AC/DC said "Let there be lights...let there be sound." Sony and Sengled combined the two into smart light bulbs. This is our buyer's guide and review for the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker and Sengled Pulse.
The Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker features almost 200 different colors, capable of setting the perfect scene for whatever you might be doing and built in is a two-watt speaker. The Sengled Pulse is a light with dimming capabilities and a built-in multi-channel JBL speaker.
Both bulbs are controlled via Bluetooth in conjunction with apps. Sony includes a remote control with their bulb and the Pulse has Pandora and Spotify compatibility. The Pulse needs a “master bulb” in order for it to work, but up to seven “satellite” bulbs can be added in any room.
The 25-watt equivalent Sony bulb has only officially been released in Japan, so you won’t find it in any big-box retailers stateside. Amazon carries the bulb but it’s upward of $280. The 50-watt equivalent Pulse bulbs are available in big-box hardware stores. The starter kit comes with one master and one satellite bulb. That’ll set you back about $150. Each individual bulb after that is $70.
Sony is headed in the right direction with their idea, but it leaves a lot to be desired. The bulb gives off a good amount of light but it almost seems as if the speakers were an afterthought. The sound quality is shoddy: too much treble, not enough mid or bass, and very quiet. This Sengled Pulse is a better product. The JBL speakers provide a richer sound quality and the lights are dimmable. The starter kit is considerably cheaper than the one Sony bulb. Plus, unlike the Sony Bulb, it’s available from retailers.