New Zigbee Downlight Revealed by ZemiSmart

Not so long ago ZemiSmart were a company that wasn’t relevant to our site, being that they weren’t HomeKit compatible, but now with their new HomeKit enabled Zigbee hub (review HERE), more devices by the company, along with certain products that are certified by Tuya, are now exposed to our favourite smart home platform (HomeKit, obviously…). Now, the company has contacted us with news of a few new products they’re preparing for release, one of which was originally described to us as a ‘mood’ or ‘ambient’ lamp, although in actual fact it appears to be a downlight capable of up to 750lm.

The Makaron downlight, which comes in six different finishes – blue, yellow, black, white, green, or pink – uses Zigbee 3.0, which can also be exposed to HomeKit via the company’s aforementioned hub, and can achieve the standard 16 million colours. The design itself looks quite similar to a squashed version of the Philips Hue Calla outdoor path lights, although the Makaron is designed for indoor use only. It uses mains electricity via an attached cable for power, and as already mentioned, it is capable of a maximum of 750 lumens when set to cool white, which is only slightly less than that of a basic Hue white bulb, and generally a lot brighter than all other lamps of this type.

It’s designed to work in any region, with an input voltage of 100-240VAC, and power consumption at 9w. The casing is a mix of aluminium and diffused plastic and can be used as a Zigbee repeater for other Zigbee devices connected to the company’s hub. There are also no server or region restrictions to worry about.

The company are in the process of releasing other new lighting products, all of which use Zigbee, including a new full-colour light bulb, as well as a Zigbee light strip that will come in 5/10 metre lengths. The Makaron lamps are available now, on ZemiSmart’s own website, priced at the discounted price of US$26.44 (plus shipping) although there’s no word on pricing or release dates for the bulb or strip yet. We’ll be getting one of the lamps and a light strip to try out soon, so keep an eye out for our reviews of these latest offerings from ZemiSmart, and remember, to keep up with all the latest HomeKit news and reviews, subscribe to get news instantly delivered to your inbox. Alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit!

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