Original link: Yeelight Cube: Modular, Customizable RGB Table Lamps
The Yeelight Cube is a modular smart lighting solution that adds flair and fun lighting effects to any room or desk setup. With three customizable lights to choose from, you can create some incredible configurations and designs (if you have the budget for it). Although it has some software and hardware limitations, this is one of the coolest smart light/lamp solutions of 2023.
- Three Cube designs; Matrix, Panel, Spotlight
- Draw your own pixel art
- Great presets to choose from
- Connect up to six cubes to create different configurations
- Brand: Yeelight
- Protocol: Matter
- Hub Required: No
- Music Reactive: Yes
- Multicolor Capable: RGB
- Number of Panels: Up to six per power base
- Type: Modular
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
Looking for a fun and funky way to spice up your desk setup? The Yeelight Cube is one of the most unique smart lighting solutions of 2023. It's a modular lighting system that allows you to create unique lighting effects either by selecting from one of its many presets or by drawing and animating your own custom design within its app.
We've seen similar approaches to decorative lighting products, including the Govee Glide Hexa panels and the NanoLeaf Lines. However, what sets the Yeelight Cube apart is that it's far easier to switch up its design whenever you want. While other modular lights typically require you to commit to installing them on your walls, the Yeelight Cube can be easily moved around and rearranged in any configuration of up to six cubes long.
Despite this flexibility, your designs will still largely be limited by how the cubes connect together. At the time of this review, Yeelight has completed its Indiegogo campaign and has begun shipping out orders.
Assembling Your Yeelight Cube
With its modular design, the Yeelight Cube Smart Lamp is available in three different modules: Spotlight, Panel, and Matrix. Aside from their appearance on the front, all three cubes measure 50mm x 50mm and can be arranged in any order up to six cubes long per Cube base.
Even without instructions, YeeLight has made setting up the cubes very plug-and-play. To get started, you'll first need to link each base to your Yeelight account by scanning the QR code located on the bottom of the base. This will allow you to control the cubes through the Yeelight app and access all of their features. Once you have linked your bases, you can add the cubes.
To set up your Cubes, you'll need to start by connecting the first cube to the magnetic connection on the top of the base. Each cube features a circular magnetic connection on its top and bottom to link to the next cube. This was a brilliant design choice as it allows you to rotate each cube independently. We found that the hot-swappable nature of the lights encourages you to mix and match and play around with different configurations.
The base itself has a power port on the back for its power supply. It's unclear whether it's a software limitation or a power supply constraint, but you can only connect six cubes at most.
If you want to use more than six cubes, or if you want to create a more complex design with cubes stacked in different directions, you will need to purchase additional bases for those separate configurations.
The base is designed with a single button on the front, which offers a simple way to cycle through the programmed lighting presets. By pressing the button once, you can switch between different presets that can be customized using the app, including using your own designs. You can also turn off the lights by long pressing the button.
Depending on what you want to display, you can combine the three cube types in any order to create different layouts.
The Matrix cube is composed of 25 dots arranged in a grid formation. Each dot has the ability to produce a different color, enabling precise control over lighting and the creation of clear graphics and images. Unlike the Panel, the Matrix cube has no diffuser, resulting in sharp and distinct visuals for more detailed designs and patterns.
The Panel cube features a large color panel with a diffuser, giving it a uniform and blended appearance. Despite its surface looking like a single color, it contains 25 individual LEDs, just like the Matrix, but has a diffuser over them. This allows the Panel to display multiple colors simultaneously, offering dynamic and vibrant lighting effects. The diffuser ensures a smooth and cohesive look while still providing the versatility of multiple color displays.
The Spot cube differs from the Panel and Matrix because it is designed to emit a single color at a time. It can be adjusted 350 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically, allowing you to focus the light wherever you want. The Spot cube's primary purpose is to act as a focused light source, capable of shedding color onto walls or ceilings. Additionally, it can be adjusted and angled to a certain degree, providing flexibility in directing the light where desired.
App and Smart Connectivity
Connecting the Yeelight Cube to your home network is easy. One of the more advanced features of the Yeelight Cube is its integration with Matter. This is a new smart home protocol that allows devices from different manufacturers to work together seamlessly. With Matter integration, the Yeelight Cube can be controlled using any of the major smart home platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.
However, you may face some frustration with the Yeelight Cube if you want to control it remotely via the Yeelight app. In order to do so, your phone needs to be connected to the same WiFi network as the Cube. This could be an issue for users who need to access different networks, as switching back and forth can be cumbersome, especially when you're trying to control your lighting effects while also using other devices on different networks. For example, I faced this issue when trying to control my Yeelight Cube while also using my DJI Raven Eye wireless transmitter to film videos. If I want to make changes to my lighting effects while filming, I'd have to pause what I was doing, reconnect to my home Wi-Fi first, and then return to the Raven Eye.
Within its Yeelight Station app, you can view all of your created lighting groups and quickly choose from several lighting presets or manually adjust the brightness and color.
By opening up a specific lighting group, you can edit the order of the cubes so that effects are correctly displayed. It doesn't appear that the cubes are automatically recognized just by connecting them. The downside is that you need to continually update this order manually anytime you make changes to your cube configuration.
Within the Pixel Graffiti tab of the app, you can easily draw your own custom designs for each cube.
If you need a little inspiration or want to select from basic shapes, letters, numbers, or characters, you can choose from a huge selection to add to your cubes. After this, you can select the speed, direction, and type of effect to be applied to your set of cubes. At this time, these settings can only be applied to an entire group at once, meaning you are unable to have each cube do its own thing, which we feel is a missed opportunity.
That said, we appreciate how Yeelight allows specific lighting presents, including ones that you create, to be saved directly to the lights so that you can toggle between them without needing the app.