Current testing methodology is v1.2
April 18, 2021
3.97 x 3.97 x 6.5 in
Moonside sent me their Lamp One, which I’m keen to try out since I love LED lights.
I love the colors even though I typically land on a nice, warm, soft white to give a good hue to a room. I don’t really go for the bright colors as much between all of the LED devices I have.
The Moonside Lamp One stood out as unique because it has multicolor zones.
So when I eventually got it, I spent the evening plugging it in and setting it up, which didn’t take too long and the result has been cool.
Moonside Lamp One
A must-have smart lighting device for your home.
The Moonside Lamp One is a smart lamp that integrates with your smart home system.
It can easily fit into any space and is a great option for smart lighting when you want to set the mood in your bedroom, living room, or any part of the house.
What sets it apart from other smart lighting devices is that it’s fully customizable with different modes and themes. It supports up to 16 million colors and it has a matrix grid that you can customize to create different color combinations.
Retailing for around $65, the Moonside Lamp One is an impressive smart lighting device that I’d recommend without breaking the bank.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Color Range: 16 million
- LED Lifespan: 50,000 hours / 10 years
- Wattage: 15
- Voltage: 5 Volts (DC)
- Controller Type: IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, iOS, Android
What’s in the Box?
- Moonside Lamp One
- 40” / 100cm long USB Type-C cable
- 15W USB power adapter
- Product manual card
Stuff I like
- Smart home connectivity
- Vibrant colors
- Fully customizable through a matrix grid
- Multiple modes and themes
Stuff I like less
- Connectivity issues during set-up
I already have a lot of LIFX bulbs, Aeotec LED bulbs, and Philips Hue bulbs – all of which have some sort of capability to offer a flickering effect or change the light according to the music.
However, the Moonside Lamp One does that better than anything I’ve ever seen.
I think the Lamp One’s design allows different parts of the lamp to be programmed to different color zones, and the resulting effects on a lamp this size are much more potent than a light bulb or LED strip.
It’s subtle but the colors are bright and vibrant.
Out of the box, I was impressed with a couple of things.
The first is the quality of the USB-C cable, which may sound like an unimportant piece of information, but I always think it’s a sign of quality when these devices ship with high-quality accessories.
They could’ve got away with a cheap, black, plastic-sided USB-C cable but this has a nice, silver braided take on the outside, which makes it feel a lot more elevated.
The lamp itself, whilst being a plastic finish, has a nice pill-quality finish to it. It doesn’t look out of place in our living room and adds a nice hue to our entertainment cabinet.
Smart Home Connectivity
There are two ways to connect the Moonside Lamp One.
One is through Bluetooth, which is definitely what you need to do initially to set it up. It’s super easy.
You just open up the app, which is downloadable from the App Store. Then you add a device, and without needing to put the device into pairing mode, as long as it’s powered, the app will find it.
From there, once the device has been scanned into the app, you can go to the device settings, select the lamp, and then connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
This means that you can connect it to your smart home setup.
I’m using the Alexa ecosystem for this review, so I went into Alexa, installed the Moonside Lamp app, and then scanned the network and found the lamp, and made it available to my smart home setup.
This means you can then add it into routines, or simply use voice commands to enable it and turn it off.
The colors of the Moonside Lamp One are very vibrant.
It has a really high output when it’s at full brightness and you can tone it right down using the brightness levels in the app itself.
I’d almost say that I wish it would go a little bit dimmer at its lowest setting, for really relaxing lighting in front of the TV, but it’s a nice, soft hue.
There are a few different modes that you can use to set the color. For one, you can choose a color from the light ring.
You can also choose from pre-fixed settings, which are named: Bedtime, Relax, Bright, Energetic, and Focus.
These are preset Kelvin temperatures, which run from a very warm white, being Bedtime, right through to a blue light, being the Focus, at the other end of the spectrum.
The presets of the Moonside Lamp One are super cool, and you can load a lot more themes into it. The themes that I like are Night Fire, Late OJ, and Glowing Lava.
These are orange-ey and red-based colors that offer a candle-like flicker between some really beautiful hues of orange and red, and other warm temperatures, around 55 K and up.
Any LED lamp wouldn’t be complete without a change to music mode.
This mode allows the microphone to send signals through to the lamp from your phone, and offer some cool lighting effects to the beat.
There are a lot of themes in here as well, ranging from full-color spectrum through to only blues, only greens, and only reds. So if this is something that you’ll make use of (I know I don’t), then have at it.
The Coolest Feature of the Moonside Lamp One
The coolest feature of the Moonside Lamp One is a matrix grid which allows you to select any color you want, and individually color each square to a different color.
This means you can completely customize the lamp to any color combination that you’d like. The grid is 10 pixels by 10 pixels, and each individual grid pixel can be changed to a different color.
I had a lot of fun playing with this, and it also allowed me to create very custom looks for the room that I’m in.
For me, this is unique to any other LED light that I’ve used, plus the kids enjoyed setting some colors up as well.
Moonside Design is doing something unique in the space.
There are a lot of LED lights on the market but the vibrancy of the color, paired with the smart home connectivity and the pixel grid customization options, make it a really cool unit and a good addition to our home.
I quite like a pill-shaped lamp and didn’t have one in my collection already so this has become a permanent feature in our living room.
It’s also a nice addition to the existing LED lights we have to set different moods for the room.
I’d definitely give it a four and a half out of five, with half a star coming off for some of the connectivity issues I had with the Alexa network when I first set it up.
If you have any questions, fire them away in the comments below.
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