Many of you followed the LSC brand LED filament test Smart Connect from Action. It was a great surprise for a very good value for money product. We are reissuing today with a much more basic bulb, an LSC Bulb Smart Multicolored and white LED. We can consider this bulb as representative of the LED range, which also includes an E14, but of identical technology.
Action proposes a complete family connected products including bulbs, a headband, a socket, an opening detector, an alarm ... The advantage is that these products are self-service and at an unbeatable price. Because at 8.95 €, we have there one of the cheapest 27W 9 lm E806 connected LED bulbs on the market. The question is: is it worth them?
LSC bulb Smart Connect: back to basics
Unboxing and presentation
LSC products Smart Connect are imported by Electro Cirkel Retail BV, a Dutch wholesaler / importer not specializing in the virtual processing of horse meat into beef, but in the wholesale of various brands of connected products as well as private label production by third parties .
The packaging is still too attractive and successful : colored, pictorial, glossy reproduction of the product on the edge… It is a box whose lid is removed to reveal the bulb. The facing announces the power and lumens of the lamp, as well as its connectivity 2,4 GHz Wi-Fi (you will not be able to say that you did not know with your 5 GHz). On the side, you will find the temperature of the whites and the colors while the rear will rather inform you of the energy consumption and other useful information. The accounting Alexa and Google Home is also present, as is the use of their in-house application, based on Tuya / Smart Life. The bulb is firmly seated and there is no risk of breakage. The first impression remains very good.
There is also a rather brief notice but sufficient for a first time installation. Although we will ask you not to follow it.
The Wow aspect that we had for the LED filament is quite far. Yes… We are on a 27mm Edison bulb that could not be more basic and sad. The design is not differentiating, we have a body making 3/4 of the bulb and the bulb on the last quarter. The only points of joy: the LSC logo, the specifications of the bulb as well as the address of the importer printed on the body. A real touch of madness ... However, let's not be too hard, it is quite compact if we compare it to others: 12 cm high including the base and 6 cm in diameter.
The materials are medium quality, with a body in composite plastic material but not in PC, the bulb is also in opaque material but a little more qualitative. The base is made of aluminum. It is likely that the bulb will heat up during use due to the materials used. Count 107 g on the scale, which is in the low average for this type of product.
- Base: E27
- Power: W 9
- Luminous flux: 806 lm, which is in the normal range of the sector
- Nominal current: 76 mA
- 220-240 V operation
- 50/60 Hz (so 50 to 60 flashes per second)
- 16 millions of colors
- Warmth of whites 1800 to 2700 K therefore warm white only.
- 15.000 hours of use, therefore 15 years if used 3 hours per day. It is quite average because we are generally between 25 and 50.000 hours.
- 10.000 duty cycles. Again quite low because it is quite easy to reach 100.000 for certain products.
- Not mechanically dimmable but only through the application.
- Controllable with remote control Smart Remote LSC.
It seems that the characteristics are really revised to a minimum in order to maintain such a price. There is a good chance that the LED chips are those coming from the periphery of the semiconductor wafers. This is inherent in the production of LED chip on plate, the quality of which follows radial distribution.
It's not clear ? So listen carefully: to produce LED chips, we start with round silicon plates on which we will “grow” crystals, we will polish them, heat them… and then cut them into small squares which will give the LED chips. The best performing chips are in the center and the worst performing on the periphery. Because having had crystal growth, annealing or other, less extensive than in the center, these chips will have poorer performance and a reduced lifespan. These are the “second choice”, less expensive, found in entry-level products.
LSC Smart Connect: operation of the connected LED bulb
LSC has its own app, however, there is no Skill Alexa available. To work around the problem and avoid having an Nth piloting application, we used Smart Life (the LSC application being based on Tuya). We refer you to our tutorials to install a bulb via Smart Life if you are not used to it. The principle stays the same : press the "+" once in the application, select "lighting" et "Lighting devices" then choose Wi-Fi lamp. To put the socket in pairing mode, switch it on and off 3 times in a row until it flashes ... Then, select your Wi-Fi network (do not forget to activate your GPS), let the detection take place and rename it.
Feel free to change the name of the bulb. Short of ideas, we called it “action”. You will then have the possibility, via the application, to turn it on and off by pressing the bulb, you can also vary thelight intensity, warmth of whites, color saturation… You also have access to pre-installed scenarios to brighten up your room. Of course, it can also be integrated into routines and programming (diagram, in the application). If you have already activated the skill Smart Life, the bulb goes up directly under Alexa.
The variation of colors with the application is in principle much larger with the application Smart Life that via Alexa. With the latter, you will have the choice between fifteen colors and no pre-recorded scenes. It is noted on the packaging that the bulb is dimmable between 10 and 100% via the application, which is false because we can go down to 1% intensity also via with Smart, thatAlexa and even by voice. This bulb is also compatible with the LSC Smart Remote as you can see with the little symbol at the bottom right.
In use, you can see that the whites are hot or even very hot. It's perfect for rooms like a bedroom, hallway, or accent light but even then if you use it as a main light you will lose brightness.
The colors are quite bland and as you can see on the video, purples and pinks are almost indistinguishable. Only the primary colors are well marked, the others lose consistency. Another important point to note, the tested bulb had an annoying and annoying tendency to sizzle. And for once, it is crippling, proof of the very average quality of the product. It seems that this problem is not an isolated case. because many readers have come back to us to inform us. We have therefore also observed this defect. The luminaire used for the test does not sizzle with the other bulbs tested, neither before nor after this test, so it comes from this product, one of the components of which must be of poor quality.