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Sengled - Smart LED A19 Starter Kit - White Only

Model: E29-NA03AW_2KSKU: 6320347

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 467 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great price, decent brightness

    Posted
    BenisJ
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    This is our first step into "smart light bulbs." I decided we didn't need bulbs that change hue, and I didn't want to spend a ton on the "smartness" functionality. The Sengled 3-pack w/ hub seemed like a great place to start. Having only owned these bulbs for a week, I cannot talk to their longevity but so far they seem just fine. It felt like they weren't quite as bright as some of our other LEDs but nonetheless, they were bright enough when set to "full power." [It seems like there is little consistency across all brands of LED when it comes to lumens. I might be overcritical on my assumption of brightness with the Sengled bulb.] Owning only 3 Sengled bulbs, I cannot talk to the claim that you can hook up to 64 bulbs to a hub, but the setup process was fairly simple. I did find it odd that I had to use a network cable to configure a wifi device...and I found the instructions with the packaging to be a bit "brief" but nonetheless, it was essentially a 5 step process that took only a few minutes to configure. Once I had my hub online I removed it from the router and placed it elsewhere in the house. Everything still worked! [Hub distance to farthest bulb is about 2 rooms away on the same floor, drywall construction.] I do wish the hub had USB power input instead of a proprietary pin adapter. The proprietary power source is the main reason I took away a rating star. One mistake I made was putting a Sengled smart bulb in a frequently used side-table lamp. Our family is not quite used to voice commands or cell phones to activate lights. This particular side table lamp is best controlled by hand, not phone/Alexa/Google. We will be moving that bulb to a lesser used lamp eventually. Where I see value in the smart bulb is with secondary lights that you may want to control automatically for mood or security lighting either by voice or by schedule. For example, we have a back patio light that we want to have on at about 50% brightness most nights. A smart bulb on a schedule is perfect for that. When watching a movie we have a lamp opposite the TV that can provide "mood lighting" at 25% brightness so it is convenient to say "Hey Google, turn on the movie lamp at 25% brightness." A feature that these bulbs do not have, that I wish they did, was some form of "motion sensor." For example, it would be nice if there was a way for the app/bulb to detect me pulling into the garage at night and automatically turning on the kitchen light. [Not sure if that technology exists with any smart bulb/app, though. Maybe through a tool like IFTTT?] As for the "Hey Google" or "Alexa" commands, we are Google people and I found it fairly easy to set up the device as part of the Google Home app so that we could use Google Assistant to control the lights. The built-in app is not exactly "feature rich" but has the tools you need to group lights in rooms, power individual or groups lights on/off, set dimming levels and schedule multiple on/off times. I was able to turn lights on/off from work which was cool (for me at least, maybe not for my wife who was wondering what was going on). The app has an easy to understand interface and will dim icons when lights are off, illuminate icons when lights are on--which helps you quickly identify on the phone what lights are turned on in the house. Overall, I am happy I chose to get smart home my toes wet with Sengled. They offer the right set of features for the right price in a simple to use starter pack. Add-on bulbs appear to be fairly inexpensive and are available through numerous online outlets. I hope they continue to add features without requiring us to replace or upgrade hubs...but if they do make us change the hub down the road, I hope they may the power plug USB compatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Little Hub Works

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    mobilelawyer
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    This is not my first venture into smart light bulbs. I have others, including some that work directly with Alexa with no hub intervention. But this package was easy to set up and get working. Plug in the hub into one of the Ethernet connections on your router; turn all the bulbs on; download and install the Sengled Element Home software on your smartphone; open the app, and follow the instructions. The only hitch I ran into is that the three bulbs found and identified in the app are named Bulb 1, Bulb 2 and Bulb 3. I had two of them in the dining room lamps and one above the kitchen table, and since each installation was going to be in a different group, I had to physically unscrew two of the bulbs and exchange their location. I was not able to switch them on and off to locate which bulb was where before defining the location: they could only be controlled as a unit. But once the location was defined, then the lights could individually be turned on and off. I then added the Sengled Element Home skill to Alexa and established control over the bulbs in that app. And my commands to turn them on and off were instantly obeyed. The bulbs have a nice, pleasant, soft color temperature, and the brightness for each bulb can be fully adjusted within the Element Home App. The hub does not require a physical Ethernet connection once set up. If you want to move it away from the router and use wi-fi, you simply unplug the power to the unit, wait a minute, move it to the desired location, and power it back on. Somehow the app locates it and you are back in business. Just keep it within the wi-fi range of your router, and you are set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really good straight forward system

    Posted
    enem156
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    These bulbs are very easy to set up and seem to be very responsive. The dimmer works really well and dims the bulbs subtly, so much so that I had to look close to make sure it was working. The effect is really nice and much better than some other systems I've used. The downloaded app found the network hub easily, and on the first try. Initially you need to connect the hub to a switch or router via the included network cable to set it up, but after that you're free to disconnect the hardwire and it will run wirelessly. The app walks you through the setup of all the bulbs and lets you assign bulbs to rooms, and rename the individual bulbs to a more specific location. For the most part, the app is pretty clear and intuitive. Being able to control up to 64 bulbs with one hub is really cool. I will never have anywhere near that many on mine but it's nice to know I could. It did take some time for me to realize how the app was meant to be used, but after that, it was very easy to use. I do have a couple of complaints that I think relate more to the app itself rather than the hardware (which operated flawlessly from the start). When setting up the bulbs initially, I was able to choose predefined rooms with images for each room. There's also a user defined room which you can choose in the event the room name you want is not in the list. I did try this feature and was able to set up a bulb in this room. I could rename the room whatever I wanted. It also has customization for choosing an image to represent the room. I could not get this feature to work at all. It would take me to my images to let me choose one, resize the image, etc., but when I had it all done and pressed OK, it just didn't do anything. No error or help popped up. It just didn't do anything, so I couldn't pick a room image. This is trivial I know, but I did think it should work. The other thing I noticed that I think should be included (and perhaps it will after another firmware revision) is that there is no scene selection or configuration. You're pretty much limited to turning the bulbs on and off either individually, or by room. The same is true for the dimmer, either all the bulbs in a room, or individually. Scene selection at this point seems like an obvious omission. It would be great to set up the lights in my home theater room so that I could have them all on before and after a movie and then dim them to certain levels when watching a movie. Again, maybe I'm nit picking but it's certainly a feature I looked for, and I'm sure other people would want the same feature. You can setup rooms to turn on or off automatically at certain times for each day of the week. I'm not sure if you can do this at the individual bulb level or not. One of the biggest benefits to the Sengled system aside from the very responsive functionality is the price. If you've always been curious about adding this type of tech to your home, this is a really nice, really easy system to set up at a dirt cheap price. The bulbs that came with this system are one color and soft white (which is very similar to an incandescent bulb color). I did notice that there are color bulbs available by Sengled as well. All in all, great system with a straight forward user experience, but lacking just a couple of bells and whistles. Nice system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice first step into smart bulbs.

    Posted
    91preludesi
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    First, setting up these bulbs with the hub was simple. Out of the box you simply plug the hub into your router with the included cable and then connect it to power. Power can be connected to a wall outlet or USB. The hub is already synced with the included bulbs. I decided to place two of the bulbs in our living room and one in the master bedroom lamp. The installation instructions are brief, but simple to follow. You then will need to download the Element Home app. While this app is extremely light in features, it has everything needed to set up your smart bulbs and control them from anywhere. I named each bulb "couch", "fireplace" and "bedroom" for easy identification. I noticed that when I first tested each bulb, I turned on "fireplace" and the bedroom light turned on. As the bulbs are not numbered it was simply trial and error to determine which bulb was which. After swapping the "fireplace" and "bedroom" bulbs, they all worked perfectly. We have an Echo Dot so I used the Alexa app to enable the smart home skill for the Sengled hub. Along with each bulb's individual name I also made a name for "all lights" and included each bulb in the group. This allows me to enter the house and ask Alexa to turn on all lights at once. As far as the Element Home app, you can track energy usage/savings over time per bulb, individually turn on/off each bulb or all of them at once. You can set schedules for each bulb so that they can be turned on/off when you set them to. For example, if you go on vacation, you could set the living room bulbs to turn on at sunset and off at midnight. The app also has a "wake up" feature. You simply set the start time, for example, 5:00a. At 5:00a the bulb will turn on at 1% and gradually increase to 50% brightness to mimic natural sunrise. This feature isn't useful to me as I have a set work schedule but my wife does not. Some mornings she has to get up at 4:00a and others 7:00a. You can also (through the app and Alexa/other voice assistant set each bulbs brightness level. For example, "Alexa, turn bedroom bulb on at 5%". An issue that I found is after a power outage. We recently had a storm that knocked out power. After power returned, both the app and Alexa could no longer operate the bulbs. There is a reset button on the hub, however, holding it for 8 seconds as the instructions state didn't reset everything. I had to go into the Element Home app and delete everything and start from the beginning as though it was new out of the box again. This is frustrating as I feel it should be able to pick back up from its last state. Something to note is that this is the "Classic" kit. This is the warm color range of bulbs. They a very warm. Their color range is to the Edison end of the spectrum. They are very yellow. Other Sengled kits allow you to pick the color temperature and change it from warm to daytime. Keep that in mind when selecting smart bulbs. Overall I would recommend them, just know that a power outage means starting over completely from scratch and these are very warm in color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple Setup, Works as Described, Some Quirks

    Posted
    EricJay
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    This kit of three LED smart bulbs and hub from Sengled is pretty simple and straightforward. The system works as described, but there are a couple of minor points that could be improved upon. Setup was relatively easy, but you'll need both the Sengled app (available for iOS or Android) and an available wired/ethernet port on your router to configure the hub. It's frustrating that there's no way to configure it completely wirelessly... especially since I had to temporarily remove another device from my router to free up a port. The good news is that once it's configured, the Sengled hub will connect to your network using Wi-Fi, so I got that port back. Once the hub is configured, you'll see three bulbs already paired to it in the app. They're labeled on the screen as Bulb 1, Bulb 2, and Bulb 3. However, there's no markings in the box that actually say which bulb is which. You'll need to either read the small print device IDs on the sides of the bulbs, or use trial and error, to figure out which is which. After you figure out which bulbs are 1, 2, and 3, you'll assign them to rooms (and optionally give them more descriptive names) in the app, allowing you to turn the lights on and off or dim them by room or by bulb, either using the app or your home automation system (e.g. Amazon Alexa, Google Home). This part really does just work as advertised. I had no trouble turning lights on or off, dimming them, etc. The bulbs give off soft-white light, much less harsh than the compact fluorescent bulbs that I had in my fixtures before. They stay cool to the touch during use (except for the ceramic base, which warms up a bit). The app gives some information about power usage. I didn't find that information all that helpful, but if you're swapping out older incandescent bulbs for LEDs, you will probably see that you're using a lot less energy for the same amount of light. Finally, the Sengled bulbs use the Zigbee protocol, which many other home home automation systems support. So, if you already have a system up and running in your home, you can reset the bulbs (to un-pair them from the Sengled hub) and add them to your existing scheme. The reset sequence for Sengled bulbs is one of the easier to execute (switch on and off quickly 10 times). This also means that if you have another brand's Zigbee bulb, you can most likely add it to the Sengled hub. I had to enter the device ID from the small print on the side of the bulb to do this, however... the Sengled app didn't just find it automatically. Overall, this kit does what it advertises. Gives you three bulbs that you can turn on/off and dim remotely, on a schedule, or with your Amazon Alexa or Google Home. I'd recommend it to anyone who can can get past the minor annoyance of having to plug in with a wire to configure the hub and guessing which bulb is 1, 2, and 3 when you first install them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great LED Bulb and Hub System

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    RBrylawski
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    I received the Sengled Classic Hub with 3 bulbs and found the set up [fairly] simple and straightforward. First, you can connect this via WPS (Wifi Protected Setup) on your router or via Ethernet. I chose the Ethernet route as I plan to control these bulbs when away from home and feel this will be a more secure and stable connection. Please Note: for whatever reason, Sengled needs to be set up using 2.4GHz, as opposed to 5GHz. This turned out to be an issue initially as the Wifi connection on your phone should be to the 2.4GHz network on your router in order for the App to speak with the hub and I was using 5GHz, which prevented the hub from connecting via the downloaded app on my iPhone. Once I figured that was the issue, the rest was easy and everything worked as expected. The little pamphlet supplied with the starter kit, leaves a little a little to be desired. I would have preferred more detail. A visit to the Sengled Site wasn't exactly more enlightening as you can find the same pamphlet online or use the search bar to find questions already answered. Of course I could have just as easily used the toll free number to call them, but I'm pretty savvy and stubborn and figured it out myself. I connected the light bulbs to my Alexa system and found it's easy to find the skill in the Alexa list of Skills and control them directly via the Alexa App or verbally. It's nice that on the Sengled App, you can choose the room(s) simply and even rename the bulbs for the application you've chosen. You can also individually adjust the bulb brightness which is a great feature. Other really nice options include the ability see how much power consumption you're using by day, week, month or year, turn all bulbs on at once, or each individually. And advanced features permit you to control the bulbs on a schedule, which is fantastic if you'll be out of town and from the app, you can change the schedule so it really would appear someone is in the home. All in all, for a very reasonable price, this is a great addition to my digital LED lighting options in my home. I feel confident, I will be adding more bulbs in the very near future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Connected Home Lighting

    Posted
    Robsapremiresilver
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    Singled Element (Hub w/3 Light Bulbs). It is a device that can be controlled by Google Home or Alexa as well as through an Android or iPhone app. This was tested with both the Android app and Alexa. Out of the box the instructions are simple to the point and have step by step instructions with images to assist with the connection of the Hub and its 3 pre paired lights. The whole exercise should only take approx. 10 minutes. I did each light individually and named them for the rooms or areas they control. In this case 1 light in the bedroom, 2 lights in the kitchen (wanted to test grouping 2 lights in the same room for test). The app can control each light individually or can turn on/off all lights simultaneously. If say you have 2 lights in the kitchen and both are called "Kitchen Light" then these will need to be put in a group in the Alexa app (smart home/Groups) and then create the group and then connect each light in the group list. You can also create All lights group if you wanted that for vacation purposes and then have them turn on/off at set time of day etc. All these function in Alexa and the app have worked flawlessly and right out of the box. The reason for the 4 stars is because at times it takes Alexa a moment to find device or sometimes it appears the device disconnects from the system at random times. I have google Fiber and all the Singled Home Elements are working the tested wifi speed was 170mbps download and 192mbps upload. Perhaps the latency is due to device inactivity and needs a moment to reconnect. I'm not sure. I have also read all the reviews on the app and can confirm that the app does have limitations such as not being able to take a photo and put into each bulb setting. But the list is editable and you can have custom names which it does have the ability to do then it works for me. I dont need to see a photo if the name in the app is edited. I can dime the lights and have each light set at 50% dimming and if I need more can have Alexa do this or can do this quietly from my phone. I love that these lights are green in that I can save while in use. The box says that you can connect up to 64 lights but I only tested 3 and each of the three are working just fine on the single hub. I will add some as time goes on but I'm not sure I will ever have 64 lights a the system. I would recommend this to a friend and will add additional review in a couple of months for an update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interested in making your home "smart"? Jump in.

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    elzeus
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    I was interested in diving into the "smart home" scene and this kit fit the bill. This Sengled Element kit brought all the necessary items to set up a Smart Bulb network including the smart hub, 3 daylight (yellow) led smart bulbs as well as all the needed cables. After connecting the smart hub to my network and downloading the smartphone app I was greeted with a mandatory firmware update for the hub that had no indication of when the process was complete. Luckily everything went smoothly and I had the bulbs up and running in minutes. As mentioned earlier the kit comes with 3 bulbs, but it is expandable (up to 64 bulbs) and you can assign multiple bulbs into rooms so they all power on/off at the same time if you want them to. The smartphone app isn't very visually stimulating but it is very feature filled giving you detailed information about the bulbs. The smart led bulbs actually have built in dimmers, so using the bulbs you can have mood lighting for no additional cost! I expected this smart home bulb kit to have a locked down approach in terms of playing friendly with other brands, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a large list of vendors and accounts in the smartphone app. I had my Google Home and Alexa accounts linked in no time and was glad to see so much openness in a consumer product. TLDR: Smart hub + 3 led bulbs (yellow light), works with Google and Alexa voice commands, smartphone app is feature filled. This is a great starting kit for smart home lighting. Feel free to ask me any questions about this bulb kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Polished App, Easy to use Wifi Bulbs

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    zboot
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    This Sengled product is a three-pack of Smart LED light bulbs that comes with a hub which serves as the bulb controller. The bulbs look, feel, and weight (if not a little less) pretty much identically to some dumb LED bulbs on the market today. So, they look ok, unobtrusive, and can replace existing bulbs adding wifi control while being "stealth". The hub is a pretty small affair. Initial setup is to plug in power then connect it via ethernet to your router. From there, you perform a really quick setup via the app and then are good to go. After the initial ethernet setup, the hub gets your home wifi credentials from the phone app, and can then be untethered (from your router at least) running on your wifi. The app is slick and easy to use. A simple button can turn on/off all the lights and you can control scenes (room assignment for bulbs) individually. Furthermore, you get pretty simple dim control over each individual bulb with the app, though in practice the resolution is less than the slider which goes from 0 to 100 in 1% increments will have you believe. Aside from the ON/OFF and dimmer, you can setup time periods for each scene to have lights automatically turn on/off at preset times of day. You can also have this run every day or on specific days - essentially the level of control you'd have in any typical alarm clock app. The three bulbs in the pack are pre-paired to the hub, but it appears adding more bulbs is relatively straightforward. The hub/app doesn't directly support control from outside your home network. However, you can gain that via Google Home/ Google Assistant or Alexa integration. I tried out the Google Assistant approach and while you need to set up independent "rooms" for each bulb, voice control over the bulbs was pretty quick and worked well. This then gives me the ability to control the bulbs away from home. I actually found the lights responded faster than the voice confirmation from the google assistant. One concern I have is with future proofing of smart home devices - specifically what could happen should a given company go out of business. I'm not 100% sure, but based on the packaging, it would appear that communication to the hub is via zigbee (as opposed to some proprietary radio scheme). Having third party smart home control over the lights is also nice, though it's via connection to your Sengled account which means you're tied a bit to the ongoing viability of Sengled itself. All that said, this is a well executed design, works flawlessly, and I'm pretty happy with these bulbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Inexpensive LED Lighting System

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    rtbestbuy
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    The Sengled Smart LED Starter Kit includes three soft-white bulbs and a hub, using ZigBee to control the bulbs. These are not WiFi bulbs, the hub is required to control them, much like the Philips Hue system. The bulbs are pre-paired to the hub to make the initial installation simpler. In my case, the installation was not simple. My home network is a mesh network (Google WiFi) which seriously confused the (Android) app. Turns out that Sengled is switching to a newer Android app, so make ABSOLUTELY SURE you get "Sengled Home", not the Sengled "Element Home" referenced in the instructions! This is their newer app that is under active development. Fortunately, Sengled Tech Support was very responsive and after a couple of back and forths, they pointed me in the right direction. Once the initial problem with the app was resolved, it was very simple to set up the system. Plug the hub into an Ethernet port, fire up the app, then turn on the lights. . Download the app to your phone, follow the simple instructions, and you're up and running. Although the hub does require an Ethernet (wired) connection for the initial setup, it can be disconnected and used over your WiFi after that. This is important because it allows you to extend the control range. One hub can theoretically control up to 50 devices; however, I found that the ZigBee wireless range limited control to one or two rooms. A distance of 50-75 ft became a challenge for consistent control. Fortunately, you can use multiple hubs with the app. The bulbs themselves provided bright, consistent lighting. They are fixed color, warm white, there is no way to change the color. The app tracks energy usage, which may prove useful to some. Voice commands with both Alexa and Google Home worked well. Pros: * The price of the kit is little more than the cost of the bulbs alone and additional bulbs are not much more than standard LED lightbulbs. * Simple installation with the new app. * Sengled seems to be developing a whole line of home automation products that are controlled by the app. * The app is under active development, with new features being added. The latest update added scenes, daily scheduling, editable schedules, and color controls, although the included bulbs are fixed warm white color. * Tech support is very responsive and helpful. Cons: * Hub seems to have a somewhat limited wireless (ZigBee) range. This limits the area it can control. * Setup requires an Ethernet port. It would be nice if setup could be done wirelessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice starter kit, set up in minutes

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    Fordman9870
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    I will start this review with the actual install then thoughts following. This all in one kit is very user friendly, I downloaded the app before opening the box (Ios or Android) I created an account, opened the box and installed the bulbs in 3 separate rooms. I hooked up the hub to my router with the supplied cable and started the app, the App guided me through everything step by step. Following the app, I connected the hub to my network and it ran a firmware update almost immediately. (I liked this as it keeps up to date) then designated the rooms for each bulb. Setup a schedule for each room to test. (strictly optional). Each bulb turned on and off as advertised. The app is spot on and does everything you need it too. (note if someone in your family doesn't have the app all they have to do is turn the switch off then back on the the light is reset) I dialed in the level of light (dim/bright) that I wanted to for each room. Once again it was spot on with very little delay (1 second) I really like that the app also tracks energy usage for each bulb. You can even see the number of power cycles, online time, money saved, and the current power level (full is 8.5W) This can be viewed for each individual bulb as well as collectively. You can add up to 64 bulbs, more than enough for a house. The bulbs come in all light levels. I have the soft white (for me this is more orange) so next time I pick up more bulbs it will be bright white. Element has many bulbs available from soft to bright and even one that can be configured to thousands of whites and 16 million colors. This set can also work with Google assistant and Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, Xfinity home and many other hubs (if you use any of these you won’t need the included hub) Thoughts: I really like the ease of setting up and the apps many options. I like the fact that you can add a household worth of bulbs and I plan too. I’m hooked on these and will be buying more bulbs and recommending these to friends and family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup. No problems so far!

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    TechSavvy55Plus
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    Review for Sengled - Element Classic A19 Smart LED Light Bulbs (3-Pack) with Hub I’m new to smart bulbs but not IOT, so I was happy to have a successful first venture with these bulbs. The installation instructions are five simple steps and work well if you follow them. I saw several reviews where people said they had problems if they varied from the directions, so I was very strict in adhering to them and had good luck. That said, I don’t know what I don’t know! Since the kit came with three bulbs. I installed them as directed, but then found there was no way to know which was which in terms of assigning them names (room locations). I happened to get all three wrong and had to unname and rename them. Even so, this was easy and quick. I also found it odd that the initial setup for the hub required it to be hard wired to the router before being able to be made wireless and yet, this was simple too. Again, following the directions made this very straight forward. I went out on a limb to connect the system to my Google Home and once again, found that the instructions made it easy. Within minutes, i could adjust the three lights with voice commands from my Google Home device. Better yet, I can address them from the Google Home app when I’m away from home. This may not seem like a big deal, but I can imagine having a more connected home in the future and the idea of addressing different systems though their respective apps could get really annoying! Having one place to control everything seems a much better goal. As to the Sengled Elements app, itself, I’d give it 4 stars. It’s basically fine, but could be easier. For instance, scheduling seems so buried in the feature set, that I began to think that it wan’t possible. (It is!) This seems like an important feature for individually-addressable light bulbs; why not put it up front with on/off and brightness controls? Yet, power consumption stats are out at the main level, something you may check infrequently, if at all. I do like the graphics that show a lit room vs. a dim room for each bulb; very intuitive instead of saying “Living room on,” etc. The bulbs themselves are bright, dim well, and seem to be well designed. Time will tell!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product to join the smart home era

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    J0A0A7
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    For the value, you're receiving is an excellent product for 3 smart light bulbs plus the hub. Normally for this price will just get you 2 smart lights or the hub. Set up is easy only con that it does require a wired connection to the router for the first time set up. It was nice that they did include an ethernet cable. Once you have it connected to the router the app takes over to complete the process. During the setup process, the app will require you to set up an account. The account is necessary to be able to control the smart lights from your phone when you're not connected to your Wifi network. Also to link with your GoogleHome Speaker or Alexa for voice controls which I tried and it works. The app, in my opinion, is the weakest link. For example, 2 lights are pair together so far I haven't found a way to separate them. Another thing that would have been nice is when you're on the dashboard screen is to have all your smart light bulbs for an easy and quick way to shut off each one individually. So far you can only shut off or turn on all at the same from the dashboard screen. To individually turn them off you have click on the group that the smart light bulbs are connected to. The same process applies to adjust the brightness levels. Speaking of brightness the bulbs can get very bright which is a good thing if you have them outside like I do. Other options available to you are to set up custom schedules for the lights which I find very useful for my outside lights since there are times we forget to shut them off. I currently have my outside back lights to be on from 9:30-5:30AM and the front 9:30-3:30AM everyday. You can also adjust this by the days if you only want them on for certain days of the week. The app also provides usage details for each light bulb letting you know how many kWh they used so far and total time they been on. This data can be view by day and signal strength for each light bulb. Signal strength has been good and HUB itself it's very small and you can hang it on a wall which is convenient and keeps your area clutter-free. It would of been 5 stars if it wasn't for the app shortfalls. Good thing software can be improved as the hardware itself is already good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid smart bulbs with room for improvement

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    cjviscito
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    I was looking for smart bulbs for our bedroom lamps. We previously used smart plugs to handle them, but because I'd pieced our smart home setup based on what was on sale at the time, there were several different apps that controlled the 3 lamps in our room. What attracted me to try out the Sengled setup was that it came with 3 bulbs, so everything we'd need was in the box. Getting everything setup was a breeze. The hub was already set to recognize the bulbs that shipped with it so I didn't have to fight with each bulb to pair them. Interestingly enough, the Hub requires a physical connection to my router but looked to the wifi setup for the bulbs. What wasn't cool was that I was out of outlets near my router. What I did find though, was that since the hub's power cable ends with a USB-A dongle, I was able to power it using an open USB port on my router itself. The app does leave some room to be desired, on my iPhone X, I didn't know that I had to scroll down to find a save button that was hidden when I was setting my timers. Also, while the bulbs support dimming, they come right on when the timer turns them on, so there's no gentle ramping up. If you want a basic, easy to use smart bulb setup that works with Alexa, then you should check these out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good beginning lighting kit, but limited expansion

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    JimS
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    This combination of three LED light bulbs and hub is a good starting kit for home automation. The bulbs come preconfigured to be pre-paired to the hub, making installation very simple. After installing the hub by connecting it to your LAN, you can then connect it to your WiFi and move the hub to a more convenient position. The app (Element Home) allows you to rename the lights, and put them into Rooms, where they can be controlled as a group. You can also set schedules, and have a separate Wake Up Time. Pretty basic, really. I was interested in the bulbs ability to be used with Alexa. I added the Sengled skill to my Echos, and began search for devices. It found the 3 bulbs, but not the Room, as expected. I then created a group in Alexa app and was able to control the lights both individually and as a group using my voice. However, I have a lot of smart home devices already, so I reset the bulbs ( power off/on 10 times quickly does the trick - I use a bathroom fixture with lots of sockets and a manual switch to reset them all at once) and proceeded to add them to my SmartThings hub. They pair fine, and I can control them using the SmartThings app, but I want to use voice, so I deleted the old bulbs from Alexa and had her relearn my devices. No matter what I have tried, using two different hubs at 2 different locations, I have been unable to get them discovered. Maybe it’s me or my setup, but I couldn’t get it to work. So, back to the reset and reinstall onto the Sengled hub. It was super simple to add them back, as you can use the camera on your phone to read the barcode on each bulb. Since then, it has worked flawlessly. One nice feature of these bulbs is you can dim them clear down to 1% and there is no noticeable flicker. Overall, I am happy with these lights, but wish they would integrate with Alexa and SmartThings better. Also, the hub is limited in what devices can connect to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smart lights for not a lot of money

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    My home is a mish mash of different smart devices -- lights and switches, all from different manufacturers -- so I was worried the Singled Element Classsic might not work. Especially since my plan was to not use the included hub (since I already have Hue system with hub) and connect them directly to an Amaon Echo Plus I already had. It has a built in hub that is SUPPOSED to work in place of the manufacturer's hub, but you know that goes. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. My first attempt was a failure. Right of the box, the Singled bulbs already are paired to included hub. The "find new device" command on Alexa turned up nothing. So I searched around and discovered you can reset the Singled bulbs by simply turning them on and off 10 times in rapid succession. Or at least, that's how it is supposed to work. It did not. The bulbs are supposed to flash five times if reset. That never happened. So I searched some more and finally came across a video showing how to do it.Turns out the bulbs have to be ON first before you turn them OFF and then back ON 10 times in rapid succession. So, on and off, not off and on. Five flashes. Success. With that done, I ordered Alexa to search for new devices again and, much to my surprise, it found the Singled bulb after a few seconds. Voice control was now possible with no new skill or special app installed. As long as I was happy with the bulb being named "first light," which I was not. So back to the Alexa app to see what sort of customization was possible. Answer: not much. You can rename it and dim it to whatever level you wish but that's about it. Timers, scheduling and other smart functions require the use of the Singled's own app and hub, which comes with the kit Use of the app requires the usual sign up and register routine but once done, it worked fine. You can do almost anything with the Singled as the more expensive brands out there. If you are new the smart lighting scene, the Singled works as well as any other brand for less money. So its worth a look.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This came in very handy while on vacation.

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    Shae
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    We were able to install and use these smart LED bulbs with hub right before our vacation. I set the times for them to come on at random times and they worked flawlessly. It was easy to set up once we got the hub to connect which wasn't so easy. I'm giving this set 4 stars for two reasons: 1. We had difficulty pairing the hub to our wifi. For whatever reason it refused to pair and gave us a message stating our password was incorrect when it wasn't. After several attempts, we then tried it hard wired to the Ethernet and it still gave us difficulty to set up. I finally downloaded the app on my phone instead of just my husbands and we tried again. This time it still gave us an error connecting to wifi but it connected right away to Ethernet. Im not sure what the issue was, but after that, it was smooth sailing. I was able to check the app to confirm that the lights were indeed on and giving our home the appearance that we never left. 2. Unfortunately, the box states that we can not use these on dimmer switches. Our entire house is on dimmer switches, except bathrooms, kids bedrooms (candelabra fans), playroom and office (aren't visible from front of house) and the outdoor lights (which are super bright and already on a timer switch). I bought a candelabra converter for the lights in the fans to use them in the kids room, but the housing space was too tight. All in all I had to bring a three light lamp(used 2) and single light lamp(used 1) out of retirement and used the bulbs in those, placed in separate rooms. The app is quick and very responsive. It gives you details like how much energy consumption was used all together or individually per light. Each light is customizable. So you are able to have one light dimmer than the other and each come on at separate times even if it's hooked up to one light source. We are happy with these lights and will buy a couple more for our less visible areas. Like our offices and play area.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice starting Smart bulb set.

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    Saitzev
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    This is certainly not a bad set of Smart LED Bulbs to start out with. The setup of them was fairly straightforward although there were practically no materials for setup in the box. Everything is done through the Sengled app itself. It would help to have some materials in the box on how to setup the bulbs. I strongly recommend to setup the Hub using Ethernet over Wireless. From some reviews it seems a lot of people have had some issues where the hub or bulbs go completely missing. I'm not certain if going Hardwired sorts this or not. I so far haven't had any issues with them. When I had setup one of the Bulbs on a schedule for some reason the bulb did not power off at the requested time and remained on. The next day though it was fine. It could be due to that it was set to turn around the time I was setting it up. While not much of a nuisance, if you have multiple bulbs and multiple schedules set up it's possible that it will take a day until it takes effect, which means all your bulbs will remain on even past the set time. The bulbs themselves are fairly heavy and do have a quality about them and don't feel cheap. They also get very very bright. I was really surprised by how much brighter they got than the standard bulbs I had in place. I do hope they last for quite some time though. Another thing, if you have a large home, you will likely need to either have multiple hubs or you may need to have a range extender or multiple router's/access points to ensure a good connection. If you want something on the cheaper side to test with and to help you in saving some money every month on your electricity, this is definitely a viable option. I will likely look at purchasing more bulbs down the road after a couple months as I want to make sure that it continues to work without any problems.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Convenient, easy to set up and use.

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    This starter kit comes with the hub and three smart A19 light bulbs. A19 means they are white LED bulbs designed for long life and a good level of brightness. What I immediately noticed is how small the hub is. Very good if space is tight. The hub can be used on a wired internet connection to the back of a LAN port on your wireless router. Or it can be used on home Wi-Fi in wireless mode. Install the Android or iOS app, create an account, sign in and then follow the instructions on the app to set up the lightning. Make sure firmware is updated by studying the owner manual. And of course the app should be updated from time to time. If you really like this product, you can buy an Alexa or Google Assistant device so you don’t have to carry or be near your phone. These devices are available in many different form factors and can come integrated into a Bluetooth wireless speaker. Some devices are small enough to fit into a plastic housing frame that plugs into an electrical outlet. I have one light bulb for my bedroom so I don’t stub my toes on the bed frame when it’s dark. Have another light bulb in my living room near the center of my one bedroom condo floor plan. I might install the third light bulb inside the overhead light fixture above my kitchen sink. Not sure if this works well in an enclosed light fixture but willing to give it a try. Lightning can be set up to go on/off per a schedule on the app. Very good feature for folks who spend days away from home. Brightness level and warmth adjusting also available on the app. If you live in an area with blackouts, it might be a good idea to buy a backup battery supply. At any rate this type of automated lightning rocks and I recommend it to anyone who seeks this kind of modern convenience.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Bulbs for the Price!

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    Fred
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    I was initially quite skeptical of theses bulbs and hub as the price was almost 1/2 that of similar products from other vendors. But I was pleasantly surprised by them! First, set up was incredibly easy. I was completely un-nerved initially as there was little more than a small booklet style instructions indicating the order of plugging the hub in and bulbs in. You will have to download the app in order to get everything set-up. The app itself is alright, fairly intuitive with a fairly streamlined, minimal flare to it. The three bulbs come pre-paired with the hub, further adding to the simplicity of initial set-up. Once every thing was synced, i disconnected the hub from my router and placed it where I wanted within my apartment in order to ensure reception with the bulbs. I would be concerned about utilizing this type of set-up in a large space as many other reviewers point out that the bulbs themselves do not act in a repeater fashion, relying the signal among the bulbs back to the base. Thus, range could be an issue for some. I used these bulbs to replace CFL bulbs in my living room and bedroom. I concerned as these are the classical designed bulbs with more warm tones and thus thought they might not be bright enough for the task of lighting a room in a floor lamp. I was quite wrong on this point and as these bulbs produce an abundant amount of light that is not too washed out in white like many LED bulbs. Moreover, these bulbs are easily controlled via Alexa and have dimming capabilities, something I could not do with my previous bulbs. In short, these bulbs are a great value for the options that they present; with easy set-up and use, providing an abundance of light.

    I would recommend this to a friend