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Sengled - Smart LED A19 Starter Kit - Multicolor

Model: E29-NA04BW_3KSKU: 6238507

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 111 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptionally versatile color & white temp control

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    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - Combines the best of both types of Smart-bulb lighting capabilities - virtually infinite color adjustment as well as five common presets for white color temperature and manual sliders for fully adjustable color temperature & brightness - Seamlessly integrated with both Alexa and Google Home in addition to more direct/precise control in the companion 'Element Home' app...voice commands easily adjusted color, brightness, and white temperature - The included Element control hub (which can handle up to 64 devices at a time, and not just light bulbs!) isn't much larger than a hockey puck...operates off of your own router via included Ethernet cable (nice!) or wireless via 2.4Ghz wireless - Although virtually nothing comes with a full instruction manual any more, the included mini quick start-up card had enough information to get the entire setup online inside of about 10 minutes - The companion Element Home app included an easy-to-find FAQ covering installation basics, configuration, and troubleshooting questions--it was nice not to have to go to the website to locate additional information right off the bat (the app even indicated and installed a firmware update during initial setup!) - Rudimentary scheduling allows for a wake-up (turn-on) schedule as well as two other preset on/off, brightness and color temp combinations over a period of time to include a one-time event or varying schedule across different hours of the day and days of the week - Easy grouping of lights within the app (for example, all 3 in a ceiling fan) ensures precise color/brightness matching between bulbs CONs: - As is, these bulbs provide a bit more functionality than others I've sampled which will adjust either color temperature for whites, or colors per se (which means "white" is usually more of an incandescent yellow), but not both; that said, they are a bit more expensive than other adjustable color smart bulbs so outfitting an entire house or large floor-plan could start getting pricey - The included power connector for the Element Hub has a USB A connector at one end (for powering via included USB-to-AC plug-in, a spare cell phone charger, open port on a USB hub or PC, a USB port on a router, etc.) but a smaller round power adapter at the hub end...this means if you lose the power cord, you can't just grab a spare USB mini, micro, or USB-C cable - The bulbs remember their last color and brightness settings after they're turned back on, but it would be nice to save color presets for 1-touch access to multiple custom settings depending on the situation (i.e. a color/brightness combo for movies, parties, dinner, morning wake-up, etc.) - It feels like there is a lot more bulbs as capable as these could do if only the app supported the functionality--what about unattended color changing for a rainbow effect or breathing/pulsing for parties or even just a "save current" under the color settings Summary review: With only a fledgling smart home network at this time (an Alexa-enabled TV, a Google Home Mini, a water/leak monitor, and a Google Home-enabled speaker), these were my first real exposure to smart-bulb technology. Installation was painless though it was odd to have to connect something (the Element Hub) to a router via Ethernet for initial setup of the bulbs themselves...other bulbs I've used since trying these have connected directly to the WiFi router or wireless to a Google Home Mini. It's not a big deal to be sure, but just something to keep in mind in case your router isn't necessarily easy-access. Like the other smart-home devices I've used to date, these bulbs and the Element hub do NOT operate on the faster 5Ghz network channels...because you have to use the Element Home app to configure and control these units (at least initially), I had to re-connect my phone to my router's slower 2.4Ghz wireless network before proceeding. The entire family ooh'd and ah'd when we first fired up the colored bulbs in a ceiling fan to see what they'd look like next to a typical bright-white bulb (one of the photos down there in the corner). From there, the possibilities quickly became evident--mood lighting for a family dinner, wake-up lights to get our daughter out of bed and get ready for school, turn lights red when a smart sensor detects trouble, remote/vacation controls to adjust the lights throughout the house, quickly ensuring all lights are turned off before stepping out for the afternoon, etc. etc. etc.! We definitely appreciated the variable schedules available and with Alexa or Google Home integration, I easily adjusted lighting from outside the house with simple voice commands--very nice for turning on lighting in the hallways or bedrooms when we came home later than we figured to an otherwise dark house. Soon we realized services like Alexa could get fancy, too, recognizing voice commands for shades of white (warm, incandescent, white, daylight, cool, relaxed) as well as dozens and dozens of colors (imagine our surprise when Alexa said "OK" to color choices like "chocolate" or "mint cream" as well as magenta, blue, green, etc.). Again, if you're just starting out with some smart-home devices, this really is a great starter pack (and having 3 bulbs as opposed to a typical starter bundle's 2 was actually kind of nice) to give you a sense of everything smart-lighting is capable of providing. For example, the dashboard on the Element Home app tells you which lights are currently on and where. From there, you can turn them all on or off remotely, and you can start drilling down to controlling all lights in a group or each light individually (for instance, we played around with a Christmas theme in our kitchen's main fixture alternating between green and red lights) including how much power they're drawing at the time, how many times they've power cycled, total energy used, total hours in operation, etc.. The funny thing is, you don't really know how much you COULD use something like this kit for until you have the bulbs in your home and start seeing what all they can/could do. After a while, we grew to appreciate the flexibility of this Sengled starter bundle, but we also quickly realized the one area where the included app falls just a bit short in our opinion...there's no way to save a "theme" or custom set of color settings and easily call them back up at a later date. While I LOVE the ability to adjust the white color temperature to support keyboarding or office work, I'd really like a set of custom themes that I can easily call up (maybe even via an Alexa or Google voice command) without having to futz with individual color picker and brightness controls every time. Hopefully such capability will be available in a future app or firmware update. Their absence doesn't GREATLY detract from an otherwise stellar offering and the flexibility of being able to adjust both white color temperature and crazy-cool color settings in the same bulb increases the flexibility of these units throughout the house, but there's definitely more than could be included here that would push this set even further over the edge. Still, these bulbs are definitely a great way to get into the smart-home arena without needing a background in computer programming or home automation installation to do it--definitely recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value in color light bulbs

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    CraigB
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    Pros Competitively priced No flicker even at lowest setting Ramps gradually between settings Includes bridge if you don’t have a smart hub Compatible with Zigbee HA smart hubs like SmartThings Quick response time Tracks energy usage when using Sengled Hub Has an option to be wireless or hardwired Cons Using with third party hub limits some features Sengled app is confusing Sengled hub only allows 3 schedules Included instructions are vague Includes ethernet jack but setup defaults to Wi-Fi Ranges is very short when using Sengled hub With smart bulbs becoming more commonplace, more manufacturers are adding color smart bulbs to their product line. The Sengled Element Color Plus 3-pack with hub is one of the latest offerings from Sengled. Although it includes Sengled’s own wireless bridge, the bulbs are compatible with several smart home hubs that support the Zigbee HA protocol. The design of the bulbs looks just like a standard soft white bulb when off. They come already paired with the included hub although the instructions are very vague on this. It tells you to search for Sengled Element Home app and not much else. Sengled does have a YouTube channel with some very helpful videos. Options vary based on the smart home hub you use but, in the end, you sacrifice some features when adding them to your hub instead of the included one. If you decide to use the included hub you will find you gain the ability to group the bulbs and control them as if they were one. You also gain the ability to monitor power usage and hours on for each bulb while restricting yourself to only 3 schedules a day. The included app feels a bit confusing and unrefined as well. Another downside is you lose integration with other smart hubs and only have integration with Google Assistant and Alexa. It isn’t hard to reconfigure the bulbs for either option so it might be best to first test using with the hub as they are set up from the factory and then try connecting them with your smart hub to see which has the features you value most. For anyone with an existing compatible smart hub you will most likely be better served skipping the Sengled hub. To pair with a new setup, a quick factory reset can be issued by turning your light switch off and on 10 times. The instructions don’t say this, but their YouTube channel does. Hopefully in the future Sengled will add more features to their apps for other smart platforms which would add further value to the product. Regardless of how you choose to control them the overall behavior is the same. On and off controls are instant with no ramp or down in brightness. Once the command is issued the bulbs respond quickly. When changing brightness or color for bulbs that are already on the bulbs instead ramp to the different brightness or color. The different between methods feels less refined but still does the job just fine. Ideally a configurable ramp rate would be better as gradual ramp of brightness can give users the ability to create a more sophisticated lighting setup. Overall color reproduction is good but, just as any other colored bulb, darker colors are hard to produce with most color shades being from medium to bright. Some colors, such as turquoise, are harder to create and can sometimes appear white. Others, such as orange appear slightly off but still acceptable. More basic colors such as white, blue, red, and yellow come out looking very nice and distinct. The bulbs can be adjusted down to 1% brightness without any sense of flicker or buzz. Without measuring equipment, it is hard to verify but the 1% brightness seems a lot more like 10 or even 20% brightness which is still good. Overall dispersion of light is very even with no detectable hot spots and the feeling is very similar to the even glow of an incandescent bulb. Sengled seems to have done a nice job with this kit. Long term reliability and support are hard to determine but if first impressions mean anything they have a bright future if they continue to improve. Although the hub and app are a little rough around the edges, the same could be said with even more mature smart products. Even with some interface oddities the overall product works reliably and there is something to be said about offering a kit that has more color bulbs and a hub for less than competitors without feeling distinctly cheap.. Combine that with compatibility with several other smart hub platforms and it becomes much easier to see the value in these bulbs. If you are in the market for some color changing light bulbs and are willing to give a lessor known company a chance to save some money the Sengled Element Color Plus bulbs can be a good fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Intuitive Smart Lighting

    Posted
    DaveW
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    The Sengled Element Color Plus kit comes with 3 color tuneable bulbs and the Sengled Element Hub. The Element hub is a Zigbee based hub used to connect and control the bulbs, as well as allow Google Home or Amazon Alexa control. The hub also allows you to control the bulbs while you are away from home via the app. The bulbs are full RGB controllable (16 million colors) A19 (standard bulb shape and base), and are equivalent in brightness to 60W incandescent bulbs. The bulb life is rated to 25,000 hours (8.5 years of 8 hours a day, every day). Setting up the kit is a straightforward process. I connected the Element Hub via ethernet (cable provided) to my router. I downloaded the Sengled Element Home App for Android, and followed along to connect to my hub. After that adding a bulb was pretty easy. I selected the room it went into, gave it a name, and moved onto the next bulb to repeat the process. I ordered 2 more bulbs (Element Classics 2700K) on Black Friday to put in my bedroom, so I will have to repeat this process once they arrive. The Element Hub can configure and control 64 individual bulbs from across Sengled’s lineup, so 2 more should be no problem. Within the app I could group 2 bulbs I put in the same fixture and give it a name. Individually those bulbs are bulb 2 and 3, but to the app they are grouped under one name. Grouping them together allows me to set the color and brightness of each bulb to the same setting. Or if I want to, I can drill down into the app menu and change each bulb individually. I have these 2 bulbs in my kids’ room, and they like the lights set to different colors each night. Last night I set them to be pink for my daughter, and blue for my son. Other nights they have wanted green or orange, and I (and the bulbs) have been happy to oblige. I can push their brightness way down, and set a timer in the app and these bulbs become the perfect nightlight that will auto shutoff. I used the other bulb (bulb 1) in my living room. I like to watch TV and movies late at night, and the options I had were: 1 – watch in the dark and get a headache from eye strain, or 2 – leave my end table light on and wash out my TV in deep black scenes. I already have red biased lighting beneath my TV which helps a bit when watching without the lights on, but still not enough. With the Color Plus bulb I turn the brightness down below 20% and set the color to red, and with that my eye strain is diminished greatly. For Google Home integration I added the Sengled skill to my profile, and added the bulbs in the same grouping as I did in my element app. Now I just tell my speaker to turn the living room light on, and it does. The same goes for the lights in my kids’ room. However, I do have to explicitly add the ‘s’ to the end of light when I ask Google to do something to my kids’ lights (e.g. Hey Google, turn off the kids’ lights). Otherwise it gets confused, and doesn’t know which bulbs I’m talking about. Also, I like my bulb color to be in the soft/warm white range (2700K), so the name for that color (when talking to my Google Home) is either soft white or warm white. I only have a couple of issues with the Sengled, and that comes down mostly to the app. I have used the app to set a schedule for my living room light to come on right around when I get home. I would rather tie that timing to the sunset. For instance, set it to turn on 2 hours before sunset or something to that effect. That would be better for energy efficiency, as well as just make more sense. Right now, it’s pitch black at 5 PM, but in 6 months it won’t get dark until 8. I have the light coming on at 4 (right before I get home), and this time of year it’s needed. In June I wouldn’t need the light to come on for another 2 hours, so I will have to manually adjust the schedule over the year. The other thing the app should have, at least in my opinion, is a ‘Party Mode’ for the color plus bulbs. Let’s not kid ourselves if you think you wouldn’t use it. I wish I could set it to pulse the colors, and then let my kids have a dance party. They would love it. Overall the Sengled bulbs are great. The color tuning is easy and intuitive, and the full RGB range is awesome. I love the hub’s offsite control of the bulbs. The app could use a little bit of sorting out, and better organization - the schedules should have its own tab to be honest. This is a good starter kit, and it saves a couple of bucks over piecing it together individually.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wide range of color selection and dimmable options

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    TechGeek
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    Haven't used any of Sengled products before, so was curious to see how this compares to the ones in the market. Installed one in the bedroom primarily to use it as night/TV lamp and one in the living room to use it as a daytime lamp. Installed one in the office room as well. Pros (out of 5 stars) Seamless integration with Samsung Smart things and Google home (should work with amazon echo as well).Works well for the Zigbee range. Was able to control the lights using google assistant voice commands. Working on setting up routines (like red when CO alarm triggers and white when motion sensor triggers, etc) for lights to automatically turn on and turn off with other sensors - 5/5 Definitely impressed by the selection of colors (good, bright and vivid) and dimmable range (using Scenes option on hub app). Matches with the competitor product (that has similar selection) that I have been using for the last 3 years. I especially like the sunrise color option that gets triggered with my wake up alarm at mornings. I liked (for reading) the white light that has a little blue cast on it (60W with 6500k) for my office room - 5/5 Price is relatively cheaper (~25% cheaper) to the well-known branded ones in the market and offers similar options and selection on color and dimness. The bulbs itself are cheaper (could go cheaper to light up a big house with 12 rooms ;-) ) if you want to add more to the hub. Can't comment on reliability yet for the price offered, so will have to test it for couple months to rate it higher than 4 - 4/5 Doesn't get hot! This was a big concern on a cheaper one that I bought and had to discard as it posed a fire hazard. Cons (room for improvement) Price can go cheaper, still in the lower price range compared to branded ones Don't believe it can be used outdoor/patio. Wanted one that can withstand outdoor temperatures and moisture - None in the market so far Wish they had the strip light that can go with the hub, don't have to buy a different brand to complete the home kit Wish it came with a remote for non-app users (for kids) Definitely worth the money if you are looking to light up a big house (64 units max) for lower cost. Will update this review after couple months of use and test it out on other 3rd party hubs

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    App Not Developed Enough

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    sgriesch
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    The Sengled Element Color Plus Light kit comes with 3 color A19 bulbs and a hub. It has the ability to connect to Google Home or Amazon Alexa controls. They are controlled by an app on your iOS or Android device(s). Installation – The Element Color Plus installation was fairly easy. Download the app, plug in ethernet cord to hub, plug in power to hub, and install the light bulbs. It’s important to note that your router must have a 2.4 Ghz band to operate the device. Also, I recommend plugging directly into the router during installation. I tried to plug into my switch that connects to the router, and the installation failed every time. Once I plugged directly into the router it was fine. After the hub and lightbulbs were installed I changed the cord back to the network switch. During the installation I noticed that the power cord and the ethernet cord were oddly short (both less than 3 feet). This was a little bit of an issue for me because I have a lot of other stuff installed in my IT closet. Product Appearance – The hub is a pretty small device, about the size of a hockey puck. The bulbs are a normal shaped A19 bulb. They produce a very nice quality of light, and the 16 million available colors are bright and vivid. The color and light quality is what impressed me the most about this product. Product Use – The control speed from the app is very fast. There’s not much of a lag while controlling the light bulbs. All of the settings are controlled through the app. The App – First, the app that I downloaded doesn’t look anything like the product pictures shown on the Best Buy website. I don’t know if they have changed the app/GUI since the product first came out, but you can see from the pictures that I am posting that it’s different. The features in the app work well. There are separate controls if you want to use it as a white light bulb vs a color bulb. The white bulb controls have factory saved colors of white light such as Edison, Warm, Neutral, Cool, and Daylight. This changes the color temperature from an orange/yellow up to a bright white. There are also separate brightness controls. The color controls use a color selection panel that allows you to pin point the color that you would like to use. There are some factory preset scenes, but they are pretty limited. One of the biggest issues that I had with this product is that it says that you can save your own scenes, but I (and others) could not find this option. This is one of the main reasons that I wanted this set, and I can’t use it for what I want. Light bulbs can be grouped together as rooms or fixtures. You can name the groups and the individual light bulbs which will help if you want to be more specific with voice commands through Google or Alexa. You can set schedules through a built-in app feature. Also, there’s a lot of information in the app about the energy usage, power cycles, and time that the bulb is connected. As a whole, the features in the app work, but the general app layout is clunky. Overall, the bulbs seem to be very good and produce bright, high quality light. The app is underdeveloped and is clearly the weak link in this product. If the app could be brought up to speed, then this could easily be a 5 star product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice lights. Inconsistent app.

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    StephenS
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    Just in time for the Holiday season, I got these with the goal of adding some complementary lighting to our home over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Setup was as simple as could be: I installed the Sengled Home app on my (Android) phone, connected the hub to my network with the included patch cable and powered it up. The app saw everything right away and I was able to configure the hub, associate the 3 bulbs, create rooms, and assign the bulbs to rooms/groups quite easily. Although you can configure the hub to function off the network wirelessly I chose to leave it wired. The Sengled Home hub is powered by a standard USB-A adapter and port on one end, but unfortunately the hub-end of the cable is not standard which makes the cable unnecessarily restrictive. I’d much rather the hub side of the cable be USB-C, or even the older Micro-USB. I’d also like to have seen PoE as an option to give a little more freedom from needing to be tied to a nearby power outlet at all. Grouping the bulbs together is easy and is helpful for setting groups of bulbs to the exact same color shade. The preset options are Edison (very orange), Warm, Neutral, Cool, and Daylight, increasing in pure-whiteness color temperature progressively. If you want to set a color though then there is a color selection panel below the presets. While this works for picking colors, there is no way I saw to save the color you pick as a new preset or to set the RGB values yourself directly. So long as the bulbs are grouped this probably isn’t a problem because they will all change to the matching color at the same time. But, if you have bulbs that are not grouped and want them to be the exact same color you may find it difficult to achieve since, other than the presets mentioned before, there is no way to repeatedly set the exact same color. You can get pretty close manually, but it would be great if the app gave you the ability to save custom color choices so that you can specifically retrieve and use them later, even across different rooms or individual bulbs. You can also schedule the lights and the app gives three “slots”. The first two slots are functionally the same -- allowing you to set on time, off time, and to select a lighting preset. If you don’t pick a preset here the lights will instead power up at the last color and brightness used. What’s missing is that the scheduler does not let you pick any colors here, only the presets are listed with no color picker chart shown where you’d expect it to be based on the normal lighting options. The 3rd schedule slot is special wherein the lights will turn on and gradually get brighter at the designated time to facilitate a progressive wake-up lighting experience. Other than a few inconsistencies and limits in the app I found this kit to provide what I think is otherwise a solid platform for smart, custom, colored lighting. The only other issue that stood out to me is that the bulbs would often show as dimmed all the way down in the app even though the bulbs were actually turned all the way up. So long as I kept the lights grouped I had no problem setting a consistent custom color to complement family activities in a particular room or area. And, even though these aren’t specifically designed for outdoors, I’ve got a weather protected 2-bulb fixture above our front porch that I think will serve well to spread some color to our homefront. I’ve had standard LED bulbs there for years without issue so I’m willing to risk the investment of a couple of these and hope they last there as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great feature packed bulbs

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    91preludesi
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    First, I had the Sengled Element Classic bulbs (white only). They were great, but didn't have any colors and the ones that I had were too far to the warm or "Edison" spectrum for my taste. I decided to get these bulbs to add some color to the house for different occasions. For example, when watching movies I set the bulbs to a soft blue and when gaming or watching a football game I set the bulbs to red. Installation - Installation was a breeze. Download the Sengled Home app, then you connect the hub to your router with the included cable. The bulbs have QR codes on them and you just scan them with the app. You can then rename them and place them in a room in the app. I have "couch", "fireplace" and "bedroom". The app allows you to take pictures of your own rooms for easy identification instead of just having a generic bedroom or living room picture. Everyday usage - Connecting and controlling the bulbs using Alexa is simple. Using Alexa I can have complete control of the bulbs. You can tell Alexa to turn on the "couch" light to 50% and the bulb will come on at half brightness. You can also control the colors using Alexa. I have grouped bulbs for easier control. I made the "living room" control both the "couch" and "fireplace" bulbs at once. I have also set up Alexa to respond to the "goodnight" command to turn off all bulbs. Customization - There are virtually infinite colors that you can set the bulbs to. The Sengled Home app has presets for different white levels. Edison, Warm, Neutral, Cool and Daylight, as well as a slider to control the color temperature. Below the white presets in the app is the color selector. You simply press where on the scale you want the color to be. The app allows you to set schedules, however, it only allows three schedules per bulb. Another thing that I have done with the bulbs is download the IFTTT (If This Then That) app. This allows you to have more customization options. I first set an applet command to turn on the lights when I arrived home, which is nice when you get home after dark. I have also set up an applet command for when my Alexa timer goes off to turn the "fireplace" bulb red. That way, if I am in the kitchen and don't hear the timer, I can still see the light turn red. There are some improvements needed. First, it would be nice for the lights to come on as what they were set as last (red at 50% brightness for example), or to have more options for custom presets. Have something like "movie night" and it turns the bulbs blue, or "game day" and the lights turn red. This seems like it would be an easy addition to the app, and perhaps one day they will update the app to include this feature. I have also found that the light that I have labelled "couch" flickers slightly when around 50% brightness in the "cool" color range. It seems to only happen at these parameters. However, it is not noticeable in the room. You can only pick up on it if you are looking directly at the bottom of the lampshade, so it's not a huge issue. It only seems to be this one bulb, and I have not seen anyone else mention an issue like this. It seems that I just have one bulb that isn't quite perfect. I have had a couple instances of the bulbs losing connection. When this has happened, I just went to the light fixture and manually turned the bulbs off and back on and they have reconnected immediately. Everything seems to have stabilized now and it hasn't happened since about a week after installing them. Overall, these are great bulbs and offer savings over the big name brands. You can have up to 64 bulbs on one hub, so you could easily cover an entire house worth of bulbs on one hub. I would recommend these bulbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great bulbs, less than great app

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    BenisJ
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    If I were reviewing just the bulb, I'd give 5 stars. However, the app interface could be improved and include additional troubleshooting tips (beyond call the support line). Additionally, the initial cost feels high compared to non-smart bulbs. ***Bulbs*** Pros - Any color of the rainbow and all the colors in-between; presets for various whites [Edison, warm, neutral, cool, daylight]; dimmable from 0%-100% of 60W (800 lumens); 22-yr lifetime (debatable) with 2-yr warranty; bright and vibrant. Cons - Cost--unless they really do last 22 yrs then I suppose they are a bargain; not rated as waterproof (however, I have used them in enclosed, outdoor fixtures safely). ***Hub*** Pros - Compact; comes with instructions; works with all Sengled lights; can control up to 64 bulbs on a single hub. Cons - Power supply is USB on one end, proprietary on the other end; requires wired network connectivity for initial setup (can be wireless following initial setup). ***App*** Pros - Works with Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT; has built-in scanner to scan QR codes of each individual bulb; simple on/off controls for a single bulb or a group of bulbs; options to rename bulbs and place them in rooms or "locations"; ability to select any color on the color wheel as well as any amount of brightness; ability to control settings of individual bulbs or bulbs as a group; ability to program on/off timers as a group or individually. Cons - The app can be confusing unless you really name and group "devices" (bulbs) well; app can control multiple hubs but doesn't show which hub a bulb is aligned to (if using more than one hub); a bit limited in help options; it just is not inherently simple but you will eventually get used to navigating it. ***OVERALL*** I have a set of white Sengled bulbs and now a set of color. I have carefully named all my bulbs and assigned them locations (e.g. Living Room, Outdoors, Family Room, etc.). I have color bulbs outside the house (for seasonal effects) as well as white bulbs on our front light pole, back deck light, and a living room lamp. I have timers set to activate the living room lamp weekdays at 6a at 25% warm brightness so that I don't trip coming downstairs. The living room lamp turns off automatically at 7a. The front pole and back deck lights come on around 5:30p and stay on until 7a at 50% daylight for security reasons. The outdoor porch/garage lights not on a schedule but are programmed 100% cool for now...soon to be green/red for the holidays. I envision setting them orange/purple around Halloween, green around St. Patrick's day, etc. The color settings are remember when we turn the lights on/off from the switch. Setup wasn't "hard" but at the same time it seemed to take more effort than it should to get things and running. Scanning the barcode of each bulb to initiate pairing is nice, but when pairing fails there isn't much "help" offered by the app. I have paired Sengled with my Google Home Hub so that I can say "Hey Google turn on the Front Pole light" if I want. That feature works great! I can also annoy my wife by turning lights on/off at home while I am at the office. It is nice to be able to turn on lights in a dark house before you come in or if you are going to be away for a while. Cost and the "un-intuitiveness" of the app are my main reasons for dropping a star. Overall, however, I do like these lights and the opportunities the Sengled app provides. If you don't mind the cost I think you will be very happy with the Sengled smart bulb system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to Smart technology

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    MacUser
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    Lately, we have been getting our hands into smart home technology and these bulbs have been the latest addition. I was really excited to use them. I've seen smart bulbs at my cousin's house but never really thought about getting them until recently. I must say these Sengled smart LED bulbs have been a great addition. Not to forget, they are compatible with Google assistant and Alexa, not with Apple's HomeKit as of now. We have Google home hub at home and I paired these smart bulbs with it. It has 16 Million color output, tunable warm white to daylight (2000K - 6500K) The box came with the following: -3 smart LED bulbs -A hub -Ethernet cable -Charging cable -An adapter What surprised me was that the charging cable has a USB at one end that goes into the adapter but the other end is a round pin that goes into the hub. So that means if you lose or damage the cable, you will have to buy it. You just can't use a universal mini USB cable lying around at home. That's so strange of a company not to design the product to market standard. They are little pricey. If you need only couple of these in the house, then it won't matter much but if you are planning to install them in a large quantity in your house, then the price will make a huge difference. A maximum of 64 bulbs will work with each hub. Set-up was breeze. It literally took me less than 10 minutes to set them up completely. I connected the hub with my router through the ethernet cable and powered it up. Downloaded the Element Home app and let it do the rest. The hub only supports the 2.4 GHz WiFi band by the way. To set up wireless hub, unplug the ethernet cable and wait for 60 seconds to power off the hub. Relocate the hub to desired location, plug in the power cable and there you go. Please note that the initial set up with the ethernet cable has to be done before doing the wireless set up. The app itself is a bit confusing and is unresponsive at times. But when you get a hang of it, it's easy to use. It lets you schedule the time to turn individual bulbs ON or OFF automatically, lets you change the colors of each bulb separately. You can even adjust the brightness and color temperature. My 3 YO son jumps in joy when he sees different colors on the bulbs. That is something new for him too. I can now control the lighting in my house from wherever I am through my phone. The bulbs remember the last settings as well. For example, if you set up red color on one of the bulbs and turned it off from the actual physical switch (not from the app) and then if you turn the switch on, the bulb will turn on as red and won't default back to white. Overall, I am pleased with how these Sengled smart bulbs work. Yes, they have some limitations but nothing in this world is perfect. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for smart bulbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to a smart home

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    CoppinFam
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    As smart homes go, one of the easiest and essential upgrades should be your lighting system. Whether it is your switches, or bulbs. Having control over the cost, timing, and mood of any room in your home is the gold standard in our tech driven word. Here is where the Sengled element smart bulb system give you the best of both worlds; from easy setup and configuration to total control it has it all. I plugged the Sengled hub into my router and then connected to the hub through the Sengled Element Home app on my Android phone (an iPhone version is also available). When you set up the hub and the bulbs for the first time, Sengled says it will plant a tree for each of its light you install, with the goal of reaching 1 million trees. You can select the continent on which the trees will be planted. I thought this was pretty cool. The setup process is very straightforward.You plug the hub directly into your router with the Ethernet cable provided in the kit. Power it up, follow the instructions on the app to pair the hub to your network (you’ll need your network password), and the app will let you know when you’re all connected. You then go to the app to identify the locations of your bulbs in the house. As you set up the app, you’ll identify the rooms where your bulbs are located. I put my three in multiple rooms and levels for purposes of the test. Your home screen on the app now serves as your master control. This is where you can control your lighting options, color, brightness, on/off times and many more. This is as also where you name your bulbs, which allows you the convenience of saying hey Google turn of the light in the bedroom with your Google Home. In addition to on-demand control, you have the ability to schedule the lighting by room by tapping the “advanced” button. Here you can set a wake up time to turn the lights on, or two different scheduled events. This includes a start time, end time, brightness, and what days of the week to repeat the function. With two scheduled events available, this means that you could set multiple events for a single room if desired. It’s important to note that the scheduled event either happens on the day it is set, or is repeated each day that you select in the interface. You cannot schedule for a specific date range, like a vacation. According to Sengled a single hub can support 64 bulbs. I don’t imagine needing an additional hub unless you’re pushing the 120 foot range of the hub itself. Hardware specs: Bulbs: 9 W, 60 hz 4.41” by 2.42” (standard socket size) 800 lumens, 2700 K Color Temperature Dimmable with app 240 degree beam angle 25,000 hour lifetime Hub: 3.07” by 1.02” 2.4 GHz 120 foot range 64 bulb management capacity Overall, I love the easy set up and the option to add up to 64 bulbs to one hub. The disadvantages in my opinion are the brightness of the lights and you can't use the bulbs with IFTTT or an Apple HomeKit as well. The app itself can be a little clunky at times as well. It is not a deal breaker for me, as I would still purchase the product again and recommend to my friends and family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality, Good Value, App is Limited

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    dorkhead2
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    What I like most about these bulbs is their traditional shape. They look like a standard round light bulb. And I prefer this style light bulb for certain lamps and fixtures in my house. They do an excellent job providing all types of light; they produce every color on the visible spectrum, including all shades of white. The app itself provides 5 default white colors to chose from: Edison; Warm; Neutral; Cool; and Daylight. And if you don’t like the color of a certain preset, you can manually adjust the color to your liking. The bulbs in this pack are 60-watt incandescent equivalents. I removed my old “warm” CFLs and installed these in their place. The amount of light produced was equivalent. The only difference is I needed to adjust the white color temperature because I thought they were too warm. As mentioned earlier, this was easily done within the app. I used the slider to move the white light between the Warm color and the Neutral color. Every time I turn on this particular light bulb, it returns to its customized setting. I’m using the other two bulbs in the pack for holiday lighting. Even though they’re not rated for outside use, I installed them in a couple of light fixtures that are under my roof and far away from the elements. (Again, these are only rated for indoor use. I accept I may be voiding my warranty by using these bulbs outside). I have one bulb a bright red and another a bright green. So far, they’ve been working fine and do a good job lighting up that area of my house. Setup was a breeze. Even though the instructions clearly state to make sure your phone is connected to a 2.4 GHz network, my Galaxy S9 phone didn’t have any problems identifying these bulbs even though it mainly operates on the 5 GHz network. I’m running a mesh network (Linksys Velop) that simultaneously runs a 2.4 and 5 GHz network using the same SSID (network name). If you have a router that runs a duel network but uses different names for each (e.g. HomeNetwork_2.4 vs HomeNetwork_5), then you’ll need to disconnect your phone from the 5 GHz network, and connect it to the 2.4 GHz network. This can be done in your phone’s Wi-Fi settings. My only grip is the lack of customization in terms of scenes within the app. Scenes allow you to save certain color settings, then recall them at any point. Say for example, I want to change my red and green programmed Christmas settings to regular white lights for a night, the app doesn’t allow you to save your Christmas customization to recall it later. Currently, you have to manually change the bulbs to white, then change them back to red and green at a later time. Also, the scheduling is limited. Currently, it only allows for two schedules to be setup. The good thing about these limitations is that since they’re app based, there is a possibility the company can add these additional features in the future. Hopefully they will. Overall, I really do like these bulbs. Their color reproduction is excellent, and their look/style is the classic round shaped bulb. Also, they’re a good value when compared to other multi-color starter sets with an included hub.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Bulb w/ Brilliant Colors & Lower Cost

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    abl001
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    The Sengled Element Color Plus Smart LED Bulb (3 pack) w/ Hub is an excellent option for anyone looking to start their smart lighting adventure or add on to it. I currently have a 2nd generation Philips Hue bridge with an assortment of lights. The Sengled lights aren't compatible with the Philips Hue bridge, but that's not a problem. More about that later. Out of the box, the three included white & color lights are pre-paired with the included Sengled bridge. All you need to do is plug in the bridge, connect to your local network (via WiFi or wired ethernet connection). Once connected, plug/screw in your new Sengled bulbs. While the instructions included are a little less than basic, they will direct you to download the Element Home app. With the app, you can easily find the new bulbs and assign them to groups, rooms, etc. I find the app to be very good with device management, but a little awkward when it comes to color/scenes/white hues. White hues are on one tab, to or change to colors requires you to switch to a different tab rather than just tap on a color palette like other apps. If you like the Element app, use it. Otherwise, you can use the Google Home app as Sengled is Google compatible. I use the Google Home app to control my Philips and Sengled products even though they are on separate bridges. As far as colors go, the Sengled bulbs produce rich and bright colors with varied hues of whites. They far exceed the 2nd gen Philips Hue bulbs I have. One thing I love about the Philips Hue bulbs are their subtle transition from on/off and color to color. The Sengled bulbs make abrupt changes so it isn't as pleasing to the eye. If there is a way to change this, I haven't discovered it. In conclusion, I think the Sengled Element starter kit is an excellent value as current sale price is $94.99 with regular price of $109.99. The equivalent Philips Hue starter kit retails for $189.99 even though it is currently on sale for $119.99. Either way, I think the Sengled is a better value--especially given the individual bulbs are $29.99 for the Sengled vs. $49.99 for the Philips Hue. Considering most of us will need many of these to convert our entire home or even a small handful, $20 a bulb difference is considerable and compelling. You'll have to make the decision yourself, but for me, the $20/bulb is enough to make my mind up and I can easily get over the not-so-subtle bulb transitions. Pros: *Vibrant colors *Multiple hues of white which can accommodate any purpose *Price *App is pretty functional with only a couple of quirks that take some getting used to *Compatible with Alexa & Google Assistant Cons: *Not subtle transition between off/on/color shifts *Not compatible with Siri/Apple HomeKit

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun and Functional - a quick start to a smart home

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    EagleCroft
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    These are pretty neat! I’ve been waiting for Philips to lower the price on their Hue series LED lights. But these came along and I’d waiting long enough! I’d never heard of Sengled before, but the reviews I read were very good and the Sengled price point was far more affordable. Setting up the 3 pack was easier than I expected, but perhaps more complicated than light-bulbs should be. But then again these are not just ordinary light bulbs - they are connected smart devices that can change to every conceivable color of the rainbow. They can be controlled through numerous means, from the provided app that you install on your phone or tablet or you can use Amazon Alexa, or Google Home and several other smart home systems. The installation was quick and easy, simply remove the old bulbs and in their place put the new ones. Then follow the quick start instructions to connect the smart hub to your internet. This takes only 5 minutes to complete. I used the Sengled smart app which I downloaded and installed on my Apple iPad tablet. The app isn’t anything fancy, it’s quite basic - but it works. I set up each bulb separately, gave each a unique name - and identified their locations. It all worked. The kit is a great way to get started into making your home a ‘smart home’. It’s functional and fun! I have set the bulbs each on their on schedule, to turn on and off when I wish. I can if I wish change the colors of the bulbs, but that’s the fun part which I will save for holidays. They emit a very nice warm glow that I find satisfying. Note that on these particular bulbs you cannot dim them or change their intensity. If that is something you need, there are other models that can provide that. I’m enjoying the fun and functionality of these bulbs, and the unique ambience their spectrum of colors have brought to my home. The system is expandable in many directions using a full range of other connected devices made by Sengled. This was a first step for me towards a smart and connected home, and I’m hooked! If you are wondering whether they’ll be right for you - try them! If you don’t like them, return them. That’s why I always buy from Best Buy, their sales policy allow you freedom of that decision. Recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great lights but needs better technology

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    EngineerMom
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    I was excited to jump on the LED, home automation, trend. However I found the Sengled hub and app to be lacking. In the box you'll find 3 standard base bulbs, a hub, power cord and an Ethernet cable. You will need to download the Sengled Element Home app to get started. This is where I ran into my first, less than pleasant, experience. In order to sync the Hub to your phone, you will need to physically connect the hub to your router, and it has to be the same one that your phone is connected to. For me, I have a booster, so after attempting to connect to the router and failing, I had to go to my booster and connect. The ethernet + power cable distance isn't more than 4 feet. This meant, for my booster, sitting on top of the desk, I had to leave the hub dangling mid air to stretch the cord down to the power outlet. Yes I do have extension cords, but really, what a pain to deal with. For something that is supposed to wirelessly sync with your home network, you'd think that it would allow for wireless setup. Note - in theory, you can select the WPS setup, however I could never get my phone to pair with the hub using this method. Ok, so finally got it paired, set the light bulbs to the proper names and locations. It is easy to download the Alexa skill and quick to add in the ability for voice control. I was starting to forget about the short cord issues, until my husband decided he wanted to be able to control the lights as well. So I install the app on his phone, set up a second account, plug in the ethernet and pair the phone to the hub. Ok, 5 minutes of extra work, but sure, if we can each control our own bedside light. I return to my app only to find that now I am no longer paired with the hub. This is the point where I decide this is a 3 star product. I bite the bullet, share the account login with my husband, and move on. The lights and functionality are great. I enjoy the ability to swap between warm, daylight, and bright light as well as the 1000+ other colors on the palette. You can also set up to 3 programs to turn lights on and off. I was surprised to be limited to only 3 programs, so if you want to have different programs for weekdays versus weekends, you're fairly limited. The Alexa interface is nice, my only callout there is to name your lights something quick and easy, because "Alexa, turn off my husband's bedroom nightstand light" quickly becomes annoying. If you can get beyond the annoyance of setup, this is a great bulb, easy interface, and good pairing with Alexa. I'm optimistic about future app updates that will bring the technology along to be as enjoyable as the mood lighting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, limited configuration options

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    JimS
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    This is a review of the Sengled Element Color Plus A19 LED (3 pack) with hub. Since I already had (and reviewed) the Sengled Element Classic A19 Smart LED Light Bulbs (3 pack) with hub, it may appear that this was an unnecessary purchase, as I already have a hub from that kit. However, I have that first setup at a vacation home, and I wanted something for a spare room at our home that has a color issue. No matter what color white bulbs I put in there, the color looks terrible. Yes, I know it is the pinkish walls, but everything is so darn rosy in that room, I can’t stand it. So anyway, I got this similar setup but with the full color bulbs. Woohoo! So, on to the review. As with the other kit, installation is a breeze. The bulbs are already paired with the hub, so installation is easy. The hub needs to be connected to you network via ethernet, but can be changed to wireless if necessary. I left mine wired. Since I have another hub at another location, I was curious how they would work together. I was happy to find that it was just as I wanted. Both hubs can be added to the app on the same account, and appear in different rooms. Very easy to switch back and forth between the two homes. I just need to make sure there are no duplicate room names - Master Bedroom in both locations, for instance. So, bulbs added and configured, now to setup a scene for the effect I want in this color challenged room. Create scene, give it a name, select bulbs - all three in my case. Now, set up devices - brightness and either color temperature (Edison, Warm, Neutral, Cool, and Daylight) or pick a color from a color picker with about a bazillion colors. See included screen shot. Great, except if you want a particular color for all three bulbs. There is no way to select all three and configure them. Each has to be done separately, and if you are picking from the color picker, it is impossible. Either allow all to be configured at once, or make a copy paste function. Anyway, got the colors as close to each other as I could, but didn’t like the results, so went back to trying the Color Temperature of Neutral and will live with it. Plusses - Multiple hubs on same account works. Works with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT. Minuses - Unable to accurately configure color of bulbs beyond basic Color Temperature adjustments. No scheduling option built in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    convenient and fun

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    Aaronxx7
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    These lights are tons of fun, and so easy to use. I also love the fact that they are LEDs so they hardly use any power. I had no problems connecting the hub to my network. I have seen others stating that they can't connect to the hub from their phone. But it was very easy. Especially if you follow the included directions. It probably also helps to have somewhat of a relatively new router. I could see some connection issues if maybe your router was super old, but honestly almost any should work, if done correctly. The biggest mistakes I can see would be not having your phone's wifi connected to the same router/device that you have your Sengled hub hard wired to. A lot of houses use more than one router, switches or repeaters, to expand their wifi coverage. So for the best chances of an easy connection, make sure both the phone and hub ard connected to the same router. Then just launch the app and connect. After that you can, go into the app seetings for the hub, and put your wifi info in. This would give you more flexability in chosing a location for your hub, and bulbs, as you can remove the ethernet cord afterwards and still have control over your bulbs. From the app (as long as the light bulbs have power,… nothing will work if you have your light switches off), you can choose from a large color spectrum, to change the bulbs color. You can even organize a group of bulbs for ie. Kitchen, and a group for livingroom. I can quickly select all the kitchen bulbs to bright natural light, and all the livingroom lights to dark red, for a horror movie. You could mix n match also. Say I'm watching Star Wars with the family, the left side of the livingroom can be all red, for the Siths. While the right side of the livingroom could be green for the Jedi. You could do the same for sports teams,… and pretty much anything you want. The app, is also great for controlling your house lighting while on vacation, or just being gone for the weekends. You can open the app, and turn on bulbs in any rooms either manually, or with the schedule feature in the app. Or your kid just tells you, after you are two hours away from home that he probably forgot to turn the lights off in the bedroom, livingroom, kitchen, and den. Just pop the app open and check, then turn off what you want. So again, these bulbs are super convenient, and tons of fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Smart Lighting

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    DaveG
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    While smart lighting isn't anything new, it isn't as mainstream as you'd expect. There are several different manufacturers who are creating new products to enhance our living spaces. One of the larger manufacturers is Sengled. They have several different products to get started in the world of smart lighting or add to your existing collection. This review is for the Element Color with hub, which is everything you need to get started. Adding color to the LEDs always adds to the expense and is really up to the buyer if it's worth the additional cost. The beauty of colored bulbs is it also allows you to adjust the white levels from warm to daylight. Of course, you also get to pick any other color you can imagine based on your mood. Setup is easy. The lights already come paired to the hub which will save some time and headaches. Adding additional lights is as easy as scanning the QR code on the bulb with the Sengled ElementHome app. Light output is great at 800 Lumens which is the equivalent of a 60W bulb. Of course you can control the brightness anywhere from 1-100% which is a great flexibility you don't get with conventional bulbs unless you install a dimmer. The app gets mediocre review, but has some nice touches that aren't in others - mainly the ability to see your power consumption total as well as the individual bulbs. After using it for a little bit, the initial clunkiness went away and I like it. The lights can also be paired with Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Pairing with Google Home was simple, just login to your Google Home account and add device. You'll find Sengled in the list and provide your account credentials. This will give you voice control of the lights as well. Overall, I'm very pleased with the product. I also have Hue, but being able to control all the lights with Google Home, makes it very easy with no need to switch between different apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ok, but needs some work

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    TechFan
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    I've had this set for about two days now and although I like it, it needs some work. After opening the package and separating the contents, I began setting up the system. I connected the hub to my Orbi router and followed the remaining directions to complete the setup. So far so good. I downloaded the app, which eventually needed to be updated later in the setup process. The problem began when I went to setup the bulbs for each room. I didn't realize there were two different types of bulbs in the package. Two of the bulbs can be set to different colors and brightness levels. The third bulb doesn't appear to have that option. Its basically, off and on, no colors. Ok, that's not that big of a deal to me, so I continued with the setup process. I labelled each bulb individually so that I could easily identify which is which. I did this after having problems with programming two of the bulbs in the same room. I have two bulbs installed in matching lamps in my formal living room. I programmed both of them to come on at the same time and with the same color and brightness. Voila, it worked!! I didn't want to leave the hub connected to my Orbi router and since the hub worked wirelessly, I followed the directions for removing the lan connection and letting it connect wirelessly. After rebooting the hub, I tested everything and it still worked. Perfect! Then the real problems began with the lights not coming on at the scheduled time on day two, the hub disconnecting and connecting although the router is less than five feet from the hub and having a strong wireless connection. I spent at least an hour troubleshooting the problem only to still not have a resolution. I will say when this was connected via LAN connection to my router, I didn't have any problems. When connecting wirelessly to the 2.4ghz channel, nothing has worked properly since. I really don't want more wires and cables plugged into my Orbi satellite, which is located in my bedroom, but that may be the best option to get this thing working properly. There are other options on the market that are much easier to setup and use than this one, but I think it could be great if the connection issues are worked out. For now, I wouldn't recommend this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice addition to app based lights

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    ravedave
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    I have been moving all my lights to the app based lights and I am loving them. Scheduling is so much easier. These can be set to turn on and off when I need them to be, with the color white I want, and with Alexa and Google can even voice control them. You do need a hub for these to work, an open ethernet port, and as usual you need to be on the 2.4GHz band for your router and phone. You are given several choices of rooms you can put them bulbs, or a user defined area (for me I put 2 on the front porch for red and green). By default you are given 5 white color options (you can pick your own colors of course. I love the Edison color. You can dim the bulbs as you need to ( I have the living room bulb dim and keep it on as a night light. You can add bulbs to rooms, and set timers. The app will tell you how many hours the bulbs have been on, and even how much power they have used. The bulbs themselves are very good, its the app I mostly have issues with. But with the frequent updates, maybe they will read this Pro: 60w (800 lumen) bulb equivalent is sufficient for almost and home use google and alexa integration several white preset options, plus the 16 million colors app updates are pretty frequent You can control up to 64 bulbs. Cons: required hub for setup, and an open ethernet port I have an extremely noticeable lag between a command and the result. up to 30 seconds and the hub was within 5 feet of the initial bulb 25,000 hours seems a little low, and with this high price i hope they make it that long you can only set a schedule with the white lights, not a color the scheduling is very limited ie turn on at night (NOT dusk) and off in the morning (NOT sunrise) are 2 that only leaves you 1 more. You can repeat days of the week, within the 3 schedules. White only on this. The 5 pre selected colors. I have 2 bulbs right next to each other for one wifi 4 bars, the other is 1 bar. They both accept signals to do as they are told. It would be nice if you had more options for the room you were putting bulbs in All in all, these are good bulbs. I like the color options and if you want to be limited some then the scheduling. Ya give these a try

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Color bulbs for a great price

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    JakeNH
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    The Sengled color bulb start kit is great for anyone trying to add some colorful light accents to their home at a relatively low cost. These bulbs do not physically appear any different than your standard LED A19's so it is really easy to install these in any form whether it be a lamp or ceiling light fixture. I personally chose My hanging kitchen lights which just coincidentally happen to need 3 bulbs. Setup out of the box is really simple, just install the bulbs (ensuring light switch or power source is off) and plug the hub into your router via ethernet cable and lastly the power cable. Once you download the app you should be up and running with minimal effort connecting the app to the hub. Setting up the bulbs into a group was easy enough, from there I was able to get cycle through the various preset color schemes and also the manual color picker. At first I was a little surprised at the somewhat sudden and rough transition the bulbs made when changing the color combinations. In my experience with other smart home bulbs there is a much smoother transition and also a seemingly wider range of colors to set the bulbs to. It was very straightforward setting up schedules for the lights as well, although it was vanilla process with just straightforward time settings and 3 options for scheduling including a wake up. Another item I would like to see with these bulbs is a slow-on or instant-on option. Right now they are just instant on without any gradual increase, which is beneficial when setting these up to wake you. Overall - the Sengled Element kit is an extremely cost effective product that is easy to setup and configure without too many over-bearing options. A few minor touches to the operation of the bulbs would give an extra star, but by no means is a 4 star rating taken lightly. I think that Sengled has a great product line with room for improvement and I look forward to exploring other options in time!

    I would recommend this to a friend