Just a day after introducing a lamp holder and solar panel, prolific smart home maker Wyze is back with a couple of new gadgets: a smart switch and a tunable white smart bulb.
Available for pre-order in white starting today, the Wyze SwitchIt will ship as a pack of three in December for $ 32.99 plus shipping. Wyze adds that the unique packages for the new switch are “coming soon.”
Meanwhile, a four pack Wyze Bulb WhiteIt will start shipping next month for $ 31.99, with pre-orders starting today.
Wyze’s first smart switch is a single-pole single-pole model that works with standard and Wyze light bulbs. The switch can be installed in one, two, three, and four group configurations, but requires a neutral wire.
Compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT, the Wyze Switch offers Wi-Fi connectivity (2.4 GHz only) and Bluetooth 4.2 and, like other Wyze lighting products, does not require a hub.
A single press of the Wyze switch turns the lights on and off, while other functions (including the ability to control other Wyze devices) can be assigned to double, triple, or press and hold. There is also a status light in the upper right corner of the switch.
With the Wyze app, you can set schedules and timers for the change, while a vacation mode can help fool would-be intruders into thinking you’re home. What’s missing from the Wyze Switch’s bag of tricks, though, is power monitoring.
White Wyze Bulb
Following in the footsteps of the Wyze Bulb Color from earlier this year, the Wyze Bulb White is essentially a two-year makeover of the Wyze Bulb. Wyze says that Bulb White has an improved color rendering index of more than 90 (or CRI, a rating that indicates the accuracy of colors in light-illuminated objects) compared to Wyze Bulb, and that the newer bulb is becomes dimmer and is easier to set up.
With a standard E26 base, this A19-style dimmable bulb can be adjusted from a warm 2700 Kelvin to a cool 6,500 K daylight temperature.
With the Wyze app, you can group Bulb White with other Wyze bulbs, and you can also set schedules, timers, and sleep routines.
A new Sun Match mode automatically adjusts the bulb’s white color temperature based on the time of day, while a vacation mode (similar to the Wyze Switch) helps fool passersby into thinking you’re home.
Wyze Bulb White is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, and supports Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only) and Bluetooth connectivity, no hub required.
We will have reviews of both the Wyze Switch and the Wyze Bulb White once we spend time with some sample units.