That was fast. As announced in my test of the Xiaomi Yeelight V1, the release of the successor model is imminent. So I was all the more surprised when the postman with a parcel from China arrived at the door today. Inside was the Xiaomi Yeelight 2nd Generation which I tested right away.
For the time being only available in China
As with Version 1, the new lamp can only be ordered in China for the time being. For this it is always worthwhile to have a look at the promo actions of Gearbest or Banggood. As an alternative you can find regular offers on Mydealz. Currently the prices are, depending on the offer, between 17€ and 22€ incl. shipping costs with which no Einfurumsatzsteuer must be paid. This results only from approx. 27€ commodity value inclusive dispatch from. The import has naturally also its dangers, because on the one hand the dispatch lasts, depending upon selected mode of shipment, between two and four weeks and the European warranty right does not find with direct imports application. Should a defect occur at the Yeelight, one must hope for the goodwill of the dealer.
Open to Philips Hue with 800 lumens
Like its predecessor, the LED lamp and operating instructions are included in the scope of delivery. This manual is bilingual this time and explains the installation process in both Chinese and English. When unpacking, the new, modern design immediately catches your eye. Xiaomi said goodbye to the dreary grey and chose a white, rhombic structure. Otherwise, the shape of the lamp has remained largely unchanged. Size and weight have also hardly changed. At 176 grams, the second generation also remains a heavyweight compared to the competition. The most important point for an LED lamp, however, has been improved enormously, because Xiaomi has increased the luminous intensity by 25% from 600 lumens to 800 lumens. This means that the new generation is now almost on a par with Philips and Osram which deliver 806 and 810 lumens respectively, which means that the Yeelight can also be used as direct lighting.
- Brand: Yeelight
- Model: YLDP06YL
- Luminous flux: 800 Lumen
- Output: 10 Watt
- Colour temperature or wavelength: 1700 – 6500K
- Voltage (V): AC 100-240V
- Lifetime: 25000 hours
- Product weight: 176 gram
- Product height: 12,2 cm
- Contents of package: 1 x LED light source, 1 x installation manual
Server recently available
To install the Xiaomi Yeelight you need the mobile Yeelight app for Android or IOS which requires an account to use it. After logging in you should first change the server, because since the end of March there is also a server available which reduces the switching times of the Yeelight. Now one is led comfortably by assistant through the installation of the lamps. The name, which one assigns at the end of the again added lamp, serves at the same time as call name for the digital language assistants of Amazon and Google. In addition to color control, scenes, rooms, groups, schedules and timers can also be created in the app. A special gadget is the disco mode which controls the lights based on the music in the background.
Difference to the predecessor directly visible
If you compare both versions directly, the difference becomes visible at first glance because the second generation, with 800 lumens, shines much brighter than its predecessor. I like the blues and greens very much, but the reds are a bit disappointing. Unfortunately, these don’t look as color intensive as you are used to from the Yeelight 1. Here, if possible, firmware updates from the manufacturer are required. The additional lumens, especially in the white area, are noticeable in the power consumption and are slightly higher than the Philips Hue lamps which use Zigbee instead of WLAN for transmission. I find the power consumption in standby disappointing, because here Xiaomi had promised a significant reduction in the new model. The measurements showed a saving of only 0.3 watts to an average of 1.0 watts, which is quite high for a current LED lamp. According to a member of the Yeelight-Forum this is the result of a short-term change of the control chip to be able to install Apple’s Homekit afterwards.
Alexa: Adding simply by voice command
For operation via Amazon’s Alexa, the skill “Yeelight” must be activated and coupled on the web or via app. After successful activation and a new device search, the LED lamp in the Smarthome area of the Alexa app or by voice command can be controlled, grouped or integrated into routines. Yeelight also offers a skill for Google Assistant which can be coupled using the familiar procedure. This makes it possible to control both the first and second generation via Goolge Home and Google Assistant.
The expectations for the Yeelight of the second generation were high and in my opinion are not completely fulfilled at the moment. Xiaomi should definitely work on the high power consumption and the display of the red tones. Despite these two points of criticism, the new generation should be preferred to the old model because the additional luminosity makes a difference. The humming noises, which occurred often with the first model, I could not notice with the Yeelight 2 so far. If, as promised, the Homekit function is added, this is an additional benefit. If you are satisfied with the Yeelight 1, you should wait until the children’s illnesses have been fixed. (1)