I’ll be honest: the GE bulbs completely confuse me. First of all, they have some behavior that none of the other brands exhibit, in particular dropping off the network every week or so, regardless of the controller being used.
Second, there do appear to be some overheating issues with some of the GE bulbs that you don’t get with most of the other brands.
And then there’s the whole repeating thing. The manufacturer swears up and down that if the GE lightbulbs are connected to a ZHA controller, That they will repeat for other ZHA devices. Smartthings includes that in the official support documentation on them. But a lot of people say they’ve tried it, and they don’t.
Meanwell, Phillips engineers unofficially say that the GE link light bulbs when linked to the ZLL Hue Bridge don’t repeat “well” and that’s one reason they are so often marked as “unreachable” by the Hue app even when they’re clearly still attached to the network.
I really liked the aesthetics of the GE lightbulbs, as well as the price. I like their particular brightness.
But now that the Hue white bulbs are out (which replace the previous hue lux model), and they’re priced at $15 and are brighter than the previous generation, I may just replace the GE links that I have. I’m just tired of fiddling with the links. And as someone who uses a wheelchair, it’s just really inconvenient to have this whole set of lights that aren’t quite reliable, no matter which controller I’m using.
So I don’t know what the answer is on repeating. The GE links are definitely supposed to repeat both ZHA and ZLL. But in practice, a lot of people say they don’t. We may have to wait for one of the independent labs to do some slow for test and find out. I don’t have the equipment for that.