TP-Link LB130: Turn on the Lights!
March 12, 2018

TP-Link’s offerings as far as Wi-Fi enabled bulbs go have seen a consistent evolution right from its early models to tunable models like the LB120. With the LB130, they bring in the color changing option to their smart bulb portfolio.

The LB130 feels sturdy, yet it’s compact enough to fit easily into any typical fixture. As with the LB120, the LB130 is designed to work with TP-Link’s Kasa smart home management system. The first step thus, is downloading the Kasa app, and creating anaccount. This done, connect to the bulb’s Wi-Fi network, and then use the app to switch it over to your own Wifi. Reasonably fast with no hiccups whatsoever, it was a matter of time before I started syncing a few devices, which can include TPLink devices like smartplugs.

Interestingly, for a 800 lumens bulb, you have a more even spread of brightness courtesy the more traditional shape. In terms of range, the bulb goes from 2500k soft white to 9000k, full daylight. This is the first TPLink smartbulb I have tested, so their Circadian mode is one I was eager to try. This essentially lets Kasa auto-tune your bulb lighting for you, ostensibly shifting from colder bluish light in the morning to warmer tones at night.

Have quite more than one bulb? Group them via Kasa and it’s here that the various modes in the app come in handy. Think a movie night scene that dims the lights, lively party scene setting etc. Bring Alexa and Google Assistant into the picture, and you can make the process voice controlled, with names for each of the devices. Of note here is that you don’t need a hub to ensure connectivity is consistent.

All in all, TP-Link’s LB-130 is a sturdy, yet inexpensive performer, backed by an intuitive smart home management system in Kasa.

TP-Link’s Smart Bulb range starts at AED/SAR 100, and is available across the GCC.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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