This lamp was ordered to update the interior design. Selection criteria were a proven brand (Philips + Xiaomi here), brightness + efficiency, dimensions + appearance. 2 of the lamps fit these criteria - this one and https://www.gearbest.com/ceiling-lights/pp_596249.html . After reading reviews on capabilities and technical characteristics, I selected and ordered the Philips LED Ceiling Lamp. Finally, there was a bonus to my criteria – the remote control option via the proprietary remote, and the MiHome integration.
The parcel came very quickly and completely intact. I placed the order on October 23 and received the package in the "New Post" office on November 3. Total, it took only 11 days. The delivery by the "New Post" (Priority Line) in Ukraine is generally free, despite a weight and dimensions of a product, and uses the Express method (8-18 days).
Under the wrapping paper there is the box made of perforated cardboard. On the back of the box there are the key features of the lamp:Voltage – 100-240v
Which means the lamp is quite large, but narrow.
Inside the package there is the other box made of cardboard, in which the lamp is fixed in the foam holders.
A bowl shade for the lamp is made of white matte plastic.
The back of the lamp is solid, with three holes for mounting the wall dowels (included).
There is also a manual in Chinese. It’s well illustrated so you don’t need to speak Chinese.
Let’s pull the lamp apart. The bowl shade is easy to remove by a slight counter-clockwise turn.
After removing the bowl shade, we see 4 blocks of 15 0.45W LEDs, connected in series. There are 9 cold and 6 warm glow LEDs on each platform.
LED platforms are placed within individual convex lens that gives a great light spread.
Let’s also remove a cover on the center of the lamp. Underneath there is a control board, covered by a white reflector. In the center of the reflector there is a slot opposite the 4 low-power LEDs for the 0.012 W night light, and a small slot opposite the light sensor.
Let’s remove the reflector. Underneath we can see a double-sided control board. We immediately see a Wi-Fi module placed separately. I hesitated to remove the board completely to look at the back side, as I had to tear the fixators of the inner reflector. They are glued, so there is a chance that they won’t stick again. But when you look on the side you can see power elements of the board, also in the depths there are another chips, but the marking isn’t visible from this angle.
Installation is a piece of cake. Apply the lamp to the ceiling, define 3 holes, and drill with perforator. Use wall dowels and screws which are included.
Lamp is designed for 3 wires – phase, zero and ground. The ground goes directly to the body.
I had 3 wires, but they were designed for a dual switch – one phase and 2 zeros (or vice versa). So one left unclaimed and was placed in heat shrink for better times.
Check the light and make a photo with a small exposure to see the separate LEDs’ glow. By the way, on the first picture below there is a clear light boundary on the wall and on the curtains. Put on the shade and the borders will disappear. It diffuses light very well and evenly.
Put on the shade. The first photo shows almost even light diffusion throughout the lamp. Great result.
The center of the lamp doesn’t lit for normal modes. But if you turn on the night light, the main light turn off and the center light starts to lit dimly.
And then I was pleasantly surprised. By default, the use of a normal switch (without software) already implies a basic logic: when turning on, the lamp gives maximum light, if you turn it off and immediately turn on, the light becomes dimmer, and then turn off and on again – even dimmer. There is a cycle – 3 mode you, which you can program or disable.
For this lamp you can order an extra Original Xiaomi Transmitter button for Philips LED Ceiling Lamp https://www.gearbest.com/led-accessories/pp_633590.html . At the time I ordered, it cost $15.99.
With this remote button you can turn the lamp on and off, change the brightness and color balance. It runs on batteries, so you can locate it conveniently. For example, near the bed, and then you don’t need to get up and go to a switch to turn the light on or off.
Button is ordered additionally. It has the usual Xiaomi packaging.
The diameter of the button is 6.5 cm, Thickness is 1.5 cm.
The button came with a manual in Chinese, and the CR2450 battery which is already inserted in the device, but isolated from contact with the label (which must be pulled), in order to avoid discharge.
The button has a non-slip rubber base, underneath there is a battery slot. The button also has a built-in sensor of temperature and humidity, which you can monitore using the app.
Connecting the button to the lamp is also easy, you need no apps or Wi-Fi.
For this you need to switch the button to pairing mode – continuously switch it on and off for 5 times. After that, the night light LEDs start blinking. Then simultaneously press 2 buttons on the remote: "-" (brightness) and blue (cold light). The LED on the remote’ll start blinking as well. Then during 5 - 10 seconds they will find each other, the lamp will blink that it’s OK, and now you can control the lamp using the remote:
Remote control via the app.
Xiaomi Philips LED Ceiling Lamp also supports the control and automation using MiHome.
Recently MiHome has been updated again and the new interface already has room support. But as usually not all the updates go smoothly. Therefore, in order to connect the lamp and control it you need to re-login in MiHome and change the location to mainland China. For other locations the device will be detected, but you can only turn it on and off without complete control. Next you need to select English language. Since the application has no russification at the time of posting the review, the default language is Chinese. Therefore, choose English, and in the app it will also be English. These 2 nuances will help you to easily connect Xiaomi Philips LED Ceiling Lamp to MiHome.
When running, the application shows that it has found a new device and suggests to connect it.
Go to the lamp control app. On the first screen, there are 4 main sections:
The program menu is quite simple. Ceiling settings, Automation, General and Help.
In Ceiling Settings you can do the following:
To automate the Mi Switch is necessary, I don't have it, so this section is empty. In fact, there is a connection logic with other devices – for example, MI buttons, and other sensors.
In General, you can rename a device, update the firmware, share or delete a device, look through the network info, leave feedback etc.
Well, in the Help section there is the device FAQ in English
In fact, there are all the settings of the app. However, the lamp has a huge potential to automatize when connected with other Mi devices.
The Original Xiaomi LED Philips Ceiling Lamp is a very cool product. Symbiosis of Philips developments in the field of LED lighting and the Xiaomi circuitry made a great product.
Excellent appearance, excellent light, great control and extensibility – in the end we have the Xiaomi Philips LED Ceiling Lamp, which I can safely recommend for purchase to those who still doubt his choice.
PS. Now in relation to the sale the price of the lamp on GearBest.com https://www.gearbest.com/flush-ceiling-lights/pp_633589.html dropped to $69.99 (During sales on Aliexpress this lamp will cost $88.90 + $30 shipping, so the minimal price will be 120$, so the result is obvious.