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TP-Link LB120: Smart LED Bulb Review

Light control of lighting from anywhere

Thanks to TP-Link’s LB120 LED light bulbs, you can control your lighting at home from anywhere. The lamps can be easily inserted into an E27 socket like normal standard light bulbs. On the positive side, no additional hardware is required. The connection is made with the free Kasa-App and your home WLAN. Once the LB120s are connected, you can control them conveniently from anywhere via tablet or smartphone. You can use functions such as

  • adapted lighting presets
  • individual time schedules
  • Dimming
  • Control of consumption in real time

are at your disposal.

Especially practical is the widget, which you can simply place on the home screen of Android. Up to four individually programmable scenes are displayed, which can also be used to control several lamps. Depending on the time of day, you can then quickly select the appropriate lighting without starting the app. Unfortunately, it is not possible to display more than four scenes, especially if several smart LED light bulbs are in use, this will not be enough. After all, you don’t always want to light up the whole house. Unfortunately, the scenes can only be used with a TP-Link account.

Kasa app widget with scenes
Kasa app widget with scenes

However, it should be noted that there are still a few problems, but the TP-Link can certainly iron out over time. If you do not create an account during setup, control is only possible via the local WLAN. So you need to be at home with your mobile device. Especially annoying is the fact that some smartphones deactivate the WLAN in standby mode. It sometimes takes up to 60 seconds for the Kasa app to establish a connection in the local WLAN. It’s not really practical.

It is therefore worthwhile to use the TP-Link account. But here, too, there are problems. If there is no active Internet connection, the LB120 cannot be controlled. Even if both devices are in the same WLAN, the connection is no longer possible.

In addition, the desired colour temperature can be set as desired. You can choose from brightness levels from soft light (2700 K) to daylight simulation (6500 K). The highlight of the T-Link LB120 is the compatibility of the LED light bulbs with Amazon Alexa. So you control your lighting simply by speech.

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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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