Frequent question: Do you need a hub for GE smart bulbs?

Do smart bulbs work without a hub?

Best answer: At least 10 smart bulb brands like C by GE, TP-Link, Sengled, and even Philips Hue, work without a hub. But LIFX, although a little pricey, not only makes some of the best smart bulbs sans hub, they also work over Wi-Fi and play nicely with your other smart home gadgets.

Does C by GE require hub?

Best answer: While you can control C by GE bulbs locally without a hub, you’ll need a C-Reach to control them from out of Bluetooth range or use them with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Google Home users don’t need a hub, though, and can pair them directly to their speaker and get remote functionality.

Do you need a Google home device for GE smart bulb?

GE’s Starter Kit has everything needed to add smart lighting to your home, including a GE C-Life smart light bulb and a Google Home Mini for $55. You don’t need to buy the kit — you can buy each individually — nor will you need a hub.

What is no hub required?

What companies really mean when they say “no hub required” is that the device will connect to your WiFi network, then connect to the company’s servers over the internet. Those servers are running software that would normally be in a hub and are what allow them to be hubless.

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What lights work with Alexa without a hub?

Lifx. Lifx’s bulbs have built-in Wi-Fi, so they can communicate directly with Alexa without needing a hub. Like Philips, these bulbs come in standard A19 and BR30 sizes, as well as a light strip. Lifx’s bulbs also work with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

Are C by GE bulbs Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi devices include the Direct Connect Lights, Smart Plugs, Wired Switches, and C-Reach. First, pair your lights and C by GE Wi-Fi device to the C by GE app, then follow these instructions to enable control via Google Assistant.

Do C by GE bulbs work with HomeKit?

Currently, only Bluetooth Cync/C by GE light bulbs and light strips are compatible with C-Reach and HomeKit. If you have other Cync/C by GE devices paired to your Cync App, you will need to create another app Home with the C-Reach and Bluetooth lights you want to control with HomeKit.

How do I connect my smart light bulb to Google home?

Set up and link your light bulb

  1. Plug in your bulb in the same room as your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.
  2. Set up your speaker or display, if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Open the Google Home app .
  4. At the top left, tap Add Set up device. …
  5. Select the light bulb you’d like to set up. …
  6. Where is this device?