WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light Review: Smart lighting for anywhere

Verdict

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Built to be carried around, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light is a fun battery-powered lamp that you can use pretty much anywhere (just don’t get it wet). Its dual lamps provide some fun dynamic effects, while the controls on top let you control it even when you don’t have your phone to hand.

It’s not the brightest light (think ambient rather than utility lighting), and the app doesn’t give quite as much control over color selection as I’d like, though.

Pros

  • Some nice effects
  • Simple manual controls
  • Good battery life

Jones

  • Power button needs a bit of force
  • Not that bright

  • Light typeThis is a portable LED smart light.

  • ConnectionThis light connects via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

  • Battery lifeThe battery will last up to a maximum of 10 hours.

Introduction

Most smart lighting focuses on the inside, but the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light is built to let you take your light with you, adding ambience around your house, outside or even when you go camping.

It has a great design, lots of scenes to choose from and lasts for up to 10 hours on a charge, but the app can be fiddly to use in places.

Although listed as the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light on the WiZ website, the lamp is also known as the WiZ True Portable Type G Table Lamp on John Lewis and the WiZ True Color Smart Lighting Portable Table Lamp on B&Q, which does make it quite tricky to find.

Design and features

  • Works via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Integrates with other WiZ lights
  • Integrated battery

Thanks to its flip-up handle, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light looks and feels like a lantern.

In fact, it’s pretty much impossible not to pick it up, hold the light out at the end of a stretched hand, and imagine that you’re walking through a stormy night. Or maybe that’s just me.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light handle
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What’s ultimately important is that this is a portable battery-powered light, so it’s free to go wherever you go. Well, to a degree. The IP20 rating of this lamp means that it is touch-proof and resistant to dust, but it has no protection against liquids. If you do take it outside, just be aware that you’ll need to bring the lamp back in if it starts to rain.

Its handle does make it easier to carry around than, say, the Philips Hue Go light, making this one a slightly better choice for situations where you may want to move it, such as when camping.

The internal battery is charged via the USB-C port on the back, which can also be used to power the lamp permanently. If you place the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light next to a power socket, it makes sense to have it plugged in, ready to go portable on a full charge.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light USB-C input
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As a portable device, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light has more physical controls on it than you’d typically find on a regular smart light. There’s a mode button that cycles through four scenes (configurable via the app), a brightness slider and an on/off button.

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I found the mode and brightness controls very responsive, but the power button needs a firm press to make it work. There’s also a physical power switch underneath, which cuts off the battery and disconnects the lamp from Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light physical power switch
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For more control, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light has to be connected to the WiZ app. The lamp uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so it can be controlled over your home network if it’s in the house, or locally if you’re out and about.

The WiZ app is the same as for other WiZ lights: it’s a little more limited and a touch harder to use than the Philips Hue app, even though both products are made by the same company, Signify.

WiZ lights can be grouped into rooms, including with the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light. That makes sense if the light is going to be static, but it makes more sense to keep this lamp separate, as it can move around, so I suggest placing it in its own room.

As with other WiZ lights, you can associate a WiZ Remote with the room that the lamp is in, and use its buttons to recall four different scenes. These are also the same scenes that are programmed into the lamp, available via its mode button.

Rooms also have settings that let me set the fade-in and fade-out time when the lamp is turned on or off. It can be handy to set a fade-out time, so that you’re not plunged into darkness when turning the lamp off.

The WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light can be set to a static color, or color temperature. There are preset modes, such as Daylight and TV Time, but you can set your own. The WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light can display two different colors at the same time, but you can’t choose two colors manually, which is a shame.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light App
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The only way that I could get the lamp to show two colors was to use one of the dynamic scenes.

For all color modes, there are sliders to change the brightness, and the balance between the top and bottom lights. For dynamic scenes, there’s also a speed selector that governs how quickly colors change, moving from tortoise to hare.

If you’d like the lamp to match the sunlight color, there’s a Circadian Rhythm option, which automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day. However, the change is based on when you set your bedtime and wake-up times, not adjusted based on the length of the day throughout the year.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light Rhythms
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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are supported, with voice control over color, scene and brightness. HomeKit is not supported, but the app supports Siri Shortcuts.

Performance

  • Some brilliant effects
  • Colors can be a bit off
  • Not that bright

At its best, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light is brilliant fun. Turned onto a dynamic scene, it’s like a modern-day lava lamp. Effortlessly blending and cycling through colors, this is a nice statement piece to have on a table, or in a child’s room.

WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light two colors
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Switching to static colors, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light is a bit more mixed. I found the red and green very good, but I couldn’t get a deep blue, with the lamp often veering towards a violet color or a lighter shade than I’d want.

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Regular color temperatures, from cold to warm, are better, but this lamp isn’t that bright. At just 400-lumens, it provides more of a gentle glow that provides ambience, rather than something you can work by. It’s fine for walking around a tent, but if you want a brighter light that rivals a regular light bulb, this isn’t for you.

WiZ says that battery life is up to ten hours on a charge. That depends on how bright the lamp is and what mode it’s in. Expect to save a few hours of this on full brightness and with a dynamic mode.

Overall, the lamp will last for 25,000 hours, which is pretty standard for smart LED lighting. At this level, the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light should last for years before it needs replacing.

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Should you buy it?

If you want a fun light with dynamic effects that you can take practically anywhere, then this lamp could be for you.

If you want brighter, more utility lighting, this lamp probably won’t suit your needs and an alternative will do.

Final Thoughts

The WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light is a fun bit of kit, adding dynamic lighting to any setting, indoors or out. The fact that it can integrate with other WiZ lights is good, but I feel this is more of a standalone product. In this guise, the Bluetooth connection and mode button on top ensured it could be controlled no matter where I was.

It’s not the brightest of lights, but if you want something that’s easy to carry around with a degree of versatility, this is a good choice.

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FAQs

How is the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light controlled?

This lamp has touch buttons on top, plus it can be remotely controlled using the WiZ app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.

How long does the WiZ Luminaire Mobile Portable Light’s battery last?

It’s rated to last up to ten hours, although expect less depending on the mode and brightness you use it in.

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