Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ETBRoc Fine as a Flood Light, but malfunctions as a Zigbee connected bulb.
I purchased 2 of these GE Link Bulbs to put in my garage as part of my SmartThings system to serve as a Zigbee repeater and light in my detached garage. Initially each bulb connected with SmartThings and worked fine; I could turn on/off the bulb and adjust the brightness with a reasonable amount of latency from the app. However, after a few weeks both bulbs stopped responding completely, or developed an extreme latency in responding to commands. No other Zigbee bulbs seemed to be affected with this issue.
I don't think this is a problem of Zigbee mesh network coverage since an interior bulb that is even further from the house never had these issues and reliably responds to commands in the SmartThings app. My only thought is that the GE Link bulbs have very weak antennas/radios. These systemic problems are likely why SmartThings no longer lists the GE Link bulbs among their supported lighting solutions even though everything worked over Zigbee within SmartThings. Supposedly there are firmware updates available that improves their reliability, but there is currently no way to perform firmware updates on devices through SmartThings.
Bottom line, don't use these for connected lighting with SmartThings. It is only because I got them on clearance for less than the price of an equivalent LED bulb that I did not return them.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Derek perfect in every way.
This is absolutely the best outdoor lights. Have 2 on the driveway. It lights up the area better than any bulb that is 100 watts or equivalent. Works perfect with the wink hub. This bulb is worth every cent. Well done and more than I could have imagined for its price.
June 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lauren Love these!
These work great! I use with wink hub. Did have one that wouldn't connect, but just bought replacement and no problem. I have many Ge link bulbs throughout the house.nice to set the ones outside on a time from sun down to sun up and dimmables!
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SuperTongue Great Smart-Bulbs at a Great Price
Smart bulbs are nothing new. You have products like the Phillips Hue or TCP Connected bulbs that range from a little expensive ($20) to very expensive ($60).
GE was sick of these high-priced bulbs (or they wanted to get into the game a little late). Most people really don't need millions of colors to choose from in their ordinary home lighting. Sure, it might be nice but for kits running up to $200 for just 3 bulbs, you're really getting into luxury item territory.
GE Link bulbs come in soft white only. This will meet the needs of most users looking for a cheap smart bulb without all the high-end costs. A GE Link A19 bulb will run you $14.97 at the time of this post. Since most LED bulbs are priced anywhere between $5 and $20, the GE Link blends right in while adding a pretty cool feature set.
IT'S A LIGHTBULB
I'm not huge on perfecting my home's lighting. As long as it works and the lights are the same color, I'm happy. The A19 bulbs work just fine and light up my rooms equally as well as the CFLs we had before them.
If you're looking for some detailed information, the bulb outputs 800 lumens, which is just shy of your typical incandescent bulb that puts out 840 lumens. Take with that what you will.
As expected, the bulb itself will save you a decent chunk of change over the 22.8 year life. That's on an estimated usage of 3 hours per day. At 11 cents per kWh, you're looking at a yearly cost of about $1.45. Not too bad.
WHAT YOU NEED
With all that out of the way, what do you need to get up and running with these bad boys?
A smartphone (iOS or Android only. Sorry, Windows Phone users!)
A Wink Hub
A GE Link bulb
That's it. Once you've got that all purchased, the setup process is pretty simple:
Setup your Wink Hub. This is done through the Wink app. You'll basically enter your Wi-Fi information, automatically send that to your new hub, and then it will be good to go.
After connecting your Wink Hub, be sure to check for updates! I didn't do this and spent a good 10 minutes trying to pair my bulbs thinking they were all duds. After letting my hub update, pairing went incredibly quick.
Once setup, you add your bulb. Wink has recently added a GE Link option to the list of supported lighting options. Simply select that and it will walk your through the setup - basically screw the bulb in and turn the light on. It will blink 3 times and then you can name it.
Simple, right? The only downside is that Wink/GE do not make things clear. I didn't immediately think about updating my hub, I was just in such a hurry to try out these bulbs that I ignored the big bar at the bottom of my phone telling me to check for updates.
Another thing GE doesn't tell you is how to reset the bulb to factory defaults (which is important to tell the bulb to "forget" the base). After calling Wink support, I found that out pretty quickly:
Turn the light fixture off, wait 3 solid seconds.
Turn the light fixture on, wait 3 solid seconds.
Turn the light fixture off, wait 3 solid seconds.
Turn the light fixture on, wait 3 solid seconds.
Repeat this 5 or 6 times until the light dims automatically and shoots back on to full brightness quickly. The bulb is now factory reset and can be re-paired.
The Wink app, despite it's 3-ish star average review, works pretty well. Pairing the Wink Hub was pretty easy. From there, you have a long list of compatible products to choose from - the more you add, the more functionality you get.
On the GE Link side of things, you've got a nice and clean UI to work with. Bulbs show in a list and you can create groups of bulbs however you like. For example, I have four lights in my basement and can now turn them on with a single tap. If I really wanted to, I could also drag my "Basement" group slider and dim each bulb exactly like the others in the group. Pretty neat.
You can organize your bulb list however you please. Keep your most used bulbs at the top or bottom - it's your choice.
ROBOTS AND SCHEDULES!
On top of that, you can also create "Robots", which really allow you to get the most out of your bulbs and Wink setup. Like I said earlier, the more Wink-compatible items you add, the more functionality you'll get out of this piece.
For example, I have a robot setup to turn my living room light on whenever I get home between the hours of 8PM and 5AM. It simply uses a geofencing feature that, on most occasions, detects when you enter a certain radius around your home.
You can also have it do the opposite - when you leave a certain radius, turn off/on certain lights. It's pretty cool and rather flexible.
Finally, you can set specific times to turn lights on and off. Going on vacation and want to fend off would-be house squatters? Freak them out with your magical haunted light bulbs!
EVEN MORE CONNECTIVITY
Now if you get really invested in Wink, you can do even more! Say you have a Spotter - when the Spotter detects motion, turn on your lights. See where I'm going? It's pretty cool all around and gives you a lot of flexibility in expanding your "Smart Home" one piece at a time - rather than investing in a system all at once.
Also, Android Wear will be supported starting in October 2014. After a quick call to support, I was told that it is being included in next month's "big" platform update. I'll be sure to post a follow up whenever I get my hands on it.
And I forgot to mention - the whole app is free! No subscriptions, no one-time fees. The only things you ever pay for are the smart items. That's it.
DESIGN - 5/5
As far as LED lightbulbs go, these sure fit the bill. They look pretty cool while still fitting in with your not-so-cool incandescent bulbs. Not nearly as weird looking as your pigtail CFLs, however.
FUNCTIONALITY - 4/5
My only issue with these bulbs is how little GE tells you in order to set them up. They leave out something critical (albeit pretty obvious) in that everything needs to be updated to work. You see some bad reviews for these bulbs simply because people didn't understand how to pair them.
Beyond that, however, these things are awesome. I love being able to sit on my bed and shut off the lights that I accidentally forgot to turn off - no more walking around like a peasant. They work pretty much all the time and are reliable enough to know that when you're not home, the lights are off.
OVERAL - 5/5
Despite (5+4)/2 not quite equaling 5, I'm just going to do it anyway. These bulbs shine (sorry). They're cheap, efficient, and work just like every other smart bulb out there - and they use a hub that works with a number of other products. No stupid proprietary hubs needed!
So if you're looking for soft white bulbs that you can turn on or off from anywhere in the world - these are it. With that, you also get a huge amount of additional functionality through Robots, Scheduling, and simply by buying more Wink-compatible products. It's a win-win for everyone.
September 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by billr777 Wonderful Product and priced right.
We have this outside shining on our driveway, we use the SmartThings hub to control it.
I have it set to be on from dusk to dawn. No problems at all. This is a very bright bulb and if for some reason you didn't want it that bright, you can use the app to dim it.
I also have the smaller bulbs for inside my house and I love them.
December 7, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by beachreader Not ready for prime time
Use the par38 bulbs outdoors. The issue I have is on the schedule turn off only one of the lights turns off. I have contacted customer several times. Still waiting for an appropriated response. Another issue is some times the lights turn on randomly. However. I think customer service did address that. I will know over the weekend. If customer service were more responsive and the issue of the bulb turning off on its schedule time I would have give the product 5 stars. The hub, the app, the light bulb and the ability to integrate other applications ie door locks garage door can make this an amazing one stop solution for home automation.
November 25, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chestnut Using Outdoor
I purchased lights to use outside above my garage. Linked with hub, programmed inside using a lamp- all was quick and easy. I then took them outside and screwed them into the fixture above my garage--and they DID NOT WORK. Called support and googled, no luck. Finally I figured out the bulbs were not making contact with the inside of my fixture. The were completely screwed in, but to short. Had to buy a 2 dollar extender from Home D-pot, and they worked.
June 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by thomastx Pricy, but a good product
Great build quality, great light output, good dimming abilities, good integration with Wink, just still a bit on the pricy side.
May 5, 2015