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Supported smart lights

Made for Google

When you choose Made for Google light bulbs, you can set them up from start to finish in the Google Home app. You will not need a bridge or hub or the bulb maker’s app.

 

Made for Google light bulbs

Works with Google

Works with Google light bulbs are compatible with the Google Assistant but are not Made for Google. To set up Works with Google bulbs, you will need both the Google Home app and the bulb maker’s app. You may also need a bridge or hub from the bulb maker. Explore the Google Assistant partners that make Works with Google light bulbs.

Set up and link your light bulb

Made for Google light bulbs

  1. Plug in your bulb in the same room as your Google Home device.
  2. Set up your Google Home device if you haven’t already.
  3. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  4. At the top left, tap Add  Set up device  Set up new devices in your home.
  5. Select the light bulb you’d like to set up. Your bulb will blink when selected.
  6. Where is this device? Choose what room your bulb is in.
    1. You can create a custom room by tapping Add custom room and then type in room name and then tap Next.
  7. Create a unique name. Type in the desired name for your bulb that you will use for voice commands. We recommend using a contextual name like “reading light” or “overhead light.” For best results, don’t include the room name in the light’s name (we already know which room it’s in).
  8. Setting up your smart light. Your bulb may blink a few times.
  9. Your light is ready. Tap Done.
  10. Setup is successful. You can now control your lights with Google Home.

Works with Google light bulbs

  1. Follow the bulb maker’s instructions to set up your bulb. You may need to set up a bridge or hub if you haven’t already.
  2. Plug in and turn on your bulb in the same room as your Google Home device.
  3. Set up your Google Home device.
  4. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  5. At the top left, tap Add  Set up device  Have something already set up?
  6. Tap your bulb maker’s logo and then follow the steps to complete setup. You may need to sign in to your bulb maker’s app. The app will guide you through the rest of the steps

Control your lights with Google Home

Basic voice commands

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
To turn a light on or off "Turn on or off <light name>"
Dim a light "Dim the <light name>"
Brighten a light "Brighten the <light name>"
Set a light brightness to a certain percentage "Set <light name> to 50%"
Dim or brighten lights by a certain percentage

“Dim <light name> by 50%"

“Brighten <light name> by 30%”

Change the color of a light "Turn <light name> green"
Turn all lights in room on or off “Turn on or off lights in <room name>"
Turn all lights on or off “Turn on or off all of the lights”

Use the Google Home app

Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app and then tap the light you want. You will find controls for brightness. If your bulb has color options, you will also find color controls.

Schedule and control multiple lights with Routines

You can use Routines to schedule your lights and control multiple lights with one voice command.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "Google Assistant services," then tap More Settings.
  4. Select Assistant, then tap Routines  and then Add a routine.
  5. To create any Routine, enter the voice command you will use to tell the Google Assistant to start the Routine. You must always enter a voice command in the app, but if you schedule your Routine, it will start at the set day and time without the voice command.
  6. To schedule a Routine, set the time and day(s), and the speaker you want to use.
  7. Tap Add action and then enter a Google Assistant command (optional) and then tap Choose popular actions and then enter all the lights you want your Assistant to adjust and any other actions you want and then tap Add.
  8. To include a command to play audio media, tap Add media and then the media you want to play and then Add.

Set nicknames for your bulbs

For better control, give each of your bulbs its own nickname.

  1. To create or change a nickname, open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Select your light bulb and then Settings Settings icon and then Name.
  3. Enter a name and then tap Save.

Note: For best results, do not include the room name or a number in the nickname. Also, this nickname only appears in the Google Home app. If you use your device maker’s app, this nickname will not appear.

Assign your bulbs to a room

To control your lights more easily, assign them to a room in a home. You can create a new home, create a new room, or add your lights to an existing room.

Note: All members of the home can control all lights in the home.

Add the bulb to an existing room in your current home

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. Tap the bulb you want to add to a room and then Settings Settings icon and then Room and then choose a room  and then tap Save.

Add the bulb to a new room in your current home

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. Tap the bulb you want to add to a room and then Settings Settings icon and then Room and then scroll to the bottom and tap Add a custom room and then enter the room name and then tap Save.

Add the bulb to a room in a different home

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. Tap the bulb you want to add to a room and then Settings Settings icon and then Home and then choose a home and then tap Next and then choose a room and then tap Next.

Unlink your lights from Google Home

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. Select your light and then SettingsSettings icon and then Remove device and then Remove.

Product specific information

C by GE

You can connect up to 6 C by GE light bulbs for each Google Home device.

Move C by GE bulbs from the C by GE app to the Google Home app

If you have bulbs already set up in the C by GE app, you can delete them from the C by GE app and set them up in the Google Home app.

Turn on your C by GE lights. The bulbs must be turned on before you continue.

Delete the bulbs from the C by GE app. This will factory reset the bulbs. They will blink 3 times if the factory reset is successful. If they don’t blink, you will need to factory reset each bulb manually. Note that the reset sequence is different depending on your bulbs’ firmware version. If the first reset sequence doesn’t work, you have an older firmware version and will need to use the second reset sequence.

Open the Google Home app Google Home app and follow the setup sequence for Made for Google.

Note: The bulb may blink during its first firmware update after being set up with the Google Home App.

Color control voice commands for C-Sleep bulbs

To do this: Say "Hey Google" or “Ok Google," then...
Set C-Sleep bulbs to Vibrant or wake color "Set lights to bright white"
Set C-Sleep bulbs to Active or everyday color "Set lights to soft white"
Set C-Sleep bulbs to Calm or sleep color "Set lights to candlelight"
Change the color temperature of C-Sleep bulbs "Change lights to 2700 kelvin"  (2000-7000 range)

 

Unlink your bulb(s) from Google Home

Note: You cannot unlink individual C by GE smart lights. Removing one bulb through the “Unlink C by GE” flow removes all C be GE light bulbs.

  1. Make sure your bulb(s) are powered ON
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Select a C by GE light bulb.
  4. Tap Settings Settings icon and then Remove device and then Remove. (This will remove all your GE bulbs. We don’t currently support removing individual C by GE light bulbs)

If the Google Home app is not finding your bulb during set up

Note: If your bulbs don’t show up in either the Google Home app or the C by GE app, they probably need to be factory reset. They might also use older firmware, so follow the second factory reset sequence if the first sequence doesn’t work.

If your bulb is not responding

  • Make sure the outlet is receiving power. Check that your wall switch is on.
  • Turn the bulb off and on. The bulb takes up to one minute after receiving power to reconnect to the Google Home device. Try your light and see if it works! If so, you’re done.
  • Try using the bulb in a different lamp/socket.
  • If the above steps don’t work, you may need to factory reset your C by GE bulb and set up the bulb again.

If you get the error message “Something went wrong”

  • The signal between your bulb and your Google Home might not be strong enough. To increase the signal strength, move the bulb and Google Home closer to each other. They should be no more than 15 feet apart.
  • You might not be a member of the home that the bulb was set up in. Ask the person who created the home to add you as a member.
  • Other devices near your Google Home or C by GE bulbs might cause interference. If you have a nearby Wi-Fi router, cordless phone, microwave, or Bluetooth speaker, move it further away if you can.
  • You might have too many C by GE bulbs on one Google Home. You can add up to 6 bulbs on each Google Home.

If you are still unable to resolve the issue, share feedback about Google Home.

Factory reset your C by GE bulbs

  1. Make sure all your bulbs are turned on.
  2. Factory reset your bulbs. Note that the reset sequence is different depending on your bulbs’ firmware version. If your bulbs don’t flash on and off three times after you finish the first reset sequence, you will need to use the second reset sequence.
  3. Reboot the Google Home you are using to set up your bulbs. Then attempt to re-setup your bulbs using the Google Home app.

Note: If your bulbs are connected to the C by GE app, you can also factory reset your bulbs by unlinking them from the C by GE app. The bulbs will blink 3 times when unlinked from the app. This confirms the factory reset was successful.

Philips Hue

Voice commands for Philips Hue scenes

 

To do this:

Say "Hey Google", then...

Activate a scene

"Activate <scene name>" or “Set <scene name>”

“Set <room name> to <scene name>”

Deactivate a scene

"Deactivate <scene name>"

 

If you can't pair your Philips Hue bridge with Google Home

  1. Say the voice command, "Hey Google, sync all devices."
  2. Check the following items on your Philips Hue bridge:
  3. Is your Philips Hue bridge powered up?
  4. Have you plugged your bridge into your Wi-Fi router?
  5. Are all the lights on the top of the bridge illuminated?
  6. Make sure your Google Home and Philips Hue bridge are on the same Wi-Fi network and connected to the same router.
  7. Reboot Google Home and the Philips Hue bridge.

General troubleshooting

Initial checklist

  1. Is your Google Home device powered on?
  2. Is your Google Home device successfully set up on your Wi-Fi network?
  3. Are your smart light bulbs successfully set up on the same WiFi network?
  4. Are you using the supported voice commands listed above?
  5. If your lights are also set up in the device maker’s app, are you able to control your lights through that app?

Troubleshooting steps

  • Make sure your mobile device, your Google Home device, and your smart light bulbs are all on the same Wi-Fi network. If you use a bridge, also check the Wi-Fi network of the bridge.
  • Make sure your mobile device and your Google Home device are linked to the same Google Account.
    • Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
    • To check the account of your Google Home device, open the Google Home app Google Home app and then select your device and then Settings Settings icon and then Linked account(s).
  • Make sure your light bulbs are linked in the Google Home app.
    • Open the Google Home app Google Home app and then scroll to "Local devices".
    • If you don't see your lights, force close the Google Home app and try again.
    • If you still don’t see your lights, set up your lights again in the Google Home app.
  • Say the voice command, “Hey Google, sync all devices."
  • Rename your light bulb.
    • Remove the room name from the light name. For example, use “Desk Light” instead of “Bedroom Desk Light.”
    • Remove numbers and special characters from the light name. For example, use “Favorite Light” instead of “The #1 Light.”
    • Make all bulb names unique. For example, use “Reading Light and TV Light” instead of “Right Sofa Light” and “Left Sofa Light.”
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