The trend towards LED lighting has pretty much become blasé — which explains why electronic devices no longer tout they have this kind of lighitng alone. So along comes the sengled Pulse LED + Wireless Speakers in a starter kit of one main unit and one satellite — looking pretty much like a big LED bulb to anyone staring at it. But that is just the beginning of course, because the Pulse has a lot more going for it than just doing some illumination.
Well actually it does do more than just illuminate, because the light itself can be dimmed. Yes that’s right, you can vary the amount of brightness from an app freely included (on either an iOS or Android phone/tablet). And since the Pulse screws into any standard light socket, that means instant dimming ability where it didn’t exist before.
So right here we have a long-lasting LED bulb that can alter the light output at will. If that was the end of it, that would be good but not very special. But also inside that bulbous shape are JBL drivers — yep, high quality audio speakers that can provide a strong sound effect (as opposed to just sounding tinny). Through clever manipulation of the physical space inside, the quality of the speakers are made evident to allow for loud volume @ 13 watts each.
Add to this the ability to “link” up to 8 of these Pulses’s together, and you get the capability to create a real immersive sound field in one’s home or apartment (obviously if there’s going to be a whole slew of these speakers, having ceiling sockets to place them in will be the best recourse). The speakers can be up to 100 feet apart and the surround sound effect comes as a result of the 1.75″ full fidelity JBL loudspeakers performing as a Left-Right stereo pair in the starter kit noted above.
Of course the Bluetooth range of 30 feet or so applies as regards sending the streaming audio, but all that means is that you need to be in range of where you want to listen. Besides the lighting and volume, the app can also access audio equalization modes for modifying the sound output to your liking. And of course the streaming capabilities also extends to playing other sources of music besides your own when using the app or connected through a mobile device; such as from Pandora, Spotify, Apple music, etc.
But the main issue isn’t even the convenience of just screwing in a Pulse to give it power and then manipulating its use — it’s the fact that the JBL speakers make the sound not just loud enough to hear, but of a good sounding quality that most other speakers put into bulbs can’t come close to. And that’s even more true when using two or more of them together (the starter kit retails at $149.00, with additional Pulse’s costing $69.99). That’s probably the most salient reason to go with the Pulse, should you wish to have light and sound come under your command. Plus the candy apple red version (as opposed to the grey) looks cool too!