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How to Use the Sylvania Smart Home App

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Introduction

Pair and control your Sylvania Smart+ Bluetooth lighting, and connect it to your Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or directly from your smartphone when in-range.Sylvania

Supported Devices

Sylvania offers a number of different products, each with a slightly different way they are used.

Bluetooth ProductsBluetoothThe Sylvania Smart Home App can be used to control the Bluetooth line of Smart+ bulbs.Zigbee and Lightify ProductsZigbeeZigbee bulbs in the Sylvania Smart+ line depend on your Zigbee hub which is a separate product, and do not use the Sylvania Smart Home App.
Zigbee Home Hubs
We offer guides for the following hubs to add your Zigbee bulbs to directly.

Supported Apps

This guide covers using the Sylvania Smart Home app. It is entirely possible to use your bulbs without Sylvania's app. If you are using one of the other major systems to control your bulbs, we have guides available to help with those apps, instead.

1 Add a Group

The Sylvania Smart+ app is group-based, meaning it relies on you setting up groups, or rooms, to control your devices together in each room you setup.

  1. Open the Sylvania Smart+ app, and select + Add A Group at the top.
    Smart+
    My groups with Add a Group highlighted.
  2. Either enter a name for your new room, or select one from the list.
    Add a group with group custom name and list of groups highlighted.
  3. Once added, you'll be taken to your now empty group, ready to add a light.
    Empty Bedroom Group.

2 Add a Light

Once you have your groups, or rooms, setup, you can add your lights.

  1. Open the Sylvania Smart+ app, and select Devices for one of your groups.
    Smart+
    Group list with Devices for Living Room group highlighted.
  2. Screw in your light bulb, and turn on the power.
    Screw in bulb Light Switch On
  3. Your light should flash to indicate it's reset, and ready to pair.
    Color BulbMulticolor Light ResetColor bulbs will flash blue, red, green, then white to indicate it's ready to pair.White BulbsWhite LED Light ResetWhite bulbs will flash dim and bright a few times to indicate it's ready to pair.
  4. Select + Add A Device.
    Living Room group with Add a Device highlighted.
  5. The app will scan for your new bulb. Follow the instructions on screen to complete adding your new bulb.
    Scanning for device.

3 Control Lights

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Sylvania's new Zigbee smart bulb costs just $12 Starting at $12, the lineup includes classic-shaped bulbs, floodlights and a weatherproof PAR38 smart bulb, all of which work with a range of hubs.

Timing is everything. Just weeks after Amazon announced a new "Echo Plus" smart speaker with a built-in Zigbee radio for direct control of Zigbee smart homegadgets, Ledvance is introducing a new line of low-cost Sylvania Smart Plus Zigbee lights starting at just $12 each.

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In fact, at $12, the A-shaped 60W replacement is one of the most affordable big-brand smart bulbs we've seen. $15 for a smart BR30 floodlight and $20 for a weatherproof PAR38 floodlight are good deals, too.

The most exciting part (at least for smart lighting nerds like me) might be that $20 PAR38-shaped bulb. People ask me all the time for a smart floodlight they can use outdoors that doesn't cost too much, and there aren't a lot of good options out there. Sylvania's bulb should fill the void nicely.

All three are decent light bulbs in their own right, too. In terms of brightness, the A-shaped bulb promises the standard 800 lumens that you'd expect from a 60W replacement. Our spectrometer measured it at 837 lumens, with a soft white color temperature of 2,740 K, which is just what you want. With 813 lumens, the BR30-shaped bulb came in brighter than advertised, too. I measured the PAR38 bulb at 1,024 lumens -- just shy of the stated 1,050 lumens, but well within our setup's 5 percent margin of error. In short, all three earn a passing grade as far as specs are concerned.

Sounds good, but what the heck is Zigbee?

If you aren't familiar, Zigbee is a wireless protocol that devices can use to communicate with each other, just like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It's the same protocol used by Philips Hue smart bulbs and by a wide range of other lights, locks and smart home gadgets. The only catch is that most routers don't speak Zigbee, so you'll need a Zigbee-fluent control hub like the Echo Plus, the Philips Hue Bridge, the Wink Hub, the SmartThings Hub or Sylvania's own plug-in gateway to act as translator.

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The idea is that you'll screw the Sylvania Smart Plus bulb in and turn it on, then connect it with a hub like one of those. From there, you'll be able to control it remotely using your phone, or schedule automated lighting changes. The specific types of automations available will depend on what hub you're using -- for instance, some simply let you program times for the bulbs to come on and off, while others will also let you sync them up with motion detectors or schedule slow fades to help ease you out of bed in the morning.

Integrations will vary from hub to hub, too. Whether it's Alexa or Nest, Apple HomeKit or Google Home, your hub will determine what platforms your bulbs work with (fortunately, our handy CNET Compatibility Tracker can help you sort out what works with what).

Whatever Zigbee hub you're using, the bottom line is that these new Sylvania bulbs will likely work with it, and they won't cost you very much compared with other connected bulbs.

What's in a name?

One other note: Things are a little bit jumbled with Sylvania's branding these days. Walk through the lighting aisle at your local hardware store, and you might see bulbs and lighting products under the names Sylvania, Osram, Lightify and Ledvance -- all of which look alike.

"It's confusing, I know," a Ledvance spokesperson admitted, so I asked him for a quick rundown:

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"Ledvance is our company name," he explained. "We used to be a part of the company Osram, which owns the Lightify app, gateway and brand. We separated from Osram last July. Ledvance sells Sylvania general lighting products in the US and Canada.

"We are hoping to simplify things by moving our smart lighting products to the Sylvania Smart Plus brand," he added, before also pointing out that Sylvania's Zigbee bulbs will work with the existing Osram Lightify plug-in gateway.

That Sylvania Smart Plus lineup also includes other kinds of smart lights, including bulbs that work with Apple HomeKit. These Zigbee bulbs do not, but they share the same "Sylvania Smart Plus" branding. At any rate, you'll want to make sure you're buying the right light before you pull the trigger.

Sylvania's new Zigbee lineup is available today on Amazon, and will roll out to major retailers in the weeks ahead. We'll test them out with as many Zigbee hubs as we can out at the CNET Smart Home -- stay tuned for an update.

Sours: https://www.cnet.com/reviews/sylvania-smart-plus-zigbee-led-preview/
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Sylvania A19 Smart+ Full Color review: This sensible no-hub bulb works with Alexa and Google Assistant

If you’re looking for an affordable color smart bulb that works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Sylvania A19 Smart+ Full Color bulb is a fine candidate, although you can’t buy just one.

This standard A19 bulb connects directly to Wi-Fi networks, meaning there’s no need for a bridge or smart-home hub. Sylvania’s mobile app offers a variety of grouping options, lighting scenes, and powerful automation tools. That said, we still prefer the more polished apps that come bundled with our favorite A19 smart bulbs from LIFX and Philips Hue. The Sylvania bulb also lacks the HomeKit support that LIFX and Hue bulbs deliver, but that will matter only to Apple users who use that ecosystem.

Specifications

The Ledvance-owned Sylvania brand offers four Wi-Fi enabled Smart+ bulbs: the color A19 bulbs we’re reviewing here, a dimmable but non-tunable soft-white A19 bulb, a full-color BR30 floodlight, and a soft-white BR30. On an individual basis, these Smart+ Wi-Fi bulbs are relatively inexpensive; for example, the color A19 bulbs cost about $8.75 each, while the color BR30 costs a reasonable $12.50 a pop. There’s a catch, however: the bulbs are only available in four-packs, which means if you want a color A19 Smart+ bulb, you’ll pay $35 for four.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart bulbs, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.

Physically, the A19 Smart+ looks like a garden-variety light bulb. Measuring 4.33 inches high, 2.26 inches across, and fitted with an E26 base, the bulb will screw into most standard light sockets.

Rated to last up to 15,000 hours, the A19 Smart+ bulb’s white light is tunable from a warm 2,700 Kelvin, which is an ideal temperature for a bedroom or a sitting area, to a cool 6,500K, which is equivalent to daylight on a hazy day. The bulb can also glow in up to 16 million colors, which you can select using a circular slider on the Sylvania Smart WiFi app.

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Capable of emitting up to 800 lumens of brightness (about equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb), the A19+ can easily light up a room or a workspace; installed in a lamp on my bedside table, the bulb did a fine job of illuminating my bedroom. Still, we should note that the brightest A19 smart bulbs can achieve lumen ratings in the 1,100 range.

Setup

The first step after installing the Sylvania Smart WiFi app is to register for an account; you’ll need to enter your email address and create a password, as there’s no option for signing in with Apple, Facebook, or Google.

Once you’re signed up, you press a “+” button in the top-right corner of the interface to add a new bulb, assuming it’s screwed in and switched on. The app quickly found the three A19 Smart+ bulbs I’d installed, but it refused to add them until I’d switched off the 5GHz band of my dual-band Wi-Fi router—unsurprising, given that almost every Wi-Fi smart bulb we’ve tested is compatible only with 2.4GHz wireless networks. The pairing process went smoothly once my router was in 2.4GHz-only mode, and afterwards, I turned the 5GHz back on without encountering any further hiccups.

Grouping, scenes, and routines

With the bulbs added to the app, you can begin moving them into “rooms” in your home. I ended up with two bulbs in the “Master Bedroom” and one in the “Kids Room.” Confusingly, simply adding some bulbs to a room won’t let you control them simultaneously; for that, you’ll need to add them to a separate lighting group. The process of adding lights to a room or a group is somewhat confusing. Once you get the hang of it, though, you’ll be able to turn the grouped lights on and off, change their brightness, and adjust their color temperatures, all in unison.

sylvania a19 smart plus wi fi bulb groupingBen Patterson/IDG

To manually control a light or a light group from within the app, you just tap it, then tap one of the four tabs at the bottom of the screen. The Basic tab lets you tinker with the bulb’s white light, with one slider controlling the brightness while the Warm/Cool slider lets you adjust the color temperature. The Color tab features a circular color palette, while the Effect tab lets you pick a white light or color preset, or you can create your own, adding strobe or fade effects. Finally, the Schedule tab lets you set basic on/off schedules that can be repeated on a daily or weekly basis.

sylvania a19 smart plus wi fi bulb appBen Patterson/IDG

Returning to the app’s main interface, the Automation tab lets you create both lighting scenes and routines. For scenes, you first name the scene and add a “cover” (basically a variety of images representing bedrooms, kitchens, entertainment rooms, and so on), then you program “actions,” which involves adding various lights and/or light groups and then setting their brightness, color temperature, and power status. Once you’ve created a scene, you can tap Perform to trigger it manually, or you can incorporate it into a Routine (which I’ll cover next). Scenes are added to Alexa automatically (more on Alexa integration in a moment), and you can also add a Smart+ scene as a Siri Shortcut.

Moving on, Routines allow you to customize a wide variety of conditions—everything ranging from the temperature and humidity to weather, wind speed, sunset/sunrise, or a run-of-the-mill schedule—that can trigger lighting scenes, control individual lights or light groups, or even send notifications to your phone.

If the Smart+ app’s routines sound familiar, that’s because they’re virtually identical to Peace by Hampton’s routines (it’s not uncommon for apps from different smart home manufacturers to use the same off-the-rack template). In any event, Sylvania’s automation tools share the same powerful customization options (including the ability to add delays to your routines) as those in Peace by Hampton’s app, while lacking other key features, such as a vacation mode and a sleep/wake mode that gradually dims and brightens the lights according to the time of day.

Smart assistant integration

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Luckily, you can fill in many of the gaps in Sylvania’s Smart+ app by using the A19 Smart+ bulb with either Alexa or Google Assistant. You can easily add the bulb to Alexa and Assistant routines, including wake/sleep schedules (with brightness ramping for Alexa or Google Assistant’s Gentle Sleep and Wake feature), or you can set the light to perform various actions depending on whether you’re home or away. Naturally, you can also control the A19 with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.

The Sylvania A19 Smart+ bulb doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit platform, but as we previously noted, you can add light scenes from the Smart+ WiFi app as Siri Shortcuts, which means you could trigger a lighting scene by asking Siri.

Bottom line

While the Sylvania A10 Smart+ Full Color bulb won’t replace our favorite A19 smart bulbs, it still stands as a sensible, no-hub-needed choice for smart-home bargain hunters. It’s inexpensive per-bulb price is a mark in its favor, along with its powerful customization tools and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. But a more polished app would have been nice, as well as a vacation and sleep/wake modes and HomeKit support for those who want it.

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  • Sylvania A19 Smart+ Full Color

    While the Sylvania A10 Smart+ Full Color bulb won’t replace our favorite A19 smart bulbs, it still stands as a sensible, no-hub choice for smart home bargain hunters.

    Pros

    • Easy setup
    • Support for Alexa and Google Assistant, plus Siri Shortcuts
    • Powerful automation tools

    Cons

    • No HomeKit support
    • No vacation or sleep/wake modes
    • Only offered as four-packs

Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart home and home entertainment products.

Sours: https://www.techhive.com/article/3606138/sylvania-a19-smart-full-color-review.html
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About Sylvania

For more than a century, Sylvania (sometimes referred to as Osram Sylvania) has prided itself on constant innovation in the lighting world, consistently offering high quality lighting products to over 140 countries. One of the largest lighting companies in the world, Sylvania provides every type of light bulb on the market, from automotive and projector bulbs to new LED lamps and even decorative antique bulbs.

Constantly adapting to new technologies and the changing needs of its customers, Sylvania has long been known for providing lighting solutions everywhere from homes and offices to parking lots and baseball stadiums. Whatever your lighting needs are, Sylvania is sure to have the right product for you and we can help guide you.

LightBulbs.com is proud to carry every Sylvania product that you may be in the market to buy, including A-line incandescent bulbs, still the most common bulb in the average American household, compact fluorescent bulbs, HID bulbs for lighting large areas, technologically advanced and energy efficient LED bulbs, and even special application bulbs like bug lights, plant grow lights, heating lamps, and silver bowl lights popular in kitchens and restaurants.

Sylvania’s line of LED bulbs is one of the most varied in the industry, with an LED light for every application. As an innovator in the field, Sylvania’s LED light bulbs are some of the most advanced and reliable on the market. With everything from the classic A19 pear shape all the way to flood lights and globe lights for vanities, Sylvania has worked hard to ensure you find the LED light bulb you need. They even carry high-tech, color changing LED lighting systems like Mosaic and LIGHTIFY, sure to add a special touch of customizable lighting to any room.

Sylvania also specializes in ballasts, carrying several different types for all kinds of lighting. Whether you are looking for a common ballast for fluorescent office lighting or a specific driver for the installation of LED lighting, Sylvania has the options you need and this page is a perfect shopping guide to get started.

In recent years, Sylvania was purchased by LEDVANCE yet continues to use the "Sylvania" name/logo for product merchandising.
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