Cree Lighting Linked Max ST19 assessment: An reasonably priced filament bulb


The maker of our favourite budget-priced shade A19 sensible bulb is again with a slew of latest sensible lights, together with this Edison-style ST19 filament bulb. Priced at an inexpensive $13 (or $75 for a six-pack), the tunable white Cree Lighting Linked Max ST19 boasts straightforward setup; connects on to Wi-Fi networks; helps Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings; and packs a formidable arsenal of automation instruments. However the quirky Cree app may be complicated to make use of (why should you group lights which are already in a room?), and the ST19’s lowest brightness setting continues to be a bit brilliant for our style.

Cree Lighting provides a variety of bulbs in its Linked Max line, together with a shade A19 bulb that’s our present Editors’ Alternative for budget-priced sensible bulbs. Again in Might, Cree unveiled a collection of latest Linked Max merchandise, together with this ST19 filament bulb. Among the many different bulbs in Cree’s newest batch are tunable white A19, B11 candelabra, and globe-shaped G25 filament bulbs, which all value $12.99 every. The corporate additionally unleashed a six-inch shade downlight for $19.99. We’ll have a assessment of that product shortly.

This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best sensible lighting, the place you’ll discover critiques of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must contemplate when purchasing for such a product.

Specs

The Cree Lighting Linked Max ST19 bulb is a tunable mannequin with a “straight tubular,” Edison-style classic form. Seen inside the clear bulb are two pairs of straight filaments, one hotter and one cooler; by glowing at totally different intensities, these filaments mix to ship white shade temperatures starting from a heat 2,200 Kelvin to a a lot cooler 6,500Okay (equal to sunlight on a hazy day). Geared up with an E26 base, the Cree ST19 bulb will screw into a normal mild socket.

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The Cree Lighting Linked Max ST19 bulb has two pairs of straight filaments that mix to ship totally different white shade temperatures.

Rated to shine at as much as a typical 800 lumens, the Cree ST19 bulb had no hassle illuminating my workplace, however I’ve an uncommon criticism about its brightness: particularly, that it by no means will get all that dim. Even once I dialed the bulb’s brightness to absolutely the minimal, the ST19 remained a tad too brilliant, which implies you must assume twice earlier than utilizing it in a bed room as an evening mild.

The Cree ST19 bulb arrives with each Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, however its Bluetooth performance is just for pairing the bulb with the Cree app. To manage the ST19 bulb, you’ll want to attach it to your Wi-Fi community. As a result of it connects on to Wi-Fi, there’s no want for a dear hub or wi-fi bridge.

Setup

Earlier than you begin including bulbs to the Cree Lighting app, you’ll first must register an account. Refreshingly, you possibly can register utilizing both your Fb or Apple account (not Google, sadly), which saves you the effort of making a password. That mentioned, you can create an account utilizing your electronic mail deal with, if you want.

There are two strategies of pairing a bulb to the Cree app: both through an “auto scan” mode, which lets you add a number of bulbs on the similar time, or manually, which entails connecting your telephone to a brief native Wi-Fi community created by the bulb.

cree connected st19 dim Ben Patterson/IDG

The Cree Lighting Linked Max ST19’s dimmest setting was nonetheless too brilliant for my style.

Usually talking, I discover such “auto scan” modes to be hit and miss—most definitely miss—however in Cree’s case, the app managed to search out the ST19 bulb (together with one other Cree bulb I’m testing) inside a number of seconds, aided by the bulb’s Bluetooth radio. As soon as the app discovered the bulb, it went by means of the method of including it to my Wi-Fi community; after all, you’ll want to select your SSID and enter your community password.

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