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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 487 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple Start to smart lighting

    Posted
    Hom3townH3ro
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    If you don't have a Google Home setup yet, and you're interested in the benefits of smart lighting, this is a good kit to get you started and decide if you want to invest more in the platform. The bulb itself is very basic, and can be dimmed on 1% to 100% scale for brightness. Other, more expensive bulbs can change color and are a bit more versatile, but that's part of why this is a starter kit. Both the bulb and Home Mini are easy to set up and use and pair nicely with my Google Pixel 2 smartphone. I imagine any phone that supports the Google Home app would be the same. After experimenting and using this for a few weeks I am going to expand my smart lighting beyond this one bulb for full voice and remote control via my phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive cost of entry to "smart" home tech

    Posted
    Chadwick
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Google Home Mini and GE light bulb kit represent a relatively inexpensive way to test out "smart" home tech to see if you're going to like it. My house is already pretty well integrated (or inundated! @@@@@@@ with smart things but I decided to give this a try to see if it's something my parents and in-laws--who are all technophobes--might be comfortable using. The setup is fairly straight forward and went off without any complications. I stayed away from the GE app setup based on other reviews and the fact I wanted to be able to have control of this bulb when away from home. Unlike all of my other smart stuff, the GE bulb is not WiFi connected, but rather uses Bluetooth so placement is key. It will only connect to Google-branded devices, so keep that in mind. In theory, the bulbs are supposed to be able to create their own mesh-type network to extend placement options, but I only have the one so I can't comment on that functionality. On the plus side, there's no need to have a separate hub so that helps keep your costs (and clutter) down. Anyway, the Home Mini works like any other Google Home speaker, just in a smaller package. The sound quality is acceptable for what it's, just don't expect room-filling sound. The bulb can be controlled by voice to turn on or off or you can dim from 100% to 1%. The color temperature is not adjustable, it just is what it's. The light is pleasant enough but it sometimes leaves me wishing it was a tad brighter. All in all, this is a solid entry-level device kit that works pretty well. For me, it's a little too basic, but it's exactly what my parents and in-laws would be comfortable using.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Smart Home Tech for Less

    Posted
    ACN44313
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this Smart Home Starter Kit on a promotion. The promotion was to purchase this kit (1 google mini & 1 smart bulb) for $35 (regularly $55), and you would receive a 2pk of smart bulbs (value $25) for free. So a savings of $45 - and you ended up with 3 smart bulbs and a google mini. I already had a google mini at home to add this to; and purchased an additional 2 pk of lights to meet my needs to "start" my smart home upgrade. I did extended research on smart lighting options available before selecting this one. I appreciated that it did not require a bridge/hub or extra equipment. You can plug in the GoogleHome and screw in the light bulb - they work over wifi and bluetooth (with the corresponding app). Set-up was a breeze, as the app walks you through all the steps. The only "downside" to the lower cost / no extra equipment needed option is that these lights don't come in any color other than "standard". I will say that initially I felt these lights were much more yellow / less bright than the HE lights I had been using prior. And while, I still think this is true to some degree - it's not dark by any means, and I have become acclimated to the new hue. I also was concerned as I was planning to replace 2 3-way bulbs in 2 separate fixtures; however being able to set the lighting at 5%, 50%, 99%, etc (anywhere in between) actually has given me better control of the lighting at any given time. I.e. I tend to lower my light to 30-40% while doing late night tv watching; or leave a light at 25% for my return if it's late at night. @@@@@@@@ I'm very pleased that I can turn the lighting on from outside my home, in case I forgot to leave a light on / or return later than intended. I don't have to walk in to a dark home - and thats is a wonderful perk). You don't "need" a Google Mini in each room - you can run lighting from different rooms on one mini, but the rooms can't be extraordinarily far from one another. @@@@@@@@ I personally live in an apartment - and was using my living room Mini for my living room, dining area and bedroom until my second mini came in (it was on back order). I personally I like having a Mini in each room , as I have set up a "speaker group". I have it set so that my morning routine will be read throughout the apartment. @@@@@@@@ Have it set to give me temp/weather for the day, my calendar updates, and read through 4 different news options. @@@@@@@ -- This way when I start the routine in bed, I can go about starting the coffee pot, brushing my teeth, etc - basically anything I need to do and hear the news (music, etc) throughout my home. I will say that you can NOT use the CE lighting app for lighting schedules; IF you use the Google app for the Mini's. One or the other. -- I prefer the google app because of how it integrates lighting to the daily routines (Good Morning, turns on all the connected lights in my home ; where as "Bedtime" turns of all the lights except for the one on my nightstand, etc). You can set limitless options for routines; and they are the greatest perk for me of the "smart home system". I would highly recommend this product - especially if you are need of a Google Mini. Even at the retail of $55, it's a good deal for the Mini & one bulb. I would suggest getting additional bulbs, and spending the time to learn how to best use the Mini and it's available routines when purchasing. The more I was aware of the functions/options, the more I use device&lights, and the more value I see in the overall system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Way to Get Started on Your Smart Home

    Posted
    TechnicallyWell
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    [[ Setup ]] The setup process was very easy. Install the smart bulb and plug in the Google Home Mini?in the same room. Since the bulb is Bluetooth-based, it will only work a short distance from the Google Home Mini. 1. Download the?Google Home app to your iPhone, iPad ? or Android device. Upon opening the app, I saw a banner asking me to "Setup 1 Device". 2. The app walked me through setting up the Google Home Mini first. 3. The app then automatically asked me if I wanted to setup the bulb. ? It quickly found the bulb and added it to my Google Home profile. [[ Performance ]] I have a mix of both Amazon's Alexa and Google Home at my house and I find that the Google Home is a little better at understanding my voice commands and a little quicker at responding. I was pleasantly surprised at the sound performance of the Home Mini's speaker. ? It's definitely better than the Amazon Echo (2nd generation) with decent minds and highs and a tiny bit of bass. ? Listening to Pandora was definitely doable and sounded a lot better than my iPhone's built-in speakers. The Google Home Mini also is fast to control the included GE smart bulb, responding almost instantly to commands to turn the bulb on and off and also to adjust the brightness. ? However, the bulb connects via Bluetooth, which limits its range compared to other wireless connections such as WiFi, Zwave and Zigbee. ? Therefore, the Google Home Mini and the GE smart bulb should be located in the same room (or the next room over) to avoid communications issues. [[ Features ]] The GE smart bulb does what most smart bulbs do: turns on and off and dims from 0% to 100%. ? Unfortunately, the bulb only outputs a "daylight" color temperature only and cannot change to a warmer (or colder) white color. ? It's also not a multi-color bulb, so you can't change it to "red," for example. The Google Home Mini can do a lot more than control this one bulb. ? It can give you the weather, check your calendar, control other smart home products (like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings), play Pandora and much more. Unfortunately, the bulb included with this kit will not work with an Amazon Echo and it requires a separate hub to work with Alexa. [[ Value ]] Whether you're just getting started with a smart home or you're converting from Alexa to Google Home (or maybe maintaining both? @@@@@@@ , this starter pack is a quick and easy way to jump into home automation. ? The setup process is very easy thanks to the Google Home app's awareness of the Google Home Mini and smart bulb combo and the app easily walks you through the process of getting both up and running.

    I would recommend this to a friend