Inside the box was the lamp itself, a well printed and colourful User Guide to the software, and a fixing kit with screws and electrical connectors. No guide to the installation of the lamp was included although this is pretty much self-evident.
Physically installing the lamp is not too hard. The flexible plastic shade just lifts off after rotating to the left a few degrees. Using the screws provided you then attach the lamp to the ceiling through the predrilled holes around the mount circumference. Two cables protrude from the rear of the unit for the power supply.
The real appeal of the unit lies with the control over light and audio offered through smartphone control. Download and install the iLink app, connect the lamp to your phone with Bluetooth and then to the app – the User Guide explains how – and then you have full control over the lamp. With the app, you can control the brightness of the lamp, the colour warmth of the white and a range of colours through a mixture of granulated sliders and presets. There are also a range of preset colour patterns available as well as music control whereby the light pattern varies according to the music, although I was not too keen on this myself. If the smartphone is not available then switching the unit off and on at the wall will cause it illuminate at full power in white, the default option and it will not revert to any colour setting, which is both a good and bad thing. Should the Bluetooth link break then there is no need to remove the device from the ceiling to relink the devices. The Android app (I did not test the Apple app) is well written and easy to use, a refreshing change from many apps poorly ported from Chinese.
The music the light reacts to is that currently playing on the connected smartphone and this is also relayed to the lamp’s internal speaker. Selecting music from the Android app shows only downloaded MP3 files but I found files streamed through Google Play Music also worked. The audio quality is better than I expected although less good than I hoped for. The app has a built-in equalizer to fine tune the sound. It is fine for background music and general audio use but less so for audiophiles or music fans. For normal everyday use, it is perfectly OK.
This is an excellent device that can be used in the living room as a normal room light or as a party or feature light elsewhere. The music function would make it a good choice for a reception area or waiting room. The current price of £85.77 is not inexpensive by any means but this is a well designed, well thought out and nicely made piece of kit and worth paying out for.
Good build quality
Defaults to white after power switch off
Easy to install
Well written and easy to use app
Timer On/Off option
No mounting instructions included
No wifi connection
Does not remember the last setting after power off