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GE Lighting Smart Light Bulbs: The Best of the Best?

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The new GE Smart Light bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also offer dimming capabilities that allow users to adjust light levels for different tasks and moods.

We all know the General Electric Company, founded by Thomas Edison in the late 1800s. The inventor of the first commercial incandescent lamp, has now started working on Smart Home Lighting.

GE Lighting, a Savant company; one of the world’s best-known lighting brands, is a 16-time winner of the EPA’s Energy Star™ award.

C by GE & CYNC FAQ

Is CYNC the same as C by GE?

The name of the company, which started to produce Smart Home Lighting products with the C by GE brand, is now CYNC.

With this name change, the company has stepped into other smart product markets such as Smart Indoor Cameras, Smart Plugs, and the applications that control them, in addition to lighting. 

You can find more detailed information about the CYNC brand here.

Does C by GE still work?

The app that used to be “C by GE” is no longer accessible. The name of the new application has changed to “CYNC”. 

From the “Cync” application, you can access and control all your smart home devices in the “C by GE” application.

Can I control Cync Smart Lights with Alexa?

Yes, you can control these! However, your installation method may differ depending on the product you will purchase.

If you bought Direct Connect Lights, an easy setup will be required to connect with Alexa. But after installation, you can easily control it with Alexa. You can find a sample video for installation below.

Works With Alexa: With this method, you can control your lamps by first connecting to the Cync application and then connecting to Alexa.

Frustration-Free Setup: With this method, you can use the lights directly with Alexa without the need for the Cync application.

Can I control Cync Smart Lights with Google Assistant?

google home cync lights

Yes, you can control them! However, your installation method may differ depending on the product you will purchase.

  • Seamless Set Up: With this method, you can use the lights directly with Google Home without the need for the Cync application.
  • Works with Google: With this method, you can control your lamps by first connecting to the Cync application and then linking to Google Home.

Pro Tip: If you purchased Bluetooth Lights, you can control them with Alexa or Google Home, but you will need a Cync Wi-Fi device to enable this smart feature. 

Can I control CYNC lights with Apple HomeKit?

apple homekit cync lights

Yes, Cync Bluetooth Lights work with Apple HomeKit, but you will need a C by GE C-Reach to enable this smart feature. You need to set your C-Reach Bridge up first. Then add the smart lights to the Cync app.

However, CYNC Direct Connect Lights are not compatible with Apple HomeKit. 

Pro tip: Production of the C-Reach Bridge product has ended. The deadline for support was announced as March 1, 2023. In the absence of a C-Reach product, there is currently no alternative product in the CYNC catalog to connect with HomeKit. For more information…

Do I need Wi-Fi/internet to control Cync and C by GE smart lights? 

For Direct Connection products, Wi-Fi is required for setup and control. Because you need Wifi and Bluetooth to connect to the Cync application. However, for Bluetooth-connected products, Wi-Fi or an internet connection is not required as the control will be via the Cync application.

But of course, since you need to be within range of Bluetooth for control with the app, your remote use possibilities are limited.

We will examine the most popular products from different product groups of the same brand.

If you need more info about Smart Light Bulbs and how you can automate, you can check out our articles. What is a Smart Light Bulb?Home Lighting Automation

You can also check the incredibly detailed FAQ of GE lighting products.

GE Smart Bulb Choosing Criteria


ProductGE CYNC Smart LED Light Bulb, Color ChangingC by GE A19 Smart LED Light BulbGE LED+ Speaker Light Bulb
Bulb SizeA19A19A21
Indoor/OutdoorIndoorIndoorIndoor
Control Method (App/Voice)CYNC App / VoiceCYNC App / VoiceRemote Control
Hub needed?XXX
Brightness (Lumen)800800760
Power Consumption (W)9,6W9,6W9W
Voltage (V)120120120
Frosted
RGBX
Colour Temperature2700K to 6500K2700K2700K to 6500K
Dimmable
Timer
BatteryXXX
Bluetooth
Wifi✓ (2,4Ghz)✓ (2,4Ghz)X
ZigbeeXXX
ZwaveXXX
EthernetXXX
InsteonXXX
Alexa Comp.✓ (through the Cync App)✓ (through the Cync App)X
Google Home Compatible✓ (through the Cync App)✓ (through the Cync App)X
Microsoft Cortana CompatibleXXX
Siri CompatibleXXX
HomeKit CompatibleX
SmartThings CompatibleXXX
IFTTT CompatibleXXX
Wink CompatibleXXX

GE SMART LIGHT BULBS


GE SYNC Smart LED Light bulb

GE CYNC Smart LED Light Bulb, Color Changing

Power Consumption: 9,6W equivalent to 80W
No hub is needed, 2.4Ghz WiFi is enough to connect and control.
You can control through Cync App or voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Home.

This bulb has a wide color range so that it can be used in different applications such as ambient, focused, streaming lighting etc.

C by GE Smart Led Light Bulb

C by GE A19 Smart LED Light Bulb (Soft White)

Power Consumption: 9,5W equivalent to 80W
No hub is needed, 2.4Ghz WiFi is enough to connect and control.
You can control through CYNC App or voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Home.

This product has only soft, warm white. It can be used as a smooth replacement for your old light bulbs.

GE LED+ Speaker Light Bulb

Power Consumption: 9W equivalent to 60W

It is one of the few products that can be used if you think that your wi-fi is getting heavy with Smart appliances in your home and you need both a speaker and a lighting bulb.

Bluetooth connection is for speaker and besides that this product is a basic color-changing smart light bulb.

Since it comes with its own remote, you can control the lighting and sound from the remote.

TL;DR


We tried to review the 3 most suitable and well-matched products in the GE Lighting branded bulbs category.

I recommend you to review the other products of this brand, which has a lot of products in its product portfolio. You can definitely find a product that suits your preferences.

There is some feedback that the use of the CYNC app is a bit confusing and you can encounter some connectivity issues. But many users can use these products with voice control without having any problems.

This brand has many other variations of lighting solutions. You can find other products classified by product categories and brands below.

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Batu of CondoChance Team

BSc. Electrical Engineer & MBA
10+ years of industrial experience as an Electrical Engineer

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