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  • 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Entry to Smart Home Setup

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    Trobadour
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    ---SETUP--- This device requires two items to set up, the included Google Assistant (a Wifi speaker) and the included WiFi light bulb. The lightbulb is installed like any regular light bulb and works with or without WiFi. The Google Assistant needs to be plugged into the wall with the included adapter and requires the download of the Google Home app to complete set up. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of this starter kit is that it turns individual, compatible WiFi light bulbs into smart lights that can be controlled with your voice. Included are one Google Assistant speaker and a regular sized light bulb. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of both the speaker and the light bulbs were very responsive. After I learned the specific commands that Google recognizes for the lights, I was able to get them to do what I wanted. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations. I was able to dim the lights from 1% to a full bright of 100%. The particular light bulb included (760 lumens) only goes to a very bright yellow. I own two other WiFi light bulbs (800 lumens) that are also a bright yellow but all together installed on the same ceiling fan, they didn’t look any different in terms of brightness. The previously installed light bulbs were all white lights, but since these are going in a theatre room, the yellow with dimmable option works better for me. ---VALUE--- The price for the starter kit in terms of value is very good. Even if you don’t end up liking the way the WiFi lights work, which I didn’t think I would but now I can’t stop dimming them constantly because I can, you still get a Google Assistant speaker, which on its own can tell you the weather, the time, be an alarm clock, and do all sorts of other things you ask it to, like search up definitions of words while you’re reading a book. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who are trying to dip their toes into what a smart home could be for them. It’s an easy and cheap way to see what smart homes are all about and you can start growing your setup over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Smart Home Tech for Less

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    ACN44313
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    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 do not 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 is 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 do not "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 is 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

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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 is 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

    A great starter kit that's easy to implement

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    Zunderwood
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    The Google Smart Light Starter kit consists of a Google Home Mini and a C-Life A19 Smart Bulb. The Google Home Mini is a pancake-shaped speaker that communicates using Google Assistant. Setting the Mini up on our network was incredibly easy largely because we are already set up with other Google Home products. By that I mean that we already have the Google Home App installed on our phones, and already have a Google Home speaker installed elsewhere in our house. Part of the setup process is to choose a room where you will install the Mini. I chose a room down the hall from where we already have a Google Speaker installed. The installation process took about 6-7 minutes to complete because it also downloaded a software update. At the end of the installation process, I was asked to identify the room where the Mini was located so as to easily identify it in the Home App when needed. Once the Mini was installed, I took the C-Life Smart Bulb and screwed it into a light fixture in a room adjacent to where the Mini was sitting. Keep in mind that the installation guide very specifically states to use a light fixture in the ‘same’ room as the Mini. The Google Home App had some difficulty completing the Smart Bulb installation because it wasn’t in the same room, so I moved the bulb back to a light fixture where the Mini was located. In but a few moments, the Google Home App located the bulb. I then named the bulb so the App could distinguish it from other smart bulbs in our house, and the setup process ended. Once everything was communicating properly, I removed the bulb and screwed it back into a light fixture in the next room. And yes, it works perfectly even though the Mini and the bulb are in adjacent rooms. (Keep in mind that the C-Life Smart Bulb uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with the Mini, and Bluetooth has distance limitations). Between the installation of the Mini and setting up the C-Life bulb, I doubt it took longer than 15 minutes to get everything working properly. I can now control the new smart bulb using the Google Home App, or by using the Google Assistant command “Okay Google”. Plus, I can turn this bulb and others on or off, plus dim or brighten them, even if I’m away from the house.

    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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    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 Better Ecosystem than Alexa

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    CMCMom29
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    When the home AI units came out, I had to decide whether to set our home up with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. At the time, Alexa seemed to be the more robust choice. I was already a Prime member, I owned Kindles, so the choice seemed obvious. I set my home up with the Alexa ecosystem. I think I may have made the wrong choice. As you would expect, set up of the Google Home device was easy. The user interface is visually pleasing and fairly intuitive. You can program it for multiple users that have different voices, so that each person can have their own setups individual to them. One of the frustrations I have with Alexa is that if you don’t phrase something EXACTLY, it doesn’t understand. For example, if I said “Alexa, turn off living room lampS,” it wouldn’t understand which light I meant. I set up the item as singular “lamp” so that’s the only way it understands the command. This Google Home unit came with a Smart Light Bulb. When I was testing the Home unit, I asked it to turn on the light as I titled it, just like I would have Alexa. Then I asked it to dim the light, without actually specifying the lamp. With Alexa, I would have had to say the commend in full (“Alexa, dim bedroom lamp.”). With Google, it seemed to understand what I wanted without specifying, AND it understood what I was saying as if I was having a conversation with it. Other than the clunky, “Hey Google,” to get its attention, it seemed to understand me. Alexa is very set in her ways, which can be annoying. Our phones are Androids, and I have an Android-based smart watch, which all have Google Assistant. It may be advantageous for me to switch from Alexa to Home at some point, but for now, it’s a bit cost prohibitive. If you haven’t set your Smart Home up yet, I would advise to really look at Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to test the waters of smart lighting

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    Batlacit
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    Smart lights and smart speakers have been becoming increasingly popular as of late - allowing all of us to live out the fantasy of living on board the starship Enterprise and being able to boss our home around. But, oddly enough, you don't see much by the way of combination packs yet. This kit seeks to change that. There's nothing particularly notable about the contents - the provided bulb is fairly basic and incapable of doing much more than dimming, and the Google Home Mini is the most compact and basic device in the Home lineup. Sufficed to say there's a lot you don't get if you're planning to convert every room to smart lighting. But it's the perfect sampler configuration to let you work out if smart lighting is something that's actually worth investing more money in. Google has gone out of their way to make the process as painless as possible as well. The mini comes out of the box ready to pair with the bulb, and the excellent Home app will guide you through setup without any kind of fuss. It only takes a few minutes to get everything up and running, and from there controlling the light is as easy as telling the Mini what you want. If you do decide to take the plunge afterwards, the bulb they provided is one of the more affordable options for smart lighting and performs very well. There are definitely better systems for those willing to pay an extra premium, but if you're used to standard bulbs I don't think you'll have any complaints about this. Best part is that even if you do decide that smart lighting isn't worth investing in, a Google Home Mini is a pretty awesome device to have. it's a halfway decent speaker, a really good alarm clock, and a white noise machine among other things. As such I have no difficulty recommending it to anyone who's curious about setting up their own smart home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple, convenient gateway to smart home

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    NJRY
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    This Google Smart Light Starter Kit pairs the Google Home Mini with a smart bulb for a convenient way to smarten up any room in your home that has access to WiFi. Packaged in a convenient, simple kit, these two devices give novice users a small taste of the smart device world and experienced users a small, reliable device to expand their smart home. The included bulb is a GE C-Life smart bulb, with quality that is standard for the market - not a lot of frills but useful in its limited functions. Installation is as simple as screwing in a light bulb, literally. After plugging in the Mini and going through a short set of start-up prompts using the free Google Home app, pairing the bulb with the speaker was a quick, painless process. From the app, you can adjust the light, or you can speak aloud for the brightness setting. You can also set a timer or schedule for the light to turn on and off and at your chosen brightness. Simple, useful, smart. The Mini itself is nice and louder than I expected. It catches my voice from the next room over if I speak clearly and without much interference, giving me useful answers to my questions about the day's weather, traffic on my route to work, the last day's news cycle, sports scores, etc. It sets timers and tells jokes on cue - all the useful and useless things you will come to expect from a smart device. Overall, I think this is a nice value for a starter kit. The Mini is responsive, useful, and unobtrusive, while the bulb does the job. Easy to recommend for those looking for an inexpensive way to get their foot in the door of a future smart home. Full disclosure, I received this product for my honest, unbiased review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great starter kit

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    FlyingC
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    If you don't have any experience with the "smart home" stuff that's all the rage and want to give it a try, this is a great starter kit. The bulb included is a GE C-life bulb that connects via bluetooth to your phone (with the GE app) or to the Google Mini. Together, the two devices will get you up and running to voice control a light in your house. The longest part of the process is probably installing the Google Home app and setting up the Google Mini. After that, the setup and connection of the GE bulb to the Mini could not have been easier. I followed the instructions to get the bulb connected, gave it a name I'd remember, and was immediately able to tell Google to turn it on and off. If you want to be able to control the light when you're away from home you'll need a $50 C-Reach device that connects the bulb to your Wifi. If you have that, then you could also use Alexa (with a Skill download) to control the light if you want to see if you like Google or Alexa better. Keep in mind, though, if you decide to get a lot of different devices besides bulbs (smart plugs, switches, sensors, etc.) then you might be better off going with a hub like Wink, SmartThings, Amazon Echo Plus etc. and getting devices that use Wifi, Zwave, or ZigBee rather than the C-life line of products. For the price, though, this is a great way to test the smart home waters. It's extremely simple to set up and see if it's something you think will be useful. I'm pretty sure you'll wonder how you ever lived without it (and Google is probably betting on that happening).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to start your home automation!

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    KCRoanoke
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    This Google starter kit is our first step into centralized home automation (have run several, separate apps for our several connected devices for years). So far, we are liking it quite a bit (the kids seem to be having way too much fun with it). The Google Home Mini has a nice, smooth, low-profile design to it (I'm not the biggest fan of edges). It was easy to set up with Google Assistant already on my phone and works great with voice commands. The speaker itself has a really good sound for the occasional, causal music listening. The only issue we've run into so far is when my wife wanted to set the volume lower, but it changed the temperature setting on our connected Ecobee thermostat. :) The GE C-Life light bulb is a great starter "connected" bulb. On/off control and dimming work great with Google Assistant (either by voice through the Home Mini or from my phone). It connects via bluetooth (not WiFi), so the Google Home Mini must be within 33 feet to control it. You can create routines in Google Assistant to for daily control. You can also download the C by GE app and create automated settings. I wouldn't mind getting more of these, but most of the lights we would want one for in our house are candelabra bases. We are starting to look at other connect items, such as light switches, that could be controlled through the Google Home Mini.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern Tech Luxury

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Google Smart Light Starter Kit with Google Assistant - I can get used to the idea of walking into my house and calling out to turn on my hallway lights. And, of course, showing off my new Google controlled guest bedroom lights is all so futuristic and a special luxury for our visitors. The voice controlled brightness and ON/OFF capability becomes natural and we can make it happen without needing to leave the bed. I’m loving the inexpensive expansion of all those other “Hey Google” features that are now in another room. My guests can play music, get the local weather, or directions without having to learn how to operate any of my gadgets. “Hey Google . . . . “ It was so easy to set up, but some of the simplicity might have to do with having Google Home already in my house. It was quick and reliable. Screw in the bulb, turn the lamp on, plug in the Google Assistant module and download the Google Home App. The App will find the new Google device and you can assign it to a room and give the light a name. Done. I screwed in another bulb in a nearby lamp and the App let me assign that a different name. Either or both can now be controlled. Changing your mind about the NAME or ROOM is easily to implement. The C Smart lights are just OK when used with the GE APP. They are much more useful and easy to love when added to the Google Home system. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Strong Value

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    mikeheel
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    The Smart Light Starter Kit with Google Assistant is a strong value.It includes one Google Home Mini, which retails for $49 and a GE C-Life Smart Bulb that retails for $12.50 (one bulb in this pack, but it's normally sold in a 2-pack for $25). While the included instructions are sparse, setup is actually pretty easy. I really appreciate that the C-Life bulbs don't need a hub. They simply operate on your wi-fi. One thing that may not be obvious is that in order to have better control of the bulbs (scenes and such), you should download the C-Life App on your phone or tablet. Through the Google Home App, you can control basic functions such as on/off and dimming, but you cannot set scenes. If you already have a Google ecosystem, the C-Life bulbs integrate perfectly fine. I added one to a bedroom that had two smart lights from another manufacturer, and all three are easily controlled through the Google Home Mini located in the room. While I have not tested the bulb with Alexa, my understanding is that it also works with Alexa if you have a GE C-Reach Bridge. No bridge or hub is needed with Google. In short, particularly for folks interested in using Google Home or have an existing Google Home network, this GE C-Life Smart Bulb Starter Kit is a good value with solid performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great combo starter

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    HoMi3
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    You get the best of 2 smart home devices in one small bundle. This is the perfect gift for those that want to start getting into a smart home environment. Google home reviews are very positive overall when compared to some of the other competitors. The small speaker really has a good overall sound when playing back music. Being able to sync other Google Home devices to play music in unison is also a big plus for me when I am hosting parties. The Google Home app on android is very user friendly. The light bulb itself is very easy to install with Google Home. Being able to dim the light is a benefit that some other smart bulbs lack. Since I have such a large living room space, this one bulb does not get bright enough and thus I may need to pickup one or even 2 more bulbs in order to have enough lighting for my convenience. You can't go wrong with this starter kit.

    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 are 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 are 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

    Love this kit

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    cad8099
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    Got this and love it. It allows my smart lights to connect via internet. So I can turn on and off lights when I am gone. You can also set the brightness. The google home app also lets me do a broadcast (iPhone) which I can select, say a message and it broadcasts it over the speaker. I believe this is not on Samsung but it is with my iPhone app. Overall, fun to use. Just have to remember to leave light switch on. Another nice future. If have guest and they don’t have the app to control lights. Don’t worry. They just have to flip switch off and on and it will turn lights on. At least to there last brightness setting. Really handy for those who hop in bed with lights on and decide you want a nap or sleep for the night and would have to get out of bed to turn lights off. With this you can either use app on phone or just say ok google, turn off all lights or bedroom light etc. or in our case, wife likes to first dim our bedroom light to 5 or so percent. Then turn off all lights. That way when she turns our light on it’s not full brightness. Definitely makes things easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must HaveTech Gadget!!

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    ExcellentEducator
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    “Hey Google, turn off my lights!” “Ok, turning off 3 lights!” This is a must have gadget for every home. The set-up process is user-friendly as it only requires inserting the bulbs and then using or adding the app, Google Home and from there you are truly good to go! I already have the Google Home and Alexa within my home and man, the ease of usage and the usefulness of this smart light is incredible. Additionally, the GE app can be added if you desire more functionality from the bulbs. As for me, I am over the moon with this smart light kit due to the fact, my room has 2 light switches, which can be annoying if for example, I am in bed and I’ve turned the wall switch off, suffice to say, those days are long gone as Google is my new assistant, who wonderfully controls my lighting. And the true win is, her services are FREE! With Christmas around the corner, this would be a great gift for that gadget loving geek on your list, who thrives on technology!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best smart speaker at this price.

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    BluD
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    So originally I bought a amazon echo dot 3rd gen. And was almost immediately disappointed with it. It told me I needed a membership to listen to music, which also sounded horrible on the echo. It couldn't respond to 90% of things I asked if. So I decided to try out google mini and wow am I impressed, the sound quality alone is 10 times better on this than the echo dot. Google can actually search the web for answers they don't know. And music seems to be free but I'm not sure since I have a premium membership through YouTube already. If youre in between which to get get googles. The smart light was alright but I only used it for a few days before I switched to lifx bulbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does the trick

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    JorgeST
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    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

    Easily the Best Gift

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    Txstatesal
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    I got this to pair with my Google Home and then I thought this is easily the best “fill in the blank” gift ever. Whether it is a college grad or my next big holiday. The set up was crazy easy and it integrates easily with other Google products. The GE lights don’t have color variation but they do dim quite beautifully and accent my gray walls. I love that I can just ask Google to dim the lights or turn them so that I can read. It brings a warm and inviting feeling to my family just knowing we can ask Google to help with lights when we are too cold to leave our beds. I’ve already added two other lights to the home and plan on adding more!

    I would recommend this to a friend