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12-Pack GE Link Smart LED Light Bulb, A19 Soft White (2700K), 60-Watt Equivalent at Amazon for $36 + tax (works with Hue)

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At $3 each this is the cheapest I've ever found these bulbs. These work flawlessly with my Hue bridge. I used to have a Wink Hub but stopped using it when they started charging a monthly fee.

I already ordered and received my 12 bulbs before posting this deal. Mine came as 6 starter packs with two bulbs each and a crappy mini Wink hub. I have no idea what I'll do with the little hubs.

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Ive had 4 of these fail in the past 5 years.
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Are they ever higher wattage equivalents offered for these bulbs? They aren't bright enough for me.
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wow, where they they dig these out of? I thought they've been discontinued for several years now.
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In for 2!
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I left Wink for SmartThings. Had these bulbs...started acting up. Not sure these are best for smart things. You can add them if needed but worked better with Wink.
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I've thrown around 20 of these away in the last year, they fail and constantly fall off my hue bridge and I have to re-pair them almost daily. With the OG firmware and then I bought a wink hub just to update them but they only got a little better but still had to keep repairing them. Don't buy them they are shit. I have around 10 still in service and a few on the shelf. I'm slowly replacing them with IKEA bulbs which are 100% more reliable.
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As a counterpoint, I've had ten of these running for the last five years without any hardware issues, and half are in exterior fixtures.

There were definitely periodic disconnection issues with the Wink hub and I needed to re-pair them every so often but they've been rock solid since switching to Home Assistant.

I like the aesthetic of them, but they definitely have a different look than your average lightbulb, and are fairly heavy. They also turn on/turn off instantly rather than fading on/off like many others.
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My Hue hub is turning lights on and off when NOT programmed. Worked with customer support and they can't help. Running no ifft, no programs, re-set the hub, and lights can go on at 3 AM, or off whenever they want. Will never buy Hue again.
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Quote from BrianH2588
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Ive had 4 of these fail in the past 5 years.
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I'm a newbie with these smart bulbs.
so do they work with Amazon Alexa / Google?
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I've thrown around 20 of these away in the last year, they fail and constantly fall off my hue bridge and I have to re-pair them almost daily. With the OG firmware and then I bought a wink hub just to update them but they only got a little better but still had to keep repairing them. Don't buy them they are shit. I have around 10 still in service and a few on the shelf. I'm slowly replacing them with IKEA bulbs which are 100% more reliable.
As I discovered when I added Ikea to the house...Ikea bulbs are the ge/wink bulbs. The controllers instantly hijacked every damn bulb I had. Somehow I expect them to eventually fail just as frequently.
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I have numerous bulbs of 1st gen. Huge flaw in the design. Each bulb has a small pool of water from heat and condensation. My guess is that these are left over and trying to get rid of them considering I bought when $15 per bulb.
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These bulbs are fairly reliable and will work with almost any zigbee controller. Note: Wink and Smartthings will control these out of the box without a bridge.

Problems you may face:

As was mentioned earlier, condensation. I've been rocking these for 4-5 years, and there's probably a teaspoon or more hanging in each one. Major flaw.

Some of these GE bulbs are controlled by Zigbee ZHA and others by Zigbee ZLL libraries. I'm not sure how to tell the difference without connecting it to a system. I'm not really familiar with either one, but what I do know is that out-of-the-box, ZHA is universally more easily controlled, and ZLL is not. What I mean by this is that either one will pair fine with most zigbee radios, but other functions (like unpairing) requires instructions specific to that library. As a result, ZHA is more widely used by smarthub equipment manufacturers - and you'll need a hub or special remote to reset the ZLLs (like you would a Philips Hue bulb - also ZLL).

Finally - your smarthome hub may not have Zigbee. You'll either need to find a way to get it, find a way to pair a bridge like the Hue Bridge or a GE bridge (do they still make them?), or look for a different bulb.
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I have many of these from Wink and they work great now that I moved to SmartThings. People recommend drilling a small hole in the case to help with the condensation problem: https://www.reddit.com/r/winkhub/...r_ge_link/
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