It’s not very often in Malaysia that you get to see home automation products sold in physical stores. So it was a pleasant surprise that All IT Hypermarket in Ikano was spotted carrying a range of Phlips Hue and TP-Link smart home products.
As mentioned in our previous article, Philips Hue bulbs are already officially available here. However, you would be hard-pressed to find one at physical shops as the only location guaranteed to store them is the Philips Home Lighting Lounge in Menara Axis. Well, All IT Hypermarket has given us some hope with a handful of products displayed at their Ikano outlet.
White and color ambiance – Starter kit A60
This is the set to go for if you’re starting off your home automation journey. It comes with 3 bulbs and a hub (Hue Bridge).
White and color ambiance – Single bulb A60
Add more bulbs if you want with a recommended maximum of 50.
White and color ambiance – Lightsrip Plus
Mix it up with lightstrips. Perfect for lining tv cabinet or the corridor walkway.
White and color ambiance – Lightstrip plus extension 1m
Lengthen your lightstrips with these 1 metre extensions.
Not in the picture is the Philips Hue Bridge.
Much has been written about TP-Link’s smart home products in Malaysia; From spotting display units and coming soon notices to disappearing bulbs. Now that it’s officially available, the most important thing is how to get your hands on one. For starters, shopping online is an option with Lazada, 11 Street or Amazon being the obvious choice. In terms of physical stores however, I’ve only managed to see the LB100 and HS100 in All IT Hypermart (Digital Mall). Even so, it was always out of stock. So a visit to All IT Hypermarket (Ikano) put a smile on my face with 3 TP-Link smart home products. Pictured below is the LB130 Colour Changing Bulb, HS110 Smart WiFi Plug and the LB100 Dimmable Bulb.
The LB130 is TP-Link’s colour changing smart led WiFi bulb. What it means is that you can change the colours as you like.
The HS110 is a smart WiFi plug that allows you to plug any house hold appliance (lamps are most practical) into it. And through the app you’re able to turn it off/on. The additional feature this has over the HS100 is energy monitoring which tracks the electricity consumption of the appliance.
The LB100 is the most basic model in the smart bulb range. You can only control the brightness of the bulb.
It’s certainly good progress to see more smart home products available in physical stores. One could argue that shopping online saves you the hassle, but there’s just something about walking into a store, browsing, and holding the actual product in your hands. Let’s hope that more smart home brands make their way to Malaysian stores in the near future!
Image credit: TP-Link Malaysia