Dimmest Smart Bulb


#1

I’m looking for the dimmest bulb in the box :grin: I’m trying to slowly dim up a lamp from 1% in the morning. The bulbs I have now (Sylvania Lightfy basic on/off/dim) are pretty bright at 1%. I also tried out GoControl LB60Z-1 which also doesn’t go very dim and flickers at low levels. I found a thread with a great explanation from @JDRoberts explaining how dimmable LEDs work, but unfortunately can’t find the exact thread again after searching for a while. From what I recall, it all depends on the LED driver inside the bulb.

I’d prefer a Zigbee or Z-Wave bulb, but if a pocket socket type dimmer with a standard dimmable LED bulb would give better results, I’m open to it. Seems like there should be a good option though with all the different brands on the market (Sylvania, Cree, GE, Phillips Hue).

Thanks for any advice!


(Larry) #2

i have the lightify white color control and use one in a bedroom lamp… dont know about 1% but even at 10% it is pretty dim…


#3

I use Cree and it seems pretty dim at 1%.

If your eyes are used to very/total darkness such as just waking up in a dark room, any bulb will initially seem bright. Maybe you could have a the lamp placed farther away so that less light will shine towards you at when you 1st see it and your eyes adjust to light.


(Dan Fox) #4

I have a Lightify Color temperature bulb. It gets a lot dimmer than the standard dimmer bulb. Especially if you set the temperature low, like 2400.


#5

That’s another thing that might help to get lower light levels. Get a color bulb and change it to red. That color will appear dimmer on 1% than white will.


(Ray) #6

I agree with this one. I use Hue and change to something warmer for lower dim.


#7

In general, the white only smart bulbs will dim lower than the RGBW models in the same line, but the suggestion to use red is also good. :sunglasses:

http://www.muada.com/2016/07-14-hue-white-ambiance-dims-all-the-way-to-1.html


#8

Without pulling out a light meter, I might eventually, out of TP-Link, sengled, enbrighten.

Sengled is by far the brightest on 1% and it’s comparable to TP-Link 18%.

Enbrighten and TP-Link are near identical to the eye across the brightness range. The enbrighten does use more standby power due to the zwave repeater, I assume. The TP-Link uses about a half watt and the enbrighten uses closer to 1-1.1 watts standby.