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C by GE smart LED bulb review: Much smarter than your average bulb

Michael Brown | March 9, 2016
GE’s C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs are a good choice for those who aren’t ready to go whole hog on the connected home.

GE’s C by GE bulbs produce light of excellent quality, and GE did a great job designing the app that controls them. You won’t like these bulbs if most of your lighting is controlled by wall switches or dimmers, unless you tape the switches into the “on” position (and that’s just going to look ugly). Not being able to schedule lights to turn on and off automatically, or to integrate them into a broader connected-home system are less significant shortcomings—especially if you don’t already have a system—but I hope GE works quickly to change that limitation. It’s much more convenient to have a door sensor trigger your lights when you arrive home at night than it is to fumble for your smartphone. But there are plenty of other times when controlling your lights with your phone is super useful.

 

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