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C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulb (2-Pack) - Adjustable White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 153 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Product launch rushed? Not ready for prime time!

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    TonyMSP
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    The features on the website and packaging can be misleading. The website touts the ability to have the light bulb change colors based on the scene. Which sounds good on paper but it’s not exactly the bill of goods that was sold. Let me further explain. To utilize the full capabilities of these bulbs, you will need to use the GE app found in the iphone app store. This may sound good but the app doesn’t support voice control. This is where Google Home app comes into play. Google home app will let you control the bulbs via voice but the caveat is that you CANNOT setup the bulb to both the GE app and be setup with Google Home app. This is the limitation of Bluetooth. These bulbs are Bluetooth driven and not wifi driven. Google home app vs GE app? That will depend on what you want to do with the bulbs. If you want the bulbs to do everything that’s advertised on their website, then setup with the GE app. The GE app will allow you to set “scenes”. Some examples would be to wakeup in the morning to a 2,000 kelvin color temperature at 25% brightness. Sounds great but no voice control. That means you will need to use the app to turn on and off the bulb in your lamp. Talk about a pain in the rear end. If you want to voice control your lights, you will need to set the bulbs up with the Google Home app. This will allow you to turn the lights on and off by voice. Which is the #1 reason why I got these. The problem is that the google home app doesn’t have the automation or scene choices like you can find in the GE app. The Google home app will allow you to turn on or off and the brightness levels. No color temperature changes within the app. You can however, change the color temperature by saying “hey google, change my lights to soft white” or “hey google, change my lights to 3,000 kelvin” to change the bulb colors. Talk about major confusion! You also can’t setup automation to wake up with a cooler color temp with google home. Sigh. Why can’t I have both? Pros • Can adjust colors from 2000k to 7000k • Voice activated via Google Home/Mini • 65w is great for a lamp • Similar sized to conventional light bulbs Cons • Setup can be tricky • Resetting the bulbs is a tricky process. Did I say TRICKY? • Bluetooth can only connect to GE app or Google Home App. Not both • Not ready for the masses Summary: It’s not easy to setup. I had to do a hard factory reset to get them to work. The factory reset takes a special sequence of on and off to get them to reset. Very complicated! You will have to pick which app to setup the bulbs with. This is determined by which features are important to you. Want all the features and the ability to setup colors and brightness based on your circadian rhythm? Set it up with GE app. Want voice activation? Set it up with the Google Home app. You can’t have both and that’s why im giving it 3 stars out of 5. The bulbs are capable but I believe the app control is lack luster and holds this product back. It could be due to the limitations of Bluetooth. I just expected more.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GE Lighting Expert

      Hello, TonyMSP. Sounds like there are some misunderstandings with the product and features. Feel free to reach out to our C by GE customer service team (844-302-2943 or help@cbyge.com) for clarification/assistance with the product.
      Thank you.

      GE Lighting Customer Service

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value but tricky home integration

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    callmeageeth
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    I have lots of Phillips Hue light bulbs and while I love them, they are pricey. I'm also heavily invested in the Google Home ecosystem. I was glad to put some new smart bulbs into my house in a place where color wasn't important (the bedroom). So I figured I would give these a try. First, I want to comment the GE bulbs as bulbs. They work great, they produced warm, cool and bright lighting, perfect for any situation (yes, even sleeping which they're obviously intended for). In terms of just screw in and use, they work great. I really like the warm hues both in the morning and night to give you some light just to see, but also give you the ability to fall asleep and wake up a little easier (rather than a harsh bright light). In terms of their "smarts." I found them to be a bit tricky. I have to reiterate, I'm heavily invested in Google Home, with multiple Home speakers, security cameras, lights, switches, vacuums, etc. I like the Google Home app because it finally gives you a good user interface to control a variety of products in one app (rather than opening Arlo app to look at cameras, and then Phillips Hue to turn lights on, etc.). These are ready to go out of the box, no bridge like the Phillips Hue. If you are just getting into smart lighting, the no bridge route is the way to go. You literally just have to screw these into the socket and then go to setup. Now this is where I ran into some issues. I screwed them in the bedroom and hopped on the Google Home app. I was able to find them the first time, but they wouldn't connect. After two attempts, they worked (I didn't do anything differently) and I was able to integrate them into the Google Home app. They worked fine... in terms of turning them on and off. Now, if all you want are bulbs that you can turn on and off with your phone or app, then I just accomplished the goal. But, I wanted to be able to use these bulbs on a schedule where they would put off a warm hue at night and in the morning automatically. You cannot do that from the Google Home app (admittedly, I couldn't figure out, I am not saying it's not possible). To do that, you have to download the GE app. To my chagrin, I downloaded the app. I am loathe to having extra apps on my phone. I realize for my smart home devices, you generally have to have it (Arlo for example) to set up the devices and then incorporate them into Google Home app. But I thought these were self sufficient bulbs and that you could use their sleep lighting features directly through Google Home. Anyways, I downloaded the GE app and I was unable to find bulbs. I eventually had to unlink them from Google Home and then re-set them up through the GE app. It was clunky, then you have to set the schedules for the sleep cycles through that app. At the end of the day, they work as advertised and if you like having night lighting at your bedside, rather than harsh lights with one brightness level, they are a great value when compared to other smart bulbs (looking at you Phillips Hue). But they were a bit convoluted to set up and it forced me to get another app. Again, small first world problems, and shouldn't be a dealbreaker but it was annoying to me. To me, these bulbs are best served for people who are first building/creating their smart home. If I wasn't so invested in Phillips hue and sunk money in it, I would have started with these GE bulbs. i just wish I could use (or figure out how to use) the sleep cycle schedules within the Google Home app which controls my entire house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Introduction to Smart Light Bulbs

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    r0kit
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    Pros: 3 color temperature settings, simple interface, great smart light budget choice Cons: not so great smart option for integrating with Google Home, limited bluetooth mesh range, setting up timers (automation) is not very intuitive. I have several Google Home speakers throughout my home and have been using smart outlets to turn my lamps on and off and have had my eye on the Philips Hue lighting products since they were released several years ago, but have held off on getting any because they are so expensive. I was hoping prices would come down, but instead they’ve remained mostly the same. I told myself that if I were to get into smart bulbs, they need to do more than just turn on and off. I would want at least different white color temperatures. The C-Sleep bulbs fit the bill and I would get two for less than the Hue offerings. Note, unless you’re getting a Wi-Fi bulb, you will need to buy a bridge if you want to control your smart lights by voice. The C-Sleep bulbs are no different. I have a Google Home Mini in my bedroom and this is where I installed my two bulbs, in my nightstand lamps. Setup was relatively easy using the C by GE app. Before I added the devices to my Google Home account, I wanted to see how the native app performed. It gets the job done and changing settings are very straightforward. The online help isn’t very helpful in getting timers set up, which is what I tried to set up. One setting is for morning with bright white to turn on before I wake up and then turn off after an hour. The other setting is for night with warm white to turn on at bedtime and turn off by midnight. The on screen prompts are vague and don’t tell you if the automation entry is going to turn the light on or off. Integrating with Google Home isn’t that great. There are no controls other than on/off and brightness that can be made within the Google Home app. Changing color temperatures has to be done by voice. It would be the same for automation I’m guessing, but I didn’t even attempt it. What makes things worse is that you have to choose between either the native C by GE app where you gain more granular control through the screen or use the Google Home app where you gain voice control, but lose granular control. There is an exception, the native C by GE app has 3 fixed color temperatures 2000K, 3700K, and 7000K (approximate). With Google Home/Assistant, you can specify the color temperature, but you have to do so through voice. Range - without a bridge, range is very limited using the built-in bluetooth (mesh). My phone struggles to get a connection outside of my bedroom. Range with my Google Home Mini used as a bridge over WiFi is great, but on screen controls and functionality are both gimped in comparison to the native app. So who is this smart bulb for? If you want basic automation and the ability to turn lights on/off with your phone while in the same room or looking for an introduction to smart light bulbs, the C-Sleep bulbs are great for that. If you want deeper integration with your smart home with Alexa or Google Home while maintaining the same access to on screen control, I say look elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice addition to our system.

    Posted
    Andy
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    First off, I am writing this review after also installing another companies smart lights, so my thoughts on the GE C-Sleep lights are going to be influenced by my experience with the other brand's light setup. The GE lights come in an unassuming box with absolutely zero documentation! The box actually just looks like any other incandescent or LED light bulb set aside form the wording on the front that claims "Smart Bulbs" and talks about how it helps your circadian rhythm. On the box, it also states it is "Made for Google" and "Works with Google Assistant". On the back of the box, it has instructions that appear to be for those installing a Google Home Mini and these bulbs, a simple four step process that includes plugging in the Mini and downloading Google Home to set it up. After looking all over, inside and out of the box for instructions on how to add it to my existing system, I finally resorted to doing a Google search. Ge's own site has instructions so I went there first. The site isn't much better than the box since it appears to start out in the middle of setup since the first step is to "... tap the + icon in the top right corner and select Add New Devices". Well, unless you read their minds, you would never know they were referring to the GE App! After installing the GE app, it was unable to see the lights, no matter where I had them installed and on multiple devices with and without Bluetooth enabled. Once I finally gave up on the GE app, I went back to Google Home and was able to add one of the lights to my setup, pairing it with a room for testing. Google Home still didn't register one of the bulbs, but I figured I would deal with that later. After configuring the first bulb and testing the functions, I went back just to see if the second one could be seen yet and there it was, ready to be set up. I had plugged both bulbs in at the same time, so I'm not sure why it took so long for the second one. Overall, these ended up being a great addition to our expanding assortment of smart lights in our house. The Hue bulbs are much easier to set up, but they have a base that they come with also, so that may make a difference. GE also sells a base, but these are advertised as working with Google, so I assumed they would have all the functions like other lights do with it. Once set up, I am able to use Google to tell them brightness and to turn on, but I was a little frustrated by the setup routine (and all the runarounds I had to try to get them working). At some point, I thought that maybe these lights needed to be factory reset, so I found two completely separate sets of instructions for resetting them, neither of which worked! Each one referenced "early" or "late" model bulbs but offered no explanation of how to find out which bulbs you actually had. In the end, I would have no trouble recommending these to anyone, I would just give them a set of instructions myself and tell them to skip the web site for help!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Breezy setup, works like a charm, with caveats

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    BestBuyer
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    Setup: I bought this 2-pack and set it up with my Google Home Hub in a matter of literally a couple of minutes. Just screwed the bulbs in and turned them on, fired up the Home app on my Pixel phone and went through the new light setup which showed up as the first thing. Utility: Now I can control my lights by voice. I didn't realize how much this would help or how much I needed it before. No fiddling around with my hard-to-twist lampshade switches in the middle of the night when the baby wakes up. Or walking all the way across a room in the dark to turn the light on (our house has such a situation). Also very convenient when I have both my hands full with baby, diaper or other stuff, Commands: These lights / Google Home allow you to control all the lights in a room at once or each individually. You can change the brightness or the "temperature". By temperature, I mean you can get really stark white light or warm yellows by saying things like 'Ok Google, change the bedroom lights to candlelight' or 'Ok Google, change the nightstand lamp to daylight'. Having a Home Hub or other kind of Google Assistant Smart Display, allows you to see on the display the various options you have to control these lights which is another plus. Caveat: I'm happy with these lights but I'm missing some things I now find would be useful: - Set the temperature automatically depending on time of day. So I want 'daylight' in the morning, 'warm white' in the afternoon and 'candlelight' in the evenings to match the human circadian rythm and help with my sleep cycles. The Home app should have an option to turn this on. Without this, I have to keep changing the temperature myself. By voice of course so it's not a biggie but still, I shouldn't have to think about this. - I wish bedroom lights could only be controlled from the Home Hub I have in the bedroom and not from the other Homes I have. There should be an option to restrict control in this manner. But caveats aside, I'm extremely happy with these smart lights and they've definitely made my life better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Izhart
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    This thing has so many different lighting options. not like crazy hue blue red purple color changes. but from bright White light that wakes you up all the way down to candlelight that makes you sleepy. The thing that this product doesn't do well is informing you of all the commands that you need to use with your assistant of choice. you'd be wasting it if all you did was ask your assistant to turn it on and off. you can ask for Bright white (super blue ivory color to wake you up), White (the regular daylight at 3k) and then dim also. Which you can control from your phone. Now there are two apps you can use this with. Maybe three since of alexa but I dont have Alexa. They push you to set it up with the google home app and you do. But once you do it doesn't even show you all the color options. nor does the product tell you how to get the color options as well. the phone from the google home app can turn on/off the lghts and dim them as well. but you have to get the color of the lights throgh voice. Using the GE app, you can find 3 options of colors to choose from. Now come the google home hub (with Screen) once I got that, I was presented with 6 color options. Aside that. After learning all the color options. Oh boy, Ivory wakes you up, white is just a nice daylight look, and candlelight put to dim just seriously is perfect for those who want to go to sleep.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Works Great with Google Assistant

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    Jturn
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    The GE C-Sleep lights are a simple and effective way to add smart lights to your home. GE honestly couldn't have made this any easier, provided you have some voice enabled devices already added to your house. My home was already littered with Google Home devices, so setup was absolutely drop dead simple. GE has done it right with the C series lights; you need nothing more than the light bulbs to get up and running if you're like me and have Google Home devices. You plug the lights in (to any standard socket), wait a moment, and they show up on your network where you can add them via the Google Home app on your phone. This is great, because I dislike the idea of needing to add a separate bridge or upgrading sockets to get smart lighting in my home. At this point, you can control the lights either via the app, by voice with a Home device, or with a Home Hub device, which gives you the most granular control because of the display. This lets you easily turn them on/off, set the color (when it works... see below), and set the brightness level. These also work with Amazon Alexa devices, but I believe you need a bridge/hub device, so setup isn't as simple. The only issue I've had thus far is that color switching is buggy. Using both voice control and the Home Hub's screen interface, sometimes both bulbs switch colors, sometimes only one does, and other times neither do. I anticipate this being fixed via software update, but at the end of the day, it's a minor annoyance in my situation because I won't need to change colors often. Speaking of colors, this might be a downside for some as well. You can switch colors between the various shades of white and warm amber, but that's it; no festive greens and reds for those looking to take their Christmas celebrations to the next level. I do like what they've done with the C-Sleep bulbs in particular, though. The C-Life bulbs only support the base "Active" lighting profile, while the C-Sleep bulbs go from pure white to soft amber. You can also automate this (bright in the morning through soft at night) which is a nice touch. Overall, these bulbs come highly recommended. If they fix the color issue mentioned above, I can't imagine a more simplistic and effective way to add smart lighting to your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A pain to set them up, but great after setup

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    Jordan
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    I've been wanting to turn my home into a "smart home" for a while, and lighting was one of the most important additions to my connected home. After giving the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs a try, I have to say that I am a bit disappointed at how long it took me to get them to actually work with my Google Home device. To start, the instructions are not very clear as to how to link the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs to your Google or Alexa device (I tried both). I had to go into the manufacturer website to try to figure things out, and it was still all not that clear to me. I love technology, but the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs somewhat annoyed me when trying to set them up. GE should include instructions that are a bit more clear on how to set their bulbs with Google or Alexa devices. Before even downloading the app to your phone and linking the bulbs to C by GE's actual app, you should go directly to your Google Home app and hit the + button, set up device, setup new devices, Home, and it will search for devices (Make sure that the bulbs are in place, and that the electrical switch is "on"). The Google Home device should detect the bulbs, and everything should be straightforward from there. Since I've installed the bulbs, I have had no issues with turning my lights on and off using my Google devices. One thing that I really like about the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs is that they are nice and bright. You can also set them to turn on to a warmer color in the morning and eventually to a brighter color to make the mornings easier. Even though it was somewhat of a pain to set the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs up, they have been working great. I love being able to control my lights with my voice, and from pretty much anywhere. I can say that I would recommend the C by GE - C-Sleep A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Bulbs to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Would be better as WiFi

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    Phjilek36
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    I had these lights up for a few weeks, and now I can say that I have noticed a difference in my kids' energy levels. Well as much as one can, for a 4 and 6 year old. The evening warm light color is nice, as opposed to the bright white LED that we had in their bedrooms before. The Bluetooth connect feature seems like it should be WiFi only. I have had a heck of a time connecting to my other Ilumi LED color lights all the time, so I just live with the fact that they are not gonna work when j want it to. These GE sleep bulbs are working, but I just don't use the app to turn them off/on. I can see if it were to be used for an automatic on/off light, but this is not the one to do that with. I would only get these for the automated color change with time of day, to adjust for energy level and purpose. I had to factory reset the bulbs before they would connect. The Google Home device I have, connected directly, so I didn't need the GE app that they want you to install. It depends on the purpose, but I'd rather use the Google Home app for off/on than the GE one. I wish I could connect remotely and turn them off/on for my dog if we are gone for an extended time. I'd also like to see the ability to customize the times for evening start times. With Kids, your days are different than as adults.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      GE Lighting Expert

      Hello, Phjilek36. Glad you are able to enjoy the bulbs. There are schedules or Routines that can be programmed for the bulbs, even using the the Google Home app. Feel free to check options on www.cbyge.com and also reach out to Google Support for specifics using the Google app.
      Thank you.

      GE Lighting Customer Service

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, but better options out there...

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    jago
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    The GE C-Sleep bulbs provide 800 Lumens of output and use 10 Watts of power. They connect via Bluetooth to my Google home/mini very easily. They do have to be within a certain range, they recommend that the google device be in the same room, but I have mine in the kitchen and it controls it fine in my upstairs master bedroom. There is a C by GE app that you can download and use instead of using a google device, but I did not try that out. The box says that the lights can phase through three different outputs from cool (white) for the morning, to soft white (during the day) to warm (yellowish) for the night. However, that feature is ONLY available if you use the C by GE app and not google home. Maybe that will change in the future. If you want to be able to control the lights from outside your home, you will either have to get the C-Reach bridge device or use a smart plug to do that. Chances are you won’t have a need to control them that way though, since I found that schedules work just fine to simulate someone being home and most of the time that I do use voice control is when I am first coming home and my hands are full of stuff or I am already in bed. These are a pretty inexpensive way to install smart bulbs in your home, but I wouldn’t put them everywhere. I prefer the Philips hue products over these, but they are a lot more expensive. This is a good set for usage in certain areas, say in bedrooms.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GE Lighting Expert

      Hello, jago. We recommend reaching out to our C by GE team (help@cbyge.com) to help clear up some information for you. There are some details that are not accurate and we would be happy to help clarify and provide any information needed to help you use the bulbs, etc..
      Thank you.

      GE Lighting Customer Service

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Features, Needs better/faster connectivity

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    zboot
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    The C-Sleep are bluetooth low energy (BLE) smart LED bulbs. They provide three different color temperatures of light, vibrant for early morning which is a white outdoor light temperature, active which is a neutral indoor like color temperature, and calm which is a deeper orange like color to be used to help get to sleep. The C by GE app calls these moods. Aside from setting the mood you can also control bulb brightness. As usual, the app gives granularity from 0 to 100% in 1% increments though the bulb itself may only actually achieve a smaller percentage of these steps. As usual, you can group multiple bulbs together into a room and create scenes for a room. What;s nice with this is that you can set a scene, combination of mood, brightness per bulb that automatically go active at different times of day without requiring connection to your phone to take effect. This is quite nice because one downside of these bulbs using BLE is that reconnecting to the bulbs once you've been away is slow and even after reconnecting, there's a noticeable delay for something that's being controlled locally. The bulbs can also be setup via a google home device or a GE specific gateway/controller that's installed nearby. These should maintain constant contact with the bulbs and allow for quicker response. Out of the box however, this can be annoying if you're expecting your phone to essentially function with the same lag as a remote control. My only other gripe was that one can't fine tune the color temperature. The vibrant was just a bit too harsh for me so I typically just cycle between active and calm. I'm not sure if it's just implemented via three different sets of LEDs that only produce a specific temperature or if there are more smarts in the light. It obviously has some level of programming so could potentially use a dithering effect to help warm up the color temp. I think these LEDs have good potential but even with just the simple set of current functionality are pretty useful, especially for a baby room or bedroom.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea - But Hampered by Restrictions

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    cjviscito
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    I really wanted to like the new GE bulbs. In the sea of smart lighting products, the C-Sleeps offered a great idea of being able to control the temperature of the light, cool white to warm yellowish-orange as well as brightness. The appeal of working with my Google Home right out of the box without relying on an external hub was a huge draw. Sadly, the disappointment set in pretty quickly - I have several Philips Hue lights throughout our house and I enjoy being able to control from my Google Home and mobile App. The biggest limitation here is that the bulbs cannot be managed by both the Google Home as well as the GE App. That means that I can't control the lamps from my Google Home if I have the bulbs setup in the App - which isn't explained. The App makes you think that you can link them, but linking requires an external GE Hub, that's the same Hub you need if you want to control these lights with an Amazon Alexa. The other odd thing is the range of the brightness - the lowest setting you can push the lights to is 5%, which is also brighter than the 5% of the same wattage Philips bulbs I tried to replace. My daughters actually asked me to take the lights out of their rooms because it was too bright and they couldn't fall asleep. If GE can remove this odd restriction - of limiting the control of the devices to a single touchpoint, then I would change my mind and review.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      GE Lighting Expert

      Hello, cjviscito. Sorry to hear there has been some trouble with the bulbs. One thing to be aware of, is that the bulbs function on either the C by GE app or the Google Home app, not both at the same time. For further assistance/troubleshooting this information, we recommend reaching out to our C by GE team (844-302-2943 or help@cbyge.com).
      Thank you.

      GE Lighting Customer Service

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wireless, Hub-less

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    Trobadour
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    The setup of these lightbulbs couldn’t be any easier. If you already have a Google Home device or a Google Assistant, then all you need to do is open the Google Home app on your phone and install them using bluetooth. You’d be surprised at how effective smart lights can be. I have previously used a different brand but the other brand requires a bridge, which I needed to disconnect to make room for other devices at home. These light bulbs already work with my existing Google devices and it’s such a relieve not needing a hub. The wake-up cycle is very useful, as it gradually turns the light on in a dim fashion, but brightens up to the point where it wakes you up. It feels like a simulated sunrise inside of your bedroom. At first, I didn’t fully trust that I would wake up with just light, so I set up my alarm to ring 2 minutes after the light cycle was complete. However, it does work and I feel like I wake up more alert because it happened naturally, without an alarm suddenly sounding off. Another mode that I enjoyed was the theatre mode (or movie setting). We have a home cinema (projector and white screen) setup. Often, my wife likes to have some light on in case she needs to move around the room or to another room to attend to something. I don’t usually like that, but I concede. With theatre mode, the lighting is just enough that my wife feels comfortable enough to walk but dark enough that it doesn’t bother my viewing experience. I did occasionally experience the lights not responding to my voice commands, though my Google device would recognize my exact command because it would repeat it back to me. Since it wasn’t frequent enough for me to be dissatisfied, I plan to keep using them but hope a software update can fix that. Overall, a good product to have. I recommend this to people who plan to use this in their bedroom as an alternative to an alarm or for a room where you need to access the light but may be difficult to move through.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple, surprising, and pleasant

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    TheTruQ
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    I am a sucker for home control. I have switches, outlets, bulbs… the whole bit. To think that there are bulbs designed specifically for the bedroom seems to be a bit much, but that’s exactly what GE has done with the C-Sleep Smart Bulbs. The first thing I noticed when opening the package was that there was nothing inside but the bulbs. The instructions are so simple that they are written in 4 simple steps on the back of the box. And about that box, the bulbs weren’t packaged quite as well as I would expect. The cardboard mold used to hold the bulbs was not very secure. My bulbs were loose inside the box. The bulbs themselves are well built, fitting the mold of most LED options. Well, I followed the instructions, and voila! The setup is truly that simple. You can connect to these bulbs using your Google Home or directly to your phone via the C by GE app. Following the setup wizard on the app, you can establish connection to the bulbs. This process was simple and fast; I had both bulbs up and running in no time. Everything seems to work extremely well. The 3 light modes operate seamlessly. I was pleasantly surprised by how responsive the bulbs are, and I was impressed with lighting performance. Each mode gives off a vibrant glow with distinct color tones. I was a bit skeptical of the ‘calm’ mode, but I must say, it is very warm and relaxing. The ‘active’ mode is bright but seems to be a bit on the blue side in comparison to other bulbs. The ‘vibrant’ mode gives off one of the best soft white lights I’ve seen. Add to this the ability to setup rooms, scenes, and voice activation – that’s a pretty decent lighting controller. I see the C-Sleep Smart Bulbs as a viable solution for new or veteran smart home users. The easy setup, responsiveness, flexibility, and reasonable price make this one of the best lighting options out there. I highly recommend giving these a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool light bulbs!

    Posted
    CaneDOC
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    So far we really like these light bulbs. We installed them in our master bedroom. It’s funny to us just how effective light is in assisting with our various moods of the day. Installation is a cinch. Just take them out of the box and put them in the fixtures. Setup is a snap with the Google Home app. Make sure the lights are actually on before you try setup! These are our first lights that can be voice activated and it really a cool nuance to ask Google to turn on your lights, lol! These lights have three different tones designed to be used at different times of the day. Any of the tones can be dimmed. It was surprising at how effective the bright white is in the morning at making you more alert and putting a little pep in your step. We use the middle tone in the late afternoon as we begin to wind down from our day and the yellowest tone at night after the sun goes down. It really does help unwind before going to bed. The only thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is the time settings. It would be nice to be able to set the tone to switch automatically at the various times of the day. It does in a sense, which I will try to explain. You can program the lights to come on at a certain time of the day and in a certain tone, but if the lights are on and that time comes it does not make the tone change automatically and you have to change manually. If the lights are off, they will turn on at the time and tone you set them too. It would be nice if in the morning when I turned on the lights myself they would turn on at bright white automatically but they do not. I have to turn on the lights and then change the tone in the app. All in all, these lights are pretty cool and I would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just another bulb to me

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    ZBMILLER
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    C by GE were the first Smart Bulbs I put into my new place, so I didn't have anything else to compare it with. I could see peoples frustrations with implementing them into an existing ecosystem, I do use google home, but for setting this up I simply opted for the G&E app. I placed these bulbs in a place where I would want to utilize the light throughout the day, where I felt lights that Dim will be functional for me. (without changing out my switch with a dimmer) I set one up in the kitchen, which I will typically leave some sort of light on for a bit in case I have to grab some water from the fridge in the evening. Other light I placed in the entry way, if we go out or someone hasn't come home just yet, we can leave a dim light on. My experience with these bulbs hasn't been very negative, but I do understand how bluetooth can be frustrating. If these bulbs get a little bit of an upgrade and can be integrated more into your home system I may look at updating them. For now, since they have been placed, I will simply forget about the app. Going to treat them as a standard bulb, that just happens to dim at convenient times. Most people I know it's more of a light on/off, those that may like a dimly lit room just have the dimmer switch installed and this would be too much for them regardless of how convenient it may be so I wouldn't recommend it. I would look at a more robust smart lighting solution rather than pick up more bulbs in the current stage.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Setup, but Intermittent Problems

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    SamG
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    I like these bulbs. They put out good light and they're relatively inexpensive for what they are. They also don't require an extra hub if you use them with Google Home, but it seems like they have some kind of connection issue that makes them annoying to use at times. Setup is super simple via the Google Home app; nothing extra to download. I installed both bulbs into my bedroom light fixture and the Home app found them right away. They actually offer quite a few temperatures of white that aren't mentioned on the box and aren't even really shown in the Google Home app right now. From orangest to whitest they are Candlelight, Incandescent, Warm White, Cool White, Daylight, and Ivory. The light nice at just about temperature, but changing them via voice has been hit or miss. GE recommends your Google Home be 'in the same room' or less than 50' away and my Google Home is probably 15' from the 2 bulbs. Sometimes they don't change at all and sometimes just one of the bulbs changes (the commands are confirmed by my Google Home, so I know that's not the issue). Brightness and on/off seems to be much more consistent and I'm hoping this is something that can be fixed in a firmware update. I'm going to keep them, but unfortunately I can't recommend them right now.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not good enough for v2

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    ravedave
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    There are so great smart lighting products on the market so expectations are pretty high. I have used bulbs by several different vendors and have learned many things over the past couple of years. One is to avoid a hub if you can, look for varied platform compatibility, and bulb functions. On just reading the description this looked pretty good; google and amazon compatibility, varied colors and no hub. This was mostly the truth. I initially set up thru the suggested GE app and it did find both bulbs and the app suggested I add these to my google home. Great, yes. I get the google home app to come up, no bulbs. I repeat this several times and no bulbs in google home. I did research online and there are 3 10 step reset procedures online. None worked to get google to see the bulbs. If you want Alexa btw, you need a hub. Using the Ge app I can have them turn on for when I get home and off about bed time. No voice control. Pro: They are “smart” bulbs and there are 3 white colors temperatures. Very bright bulbs you can dim Looks just like light bulb Cons Can be a difficult setup May or may not work with your google Need a hub for Alexa Bulbs get very hot on full brightness The reset process is extremely difficult You can use the ge app OR google but not both There are so many great smart bulbs on the market. Much better color range, better smart home compatibility, no hub needed for all smart platforms. I would say wait on this for an updated version

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea but Disappointing Implementation

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    jailoliv
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    First, setup can be tricky. While each light connected easily to Google Home without a hub, it did not allow for the scenes and effects because it required the C by GE app to create them. However, the only way to add the bulb to the app is by resetting it, which is no easy task. To reset a bulb, you need to turn it on for 5 to 10 seconds, turn it off for 2 seconds and then turn it on again and repeat this cycle TEN times. If you miss the timing, bad luck. You have to start it all over again. When you are done then you find out that you cannot control the light with Google Home anymore unless you reset the bulb again following the steps I already described which will disconnect from the Ge app. Alexa? It will not work with it unless you have a hub. This was one of the most frustrating device setup and reset I have experienced in years, if not ever. I have used two other brands for smart lights. One with a hub and another without it and my experience has been a lot better with those than with this C by GE. The different color temperatures are great and can be very bright or dim if you wish. No complaints about that. I wanted to like these smart bulbs but I am disappointed. Maybe with the hub it would work better but in that case, GE should make it clear that it is required. They have potential but I would not recommend them at this point.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GE Lighting Expert

      Hello, jailoliv. Sounds like there is some confusion on set ups while using the apps. You do not need both the C by GE and the Google Home app, just one. For further assistance, we recommend reaching out to our C by GE team (844-302-2943 or help@cbyge.com).
      Thank you.

      GE Lighting Customer Service

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good App controlled lights, but . . .

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    GE C Sleep Smart Lights: Whether you like these lights or not depends on your expectations. I was hoping to have some bedroom lights that I could control with my voice . . . a 21st century clapper, with more features. I do have a JBL-Link 20, with the Google Assistant, but no dice. Won’t link up (at least not yet). Google Home is supposed to work, but perhaps the JBL-Link is missing an ingredient. Still trying. On the other hand, using the C by GE APP, I got remote control and 3 light brightness adjustments and on/off control. Worked perfectly every time. Just not what I was looking for. I will add the version that includes the Google Assistant Module and try again. I’ll comment on this review when I learn more. Overall, instructions online are good, but more explanation of the APP vs. Google control would be immensely helpful. The APP provides a nice suite of control, scene and scheduling features — but no voice control. The Google Home control gets you the voice, but I can’t add much else. Summary: (for my setup) Not successful with Google Assistant (JBL-Link version). Works well with the App. Good instructions. Easy RESET but DO NOT DELETE bulbs unless they are LINKED and ON. Complex if you try to reset any other way.

    I would recommend this to a friend