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Novostella BLink BT Mesh Smart LED Flood Light 4-Pack
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Novostella
Source: Novostella
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December 22, 2021

Packaging and Accessories:

The four floodlights shipped in the colorful retail box shown below. It shows the lights in use and provides some of the key technical details.

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Inside the box, form fitting foam blocks on top and bottom keep the individually bagged lights separated to protect the lights as they ship to you.

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Not found inside the box was the Bluetooth /WiFi hub, but luckily a separate package arrived the same day containing that. This box was a fairly plain, white thing that was just big enough for the little hub and a short USB power cable (no AC adapter included).

The Basics:

The lights are fairly substantial, featuring a body made of metal with has some heatsink style fins cast in which should help with heat dissipation. They feel well made with of extra toughness for surviving in what can be harsh outdoor conditions. In the northeast of the USA will have these lights experiencing high temperatures and direct sunlight in the summer, while they will also see below freezing temperatures and snow for parts of the winter. Other lights made of plastic or thinner metal have not held up so well, but I am hopeful these can handle it.

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The electrical cord enters through a water resistant cord grip and the U-shaped mounting bracket should be adjustable enough to let you mount these where you want them without much effort. My one observation on quality is that the lens seems to be made of plastic, while the previously reviewed Novostella smart floodlights had a glass lens. I do like the frosted finish on the lens though, as it will help diffuse the light and gives it a cleaner look versus seeing the big array of various SMDs inside.

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The BLink Bluetooth hub is shown in the images below, and it reminds me of a compact SmartThings hub. The only connection is for USB power, and as mentioned previously you will have to provide your own AC/DC adapter or find a powered USB port to plug it into. There is a reset button next to the USB port, and there are two lights on top to indicate power and connectivity status.

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