For home automation enthusiasts a new partner is now showing up in Google Home, with Yeelight Actions now available to setup.
Previously you’ve had to integrate your Yeelight setup through IFTTT, but as promised earlier this year you can now do it natively through the Google Home app. The Yeelight Actions control is showing up in the Google Home app under Home Control, simply hit the (+) button and scroll all the way to the bottom to add in any existing Yeelights you have setup.
Yeelight is a line of lights from Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi, and as you’d expect the bulbs are quite decently priced even if you have to order them in from overseas. There’s a number of different types of Yeelight available, though you’ll find they’re only available in Edison Screw (E27). Never fear though you an get an Edison Screw to Bayonet Cap (B22) adapter for just $2.95 from Ikea. Yeelights don’t require a hub, they simply connect to your home Wi-Fi network
Yeelights come in both standard White and RGB, as well as a 2 metre RGB LED strip light, or if you just want a bedside lamp you can get one of those too – bear in mind you’ll need a power adapter for the last two.
A quick shop around shows BangGood is pretty cheap at the moment for all the lights and if you use the code BGAFF7 you’ll get a bonus 7% off:
- Standard White Original Yee Light – $18.78
- RGB LED Yee Light – $25.60
- LED 2M RGB Smart Strip light – $54.81
The bulbs are cheap enough for me to grab a couple and add them to my already mixed smart light setup at home. I’ve currently got Philips Hue and LifX bulbs, but I’m keen to try out these as well. I’ve added a couple to the basket and can’t wait to see how they perform.
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