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Google Home app makes it easy to set up this GE smart bulb

First announced at the Made by Google event in New York on Oct. 9, the Smart Light Starter Kit packs a Google Home Mini smart speaker and a GE C-Life Smart Bulb into the same box. You can buy the kit now for $55 on the Google store and electronics stores like Target. That’s a good price, as the Google Home Mini costs $50 on its own and a two pack of GE’s smart bulbs costs $30.

Beyond the affordable price, the pairing marks Google’s first foray into helping you set up your smart home. You’ve long been able to control a wide variety of smart home devices with Google’s smart speakers like the Google Home Mini or the original Google Home. Thanks to Google Assistant built into those smart speakers, you could use your voice to control Philips Hue lights, August locks, Nest Thermostats or any of roughly 10,000 devices from 1,000 brands. For each of those devices, you had to do the initial setup using the provider app such as the Philips Hue app for Philips Hue bulbs

These GE C-Life Smart Bulbs are the first you can set up directly from the Google Home app. We opened up the Starter Kit this week to see if the process is as seamless as promised.

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