Oort is a relatively lesser known company, but they are slowly making themselves well know through their range of home automation products. The OORT LED is their ‘smart’ bulb product which you can control via your Apple or Android device. The SmartLED runs on Bluetooth Smart technology, meaning you can control it via your smartphone. It offers up to 16 million different colours, with varying levels of brightness.
The bulb only comes in E26/E27 type fitting, which is probably the only thing that gets me.
As far as the looks and finish go, the device is designed as an Air Balloon style LED, with heatsinks to dissipate any heat. Having run it for a white though, it doesn’t run hot, so that is proof of a good design.
As far as running the unit goes, you have to download the OORT app from your respective app store, where it is available for free. In the app, you create a room or a group of devices, and then add your device to it.
After that, you’re good to go. You can adjust your colour, or your brightness in manual mode, or choose certain modes, such as dance, snore, blink, etc. The modes are customizable, so you can adjust them as you like.
You can also use the app to set an Alarm, which will gently wake you up in the morning.
Once you have set the lamp to how you want it, you can turn it off from the mains, and when you turn it back on, it comes back as the same setting you left it on.
How it fits in your daily life
In a market where the likes of Philips Hue is taking over, this lamp works very well. It offers a cheap and easy solution to anybody who wants home automation. Since it runs directly from your smartphone (or tablet) it takes away the need to buy a separate hub, reducing the cost. The offer of having the ability to pair it with a hub means you can control it remotely too. Having a huge range of colours, modes, brightnesses means you can create any kind of ambience in your living room, bedroom, or indeed any other room.
You can find out more about the OORT SmartLED from their website:
It can be bought from Case Hut at the following link:
It retails for £26.
A great all around lamp that redefines what you can do with a simply bulb.