been spared in terms of workmanship or quality. However, you have to keep in mind that Cololight’s panels are much smaller and thicker than the Nanoleafs. So the price per surface is about the same for Nanoleaf and Cololight.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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