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WeMo + OSRAM LIGHTIFY Flex RGBW Starter Set

WeMo + OSRAM Lightify Flex RGBW Starter Set
At a glance
ProductBelkin WeMo + OSRAM Lightify Flex RGBW Starter Set (F5Z0597)   [Website]
SummaryStarter Set with three 2-ft. flexible LED strips, one WeMo Link, one power supply and one controller.
Pros• Support for Android and iOS mobile platforms
• Integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That)
• Smooth WeMo environment integration
• Scheduled events
Cons• Relatively expensive

Typical Price: $0  Buy From Amazon

If you've ever wanted to add some color accents to your entertainment center, or perhaps add some color accents to your kitchen using under cabinet lighting, the WeMo + OSRAM LIGHTIFY Flex RGBW lights could be just what you're looking for. Unlike other WeMo products that screw into light sockets or plug into the wall, there's an OSRAM Lightify controller that is powered by a 12VDC 3 amp wall transformer. The cable between the power supply and controller is a fairly generous 6 feet. But the cable that connects the controller to the Flex RGBW strip is only about 16" long.

The starter set includes three, two foot long flexible light strips. Each strip contains 12 lighting modules, each consisting of a Red, Blue, Green and White LED. The lighting modules are spaced two inches apart. You can also cut the strips to fit your individual needs. Cutting locations are marked with scissors icons on the strip and are 6 inches apart. However, once you cut the strip, you'll probably have to throw the leftover end away, as it would be difficult to use with a connector only on one end. On the back of the strip, you can peel off the protective plastic to expose the 3M adhesive that makes mounting the flex strip a snap. Figure one below shows the how the Flex strip connects.

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Flex RGBW stips and controller

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Flex RGBW strips and controller

The strip connects together with a five pin connector. One pin carries the 12 VDC, and there's one other pin for each of the four different colored LEDs. The LEDs are connected in parallel, so the entire strip will be the same color. Unfortunately, the kit didn't come with extension cables so that you could use two strips on non-adjacent cabinets. However, if you search Amazon for "5 Pin LED extension cable", you'll find several offerings for 1M and 2.5 M extension cords. These cables should work, but I haven't tested them. However, I've purchased and used similar four-pin extension cables for the four wire RGB LED strips I use at home and they have worked just fine. The four and five pin connectors and cables seem to be standard for LED lighting.

The control panel for the WeMo OSRAM Flex RGBW strips is very similar to what you find for the tunable lights above. Like the tunable bulbs, the Flex has a unique icon to help you identify the device independent of what you might name it. Below the icons for the OSRAM Lightify Flex, you'll see the familiar brightness control slider. There's also a Color/Temperature control which is slightly different than the one used on the tunable lights. The center image in the composite shot below shows how you set the color.

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Flex RGBW Color/Temperature control panel

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Flex RGBW Color/Temperature control panel

You can use one of ten presets, or you can just tap on the screen to create your own color. At the top of the screen, the icon shows the currently selected color. Above that icon, you can also select the Temperature tab. That tab reveals the same temperature control panel that you find on the tunable bulb. You can use this tab to select from the same five preset shades of white or create your own.

The Starter Set includes a WeMo Link hub and lists for $119.99. Additional Flex strips with power supply and controller list for $64.99. The WeMo/OSRAM Flex strip is recommended for indoor use only.

WeMo + OSRAM Lightify Gardenspot Mini RGB Starter Set

WeMo + OSRAM Lightify Gardenspot Mini RGB Starter Set
At a glance
ProductBelkin WeMo + OSRAM Lightify Gardenspot Mini RGB Starter Set (F5Z0598)   [Website]
SummaryStarter Set with one 14-ft. string of nine Garden spot Mini LED lights, one WeMo Link and power supply.
Pros• Support for Android and iOS mobile platforms
• Integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That)
• Smooth WeMo environment integration
• Scheduled events
Cons• Relatively expensive

Typical Price: $0  Buy From Amazon

If you want to add color accents to the outside of your home, consider the WeMo/OSRAM Gardenspot Mini RGB kit. Designed from the ground up to be used in an outdoor environment, the 5 VDC 2500 mA 100/240 VAC 50/60 HZ power supply has an IP rating of 68. An IP68 rated device is protected from total dust ingress and from long term immersion up to a specified pressure, i.e. it's waterproof.

Like the FLEX RGBW strips, the Gardenspot uses a separate controller connected to a power supply. In order to ensure waterproof connection, both the connection from the controller to the power supply and power supply to the Gardenspot LEDs have a connector that has waterproof screw-tight seal between the two pieces. The figure below shows both connectors with the seals, circled in red.

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Garden spot power supply and controller with one Gardenspot LED

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Garden spot power supply and controller with one Gardenspot LED

The cable from the power supply to the controller is fairly short, so the controller will be near the outdoor power outlet. The cable from the controller to the connector for the light strip measured a little over 17 feet. Since this is an RGB strip, the cable is only a four conductor cable. The 14 foot long string has nine Gardenspot Mini LEDs that are spaced approximately 20" apart. Each LED is factory assembled with a clear plastic ground stake to facilitate easy installation in your garden. The Gardenspot LEDs have a molded in plastic lens that focuses the lights so that you can accent individual elements of your garden. You can also remove the plastic mounting picks. Each Gardenspot LED also has two screw holes to that they can be top or bottom mounted to railings. (Wood screws included.)

As you've probably guessed by now, the control panel for the Gardenspot LEDs is very similar to the other control panels in this review. In fact, it's almost identical to the control panel for the Flex strips except that it lacks a temperature tab. The screen shot below shows the same dimmer slider (left) as well as the color control panel with the same 10 presets available of the Flex strips.

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Gardenspot control panel and color adjustment

Belkin WeMo/OSRAM Gardenspot control panel and color adjustment

It's worth noting that all Belkin WeMo lighting products, including the three WeMo/OSRAM products in this review have a sleep fader as part of their control panels. (bottom left above) You can choose one of the preset timers or create your own custom times and click "Go to sleep", and the lights will gradually dim from their current level to off within the specified time period.

The Gardenspot Starter Set includes a WeMo Link hub and lists for $129.99. Additional 14 foot sections of Gardenspot LEDs with power supply and controller list for $79.99. It uses the same WeMo Link hub, but will install as a separate WeMo device that can be individually controlled.

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