On trial this week, two connected products that simply look like a conventional light bulb and electrical outlet found on the market.
Manufactured by the brand C by GE, from General Electric, the adjustable smart LED bulb and smart On / Off plug are easy to install and connect if you have an iOS or Android smartphone.
Another prerequisite is Wi-Fi coverage in the room where the home automation devices are installed.
Beyond the gadget, the smart electrical outlet will allow me, for example, to remotely manage one of the two parabolic heaters in my apartment according to the Flex D tariff from Hydro-Quebec, which warns me of peak events on my phone.
For its part, the LED bulb offers variable intensity and a gradation between cold and warm white.
If the installation of C by GE suggests three steps, the first two are sufficient by omitting the voice interface Alexa (from the giant Amazon) and that of the other giant, Google.
Before starting, you must download the C by GE mobile application on your iPhone or Android phone, then create an account using an email and a password. Write them down.
1- Install the peripherals. In the case here, the smart socket and the smart bulb and turn them on.
2- On the application, the + sign is used to add a device. Choose it. If the socket was well indicated, in the case of the bulb, it is necessary to choose “Lights Direct Connect” (curious translation French), not “Bluetooth Lights”.
To confirm the connection, the bulb will blink three times.
A button on the side of the smart plug allows you to manually turn it on or off. If the connection is not successful the first time, remove the electrical outlet and replace it. It functioned.
Like me, you will probably have to install the firmware update for each accessory. Just accept the request, it only takes a minute or two.
To test them, just turn off your phone’s Wi-Fi. And with the only connection to the cellular network, you can manage your devices remotely even if you are on the other side of the province.
Other connected and smart home automation products will soon be covered in this page.
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116