Zipato RGBW Bulb Review

15 December 2014

Summary:

The Zipato RGBW Bulb is one of the first of its kind to be released in the Z-Wave market. It features a 4 channel LED (Red, Green, Blue and White) configuration which is housed in a light bulb with a E27 screw base. The intensities of the primary RGB colours can be varied to produce thousands of colours that can serve as a versatile form of ambience light. Furthermore the ‘White’ channel enables the colour temperature of the white light to be adjusted between ‘Cool’ and ‘Warm’, hence empowering the user to fine tune the lighting ambience of his space between work and leisure.

Unboxing:

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The non-packaging related contents of the box include:

1 x Zipato RGBW Bulb

1 x Quick Installation Guide

Installation and Z-Wave pairing:

The physical installation of this Z-Wave light bulb is extremely straight forward as compared to the other types of ceiling lighting-related Z-Wave devices such as dimmer and on/off relay insert modules. All that needs to be done is the replacement of the existing conventional light bulb with the Zipato RGBW Bulb. As depicted in the image below, the conventional light bulb (on the left) was removed from the table lamp and the Zipato RGBW Bulb (on the right) will be installed in its place.

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In summary, the user only needs to execute the following steps:

  1. Screw in the Zipato RGBW Bulb into a E27 socket (i.e. any E27 table lamps, standing lamps, ceiling light etc)
  2. Switch on the power to the light/lamp
  3. Activate inclusion mode on the Z-Wave gateway
  4. Activate inclusion mode on the Zipato RGBW Bulb by gently tapping on the bulb itself or tapping on the housing of the bulb (The Zipato RGBW Bulb will emit a green light to indicate that the inclusion/exclusion process has been executed successfully and the gateway will also indicate that the bulb has been included or excluded)

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Configuration:

Currently for the Fibaro and Vera gateways (i.e. HCL, HC2, Veralite, Vera 3, VeraEdge) it will only appear as a single dimmable light (i.e. only the white channel works). For the Zipabox gateway, all four channels (RGBW) can be controlled. With future firmware releases and software updates, perhaps all 4 RGBW channels will be fully compatible with the Vera and Fibaro gateways.

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The Zipato RGBW Bulb has the following configurable options (via device parameters settings):

  1. Adjusting colour temperature of the white light (1 – full cold white, 100- full warm white)
  2. Shock sensor sensitivity (0- min sensitivity, 31 – max sensitivity) – To detect tapping of the bulb

(note: Whenever the Zipato RGBW bulb is excluded from a Z Wave network, its device parameters are restored to factory default settings)

Pros:

  1. Low power consumption – 0.45 Watts on standby mode (no light) and 6.7 Watts when powered on (emitting light)
  2. Quick and easy to install with no need to change physical switches nor extend additional neutral wires nor cater for additional mounting fixtures/recess (i.e. especially in the case of installation for conventional Z Wave switch inserts)
  3. Ideal to be installed in a feature light whereby its colour changing capabilities will add dynamism to the feature light and the room’s ambience

Cons:

  1. The Zipato RGBW Bulb can only accommodate E27 socket types
  2. The Zipato RGBW Bulb is not fully compatible with Vera or Fibaro gateways yet.

Conclusion:

For Zipabox users, the Zipato RGBW Bulb would be an interesting addition to the vast existing suite of Z-Wave devices with its simple setup and versatile colour changing capabilities that will present the end user with added options to personalise the ambience of his automated space. However for non-Zipabox users, such as those who use Fibaro or Vera gateways, it serves to be more of a semi-functional prelude to the long awaited Aeon Labs RGBW light bulb (http://aeotec.com/z-wave-led-lightbulb) that will probably be released in 2015 and have direct compatibility with Fibaro and Vera gateways.

Tech Specs:

For additional technical specifications, you may refer to: http://evida.com.sg/product/zipato-rgbw-bulb/#comment-28

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