Create customized lighting effects for your rooms with this Sengled smart lighting kit. It includes two LED bulbs and a control hub that offer color temperature and brightness adjustment, and the mobile app provides remote operation. This Sengled smart lighting kit works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for versatile home system compatibility.
Get started by connecting the included Sengled Smart Hub to a 2.4 GHz wi-fi network. Turn the lights on and off, dim or brighten and set schedules using the Sengled Home app (iOS/Android).
Create scenes and routines
Set scenes or put your lights on a schedule, whether at home or away.
LED bulb technology
Designed to provide longer, more energy-efficient illumination. Sengled Smart LED bulbs save 80% energy compared to incandescent lighting.
Expand your smart lighting
The included Sengled Smart Hub supports up to 64 Sengled Smart LEDs, including Multicolor and White bulbs, sold separately.
Connect your Smart LED Starter Kit to Alexa or Google Assistant and control your lights via voice commands.
All you need to get started
The kit contains the Sengled Smart Hub and two smart LED bulbs that fit in standard lamps and fixtures. Additional bulbs are sold separately.
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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.
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 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.
Nice little lighting kit. It comes with its control hub and 3 warm bulbs. Great way to start your smart home lightning. Setup was a breeze. All you have to do is connect the hub to a router via lan cable and download the ios/android app and follow the setup. Once done, you can use the app to turn the bulb on/off, you can also setup an automatic schedule, which was great for me. I like to leave my main door light on and sometimes I forget to turn it off, with this, I just set and schedule for it to turn off early morning, problem solved!
You can also monitor your wattage/money spend!! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to save some money!
Only con was the packaging, a little flimsy and it came pushed in, I'm glad the 3 bulbs survived the trip!
This light bulb set up is breeze to use. It boils down to 2 areas for me. App set up and bulb use.
The companion app to these bulbs is rock solid. It lets you pick room, lighting schedules, brightness... basically everything you would ever need to use around smart lighting. Pairing the hub and lights is breeze too. I set up entire 3 bulbs in 3 different locations in about 10 minutes.
The bulbs and wifi hub are also very sturdy, i have seen other "smart: bulbs and they are as fragile as egg shells. Not these. Sturdy while pumping out superior light quality.
All in all worth the buy due to app ease of use, app features and bulb design.
Great value! You get 3 smart lights plus the hub. All the lights are pre-registered with the hub, so after a quick firmware update, I had it up and going in about 10 minutes. Within a few minutes after that, I had it setup with my Echo, using Alexa to amusingly turn the lights on and off for me.
I understand the complaint of the wireless password needing to be extra secure, but I just used it in wired mode directly into my router.
Personally, my only gripe is that the app is a bit clunky, and not super easy to get around.
Overall, easily one of the best values to get started with smart lighting!
Decent wifi bulbs. Were good for the price. Got a bundle deal with echo dot. Wouldnt have bought on my own. They work well with Alexa but there seems to be a lag in response time, which might not be related to the bulbs. 1 of the bulbs in my 3 bulb lamp always takes an extra second (post inital lag for all 3) and is dimmer, which I think might be related to the hub connection or the lamp itself. However lamp is new. Only real cavaet is they need to go through the hub, which requires direct connection to my wifi router. Then they needed to be added to the Sengled app to be recognized by Alexa. This may be typical for all wifi bulbs I don't know. Warm light color is nice.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design and price. Editors are less positive about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 85/100 = Very good quality.
CNETRating, 4.4 out of 54.4RY CRIST on June 11, 2018
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