I’ve reviewed some odd things in my time, but never did I think I’d be asked to do a write-up on a light bulb. And hey, you’d think that it’d be difficult to write enough about said bulbs to justify an entire article. And you’d be right; it did seem a tad extra.
The Eye Comfort bulbs are easily the best smart bulbs, and possibly the best lights, I’ve ever used. It sounds bizarre to rant about the quality of light bulbs, but here I am. These are some good lights, friends, and let me tell you why.
My eyes are definitely comforted
I set one bulb up in my gaming room, and another in the bedroom. These are the spaces where I didn’t already have smart bulbs, and where light levels matter to me the most. Instantly, I was stoked.
The EyeComfort bulbs are designed to be, well, easy on the eyes. Glare really gets to me and, as a long-term sufferer of photosensitive migraines and eye strain, it often means that I have to wear sunglasses indoors.
Cool, yes. Practical and socially acceptable, no.
These bulbs simply didn’t make me do that almost constant half-squint I do, and that alone would make me recommend them. The fact that they’re dimmable is even better, because if I had a day of especial eye fatigue, they could adapt to that.
Another thing I noticed is the peace and quiet. I’m one of the unfortunate people who can hear electronics all the damn time, from chargers and fridges to dimmed light bulbs. I couldn’t hear the EyeComforts unless I really tried. That’s pretty great.
Let there be (smart) light
At this point, I’ve got more smart bulbs than not. It’s a serious problem that, when the Singularity hits, means I’m going to be completely screwed. But at least my bulbs aren’t, which is an incredibly roundabout way of saying that the EyeComfort bulbs come in both Edison (boo) or bayonet fittings.
Well, as with all Hue products, they play best with Alexa. Maybe they work with Google Home too, I don’t know. Frankly, I don’t want to know; it’s a market they can do without. But regardless, being able to automate your lights, turn them on if the light switch is inconvenient, or even just dim things when it’s a bit bright or dark, the convenience of smart bulbs in general is remarkable.
Routines are still fantastic with these things. Calling out “Alexa, game time” turns on the gaming room bulb to 50% brightness, making for an ideal ambient light without glaring off the TV. “Alexa, bedtime” turns off all lights but the bedroom, which dims to 40%, while “Alexa, goodnight” turns off everything.
Linked in with my morning routine, automated lights make it WAY easier to force my way out of bed. The EyeComforts make it even easier, because I’m not blinking blearily for the first 15 minutes of getting up.
They’ve actually enriched my life. That’s not something you can say about most bulbs. Or, for that matter, most things.
Praise the indoor Sun
The real problem with the EyeComfort bulbs is that they’re actually incredibly justifiable buys. Sure, they seem expensive, and that’s because they are; spending $30-$50 on every light bulb in your home is insane. But as an investment, they’ll last WAY longer than regular bulbs, assuming your wiring is pretty ok. I’m also pretty sure that they’re more energy-efficient than my old ones, and I’ll confirm that once my power bill comes. Yeah, it’s a big spend at the start, but getting one or two at a time and phasing them in seems manageable. So what’s not to love?
Nothing. That’s what.
I’ll give you the best recommendation I can. After using these two bulbs for a couple of weeks, I want to buy more. With my own money. And I don’t think a tech reviewer can give higher praise than that.
If you’re in the market for smart bulbs, value your eyes, and don’t want to go all technicolour with it, you could do much worse than the Philips EyeComfort range.