Meross Smart LED Lightbulb review: Modernize any light socket in your home

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in General Discussion edited January 23
Smart lightbulbs are a great way to liven up an old lamp with color. The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb uses HomeKit to allow you to customize an existing lamp and automatically switch to new colors or brightness levels.




The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is designed like a traditional US lightbulb -- so it can go into any E26 light socket. That's the screw type commonly known as an "Edison" socket, rather than a bayonet one.

It houses a color-variable LED light that is contained inside a plastic shell.


Each lightbulb can be set to a different color and different brightness levels


The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is 60 watts equivalent and can display one of 16 million colors. It does so using nine watts.

It's sold in single packs, double packs, and a quadruple pack. Typically the greater the number, the more you'll save on each individual bulb, but there are regular sales on most firms' smart bulbs which can make a difference.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb setup

Just like setting up an ordinary lightbulb, you can screw the device into a light socket, and it will still turn on and off at the wall socket. If the wall switch is off, you won't be able to control it with HomeKit, as the bulb has no power running to it.


The lightbulb can go wherever an ordinary lightbulb would go


These bulbs have to be added to HomeKit, and that's done via a vode.

The code to add the device can either be found on the lightbulb in question, or in the manual that comes in the box. The Smart LED Lightbulb can be added into the Meross app, and then imported into the Home app, or you can do it directly from the Home app itself.

Once the lightbulb is synced into your Home, you can start customizing it within the app and also link it with other HomeKit devices. So if you have several lightbulbs that you want to control all at once, or a smart plug that you want to simultaneously turn on with your light, you can do that.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb features

Whether you are controlling the lightbulb in the app or by voice, you can further customize it with multiple color and brightness options.

While in the Home app, if you long press on the device, a brightness slider will appear with color options to choose from. Tapping on one will set the lightbulb to that color, but you can also edit that color afterward via a color wheel.


Meross app customization for lightbulb(s)


You can also use Siri by saying what color and brightness level you want your lights to be. The lightbulbs are fast to respond and never really showed any lag to them when switching settings.


Left: Multiples lightbulbs in one group. Middle: Brightness and color selector. Right: Color wheel for the light's color.


If you have multiple lightbulbs -- no matter whether they are in a group or on their own -- each one will have its name assigned to it, so you can change the brightness and color of each when you see fit.

Keep the lights on

The Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is a small and light device that looks like a traditional lightbulb, but can modernize -- and further customize -- any lamp in your home.

It offers many color options to choose from, and you can set them either through the Home app or with Siri. Brightness levels can be set similarly too.

Given the 60W equivalent light, one bulb won't be enough to fully light an entire room, unless it is very small. When you purchase, consider one of the multi-packs to save a little money.


All lightbulbs can work together as one for similar color and brightness level settings


As with most HomeKit lightbulbs, the downside is this issue of how you you need to make sure that the light socket is turned on before you command the lightbulb itself.

There are smart bulbs that can be wired directly into a home to avoid this. But most buyers are getting new smart bulbs to replace their existing ones, and so using the sockets that already exist.

When you do this, then if you switch the light off and on again at the switch, it may take a minute until you can control the lightbulb again.

There is a message labeled "Not Responding" that appears when the power supply to the lightbulb is not active, but you should not be too worried about it because it will go away once you turn the lamp fully on.

If you are looking for a well-working smart lightbulb that can be programmed to any specific color or percentage of brightness you desire, and is overall easy to use and setup, then the Meross Smart LED Lightbulb is worth looking adding to your smart home collection to brighten up your space.

It is an easy way to take any dumb lamp and make it smart.

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb pros

  • Multiple pack variations

  • HomeKit compatible

  • Fast responses

  • Brightness settings capable

  • Multiple color options

  • Multiple pack options

Meross Smart LED Lightbulb cons

  • Takes a minute for it to respond when first turning it on

  • Annoying error notifications in the Home app when the light socket is turned off

  • One lightbulb isn't very bright on its own

Rating: 4 out of 5

Where to buy

You can buy the Meross Smart LED Lightbulb from Amazon for $20.99 at retail price.

You can get them in a single pack for $20.99, a double pack for $28.99, or a pack of four for $49.99.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 346member
    I don't recommend these for use in a bedroom.  If the power goes out, when it comes back on the lights will turn on, regardless of their previous state.  This can result in some rude awakenings if the power goes out and comes back on in the middle of the night.
    darkvadermuthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    I have read good reviews about Meross but I’am heavily invested in the Philips Hue system. The app is updated regularly with all types of improvements and HomeKit integration, they offer a wide variety of bulb types and accessories and works with Siri and Apple Watch.
    dewmedarkvader
  • Reply 3 of 6
    iOS_Guy80 said:
    I have read good reviews about Meross but I’am heavily invested in the Philips Hue system. The app is updated regularly with all types of improvements and HomeKit integration, they offer a wide variety of bulb types and accessories and works with Siri and Apple Watch.
    Yeah, I've done the same.  The Hue UI is... better than HomeKit.  It's hardly perfect, leaves a lot to be desired.  But Apple's color picker is a mess, and Hue has some amazingly good presets, I could have hardly done better myself on some of them, and I've got a degree in theatrical lighting design.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    fafotfafot Posts: 19member
    The problem with the Meross bulbs is that unlike  any other smart bulbs will not lower their light brightness under 10%. The app may show 1% brightness but in reality it is about 10%. When one compares them to same 60W equivalent smart bulbs there is big difference between Meross and others like Nanoleaf and even basic non HomeKit bulbs. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,793member
    Hmm, 60w. I guess I can have a spectacular light show in the dunny.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    felix01felix01 Posts: 286member
    Eleven percent (11%) of the Amazon reviews were one star. Was that primarily user-error or are there serious problems with these lights when controlled by the Home app? 
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