Peace by Hampton A19 LED Wi-Fi smart bulbs review: Powerful automation tools, but some missing features, too

The latest from Hampton Products’ growing smart home line, the Peace by Hampton A19 LED Wi-Fi smart bulb is bright, colorful, easy to install, and offers multi-step automations that work in tandem with Hampton Products’s other smart devices. But as powerful as the Peace by Hampton automation tools are, they lack some key features, such as a vacation mode.

Design and specifications

The Peace by Hampton smart line currently consists of two lighting products: a BR30 multi-color floodlight (which we’ve reviewed) and the A19 multi-color bulb that we’re reviewing here. A Peace by Hampton smart plug (see our review) is also available. On sale exclusively through Best Buy, the A19 bulbs were initially available only in a $60 four-pack, which comes out to about $15 per bulb. Peace by Hampton subsequently started selling the A19 bulbs individually for $17 eachRemove non-product link, which is still a decent deal.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart bulbs, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

Like other A19 bulbs, the Peace by Hampton Smart Wi-Fi Bulb has an E26 base, which means it will fit in standard light bulb sockets. Rated to last 13.7 years based on three hours of usage a day, the dimmable Peace by Hampton bulb emits up to 800 lumens of light, which is roughly equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb. In my tests, I found the bulb had no trouble lighting up my bedroom, and it could easily illuminate a desk or another type of workspace.

The Peace by Hampton A19 bulb’s white light can be tuned from a warm 2,700 Kelvin to a daylight-equivalent 5,000 Kelvin, and it can also glow in up to 16 million colors.

Setup

As you might have guessed from its name, the Peace by Hampton A19 Smart Wi-Fi Bulb connects directly to Wi-Fi networks, which means there’s no need for a hub. Once you download the Peace by Hampton mobile app and register for an account (there’s no Google or Facebook account integration, so you’ll nfeed to enter your email address and create a password), you can get started adding the bulb to the app.

You can either scan for the bulb—or bulbs, given that we’re dealing with a four-pack here—or manually add bulbs one at a time. Like most other Wi-Fi-enabled smart bulbs, the Peace by Hampton A19 bulb only connects to 2.4GHz wireless networks, but after an initial hiccup, I was able to add the bulb to the Peace by Hampton app via the auto-scan method, and without having to temporarily switch my dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi router to 2.4GHz-only mode. Once you’ve added your bulbs, you can add them to rooms in your home (Bedroom, Kitchen, Study Room, and so on) as well as create light groups within a room.

Those used to other smart light ecosystems may be surprised to learn that the Peace by Hampton app won’t let you control all the lights in a given room, although you can control all the bulbs in a lighting group; in other words, “rooms” within the app really only exist for organizational purposes. That means you might find yourself creating, say, a “Master Bedroom” light group in your “Master Bedroom” room, an annoying extra step.

Features and functionality

Once you’ve added your bulbs to a room and (optionally) grouped them together, you can start controlling them with the Peace by Hampton app. Tapping a bulb or a group takes you to a three-tab interface. The “White” tab lets you pick a white light temperature by swiping a circular palate, while the “Color” tab has a similar palate, along with a color intensity slider. Both the White and Color tabs boast brightness sliders as well. Finally, the “Scene” tab lets you choose from a series of white light and color presets, from “Night” and “Soft” to “Read” and “Working,” while the “Colorful,” “Dazzling,” and “Gorgeous” scenes cycle through colors at various speeds. You can also tap the Edit button to create your own scenes.