Review of Xiaomi Mijia Bedside Lamp Light 2

The updated version of the bedside.

Hello, friends. In this review, we will consider the second version of the Mijia Bedside Light 2 bedside lamp. The second if we consider the first to be a wi-fi version, but to be completely accurate — before it there was another version equipped only with a Bluetooth interface. (MJCTD02YL)

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Parameters

  • Type of lamp: Bedside lamp
  • Brand: Mijia, Manufacturer — Yeelight
  • Model: MJCTD02YL
  • Color: 1700–6500K + color RGB
  • Luminous flux: 400lm
  • Maximum Color Rendering Index: Ra80
  • Input Voltage: AC100–240V ~ 50 / 60Hz 0.5A
  • Lamp supply voltage: 12V, 1A
  • Maximum power consumption: 9W (12 × 0.6W / LED module + 6 × 0.3W / LED module (RGB))
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
  • Temperature Range: -10 ° C ~ 40 ° C
  • App supports: Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0 and above
  • Lamp Dimensions: 140 × 140 × 200mm

Supply

The lamp comes in an ecosystem white box, with the Mi, Mijia logo on top and Apple HomeKit at the bottom. There is not a word about Yeelight, although they really make a lamp.

All inscriptions on the box, with the exception of units of measurement, the names of operating systems, and links to the site are in Chinese. This is a product for the domestic market, as is most of the ecosystem’s devices, so in the MiHome application you need to set localization — mainland China

What’s in the box

The main volume of the box is occupied by a lamp, which, in comparison with previous versions, reduced in height, but seriously added in diameter. In addition to it, inside there is also a flat square box with a power supply and instructions in Chinese.

The power supply is exactly the same as what comes with the first wi-fi version of the nightlight. Pretty massive white plastic brick with a flat American plug. I like when such power supplies have a separate cable to the outlet, and do not immediately insert into it. The parameters of the power supply also remained unchanged — 100–240 V input voltage and 12 V output, power up to 12 watts

Design

Compared to the slimmer bedside cylinders from Philips and the first version of Mijia, the novelty has a more barrel-shaped shape. It has the largest active surface area — which emits light.

In addition, the control migrated from the upper end to the frontal surface. The upper part of the novelty is smooth. From my operating experience I’ll say that this is a good idea, since it’s convenient to put something on top of the lamp, for example, an IP camera.

The power connector is located at the bottom of the lamp, on the opposite side from the placement of the controls. The luminaire stands steady thanks to three rubber legs that form an almost regular circle. Between them, the parameters are duplicated and there is a QR code with a link to the management application.

Application

As a control application, Mihome is used. After turning on the lamp for the first time, it creates its own Wi-Fi network. It is Mihome that detects it by identifying the type of device by its name and suggests connecting it. Further, during the work of the connection wizard, the smartphone connects directly to the lamp and transfers parameters for connecting to a home wi-fi network to it. After that, the lamp restarts with the new parameters.

It may happen that the connection wizard does not wait for the moment when the lamp reboots and writes that the connection was interrupted, it happens. You do not need to reconnect — the new device will soon be in the Dafult Room location, or in the case of the lamp, in the Lighting device group. The first inclusion checks and, if necessary, updates the firmware.

The main screens of the application are similar to the existing fixtures from Yeelight, located in the ecosystem. Lighting control in white mode, up down — brightness in percent. Color temperature — right to left — from 1700 to 6500 K.

In the off state, the screen displays a starry night sky, and in color mode — using horizontal swipe, color is adjusted horizontally, brightness is similar to white mode.

Flow mode — light flow. Instead of choosing 4 successive colors, like fixtures of the old version, on this screen there is a map of shades in which the change will occur. I met this, for example, in the plugin for the second version of the LED strip. It is possible to manually assign colors. The brightness is regulated by a vertical swipe, the color change speed is horizontal.

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The Favorites menu contains 11 preset modes — including many favorite dawn and sunset patterns. Unlike the bedside lamp of the first version, a reading mode is added here, the brightness of the second version is quite enough for this.

The main menu consists of items familiar to such luminaires — luminaire settings, turn-on, automation schedule, general access to the device, basic parameters and help. Contrary to my expectations — after all, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE is specified in the parameters — the BT gateway function is not here, I think it will be solved soon with the next update. The schedule menu allows you to schedule the time for turning the lamp on and off.

In the device’s setup menu, it is possible to set the automatic shutdown timer — 15 minutes by default, the operating time in night mode — with the ability to turn off after a specified interval, well suited for children, the option to turn off the backlight of the control panel on the lamp and your favorite colors.

Selected colors — which are switched by the top button on the lamp control panel, can contain from 2 to 4 predefined options for white light with different color temperatures and from 2 to 7 options for color illumination, as they switch will be a little further.

In automation, the device can only work as a script action and provides 17 options for responding to a condition — From turning on and off to changing color temperature, color, brightness, switching on for a given time interval, working in night illumination mode. In this case, there is no smooth adjustment, for example, for the condition rotation of the cube — no.

If you use the same account and location for the Mihome and Yeelight applications, the lamp will appear in the latter automatically. The functionality here, despite the external differences — is the same as in Mihome — smooth adjustment of color temperature and brightness in white light mode, the choice of an arbitrary color in color mode.

The color stream has an adjustable speed and the ability to 4 colors interchangeable. There is a similar set of predefined scenes in the favorites menu. In the top settings menu — nothing remarkable was found.

But in the bottom menu — there is a very important setting for me — this is the control mode on the local network. Only Yeelight fixtures have this, its presence and work in this application — they clearly speak about who the manufacturer of the device is. This mode, I recall, is needed to work with alternative systems.

Manual control

The control of the lamp in my opinion has become much more convenient — the control panel has its own backlight, which can be turned off in the plug-in menu, the lower button is responsible for turning the lamp on and off by a short press, and by the long button, the countdown timer, which is configured in the plug-in, turns on.

The brightness is adjusted by the touch vertical slider, and the backlight column corresponds to the set brightness level. Clicking on the top button — switches the selected light modes that are configured in the plugin, holding — switches the favorites between white and color mode.

Compared to the lamp of the first version, the new product is clearly brighter, it is noticeable in all operating modes as a white glow

And color

Flicker

Using the available methods, visually, to the camera — no signs of flickering were found.

Home assistant

With integration into alternative control systems, when the control mode is activated on the local network, no. With detection turned on, the lamp automatically appears in the system, although personally I prefer to register them manually. The lamp supports 63 control functions

After turning on the lamp — it becomes possible to adjust the brightness, color temperature, switch it to color mode

In addition, the entire set of standard lighting effects is available, which is much more than in a standard application.

Conclusion

The new lamp turned out brighter, more interesting, with more convenient controls, I like it much more than the touch cover with a button on the first version. There are no problems with integration into third-party systems.

Of the minuses, it can be distinguished — the lack of a BLE gateway function in the current firmware, but as practice shows, it will be added soon.

If you wanted a high-quality, controlled, integrated into a smart home lamp, but still did not dare to buy the first version, you can safely order the second.

That’s all. Thank you for the attention.

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