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# 255905 5-Sep-2019 14:09
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$29 today from the Mi Store (in-store and online):

 

https://www.mi-store.co.nz/product/GPX4014GL/Mi-Home-Smart-Light-Bulb-LED-WiFi-RGB?qr=banner_topindex_mi_6601

 

While I've seen (and bought) these at the same price before (from PB Tech), the difference is those times there's been a buy limit of one per customer. While the email I got said the same, I was able to order and pay for five from the online store without a problem.

 

The best-value WiFi bulb that I've found - ours have been totally stable, the light's good, integration with Google Assistant has been good (also supports Alexa, but can't comment on that), they turn on and connect quickly if turned off at the switch... The only annoying things I've found is they're only available in E26/27 (no bayonet fitting), and the previous buy limit of one has meant it's taken time to get a few of them at this price (until now).

 

This makes them the same price as the Kogan-branded bulbs, but those seem to be of a far inferior quality going by the comments on another thread.


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  # 2311240 5-Sep-2019 14:15
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This is the old version isnt it? I recently picked up a newer one (white instead of grey base) that seems to be brighter, and better colour in the orange/yellow area

 

 




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  # 2311245 5-Sep-2019 14:25
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Is that the Yeelight-branded model you're thinking of? Same (non-discounted) price of $39 from the same store - https://www.mi-store.co.nz/product/YLDP06YL/Yeelight-Smart-Light-Bulb-LED-WiFi-RGB

 

Does anyone know the specific differences between the models?

 

Interestingly, neither of those pages provides a lumens measurement; I know that the light is not so bright when set to a colour, but surely a figure could be given for a standard white setting?

 

I've not tried this one, as I'm too stingy to pay $40 a bulb and I've not seen it on special. Personally I'm happy with the light quality of the Mi bulb, and it's easier to justify the purchase to my wife when it's $29 not $39 a bulb!

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2311260 5-Sep-2019 14:58
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I have both, and the $39 white base is definitely better. Its brighter and has 'better' colour in the 'white-orange' range. I would say 25% brighter. If its not for a main light (we use them in our lamps) then the $29 would be fine. I think the White base one ends up being about $33 delivered of aliexpress

 

 

 

 


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  # 2311264 5-Sep-2019 15:03
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I've not tried them. But newer ones as far as I know are a replacement for the old one and better in (most/all?) regards.

 

From memory Xiaomi has a policy were they only mark up items 5% or something like that. Basically you're always getting value for the money you're spending.

I have the Yeelight LED Strip and also Lifx Strip. It's not bad. Spacing between the LEDs is double that of the LIFX, and is about half the brightness (though it does vary depending on colour/settings). Colours are pretty good and close to the LIFX. Having a physical button on the unit is quite nice depending on usage. So about 80% as good as the Lifx for almost a third the cost. If it's just a few lights I'd go LIFX for quality, Yeelight not a bad cheaper alternative. I wasn't that impressed with Philips Hue (brightness and colours).

LIFX Mini's can be had for $50 on a good special.

 

I was looking at Hue vs Lifx vs Yeelight.




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  # 2311267 5-Sep-2019 15:07
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Good to know, thanks. Any chance you could post (or PM me) links to the seller(s) you've bought the white bulbs off on Ali Express? I'd rather rely on specific recommendations here than taking a punt as to which are reputable sellers selling legit products. (And most of the Xiaomi bulbs I've seen on eBay are more expensive than the NZ sale prices.) Thanks!


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  # 2311275 5-Sep-2019 15:15
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PB's site says both versions are 800 lumens.. whether thats true or not though..

 

 

 

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  # 2311276 5-Sep-2019 15:19
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jonathan18:

 

Good to know, thanks. Any chance you could post (or PM me) links to the seller(s) you've bought the white bulbs off on Ali Express? I'd rather rely on specific recommendations here than taking a punt as to which are reputable sellers selling legit products. (And most of the Xiaomi bulbs I've seen on eBay are more expensive than the NZ sale prices.) Thanks!

 

 

There's the official Xiaomi store on Aliexpress... Usually the cheapest or close to. Pretty obvious when looking at the amount of orders. Though fairly safe on Aliexpress with their refund policy. This sort of thing when it's coming from the official store, and it's made in China it's completely fine.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2311447 5-Sep-2019 19:51
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I don't think there's a single 'official' Xiaomi store on Aliexpress? Rather, there are a number of stores that claim the 'official' title.

 

But how does this one look?

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32885328641.html?spm=2114.12010615.8148356.1.4b46aa3bCobTxW

 

$17 USD works out at about $27 NZD.

 

Found this comparison between v1 and v2 of the Yeelight bulbs - https://justclickappliances.com/xiaomi-yeelight-v2-vs-v1-differences-explained/#targetText=The%20second%20version%20of%20Xiaomi,coming%20at%20a%20reasonable%20price.

 

That said, it's a bit unclear as to whether the Mi-branded bulbs are the same as the Yeelight v1, given the Mi bulbs are quoted as 10w, and Yeelight v1 as 9w (plus the lumens ratings quoted in an earlier post suggests the Mi output as the same as the Yeelight v2). However, given someone here has both and reports they are different in brightness that's evidence enough...


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  # 2311535 6-Sep-2019 01:36
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Yip same store I bought off of.

 

You might be right, perhaps not official. ~10k orders, they seem to sell enough of them... There are some brands that definitely do have 'official' stores though.


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