Sengled’s Pulse LED lighting system is definitely a product I never thought was a thing. The Pulse series is an LED light system with built-in speakers. Yes, you read that right. It’s something I never thought I needed to exist. That being said, because it was so unique, I thought it was worth checking out and to my surprise, it’s actually pretty cool …
The Pulse system comes as a starter kit that includes a main bulb and a satellite bulb. That alone will allow you to have a stereo speaker system, but you can connect up to seven satellite bulbs (purchased separately) to a main bulb. Bulbs will fit almost anywhere with a standard light socket, but they are a bit wide, so small lamps may not work well. Plus, each bulb is designed to last up to 25,000 hours and produce a warm toned brightness of 600 lumens.
Setting up the Pulse system is extremely simple. The connection is made with the master bulb via Bluetooth on your iOS (or Android) device. From there, it will automatically detect and sync with the satellite bulb. Lighting and audio settings can be controlled from the Pulse app which can be downloaded for free.
The Pulse system will work like traditional bluetooth speakers, but there is something interesting about the ambience / ambiance that comes with playing music through speakers in a light fixture. It is very different from anything I have experienced. I installed this system like two of my overhead lights in the kitchen and it fills the room with music in a very different way.
The best way to describe this system is to show it in action. Watch our Sengled Pulse System review video below:
The 13-watt (8-ohm) speakers inside feature JBL by Harmon technology and I found them quite pleasant to listen to. They have a frequency response of 100Hz to 20kHz and the audio quality is pretty good (for a light bulb). I was surprised at the amount of bass produced. Another thing to note is that the luminaire can also change the sound output. Depending on the size or shape of the lamp, the sound will vary slightly due to the way the sound waves bounce.
As for the app, its functionality is basic, but definitely gets the job done. With the Pulse app you will have the option to dim the lights (simultaneously or individually), turn them on / off, adjust speaker output, switch between mono / stereo signal and designate which light gets the left / right outlet. There are also a handful of built-in EQ presets that will work regardless of the EQ presets found in the music settings on iOS and the app has the option to add new satellite bulbs. For a detailed look at the app, watch the video above.
The Sengled Pulse system starts at $ 179.99 for the starter kit. Considering the price of other smart LED lighting systems, this isn’t a crazy asking price, but it will definitely be a jerk for some consumers. Satellite bulbs can be purchased for $ 79.99 each and, as mentioned, you can add up to seven to a main bulb.
The Pulse system appears to be proprietary, so don’t expect it to work with other smart wireless systems or platforms. Overall though, there isn’t much else to say here. These are LED bulbs with built-in speakers and after using them for a few weeks I think this is a fantastic idea. The only real downside comes from the entrance fee.
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