Let’s face it. For the most part, if you’ve got a number of smart devices and smart bulbs in your house, chances are you’ve also got a hub or three as well as various apps to control it all. While these devices make your home smarter and convenient, it can be a pain with the number of hubs or apps you need to set up or install to keep things humming along nicely.
C by GE has worked with Google to simplify controlling your C by GE smart bulbs all through the Google Home app without the need for a hub. It’s as easy as screwing in your C by GE bulb, ensuring a Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max is on and Google Assistant will detect the new bulb in the app.
In addition to your standard “Hey Google…” voice commands to turn the bulb on or off or even dim it, users will be able to set up routines and schedules within the Google Home app. Even better, the functionality will be fully operational across all C by GE bulbs as of October 22nd.
“In today’s growing smart home space, easy, seamless connections are more important than ever,” says Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Product Management, GE Lighting. “This exclusive lighting collaboration with Google means controlling your lighting with your voice is as simple as screwing in a light bulb, and you also can drive robust outcomes based on your unique routines with custom-set schedules.”
Google and C by GE are offering up a Smart Light Starter Kit which contains a pre-paired Google Mini and C-Life bulb through the Google Store, Best Buy, Lowe’s, and Target for the low price of $55 USD. Stand-alone C by GE bulbs are also available with an MSRP starting at $24.99 USD for the C-Life two-pack and $34.99 for the C-Sleep two-pack. As mentioned above, these and existing C by GE bulbs will get the new functionality by October 22nd.
What do you think about being able to control your C by GE smart bulbs with Google Assistant without needing a hub? What other products would you like to see
Last Updated on October 9, 2018.