If you’ve ever wanted to control your garden’s ambient lighting with your phone then these new solar-powered lights from Mipow could be right up your, er, garden path.
The Playbulb Garden lights, which were developed by Hong Kong-based MiPOW, will pair with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and will allow you to alter the colour they give off with a simple tap of your device’s screen.
Related: Philips’s Hue Go is a portable colour-changing wireless bowl of lightMipow’s lights are solar powered, so you won’t have to worry about routing wires or replacing batteries. They automatically illuminate in low light too, making them both energy efficient and convenient.
The bulbs offer 16 million colours and can be daisy-chained together in a string of up to five at a time, to create a specific ambience for your outdoor space, or if you’re a more understated sort of person you can just as easily use one, though we’d imagine the overall effect will be a bit less Las Vegas and a bit more ‘LED in some mud’.
The accompanying app, Playbulb X is available on both Android and iOS devices, but you’ll need to be running iOS7 or later, Android 4.3 or later and have a device which offers Bluetooth 4.0 or above.
We can’t help but think that these little lights will lend a nice touch of ambience to even the bleakest of back gardens and at £39.99 a pop they aren’t going to break the bank. Hopefully, they’ll be a little more impressive than the Mipow’s music playing smart bulbs which were kind of OK, but not amazing.
The big kicker in Mipow (pronounced MY-POW, in case you were wondering) marketing plan seems to be the fact that they’re going to hit the street in September, just after the summer – when everyone will have packed up their outdoor furniture ready for the onslaught of the delightful British autumn.