CES (Consumer Electronics Show) ended recently and it was a heaven for tech manufacturers and enthusiasts. At this event in Las Vegas, Yeelight, an innovator in smart lighting application unveiled a couple of new products, including Apple HomeKit compatible lighting products and a new BLE MESH lighting package. Yeelight aims at making smart lighting easier and improving your home lighting experience.
Apple HomeKit Support
Yeelight is not a sub-brand of Xiaomi but it comes under its umbrella as the latter backs it. Yeelight first launched a couple of products compatible with Apple HomeKit under the Mi brand, including Mi Bedside Lamp 2, Mi Desk Lamp Pro and Mi LED Color Bulb. These products were launched into the market and support voice control with Siri, or the Apple Home app on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Now Yeelight has announced their commitment to support HomeKit in its own products, including Yeelight Aurora light strip plus and Yeelight smart bulbs, which are also exhibited currently at the CES 2019. HomeKit support for Yeelight products is expected to be available in the coming months.
BLE MESH Lighting
The BLE MESH lighting group exhibited by Yeelight includes the light bulbs, the candle bulbs, the downlights, and the spotlights, which take care of the major lighting needs in home decorating. Compared with the Wi-Fi bulbs, downlights, and spotlights, Yeelight BLE MESH lighting group is the easier and more stable connection to the network. Instead of pairing the lights one by one to a network, which needs quite some work, you may connect BLE MESH lights into the network by batches through the gateway.
The BLE MESH technology suits, in particular, the application of bulbs, downlights or spotlights at home, which you may use by batches. Advantages in scale connection could save tons of efforts, not to mention, BLE MESH is actually more stable in connection compared with Wi-Fi.
The individual lights in the batch are dimmable and support the adjustment of color temperature, remote control and programmable via the APP. It also comes with a smart speaker like the Yeelight Voice Assistant and Xiaomi Alarm that has AI integration. So, yeah you could control them with your voice.
Yeelight recently declared the publishing of BLE MESH lighting group in a crowdfunding campaign in China at Xiaomi Youpin last December. The crowdfunding results were quite positive, surpassing the crowdfunding goal by 1607%. Since then they introduced the BLE MESH lighting group to the overseas market through CES.