It’s a fact: Smart home devices are now a permanent part of our lifestyles. They’ve become our weather update device, our stereo, our alarm clock, our never-have-to-do-math-while-baking tool, and so much more.
Why are they the go-to devices for so many everyday needs? Well, the answer is simple: you can command them with your voice from wherever you are. No need to get up, walk anywhere, or touch anything. It’s this feature that makes pairing them with other smart devices, like smart bulbs, so handy. Because you get all the benefits of smart bulbs by giving a simple command. So, to make the setup process as easy as the post-setup process, this blog is going to explain how to pair a smart light bulb with Alexa and Google Home—starting with Alexa. Let’s get to it.
How to Connect a Smart Light Bulb to Alexa
Want hands-free voice control of lighting in your home? This is your step-by-step breakdown on how to connect a light bulb to Alexa.
STEP 1: After you add your Wi-Fi enabled bulb to your fixture and turn it on, connect the bulb in the Cync smart home app by following the simple prompts.
STEP 2: Open the Alexa app, tap the menu button on the bottom right-hand corner, and select “Skills & Games”.
STEP 3: Search for Cync and tap it when it appears. Then click “Enable”.
STEP 4: Sign in with your Cync username and password.
STEP 5: Select “Discover Devices”. When Alexa locates your light bulb, tap “Next”.
STEP 6: Add it to Alexa by selecting its name and then tapping “Setup Device”.
STEP 7: At this point, if you’d like to assign it to a group/room, tap “Add to Group”. However, if there are no other smart devices in that room or if you’re not ready for that step, you can tap the “Skip” button.
STEP 8: If you own additional lights or devices—like our smart plugs or smart switches—and would like hands-free voice control of these, repeat these steps.
And that’s all there is to it. For a more in-depth tutorial, check out our video on how to pair your Cync smart home devices with Amazon Alexa.
How to control Your Smart Lights Through Alexa
Ok, now that you know how to connect Alexa to smart light bulbs, it’s time to learn how to control them. The simplest way, of course, is by giving a voice command. Here are a couple examples:
“Alexa, turn on living room light.”
“Alexa, dim bedroom light to 50%.”
“Alexa, turn off back patio light.”
Another option is to text your command through the Alexa app. This is a relatively newer feature that comes in handy when you’re either far from an Alexa, or you’re in a scenario where you need to be quiet. To do this, simply tap the blue icon in the Alexa app and then the blue keyboard icon.
Want to get to know what your new smart bulb can do? Ask Alexa to play an introduction.
Finally, as you accumulate more Cync smart products in different spaces in your home, you may want to create a group/room in the Alexa app. This allows you to control multiple products in the same space at once. For example, you could tell Alexa to turn off all the lights on the first floor with one command from bed. Pretty smart, huh?
How to Connect a Smart Light Bulb to Google Home
Here’s how to pair smart lights to Google Home so you can control them with your voice.
STEP 1: Add your Cync smart bulb to the fixture and turn it on.
STEP 2: Open the Google Home app.
STEP 3: Tap “Add”.
STEP 4: Select “Set Up Device” and then choose the “Set Up New Devices” option.
STEP 5: Press “Next”.
STEP 6: Allow the Google Home app to search for your bulb. This may take a few moments.
STEP 7: Select “Set Up Some Smart Lights” and tap “Next”.
STEP 8: Select your Cync smart bulb and wait for the light to blink a few times.
STEP 9: Then press “Set Up”.
STEP 10: Choose a room for your device and tap “Next”.
STEP 11: Now, you can name your device. We recommend something that’s easy to say.
STEP 12: It’ll take a few seconds for the Google Home app to set up your smart light. When it’s finished, press “Done”.
STEP 13: To add more Cync products to the Google Home app, repeat these steps.
And that’s how to pair lights with Google Home. To see the setup process in action, watch our video on how to pair your smart lights with Google Home.
Controlling Your Lights Through Google Home
Just like with an Alexa, using voice commands through your Google Home is the most convenient way to control your lights. You can either start commands with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” based on your preference. Here are a couple examples:
“Hey Google, schedule bedroom lights to turn on at 8am.”
“Ok Google, turn on porch lights.”
“Hey Google, dim nursery lights to 25%.”
The Google Home app also lets you give nicknames to your Cync smart bulbs and even create routines so your lights turn on and off at the same time every day.
General Troubleshooting Checklist FAQs
Of course, with any technology, you may have questions or a need for troubleshooting tips. So, here’s our top 5 FAQs:
How do you put a light bulb in pairing mode?
Turn the bulb on. Then turn it off for 1 or 2 seconds and turn it on again. Repeat this process 5 times until your bulb starts blinking.
Why is my light bulb not connecting to my Alexa?
Try restarting your Alexa. If that doesn’t work, you may need to factory reset your smart bulb. If it still doesn’t connect, contact our support center.
Why can’t Google Home find my light bulb?
Make sure you have the latest version of the Google Home app. Then try turning off your Google Home for 10 seconds and turning it back on. If this doesn’t work, you may need to factory reset your smart bulb. If it still doesn’t connect, we recommend contacting our support center.
Does Google Home work with any lights?
Google Home only connects to supported smart lights. If the smart product’s packaging is labeled Made for Google, it means you only need the Google Home app to set it up—no hub or bridge required. Other smart products may have a Works with the Google Assistant logo on the packaging. This means you’ll need the Google Home App and the smart product’s app to connect. Visit the Google Support page to learn how to connect smart products with Google Home devices.
Should I put my smart lights in pairing mode?
If your smart bulb is not connecting, you will need to factory reset your product to pair with your voice assistant, the smart home app, and other smart products.
Enjoy Your Cync Smart Bulbs With Alexa or Google Home
Now that you’re all set up, we hope you enjoy your hands-free voice control of your Cync smart bulbs.
For even more smart lighting tips and tricks, visit our blog.