Monster Smart Illuminessence Outdoor Spotlights: What's in the Box? - Show Notes

Monster Smart Illuminessence Outdoor Spotlights: What's in the Box?

Wednesday Aug 2, 2023 (00:07:53)


In this episode of PLUGHITZ Live Unboxed, Scott provides a detailed description and first impressions of the indoor and outdoor Spotlights from the Monster Smart Illuminescence line. Scott starts the episode by expressing his excitement to finally have the spotlights in his hands and see what comes in the box.

Monster Smart Illuminescence Spotlights unboxed

Scott mentions that these spotlights run on Wi-Fi and are RGBIC, meaning that each light can be controlled individually, allowing for patterns to go across them instead of just one solid color. He opens the box and finds a Getting Started guide and a Quick Start guide, which are altered versions of what is expected with all Monster Smart Illuminescence products.

He then talks about a feature that was announced during their show last year, which is the Razer Chroma integration. He explains that these spotlights can integrate with Razer Chroma, allowing users to illuminate their house based on the look of their screen or have the lights change color every time they receive a tweet.

Moving on to the actual product, Scott discovers stakes that can be screwed into the bottom of the lights, allowing them to be placed into the ground. He also notices a mounting hole on the bottom of the lights, which can be used to attach them to the stakes. The lights can also be attached to a wall or roof using the same mounting hole. Each light can be angled and controlled individually.

Scott then explores the length of the cable and finds it to be long enough to run a longer distance. This gives a lot of versatility to the way the lights are installed. He also discovers a Monster controller, which can be used to control the spotlights instead of using a phone. There is a long cable from the controller to a junction point, which is waterproof and screw-on, just like the Neon products.

Finally, Scott examines the four lights that come with the set, each with a decent length of cable. At the end of the cable is a capped junction point where another set can be plugged in, allowing for multiple sets to be powered in a straight line.

He concludes by mentioning that they will be doing a full product review to explore all the different ways the spotlights can be used. They will also provide a how-to guide on setting up and pairing the spotlights with the Monster Smart app. The link to the product review will be updated in the video description, and all reviews can be found on the PLUGHITZ Live website.

In conclusion

The podcast episode provides a thorough unboxing and initial impressions of the Monster Smart Illuminescence Spotlights. The host highlights their Wi-Fi capabilities, individual control, Razer Chroma integration, and the versatility of being able to stake them into the ground. The length of the cable and the ability to daisy chain multiple sets together are also mentioned as notable features. Overall, the episode offers valuable insights for anyone interested in these spotlights.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.


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Scott Ertz (00:00)

Hello internet, I'm Scott and this is PLUGHITZ Live Unboxed. Today we are going to take a look at the indoor outdoor spotlights from the Monster Smart Illuminescence line. You have seen these, if you've been watching our CES coverage, you have seen these in the booth. And we're very excited to have a set here in our hands. We've seen them in action in the booth, but we don't know what all comes in the box and I haven't had them in my hands. So I'm looking forward to seeing what it comes with and getting some first impressions. Let's cut our box open here. Alright. Like the other Monster Smart Illuminescence products, these run on Wi-Fi. They are RGBIC, which means that each light can be controlled individually. And therefore it can have patterns go across them instead of just one solid color across everything. That's everybody coming out of here. First we have our Getting Started guide, our Quick Start guide. This is an altered version of what we expect with all of the Monster Smart Illuminescence products. Here we have a card talking about a feature that was announced during our show last year, which is the Razer Chroma integration. This product, even though it's outside, can integrate with Razer Chroma. If you want, you can let your neighbors know what game you're playing by illuminating your house based on the look of your screen. Or, because Chroma's got all kinds of interesting capabilities, you can have your outdoors light up blue every time you receive a tweet, however you want to use Chroma. Now, onto the actual product. Here we have stakes. The stakes screw into, I assume, the bottom of the lights and allow you to put them into the ground. There's a little screw on top, a little pin of some sort actually on top. It doesn't look threaded, although that might be a cap. I don't know exactly how this works. We're going to find out. I don't know. Hopefully I didn't just break them. Okay. Let's take one of these apart. Let's take the rubber band off. Here is the light. It is legitimately just a tiny spotlight, similar to stage lighting. It's got a hinge here on the side, which is not information I had before. And on the bottom, we have a mounting hole. So that mounting hole, you take the screw that I took out, put it through, screw your stake back into place, tighten it up. And now you can stake it into the ground. You can angle the light however you want. And each one of these one, two, three, four fixtures will be able to be run individually. You can do patterns and stuff. We've talked that one of my favorite patterns is Vortex, and it's oftentimes what Jennifer uses when she's demoing the products. One, two, three, and four. One of the things that I am noticing immediately is the length of the cable, seemingly outside of just the individual lights. There's plenty of opportunity to run this a longer distance. And I have seen something really interesting. Okay, so one, two, three, four. I see. All right, so we have a really long cable. Everybody back up on the table. All right, we have a really long cable here. This is your standard plug, plugs into the wall, waterproof, just like the neon and a couple of the other products. Nice long cable here. This is the Monster controller. If you don't want to use your phone, you don't have to. You can control it using this here. Then there is a long cable from the controller to our little junction point here. The junction point is just like our neon is screw on and therefore waterproof. And then we have our four lights. Decent length of cable. Light one. Decent length of cable. Looks like it's longer than the first one. Light two. Same thing. Long length of cable. Light three. Long length of cable. Light four. And then at the end is a capped junction point where I assume we can plug in another set because almost certainly that is what Jennifer and her team have planned here. Yep, there we go. You can plug it in, screw it down. Obviously, plugging one light into itself is not going to power it. But if you have more than one of these sets, you should be able to power several of them in a straight line, which is a really nice feature and something that I wish existed on the neons because I'd love to be able to daisy chain those together. So this is a great addition that the neons don't have that will make them really nice for outside with the ability to create some really interesting lighting around the pergola, around maybe some trees in your front yard or backyard, down a fence onto a patio. Lots of ways that you can use these. Again, there's a lot of interaction. We will be doing a full product review on this to see all the different ways that it can be used. We'll also do a how to on how to set it up and how to pair it into the Monster Smart app because that's something that everybody always wants us to do. So we'll do a how to on that as well as we set these up the first time. If you want to see the product review, once it's done, the link in this video will be updated. And if it's not there, then you can always go to slash reviews. There you'll see all of our reviews. And of course, if you want to see some of the unboxings for other products, you can always go to or you can go over to our YouTube channel @plughitzlive. And until next time, ciao.

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