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LifeSmart Cololight Hexagon Wifi Light Panels

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Smart lights have been a craze for a hot minute now, growing in popularity like noone's business! From light bulbs, RGB strips and speakers, to modular light panels mounted on a wall, you really are spoiled for choice.
Modular smart lighting without wires is the latest trend now and jumping on the bandwagon is LifeSmart Cololight which is a beautiful hexagon-shape lighting solution that works via Wifi, meaning a bridge or hub isn't required to get the light panels up and running.
connector clip
Cololight currently comes in a 6-pack and 3-pack starter kit which essentially consist of RGB leds inside hexagon-shaped diffusers which connect to each other via 5-pin connector clips.
Cololight uses a standard USB cable that is over 3ft long (97cm) and flat which prevents the cable from getting tangled.
While Cololight connects via standard USB connection to a computer USB port or USB wall charger, the other end of the USB cable is fixed to the controller unit permanently.
controller unit
If the controller cable was to break or malfunction you will not be able to replace it with a regular USB cable. The controller does come pre-installed and there is no reason to remove it; hence the possibility of the controller breaking prematurely is unlikely.

Cololight is powered via 5 volts input charge, and can be powered with 500mA (0.5 amps) input charge and a maximum of 2 amps; hence you can hook it up to any USB port of a laptop or desktop PC, as well as a 2-amp wall charger.
Each Cololight panel measures 8.6cm long, 7.4cm high and 3cm thick and weighs 50 grams so the total between three panels is 190 grams.
Cololight is fairly small and light weight enough to be hung on a wall thanks to its thermoplastic construction. The body is made of polycarbonate while the front panel is made of ABS which acts as an opaque light diffuser.
There is a single user control button which uses a resistance touch switch located beneath the lock/unlock turnplate on the controller.
The touch button is multi-functional so you can power on/off the unit, adjust the lighting and initiate pairing, which is activated by holding down the touch button for 7 seconds until the light panels start flashing green.
wrong way to connect Cololight
When assembling the Cololight panels together, the connector clips must be connected to the double port slot in order for power to pass through.
Cololight is designed to be on a desktop, not on the wall, although with a bit of 3M sticky on the back of the connector clips you can put Cololight up on a wall. Lifesmart will be releasing a wall mounting kit for Cololight in the upcoming months.
Each Cololight panel features seven ports on the back for the connector pins which act as "conducting joints", joining the light panels together while delivering power.
you can have up to 100 Cololight panels connected
A single controller unit is included and it's only needed to deliver power to all three Cololight panels, which is nice as it gives you flexibility for designing different light panel patterns.
The Cololight 3-pack starter kit version is fun to start with, but with only three light panels you are limited so you will definitely want to buy more.
Using at least 6 or 9 light panels will make Cololight come on its own.You can buy additional light panels though a set of three light panels costs almost the same as buying a new Cololight 3-pack starter kit.
Aside from having Cololight sit looking pretty on a desk, you can have Cololight hexagons light up at the rhythm of music playing on your phone.
Once connected to your smartphone, you can enable your phone's microphone via the Cololight mobile app which is available for both Android and Apple users.
Pairing Cololight to the Cololight mobile app is done via a WiFi router and requires exclusively the wireless 2.4Ghz radio band which is somewhat of an issue because most new routers you buy these days are dual wireless, using both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency bands.
While dual-band routers switch automatically between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency bands, Cololight only works on the 2.4Ghz frequency band. If your router is set to switch between bands automatically, you will have to set your router to 2.4Ghz only band which isn't convenient at all.
Luckily, you can workaround this issue by forcing your phone to use 2.4Ghz only. This workaround works only with Android devices running Android 6.0.1 or an earlier Android OS version.
If you have an iPhone, there is no way to force the 2.4Ghz frequency band from your iPhone handset itself but if you are able to change the SSID on your router and set a 2.4Ghz SSID and 5Ghz SSID you'll be able to configure Cololight on the 2.4GHz frequency band.

The other workaround, if you don't want to change the frequency band on your phone or router, it's to use a power line adapter and change its frequency band. A power line adapter basically acts as an access point to your router, allowing you to change frequency bands from the adapter itself without changing the router's frequency band, which is neat.
Once connected, the Cololight app works smoothly allowing you to adjust the light panels manually by selecting from a range of preset effects or by customizing colors to your liking.
lights can be dimmed via app slider
You can also dim the lights, as well as power on and off Cololight which is useful if you plan to use Cololight as a bedside lamp.
app user control buttons on bottom right side
Cololight also supports voice commands via Alexa and Google Assistant so you can control the light panels with your voice, as well as via the Lifesmart door/window sensor so you can have the panels automatically light up when you open a door.
As far as power consumption, it ranges between 0.3 watts and a maximum of 5 watts. There is also a 1-year warranty on Cololight so if it becomes faulty, you can request a free replacement.
The warranty wordage also states that "high voltage" damage is not covered, which means there is no voltage regulator built-in to Cololight; hence you do not want to use a wall charger with voltage higher than 5V.

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