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Google - Smart Light Starter Kit with Google Assistant-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 487 reviews

97%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great hub, bulb not so good

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    enrique87
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    google home is great, ge bulbs have low range capabilities and don't warn you about adapter requirements

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smart lightbulb

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    Vicki
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    I like that I can control the level of the light from my google home app but the downside is that there honestly isn't that much range between the 'percentages' of the light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Practical, convenient but sometimes glitchy

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    TDub
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    I got this primarily for an end table lamp next to our living room couch. Instead of uncomfortably stretching to reach the on/off switch, I can now use my voice to control it. And it's a nice bonus to be able to dim it with voice too. The package included two other smart bulbs, one of which I put out on our front porch. That works too - even in the 20+ below 0 weather we've been having frequently - however, probably given the farther distance from the google mini and that there's a wall between the signal, I noticed it sometimes doesn't work. It generally does, though after a couple tries. Now, my wife has had more issues with the setup not responding than I have. My suggestion to her has been to slow down and speak clearly when requesting the google to do something - and of course it helps if the background noise - like a blaring TV - is kept to a minimum.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great google device, decent smart bulb

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    jago
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    The Google Home Mini is great and works perfectly. The speaker is decent for it's size and you won't have any issues hearing it in under most conditions. The mini is responsive to your voice and you can just talk normally to interact with it. The GE C-Life smart bulb that comes packaged with it connects to the google mini via Bluetooth. I was able to connect it to my Google Home (not mini) that I had already and set up was easy and straight forward. It is recommended that the bulb be close to the google mini for the pairing to take hold. I had them about 25 feet apart and I didn't have any issues. The GE bulb is a warm color and that is the only color that it projects. Their other bulbs, the C-Sleep will go from Warm to Cool, but again, this one won't. I find that to be a minor annoyance, but I am sure there is a marketing reason for that. This set up will allow you to dim the light and turn it off and on. I haven't found a way to set up a schedule in the google assistant app, but if you use the C by GE app then you have more control over that, but Google home mini is the recommended way to use this since they are paired together in this package. I haven't had any issues with connectivity at all, and the light has always responded to my commands. This is a good way to get started out if you don't already have a Google device. The distance limitations though of 50 feet, you might want to think about other smart light solutions if you are planning on doing a whole house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Way to Get Started on Your Smart Home

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    TechnicallyWell
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    • 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Love BOTH of These Devices!

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    BBuchanan
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    TECH EXPERIENCE= Advanced Computer Knowledge, Smart Tech Knowledge of connecting 2 Devices prior to this experience = ZERO!! COST = I decided to buy this combination Google Mini and Smartlight Combination, because individually, the Google Mini Cost + a Smart Light Bulb Cost = Was MORE than the combination price cost, and I figured that if I ended up not wanting or not needing the Google Mini, I could just give it away to a family member. Plus, really, you can't be the combo price. It's like buying one or the other of them, and then get the other half free. I mean they are both completely stand alone products, that are worth it on their own. === THE SMART LIGHT === Another Great thing about this Smart light, You can immediately use Your Google Device with it, and You don't have to download any special software App like many of the other Smart Devices. This Smart Light is so easy to install, really, just screw that puppy into your light source and you're pretty much done. It's dimmable (or maybe it's dimmable, because the lamp was dimmable? I don't know, all I know is that it works! & it Thankfully was a Breeze to install and get coordinated and running with my Google Home. === THE GOOGLE MINI === Here's a bit of Honest, I elected to use my Smart Light from my Combo Kit with my Google Home that I had recently finally installed after it sat around my home for a good 6mths, almost a year! So, I had finally installed it and fell completely in Love with it. I'm saving my Google Mini to install it in my bedroom after I've completed some decorating renovations. I'm going to stop here and point out to those that may not be familiar with Google's range of devices that a Google Home, is in essence the Same thing a Google Mini is. . it's a little mind boggling when you eventually figure out that be it a Google Home, Google Mini, Google Home Hub, Google Home Max, the software that runs it! Meaning, that everything EXCEPT the visual "Look" of it, are all the SAME!! Ok, one more caveate the Google Hub, unlike the other devices has a the added bonus of having a tablet like screen so it also has the additional functions One would expect of a tablet. Such as, Playing Videos like YouTube, or Slideshows of Family Photos, Watching your Favorite Streaming Service NetFlix, Hulu, Crackle, Crunchyroll, Tubi.TV whatever! THE BAD NEWS= The one thing the Google Hub can't do (& this makes ZERO Logical sense), is that You can NOT hold video calls! @@@@@@@@ I mean it's basically a big phone that you can't use as a video phone, Seriously?! @@@@@@@ So, Basically, all the Google Devices can do the same thing, and use the same software and Apps, Google Home and Google Assistant. And what CAN Your Google Device "DO?" The number of things is simply Amazing! You can: . Play Trivia Games . Check the Weather outside any where in the World! . Track Your Grocery Shopping list without ever having to write anything down! . Listen to Podcasts . Turn On/Off various Smart Applicances and/or Appliaces thanks to Smart Plugs . Turn Up/Down Your Smart Thermostat . Make Phone Calls without Dialing Your Phone . Listen to Audio Books . Listen to Your Spotify, YouTube Music . Make Reservations without lifting a Finger . Hear the Traffic Report for Your regular route to Work & Alternate routes . Listen to White Noise, Falling Rain, Thunderstorms, sounds of the Forest, or Sounds of the Ocean, Etc., all to help You fall softly asleep. . Talk to Symptomate and try to diagnos whatever may be medically wrong with you . Keep Track of Your recent purchases, and their expected delivery dates . Check Your stocks . Control Your Home Security . and so many other both Useful and Useless other activities and actions! SETUP = Took under no time at all! Something like 5 minutes, and that had more to do with my never having used a smart light or another BLE smart device with my google previously. Having now connected multiple devices to my Google, I could install this light in less time it took me to screw the actual light bulb into the lamp. OVERALL REVIEW= I genuinely Love my Google Mini and Smart Light Combo! First, the lamp in which I placed the bulb, is not very easy to reach on a regular basis, so this is a great convenience item for me. I simply say, "Hey Google..." and Ta-Da! , my light is the perfect brightness or a proper darkness, I wish. Also, I can either come in or out of the house completely buried in groceries, packages, or whatever, and all I need do is call out, "Hey Google. ." and Wha-La, I can see perfectly in this cave we call a home. To tell you just how much I'm Love both my Google and my Smart Light, I now have Google either installed or waiting to be installed in each room, and I'm currently working on switching out every lightbulb in the house with either smart light bulbs, or smart camera enabled light bulbs! So, Yes! I absolutely RECOMMEND this Fabulous Smart Light and Google's Devices to Anyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend