Yeelight, the Chinese lighting company responsible for some of the more interesting HomeKit-enabled lighting products in the last couple of years (the Mi Desk Lamp Pro and the Staria Bedside Lamp Pro being two good examples), are still working to bring their Bluetooth Mesh lighting range to a wider audience, and with the discovery of some more products in the pipeline, there may well be a good choice on offer soon.
Currently, Yeelight has four Bluetooth Mesh lighting products currently available, although only officially on sale in China. These are the E27 and E14 bulbs, along with a downlight and a spotlight. All of these are designed to work with Apple HomeKit once they are connected to the company’s Bluetooth Mesh gateway. The only issue is that this gateway is still not currently available.
The Mi Smart Gateway also has a built-in Bluetooth Mesh gateway, which can already be used with these bulbs, but as far as we’re aware, they don’t currently get exposed to HomeKit when fed through this gateway, despite the fact the gateway is also HomeKit compatible (if you’re aware that they do, please let us know!).
Regardless of this, it would appear that Yeelight are expanding their range with five new products; a Mesh Downlight II, a Mesh Downlight II Pro and a Mesh Spotlight II, as well as new models for their E27 and E14 bulbs, the latter of which sport a new look, not dissimilar to offerings by iHaper and LifeSmart.
What the second or Pro versions of existing lights improve upon, we’re unsure, but it would seem that Yeelight is putting a lot of effort into the push for Bluetooth Mesh products. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the Mesh hub is finally released, so consumers can see what benefits this newer technology can bring to the table.
Thanks to Sebastian B for the tip-off.