The SmartThings Compatible Sengled ZigBee Smart Light Bulb
In today’s episode I will review the Sengled ZigBee LED Dimmable Smart Light Bulb. I’ll show you a practical use for this ZigBee bulb which works out of the box with SmartThings and Alexa. Let’s get cracking.
The Sengled line of ZigBee smart bulbs are directly compatible with the Echo 4th Gen Plus, Echo Show 10, Echo Studio, SmartThings, Wink, Hubitat or the Sengled Hub. The Sengled ZigBee bulbs are not compatible with Philips Hue bridge system.
A quick Pro Tip here with regard to determining device compatibility, if you view the information in the device description or on the device package, you are likely to see one of two different statements. The description will either state “Hub Required” or it may state “No Hub Required”. Be careful to look for smart home devices which have descriptions that state, “Hub Required”. This usually signifies that the device is using the ZigBee or Z-Wave protocol and that a ZigBee or Z-Wave capable hub is required to join the device. Aeotec and SmartThings hubs use both of these protocols.
Sengled smart light bulbs can be controlled by voice with Alexa Echo or Google Home Voice Assistants. The standard Soft White bulbs which I am working with today are dimmable led bulbs which you can control in SmartThings automations or Alexa routines. You have the flexibility to switch them on/off and you may also adjust the brightness from 1% to 100%. You can also setup a group for all of your Sengled light bulbs and easily group control them with SmartThings, Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT. The Sengled LED bulb is equivalent to a 60-watt light in brightness and can save up to 80% energy.
The Sengled line of ZigBee Smart Bulbs includes a variety of options to include Soft White, Daylight, Color Changing and Vintage Edison Bulbs.
The entire line of Sengled ZigBee devices are directly compatible with the SmartThings & the SmartThings/Aeotec hubs. They are easily discovered by the SmartThings app without the need for custom device handlers.
As for my recommended uses, ZigBee Smart Bulbs at best used in a lamp or light fixture that is not easily controlled with a wall switch. I am using this bulb in a closet which has a light fixture that is not controlled by a wall switch. Rather than twisting the bulb in and out to turn the light on or off, I have added a Ring Contact sensor to my door so that I can us the sensor to turn of light on or off when I open and close the door. If you’d like to view and possibly purchase either the Ring Contact sensor or the Sengled Smart Bulb, just check out the provided links that accompany this video. These and many other SmartThings and Alexa compatible devices can also be access via my Bud’s Home Automation website or my Amazon Store as well.
Let me now demonstrate how simple it is to add this smart bulb to your SmartThings app. To add you Sengled ZigBee Bulb, Open the SmartThings app and press the Plus Sign on top-right of the Favorites page. Then, tap on “Devices”. Tap on the magnifying glass to search for “Sengled” and tap on Sengled when it is found. Tab on “Lighting” and then tap on “Sengled Smart LED ZigBee”. Select the hub and the room for Sengled ZigBee Bulb and then tap the word “Next”. Now, after ensuring that you have power to your light fixture, screw in your Sengled smart light bulb. The bulb will flash on and off to indicate that device discovery is in progress. When the bulb is connected to your hub you will receive a Success message within your SmartThings App. The bulb will pair to the Alexa App as well. You can now rename your device and write automations to control your new Smart Bulb.
So that’s a wrap on today’s episode. Be sure to check out my other videos on this site for details about additional SmartThings and Alexa compatible smart devices. These can be viewed on this site and also on my website. Until next time, keep automating and God Bless!