Ok, so you’re in the market for a smart led bulb you say. Okay.
You got your ‘mini-g’ (my way to say Google Home – Mini). Or, you got your Echo, or you got some variation of the kind, and you’re ready to install some ‘smart’ bulbs. But wait, do you need a hub to install these ones. Put your wallet down.
I had the opportunity to install some smart led bulbs a few days ago; The
Teckin LED Smart Bulb SB50 Specifications
From the back of the box, it looks like the smart bulbs are – rated for 100-240V, run at 7.5W (dimmable), fits the E27 configuration (ever go to Ikea and wonder what fitting you need!?), and runs at 800 lumens. As mentioned above, the lights run on 2.4GHz wifi; no hub required. Just download the Smart Life – Smart Living App from Tuya.
Installing the light bulb is really easy. Get your Smart Life app setup on your phone or tablet (Google Play or Apple App Store).
Teckin asks for your personal information to register the device, then gets your 2.4GHz wifi router login information.
- Turn off your lights (Safety First).
- Take out the old light bulb (ooh, hot). Then install the new light bulb. It will begin flashing either slowly or very quickly for about 10 seconds.
- This is when you press the ‘+’ sign to add the device. The app will run through a few steps, then you’ll see your device as ‘RGBC Smart Bulb X’.
It’s funny that the instructions don’t show you how to connect to the Google Home system. Maybe they think it’s really intuitive. However, they do run through instructions on how to setup the Amazon echo system…
So, I got it setup on the Google Home.
- Open Google Home
- Clicked Add
- Set up device
- tapped ‘Works with Google – This will take you to ‘Manage Accounts’
- Searched for Smart Life, and then linked the accounts with the login information I used when I installed the Smart Life app. Done.
- “[Ok Google] …. turn on family room lights… turn lights to red … turn lights to Sky Blue (yes, they actually have a Sky Blue)”.
Enjoy ambiance [smart]
If you’re keen on knowing the specialized settings for the bulb, you should go straight to the Smart Life app to control the lights. They have modes such as:
White Mode (no explanation required);
Color Mode (This is where you can change the Saturation and Brightness)
Scene Mode (Give gorgeous a try – your little ones will think you’re a Magical Unicorn by creating the rainbow on your wall.)
Summary – Nice setup, no hub
These are my first set of Smart LED bulbs. They are dimmable, programmable, can change to the wide range of colors in the Red-Blue-Green spectrum. They run at 7.5W which is pretty sweet on the power bill.
The bulbs do what I ask them to do via Google voice commands. NOTE: The bulbs do not run the Themes/Modes from google voice commands – or I have not figured that out yet. The bulbs do not require any other interface other than the app and your WiFi (2.4GHz only) to run. Simple, right?
If you’d like any of these, here you go: The Teckin LED Smart Bulb SB50 (affiliate link).
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