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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 488 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These make awesome gifts!

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    Tommyboy611
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    I have these all over my house, along with a Google Hub in my kitchen. They are all hooked together, so I can enjoy music in every room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does the trick

    Posted
    JorgeST
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have familiarity with this brands main competitor. There are things I like better and things I do not. All in all id say this package is better than its main competitor. One major pro is that the set up is a breeze. I had these bulbs installed and running in about 3 minutes. Secondly, I enjoyed the in app adjustability to the bulbs, some other apps do not offer this, these do. Bulbs are hard to mess up, but these bulbs have been outstanding, and so far (fingers crossed) long lasting. One thing I didn't care about the hub was the speaker, it was a little faint and pushed out too much trebble in my opinion. Only a slight negative. All in all a pretty decent starter package for the novice and above

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great if you are invested in Google Assistant

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    AnotherBestBuyReviewer
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    If you're planning to get these light bulbs to add to your Alexa or Homekit smart homes, these are not for you. If you have invested in Google Assistant, these are pretty good value when they are on sale. They don't require a hub (if you're using Google Home) and they don't use Wi-Fi. Instead, these pair up with your Google Home Minis. I say Minis because it's not just paired with the Google Home Mini that comes in the box, these smart bulbs will operate so long as you have at least one Google Home Mini operating. In a sense the Minis act as a mesh hub. If you're thinking about using the C by GE app for these bulbs, don't. It's terrible and you're much better off just pairing these bulbs through the Google Home app. If you want to schedule these bulbs, you can do so through "routines". Overall, if you can get these on sale, it's a no brainer. They're very easy to set up with Google Home. You could use them with Alexa if you buy the C Hub, but I would advise against this. The hub doesn't maintain connection with the bulbs very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You Light Up My Life

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    LindaCT
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    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    Description Google Mini: The Google Home Mini is a voice-controlled speaker that can be used for controlling smart devices like the enclosed light bulb alone or other brand bulbs with a hub, asking questions of Google, set up an alarm to wake up, ask for the time or weather, listening to music or even listening to the radio, which is definitely cheaper than buying a radio. Set Up for Google Mini and Bulb: Set up is very simple. Download the Google Assist app onto your phone and let it find the Google Mini with Bluetooth on. Once it is found, you can control the bulb through the Google Home Mini with voice or use the Google app on your phone if you are away from home turning it off or on both verbal and via the app. No hub is required like other bulbs. You can also dim the bulb by telling Google Mini to do it by the percentage you would like it at from 1% (use as a nightlight) and up to 100% if you want it back to normal 60W. Light Bulb: The GE C-Life bulb is an inexpensive bulb and with this you can see if you like having smart bulbs in your home. It replaces a standard 60-watt bulb. I am amazed at how much electricity I have saved by having these type bulbs throughout my home and they are VERY long-lasting compared to regular bulbs. The bulb is rated to last up to 20 years, so you don't have to worry about changing the bulbs. C by GE app: If you want to set up the light automatically to turn on/off at a certain time of day or night time this app will let you do it. This way you can have the lights on when you come home from work before you walk in the door or are away on vacation, so it looks like someone is home. Other than that I see no need for downloading this app, but it is a really nice feature. Recommendation: I think this is a great inexpensive way to start a Smart Home. This is the way I started my Smart Home but with a MUCH more expensive starter system that had to include a hub to make it work.

    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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    [[ 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