For those of you having issues with GE Link bulbs acting up, i may have just found a quick fix.
I was haivng trouble with two of mine and was doing everything not to have to remove and re-add them. I was doing every trci in the book. Power cycling things that didn’t even make sense to power cycle lol. Then i noticed that the icon for the device changed back to default.
I thought hmmmm thats weird. Thinking it could be a DB thing that could cause this i renamed the bulb. Boom it worked again immediately. Thought this was too good to be true… so i tried it on the next bulb… boom worked immediately.
Looks like some sort of DB issue im thinking. Give this a try next time. Hopefully it works as well for you as it did me!
For those considering these bulbs who use the Harmony Hub and Remote, they do not play nicely with each other. I had one of my Home Activity buttons to turn on a GE ZWave Appliance/Lighting Module and it worked great. I swapped it out with a GE Link Bulb and when I press the button on my remote to turn on the light, nothing happens. It did turn on when I pressed on in the Harmony app, which makes it stranger.
I have had great luck with the GE Link light bulbs. Although I would like some kind of indicator that it is on, it has always shown accurately in the ST app when the light is on or off. The only time it is inaccurate, is when the actual light switch (standard paddle switch) is off. The switch can be off, but the ST app shows the bulb is on.
I haven’t deployed Zwave dimmer switches because I like the thought of being able to group and automate the bulbs rather than re-install all my switches.
My challenge isn’t either approach but rather my little minions (young children) who go around turning on and off the switches. For this scenario, the Zwave replacement switch seems like a better alternative, since I can switch it back on via the ST app, rather than the bulb itself.
I would love to hear your experience, and approach from those who experience their children flipping on and off switches. I know there are physical switch covers that I can install, but I can’t stand the look.
Has anyone removed all their switches and completely automated their house with the use of motion detectors and bulbs (Hue/Link/Connected)? I can see this happening in the next 5 years, as long as there is some sort of remote switch, via the phone, Aeon remote, or Hub Tap
Thanks, removed the bulb from ST app, reset it, re-added it…I’ve now done this four times. Each time, the ST app will go all the way through the process as if it see’s the device just fine…even auto names it for me as GE Link bulb.
But I can no longer control it with the ST app at all. If I pull up the web based console, I can see that its registered the device but it always says “Inactive” in status (all other devices say “Active”).
Other things I’ve reset…
-My cable modem
-My Netgear WAP/Router
-All other ST lighting devices (all others are just power switches…this is my only smart bulb)
I am really stumped. ST ‘sees’ the bulb, it even sets it up for me. But once setup, it thereafter fails to acknowledge its existence.
A couple of tips. My guess is you just got a bad bulb, so I’d exchange it and try again. I have 16 of these now, and I’ve had to exchange 2 that would not pair or work right. The replacements worked with no issues.
If you can, create some distance between your hub and router during the pair process. For whatever reason, these bulbs are prone to interference during the pair process.
Try the device type that @Lupismaximus linked to. Around post 50 of that thread has instructions if you’re new to the ST and the IDE.
ST has been a complete disaster for me. I have 17 bulbs total, 3 of which are Hue, the rest is GE link. They worked ok through the Hue bridge. So I connected the Hue bridge to my ST hub. Most lights worked, but I lost 2 living room GE Links. Also, on/off status only worked for the hue lights, not the GE links. So I thought, OK, time to consolidate. I reseted the Hue Bridge. Lights off. ST app on, find new devices and turn living room lights on. 2 of the GE Link lights were found immediately and work great. On/Off works great, dimming is responsive. However, ST now doesn’t find any other light. Even both the GE and Hue lights in the same room are not found.
This requires making a major decision. Once you pair the Hue bulbs directly to ST they can no longer (ever?) be controlled by the bridge. And there is a current known problem with uninstalling a hue bridge.
Ok, that’s the right firmware. I would definitely contact support, there have been multiple changes to Hue processing in the last few weeks.
And I agree it’s totally frustrating when some bulbs work and some fail when they were all working through the bridge. All I know is other people have reported some similar ST issues with other ZLL devices, whether Hue, GE, or Cree, and ST is currently working on the Hue ones.