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GE C-Life Multicolor review: A smart bulb perfect for your Google Home, no Wi-Fi necessary

Earlier this year, we reviewed the C by GE Smart Bulb the first light bulb that connects directly to your Google Home using a mesh Bluetooth network. It's great to have a smart home device that doesn't require yet another app or account, and not only did the bulb work flawlessly for its intended purpose, but it's still a great value (you can currently get a two-pack for $17).

GE announced at CES 2019 that it would release color versions of the Smart Bulb, and now it has done just that. The confusingly named "C by GE A19 Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb Multicolor" is just as good as its predecessor, making it one of the best smart lights you can get.

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GE adds Google Assistant to its $144 Smart Countertop Microwave

GE's smart appliances have Google Home/Assistant integrations for some time, and today the company has announced that it is expanding that to include its $144 Smart Countertop Microwave, with an update rolling out to enable the functionality on existing models — hopefully taking advantage of the new device types Assistant categories.

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[Update: Color bulbs are out] C by GE announces new Made for Google color bulbs and accessories

C by GE already makes white, dimmable smart lights designed specifically to work with Google Home — there's even a starter kit with a Home Mini — but now the company is adding full-color LEDs to the range, along with some additional smart products.

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Get a Home Mini and a GE C-Life smart bulb for $45 ($10 off) at B&H

We recently reviewed General Electric's 'C-Life' Bluetooth smart light bulbs, and they're nearly perfect as long as you have a Google Home for them to connect to. Now you can get Google's Smart Light Starter Kit, which contains one GE A19 bulb and one Home Mini, for just $45. That's $10 off the usual price.

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Review: The GE C-Life is an affordable smart light bulb perfect for Google Home, no Wi-Fi necessary

Most smart home products use one of four connectivity options — WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth Low Energy. Bluetooth products are a little less popular, because they can only be controlled locally via a smartphone, or remotely if the company makes its own Bluetooth to WiFi hub. General Electric's C-Life A19 bulbs use Bluetooth too, but they're special because they're one of the few products that can use a Google Home speaker as their hub.

The C-Life Smart Bulb has no separate account to manage, no additional hubs to plug into your router, and no Wi-Fi connections to deal with. All you need is a Google Home, the Home app, and you're set.

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people. You can get started for less than $30 these days, with some lights or a smart switch that can connect to your Wi-Fi network and be controlled with your phone.

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