One of the benefits of smart home technology is the ability to connect it with smart speakers such as the Google Nest or Amazon Alexa, and control it with your voice.
With Google, it's as simple as saying "Hey Google, turn the lights on". Here's how to set it up.
What you need
- Smart light bulbs which are compatible with Google Assistant (such as the Kosen Smart Bulb)
- A Google Nest smart speaker (such as the Google Nest Mini or the Google Nest Audio)
- The Google Home app (Android or iOS)
- Bulb maker's smart home app (such as Smart Life)
Step 1: Check compatibility
Make sure that your smart lights are compatible with Google Home. You should be able to find a "Works with Hey Google" or "Works with Google Assistant" badge on your product packaging.
Note: There are some smart lights which are "Made for Google" which are able to directly connect to the Google Home app without the manufacturer's app. However, these are less common. If you have these, you can follow instructions here.
Step 2: Connect smart lights to bulb maker's app
Follow your bulb maker's instructions to connect your smart lights with their app.
Step 3: Link manufacturer's app with Google Home app
Open the Google Home app. Click "+" on the menu of the Google Home app home page, then click "Set up device". Select "Works with Google".
Find your manufacturer's smart home app in the list (e.g. Smart Life) and login if prompted.
Step 4: Assign smart light to a room
This allows you to control your devices more easily. To do this, open the Google Home app. Touch and hold the device's tile > Settings > Room > choose a room > Save.
Step 5: Control your smart lights with Google Home
You can now control the Kosen Smart Bulb through Google Home! If you added your smart light to a specific room (e.g. your bedroom), you can use voice commands such as:
Turn the lights on and off
- "Hey Google, turn on/off the bedroom light"
- "Hey Google, set the bedroom light to 50%"
- "Hey Google, brighten the bedroom light"
- "Hey Google, dim the bedroom light"
Change colour or temperature
- "Hey Google, set the bedroom light to red"
- "Hey Google, set the bedroom light to bright white"
- "Hey Google, set the bedroom light to candlelight"