Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $184.98
Total Reviews: 127 customer reviews
Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is a night light with superpowers. The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight knows when your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms go off and sends you r... [Read more]

Top Reviews

updated - Dangerous and Untrustworthy: Stopped detecting alarms, but still gave the appearance of wo
by Amazon Customer (1 out of 5 stars)
November 23, 2017

I purchased this product over a year ago and, being happy with it, bought it for my parents also (less than a year ago in the latter case). Initially it recognized the alarms we tested and successfully called us if an alarm went off.

But mom's smoke alarm suspected she was burning her Thanksgiving meal yesterday and went off, and when the alarm went off the Leeo did nothing. She then mentioned to me that had happened a few times lately, but that in the past she just assumed she'd silenced the smoke alarm quickly enough. But this time it took her a while to reach it, and Leeo had still not responded. So she tested the alarm with the Leeo, having it listen for the smoke alarm as she set it off, and it failed to recognize any alarm. This are the same alarms that it had tested with in the past perfectly well.

So I tested mine. Same thing. Both of our Leeos still inform us of the temperature and humidity on the app if we look, but they no longer respond to smoke alarms, and there was no warning that it had simply stopped performing their most important jobs. If we just went by checking the app and seeing it connected and could check the temperature, we would have assumed things were fine. But we got these for peace of mind after a friend's home burned down with her pets inside while she was running errands, killing all of them. And if the same thing happened at our homes, despite the smoke alarms blaring, we would have had no warning from the Leeo if we were out so that we could call 911.

Update: My mom tested all 6 alarms in her home, every single one of which had been previously recognized and confirmed by the Leeo. It now only recognizes one. I'm very unhappy with this product and the company that put people in danger by shipping an alert that gives people a false sense of security.

Update: After owning this product for a long time, but purchasing Nest alarms since I no longer trusted it due to the above, I see they now offer an option to be alerted if there is a loud noise in your home. This could cause the device to be useful again, since it would simply be responding to the loud noise of the alarm rather than having to "recognize" it as an alarm, but unfortunately their fix that might make their device actually useful again costs extra -- $5/month. What a ripoff.
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Simple low-cost way to monitor your home smoke alarms
by Josh Wardell (5 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2016

The Leeo provides a much lower cost alternative to the Nest Protect and other options for getting alerts on your phone for smoke and CO alarms. It simply listens for your existing alarms to go off. That also means it's super easy to plug in and set up. If you already a large number of alarms installed in your house, you only need one or maybe two of these.

It also make a very nice RGB light, much brighter that most nightlights, and it's all easily controlled from your phone app. You can also set up temperature and humidity alerts.

One thing to note is that the Leeo only picks up modern smoke alarms with 2 or 3 beeps. My alarms were from the 80s and had a continuous beep. They were long overdue for replacement (alarms are less effective after 10 years) and once I did, the Leeo worked perfectly.
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Would've rated 5 starts but...
by Cali_Nesto (1 out of 5 stars)
August 4, 2016

Yesterday a REAL alarm went off (burned food) and it didn't notify me. Now I have little faith it would work during a real emergency rendering it a 50 dollar nightlight. The frustrating thing is it notified me previously when it heard an alarm on TV, but not when a real alarm went off.
***UPDATE***

Our patio grill just set off our fire alarm. Leeo did NOT send a notification. Sigh...
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Network may be discontinued in September, device will not work after shutdown!
by Effie,Top Contributor: Pets (1 out of 5 stars)
August 29, 2019

I can't believe they are still selling these, buyer beware, I received this email from the company this week:

August 28, 2019

Via electronic mail

Dear Leeo Customer

Our apologies for the impersonal nature of this email, and most especially for the news it contains.

Leeo is running out of money. It takes money to run the Smart Alert network. Except for our "śloud noise' feature subscribers, the network has been operated and maintained by the company at no cost to Smart Alert customers.

We are seeking a buyer for our assets, and as part of that process hope to find a buyer who will keep the Smart Alert network up and running. If we find such a buyer, your service may continue and if it does, it will be according to new terms of service set by the new owner.

If we cannot find a buyer with an interest in maintaining the Smart Alert network, we will have no choice but to shut the Smart Alert network down as we wind down the operations of the company.

Just in case we don't succeed in finding a buyer, this will serve as advance notice of the possible shutdown of the Smart Alert network.

Presently we expect to have enough money to continue to run the Smart Alert network through September 30, 2019. We plan to send another update to you before September 30, 2019.

Unfortunately, if the Smart Alert Network is shut down, your Leeo Smart Alert will no longer function with the iOS/Android app. The apps must have the network to function. We expect the color of your Smart Alert to turn white. You will still be able to physically adjust the light level via the ring on the device. But you will not receive alerts on your phone, and you will not be able to control the device with your phone as the apps will no longer be networked to your device.

We are grateful for the opportunity we've had to serve you and are glad we could help keep you and those you care about more safe and secure.

Because safety is important, we want you to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown. If you have any questions or concerns, email us at [email protected] and we'll do our best to reply.

Thank you for your support over these past five years.

Johnson and Jon

CEO and Chairman
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Great for smart home integration!
by J. Schultz (5 out of 5 stars)
February 13, 2017

My primary goal was to be notified of a smoke alarm while I am away from the home. As a family, our biggest fear is to get a call that our house is on fire with the dogs inside. It makes me sick just thinking about it. So I wanted a way to be able to notify the fire department or neighbor to let the dogs out. I had two options: replace all of my alarms with smart detectors or buy this little guy. Considering the cheapest z-wave alarm was about the price of this one, it was a no-brainer for my setup.

The key here is that all of our alarms are interconnected. If one goes off, they all do. So I place this sensor under one of the detectors. A "burning" question I had was whether all of the alarms going off at the same time would confuse the sensor. It does not! The sensor notified me on two separate occasions. What I didn't realize was how feature-rich the product is. Listed below!

Pros
*Build quality is excellent. Made of a matte plastic and heavy which makes it feel like a premium product.
*It works! Hasn't failed me yet.
*Beautiful phone app. Very pleasing to the eye. Feels like it had some iOS inspiration.
*Great night light. It can be any color you wish. It can also be as dim or bright as you like. You can also tell it to turn on only in the dark.
*Senses temperature and humidity! Added bonus. It also keeps a running tally of temp/humidity over the course of the last 24 hours up to 7 days. I have not determined accuracy.
*Works with IFTTT app. This opens it up for all kinds of amazing things. For instance, I have it set to turn blue if rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. I haven't even scratched the surface of the other things IFTTT allows it to do.

Cons
*The design of the device. While it looks great, it flares out from the wall, which prevents the use of larger plugs in the other socket. It will work for standard plugs but it is tight. For instance, it wouldn't work on the same box as my wireless range extender, but would for my vacuum cord. Fortunately, this thing is usually placed in hallways so it isn't a common place for other gadgets.
*No SmartThings integration yet. Not a deal breaker for me, since I can still connect it through IFTTT. As it is right now, I only need it to notify me when there is an alarm. This would only be a problem if I wanted to use this for an action based off of the light/temp/humidity function.

Overall, this is just a fantastic product. I can't get over how robust it is. Kudos to the developers for the vision to create such a brilliant device.
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confused
by ChomskyKnows (3 out of 5 stars)
July 9, 2017

UPDATE 08/08/17: after intermittently losing connection for weeks, this device will no longer connect period. I made an insignificant firmware update to my router which wiped router settings. after that, no smart devices in my home worked (which was expected). i added them all back to the network one at a time, except this one, which won't connect period. i tried resetting the device by following the instructions. the device blinks blue, goes red, then white, then no way to connect. i deleted the home. closed the app. the device can't be found anymore. it can occasionally be seen in bluetooth, but this connection gets rejected or fails. the app says "device unexpectedly disconnected".

Worthless device. Junk.

Installed a Nest Protect Gen1. Tested the Leeo via it's app. The Leeo confuses the Nest's CO alarm beep for it's smoke alarm beep and doesn't detect the smoke alarm beep at all. Note, these beeps have an identical pitch, they're just spaced out at different lengths (i.e., quicker beep-beep-beep vs. longer beep - - - beep - - - beep).

There is no way to change the length of beeps via the Nest Protect (that's not the Nest's fault) and there is no way to adjust how the Leeo listens. Nothing to adjust. Nothing to do. No firmware. Nuthin'. So what you've got here is 2 cool looking information age devices that both connect to the internet but not to each other properly (for me). I would think Leeo would have looked to Nest as a predecessor device and planned accordingly...

Since it is infinitely more likely for a fire to occur than CO issue to occur, this device is unfortunately useless for me. It ends up being a glorified nightlight. It may or may not work for you...

Update: working again
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DO NOT BUY - Network (Most Likely) Shutting Down
by Anthony (3 out of 5 stars)
August 28, 2019

This will soon be a very expensive nightlight. Just received this email from Leeo:

Dear Leeo Customer

Our apologies for the impersonal nature of this email, and most especially for the news it contains.

Leeo is running out of money. It takes money to run the Smart Alert network. Except for our "śloud noise' feature subscribers, the network has been operated and maintained by the company at no cost to Smart Alert customers.

We are seeking a buyer for our assets, and as part of that process hope to find a buyer who will keep the Smart Alert network up and running. If we find such a buyer, your service may continue and if it does, it will be according to new terms of service set by the new owner.

If we cannot find a buyer with an interest in maintaining the Smart Alert network, we will have no choice but to shut the Smart Alert network down as we wind down the operations of the company.

Just in case we don't succeed in finding a buyer, this will serve as advance notice of the possible shutdown of the Smart Alert network.

Presently we expect to have enough money to continue to run the Smart Alert network through September 30, 2019. We plan to send another update to you before September 30, 2019.

Unfortunately, if the Smart Alert Network is shut down, your Leeo Smart Alert will no longer function with the iOS/Android app. The apps must have the network to function. We expect the color of your Smart Alert to turn white. You will still be able to physically adjust the light level via the ring on the device. But you will not receive alerts on your phone, and you will not be able to control the device with your phone as the apps will no longer be networked to your device.

We are grateful for the opportunity we've had to serve you and are glad we could help keep you and those you care about more safe and secure.

Because safety is important, we want you to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown. If you have any questions or concerns, email us at [email protected] and we'll do our best to reply.

Thank you for your support over these past five years.
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Good for water alarms
by Schaumburg Bob (5 out of 5 stars)
February 27, 2017

My Setup: Leeo installed in the living room of a raised ranch. A Kidde PI9010 smoke detector in the hallway, a Kidde KN-COPP-3 CO detector in the dining area, and two Watchdog water detectors in the basement. No doors between the detectors and the Leeo.

Installation: Straightforward but had to try 3 times before the app detected the Leeo.

Testing: Tested using the test mode in the app, then in normal operation mode where I set off the alarms and waited for the notification and phone calls from the app. Worked within about 30 seconds with the smoke and CO detector. The water alarms in the basement were detected after about a minute (probably because the alarm is much farther away).

Things discovered:
1. The outer ring of the Leeo dims the night light (the app is updated with the new settings as you turn the ring).
2. If there is ambient sound, the app takes longer to detect an alarm (i had a loud radio on in another room).
3. The temperature sensor reads 2 to 3 degrees higher than thermometers I have near the Leeo. Maybe Leeo doesn't take into account the heat it generates internally.
4. If you don't dismiss the notification you receive on your cellphone, Leeo calls you with an automated message asking you to press 1 to confirm or 2 to dismiss it as a false alarm. Maybe it was just me but I accidentally pressed false alarm during one of my water alarm test and I could no longer get an alert when I triggered that alarm again. I had to re-add the alarm (now the Leeo app thinks I have 3 water alarms instead of 2).
5. The app gives you a list of alerts that have occurred. I wish there was a way to clear this list.
6. The tablet version of the app is not as up to date as the phone app. The phone app has way more features than the tablet app (such as the temperature and humidity graphs). Note I have the android version.

Overall, very happy with this. Bought this mainly to detect my water alarms, so maybe I'll move it to the basement or buy a second one if the price drops.
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Not really about this
by Carolyn T. (2 out of 5 stars)
April 25, 2017

It's been just over 24 hours since receiving the this device. I had high hopes for the LEEO, but so far it's letting me down.
1. LEEO doesn't show up in my list of Bluetooth paired devices. The app found the device and my network however. I tried all of the instructions to pair my phone and LEEO. Nothing worked but it seems to hear my alarms anyway.
2. It doesn't hear all my devices all the time. I have a small house than 1,00 square feet). I have 4 smoke alarms, and two co2 alarms. LEEO found 3/4 smoke alarms and 1/2 co2 alarms. They are all newer alarms (2010, Kibbe i9040).
3. Since only some of the alarms were detected, I decided to create smoke by setting a pan on a burner (and burned a tablespoon of butter) to see if LEEO would detect the smoke alarm. It took the LEEO about five minutes to alert me long after the smoke alarm went off. That's not good.

So... I'm not sure this is the device for me. It detected some of the alarms but I purchased it too detected ALL of the alarms.

I'm not going to replace any alarms just yet. The smoke alarms are all newer (2010) and one of the co2 alarms are brand new and LEEO didn't detect it at all.

I have approx.3 weeks to return it to Amazon so I'll keep it and see if I get the kinks out (I have enormous reservoirs of patience). I'll update this review either way.

UPDATE: After deleting my residence and adding it back, I tested each smoke/co2 again and it picked up all of them. I'm going to replace the smoke alarms with the same model (i9040) which according to their web page is a compatible device. I'm still can't pair my iPhone 6 with the app. The notice the app hasn't been refreshed since 6/16. Gee, you think that could be some of the problem??! Anyway, I'll give this device 3/5 stars.
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Seemed to work for 18 months, unsure if it was reliable in an emergency, now dead
by B. Lawson (1 out of 5 stars)
September 6, 2019

I loved the idea and wanted this to work. And it seemed to for a while, minus the odd nuisance that if occasionally have to re log in to the app, which made me feel like it wouldn't have worked if I wasn't logged in.

Then when I had to change wifi networks, it essentially bricked.

Customer service seemed responsive and gave me some generic instructions, and when that didn't work they sent me a rma tag to send my unit back.

And then silence. Patiently waited 2 months before a follow up email. And no response.

It's been 3 months, I've deleted the app and am marking this up as a loss of money, so I can't advise you to buy one.

The illusion of Peace of mind for 18 months, hmm.

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