All you need are a home wifi connection, a bulb holder (B22) and a mobile phone. Install Syska Smart Home app on your smartphone and then follow the simple steps provided to link your phone to the bulb and viola, you have light on your hands. Operation is fairly straightforward. The company claims that the bulb has millions of colours that it can emit. You can also change the brightness of the lamp using your mobile phone.
If you feel this was not convenient enough then you don’t know about voice controlled smart lamps yet. Do you have an Amazon Echo? This AI device can also connect to the same smart lamp over your home wifi and then you can literally tell Alexa to switch it on or off or change the colour of light or change the brightness. This connection however needs the user to be a lot smarter. We found this a slightly cumbersome process that involved too many steps and is likely to confound someone not used to reading instructions and following them at every step. This perhaps can be an area of improvement for the next version.
You can of course name your lights as Living Room Lamp or a Bedroom Lamp and control them separately and have a home lit up using smart lights.
The claim about millions of colour choices may be a bit of a stretch though as the lamp basically has a limited number of standard colours which you can use. However, if you love partying then this might be a good addition to your home. Or you could listen to a Jagjit Singh ghazal while telling Alexa to change the colour or brightness to match your mood.
This lamp shows that smart lights are a good first step on the smart appliances bandwagon.