Google Home How To

Setting Up Your New Google Smart Light Starter Kit

The Google Smart Light Starter Kit comes with everything you need to start controlling the lighting in your home with only your voice. In this article, we're going to tell you how to set it up step-by-step!

Your Smart Bulb doesn’t have to be in the same room as your Google Home Mini, nor do you even have to be in the same house as the light bulb to control it.

The Google Smart Light Starter Kit is one of the best ways to kickstart your smart home lifestyle. It comes with everything you need to start controlling the lighting in your home with only your voice. In this article, we’re going to tell you how to set it up step-by-step!

Step 1: Open the Box

The first step is one you’ve probably already done – open the box! Inside of your Google Smart Light Starter Kit, you’ll find two more boxes. One of those boxes contains your new Google Home Mini and the other is home to your new GE C-Life Smart Bulb.

In the Google Home Mini’s box, you’ll find the Mini, a micro-USB cable, a power adapter, and a setup guide. The Mini itself will be a puck-shaped device that can easily fit in the palm of your hand.

In the box with your GE C-Life Smart Bulb, all you’ll find is the bulb itself and a small booklet of paperwork. If you have all of these things, you’re ready to get started!

Step 2: Plug-In Your New Google Home Mini

Next up, we’re going to connect your Google Home Mini to power. You can use the included cable and power adapter, or use any micro-USB cable that best suits your needs. The Mini doesn’t have an internal battery, so you’ll need to leave it plugged in at all times.

When deciding where to put your Google Home, there are two main factors to consider. The first is how it fits with your home’s decor. Some people prefer to have their Mini tucked away behind the TV or up against a wall, while others like it displayed out in the open.

The second factor is to consider who in your household can get access to it. Anyone can use the Google Home Mini just by saying “Ok Google,” so if you want to make sure you’re the only person with access to it, putting it in a bedroom is your best bet.

Step 3: Install Your New GE C-Life Smart Bulb

The GE C-Life Smart Bulb installs just like any other lightbulb. Pick the room where you want to have smart lighting (most people prefer having it in their living room or kitchen), unscrew a lightbulb in that room, and replace it with the Smart Bulb.

Your Smart Bulb doesn’t have to be in the same room as your Google Home Mini, nor do you even have to be in the same house as the light bulb to control it.

Just keep in mind that the light switch that turns your GE C-Life Smart Bulb on and off will completely disable it in the “off” position, since it won’t be getting any power. If you want to always be in control of your Smart Bulb, then your light switch will always need to be in the “on” position.

Step 4: Set Up Your Google Home Mini

Now that both of your new devices are installed, it’s time to set them up! First up, you’re going to need to download the Google Home app (it’s the same for both Android and iOS). This app is where you’ll control all of your Google Home and other smart home devices.

When you launch the app, if your Google Home Mini has power, you’ll notice that the app detects it immediately. Just select the device from the app, and you should hear a sound play from your Mini.

Next, select which room your Google Home is in, connect it to your WiFi, and click through the privacy sections. From there, you’ll train your Google Home to recognize your voice, pick a voice for your Google Home, and connect it to various services/payment methods. These extra services are optional, so feel free to skip any of them that you don’t plan on using.

That’s it! Your Google Home Mini is now ready to go.

Step 5: Connect Your Smart Bulb to Google Home

Now that your Google Home Mini is live and ready to jive, it’s time to connect it to your GE C-Life Smart Bulb. GE has its own smart bulb app, which you can use if you like. But you can set it up with the Google Home app as well, which is what we’re going to cover here.

  1. First, make sure that the light switch connected to your light bulb is in the “on” position.
  2. To add your Smart Bulb to the Google Home app, tap the “+” in the app, choose “Set up the device,” then choose “Set up new devices in your home.” 
  3. At this point, the app will start scanning for new devices. 
  4. Choose “Set up some smart lights” and select your new GE Smart Bulb when it appears.

Next, you’re going to choose which room your lightbulb is in. This is important since it’s how you will differentiate it from other light bulbs when using; i.e., you’ll say, “Turn on the living room light,” or “Dim the kitchen light.” After that, you’re going to name the smart bulb for the same reason: being able to differentiate it from other smart bulbs in your house.

That’s It!

Once you’ve finished these steps, you should have your smart bulb ready to go! You can try it out by saying something like, “Ok Google, turn off my living room light.”

There are lots of perks that come with having a smart bulb, like being able to set custom lighting schedules. Be sure to set it up exactly how you like to get the most out of your new smart light bulb!

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