Wyze has been shifting into way of life lighting merchandise, first with the Wyze Flooring Lamp and now with the Wyze Night time Mild. Out there in a three-pack for $20 (delivery begins in August), these inexpensive and rechargeable night time lights aren’t so sensible—they don’t assist Alexa or Google Assistant, nor do they connect with the Wyze app—however they do include movement and ambient gentle sensors, they usually hyperlink collectively through an RF connection.
I had the Wyze Night time Lights put in in a stairwell for a couple of weeks, and for essentially the most half, they labored as marketed. That mentioned, there was an annoying mounting problem that left me questioning whether or not Wyze’s QA division has been stretched a bit skinny. Additionally, the battery life on my check items wasn’t so scorching.
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Observe: This overview was initially revealed on July 14, 2021. Following one other week or so of testing, the batteries on my check items died, which suggests the batteries solely lasted for roughly two weeks. I’ve up to date this overview with my battery life observations, together with responses from Wyze about that problem and others.
Design and operation
Measuring 3.14 x 2.04 x 0.55 inches (WxHxD) and weighing a hair underneath two ounces, every particular person Wyze Night time Mild is slightly smaller than a stack of bank cards. Twin LEDs are embedded within the prime and backside edges, that are angled to splash gentle on the wall or no matter floor the module is connected to. There’s additionally a small rectangle on the face of the sunshine that glows faintly when the LEDs are on.
The night time gentle places out about 4.5 lumens of sunshine, and three of them had been shiny sufficient (however not too shiny) to light up my darkish downstairs stairwell. Tuned to a white shade temperature of two,500 Kelvin, the lights emit a heat, soothing glow.
A 3-way swap on the suitable edge of every gentle adjustments the unit’s lighting mode. “Auto” units the sunshine in order that it solely activates when it’s darkish and when the movement sensor detects motion; it is advisable be fairly shut, inside a couple of ft or so, and the sunshine turns off once more after about 15 seconds. “Off” turns the sunshine off utterly, whereas “on” retains the sunshine glowing repeatedly. To group the lights, you turn all of them to “auto” mode whereas they’re shut collectively; they’ll blink momentarily earlier than linking to one another. Switching the sunshine to “off” resets the linkage.
The lights join to one another through an RF sign over the two.4GHz band, though they don’t connect with Wi-Fi. They’ve a spread of as much as 30 yards. As much as 10 Night time Lights may be grouped collectively, however because the lights are available three-packs, you may solely purchase both 9 or 12. (I assume you may purchase 10 three-packs to get three teams of 10 lights every.) Wyze does not presently plan to supply the lights in something aside from a three-pack, a rep instructed me.
For many of my testing, I had the night time lights put in in a stairwell just some ft from one another, however I additionally tried putting them alongside the size of my whole railroad-style condo, which is about 35 yards lengthy. I triggered the sunshine that was nearest to me, and the opposite two obediently switched on, together with the one which was method over on the opposite facet of the condo.
Inside every gentle is a 300mAh lithium polymer battery, which you’ll be able to recharge through a USB-C port that sits proper subsequent to the three-way energy swap. Wyze guarantees that the battery will maintain the sunshine charged for as much as 128 days when it’s in “auto” mode by itself, or as much as 85 days when it’s linked to different night time lights.
These are simply estimates, nonetheless, and it seems they’re moderately optimistic ones. In apply, my check items ran out of juice after about two weeks. Now, to be truthful, I put in the lights in a closely trafficked stairwell; there are three of us in our household, and we tromp up and down the steps on a reasonably common foundation. That mentioned, I used to be fairly dissatisfied that I needed to recharge the lights so rapidly. Once I requested concerning the transient battery life on my Night time Mild pattern items, a Wyze rep mentioned that “the quantity of triggers/utilization…could have performed an element.”
The Wyze Night time Lights don’t have any mounting holes, so that you don’t screw them onto a wall; as an alternative, they arrive with sq. magnetic mounting plates that you just connect to a floor utilizing brief lengths of detachable double-sided tape. Solely three items of tape come within the field, however you may simply purchase extra on Amazon.
I connected the mounting plates to the wall alongside my downstairs stairwell, with the plates about 1.5 ft above the ground (as Wyze recommends). The night time lights, which have magnets embedded of their plastic housings, then snap onto the mounting plates.
That’s the way it works on paper; in actuality, my outcomes had been combined. One of many three Wyze Night time Lights snapped onto its mounting plate completely, each straight and agency. The second snapped on firmly, however I needed to fuss with it a bit to stop it from spinning into an upside-down place. The third gentle was so wobbly that I actually needed to work with it to maintain it upright, and the merest contact made it spin the other way up.
At first I believed I’d tousled the mounting plates one way or the other, however once I switched the lights to completely different plates, they behaved persistently; the primary gentle was at all times excellent, the second gentle was wobbly, and the third was actually wobbly. With some cautious balancing, I did finally get all of them positioned good, however there are clearly manufacturing points with the magnets.
Knowledgeable of my issues with the Night time Mild magnets, a Wyze rep mentioned that I doubtless obtained “a faulty unit,” and that “a contemporary batch of lights” could be “extra consultant of the standard of the product.” I will replace this overview as soon as I check out the alternative items.
Wyze has a repute for churning out inexpensive but high-quality sensible residence merchandise; I’ve had the Wyze Cam v2 in my basement for greater than a 12 months, and it’s labored flawlessly. However as Wyze plunges into one residence and way of life class after one other, I can’t assist however surprise if its requirements have begun to slide, and the Wyze Night time Mild is a living proof. Sure, the lights functioned simply as Wyze promised they’d, however the wobbly magnetic mounting was an enormous disappointment, to not point out the iffy battery life. I’d chalk it as much as being a “you get what you pay for” state of affairs, however with Wyze, we often count on extra.
Up to date on July 28, 2021 so as to add extra particulars about battery life following additional testing, in addition to feedback from Wyze.