Turn it on, turn it up. That is what the Sengled Pulse Solo LED bulb is all about. In this world of connected light bulbs, we expect our appliances to do more than they were originally meant for. The Pulse Solo is a perfect example – It’s an LED light and a Stereo Bluetooth speaker all in one.
Using a standard Edison 26 or 27 screw socket (with a B22 socket version as well), the Pulse Solo can be used in almost any light around the house. THe light itself puts out 550 Lumens with a color temperature of 2700k in a 105 degree angle from the top of the bulb. It only takes 9.5W for the light, and 12.5 W using the speaker.
The 3 Watt JBL stereo speaker can be connected with any Bluetooth device and controlled using iOS or Android devices. The speaker has a frequency response of 260Hz – 18 kHz. When you download the app, you can control the Solo on both the brightness of the light and the internal dual speakers.
I found it best in my bedroom nightpost. I can dim the light and watch shows from the iPad or play music to fall asleep to.
Pros and Cons – Sengled Pulse Solo
The biggest issue with this bulb is memory – When you turn the light switch off, it forgets all light and sound settings. Turn the light switch back on and it resets, so you’ll have to pair the device and open the app again.
This light is rated for indoor use only since the bulb can short out if it gets damp. You can install into overhead fixtures and any light that faces downward. Keep in mind some other LED lights pose a fire hazard if you do that.
It is also important to install in a non-dimmmable source. This can affect the Bluetooth and speaker control.
The pulse solo is taller than other bulbs and heavier at 11.8 ounces. I installed in a lamp with a gooseneck and the weight of the bulb was too much to keep the lamp in any upright position. If you install in lamps that also have shades, keep in mind the bulb could protrude from the top and the shade might redirect the stereo sound downward while muting its directionality. Therefore, best practice is to have the bulb in a fixture without a shade.
Of course, with a minimal frequency of 260 Hz, it’s not going to be bass-thumping in any way.
I said I used the bulb in my bedroom. There have been a few times I forgot to un-pair the bulb or simply turn the light off. The phone stayed paired to the bulb and confused me when I couldn’t get sound out of my device in the living room…
But once installed, the bulb does exactly what it says. The unit sounds great for non-bass intensive sound and can get loud enough to fill a single room.
The Pulse Solo is $59.99 and is meant for single device usage – hence the name. If you want sound throughout a room or house from a single source, check out the Pulse lighting system, which can connect up to 8 bulbs.