How to set up led lights in room : Step by Step guide

How to set up led lights in room : Step by Step guide

Today it is increasingly common to have LED lighting systems at home . Either to progressively replace the current luminaries with which we have lived, as they become exhausted, or for the simple fact of having a new decorative style (LED strips and systems are much more modulable), LED lighting is a trend .

However, buying, assembling and automating an LED lighting system has a series of secrets and steps that can always be interesting to observe so that, on the one hand, we do not get any surprises and on the other, so that we can get the most out of them.

Buying an LED lighting system

Buying an LED lighting system

The purchase process is the first step and perhaps the most important, as it can determine the success or failure of our task. And the first thing that we must be clear about is the system and the environment with which we are going to work. Knowing which is the ecosystem in which we are going to integrate the lighting system is essential.

Thus, if we want to work with iOS, Siri and Apple’s HomeKit , we must look for a compatible set, since if we get a kit of bulbs that can only be operated with Google Assistant or with Alexa we are going to have a problem. And the same happens if we do it in reverse, so be careful.

Set up led lights in room

In this sense, we can find examples in stores that can operate both with the Google, Apple or Amazon ecosystems and in all cases they are well identified, at least it is usual, so that the user has no doubts. A label that reads “Works whith” reveals system compatibility .

If we want to be safe, we can always look for an LED lighting system that is compatible with the three most common platforms . It is for example what Philips offers with some of its Philips Hue bulbs , as is the case with the model below. On the purchase page and on the side of the box you can see how Google Assistant, Alexa and HomeKit appear.

 Philips Hue bulbs

And before leaving this point, an observation. Having a connected, intelligent and automated LED lighting system requires an internet connection via Wi-Fi, at least if we want to have the possibility of interacting with it even though we are remotely.

In addition, we cannot forget that there are bulbs that connect directly to the Wi-Fi at home, a great majority, while others require a bridge device. In this case, it is a fundamental element that is located between the router and the light bulb, an extra point that we must take into account and that implies a surcharge.

 Control and configuration

Lamp

We have already bought the lighting system that interests us, because we are clear about the ecosystem that we have at home and in which we are going to integrate it. It is time to configure it, a process that except for specific cases, is quite simple to carry out and in which, we will have our mobile or tablet, as an inseparable companion of fatigue . For testing we have used a TP-Link bulb .

In the box and in the instructions of the bulb, LED strip, lamp, flexo … that we have bought, as a general rule, a QR code will come that offers us, through camera, access to the proprietary application necessary to configure our system of illumination. We must download it from the Google Play Store or the App Store and in parallel, verify that we have Google Home, HomeKit or Alexa installed, depending on the system that we are going to use. Both the proprietary app and that of the home ecosystem, we will need it yes or yes.

The first step begins by configuring the proprietary application and there are no valid instructions here, since each manufacturer is different and offers a different interface and way of proceeding. However, all applications have a guide that we must follow step by step, to add the device in question and it is usually something really simple. It is the first step before adding the device to the relevant ecosystem .

We will use an LED bulb as an example, in this case from the TP-Link brand, something that we have already discussed. The app that we are going to use is Kasa Smart , which can be downloaded on iOS and Android .

Kasa Smart

Kasa Smart

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The application guides us step by step and first asks us to select the type of device we want to add . In this case the choice was a smart light. It is a step that changes from one app to another, although it does not offer too many differences in substance.

the language in the images is not English so i use some arrow and details to explain

the images is not me who take them so like you see is Spanish language but i make every step so clear that you don’t need to worry about any thing , just follow the arrow and the instruction above each image

Kasa

The application guides us step by step and now a reminder arrives to warn us that we have the Wi-Fi connection and location services activated. One point before choosing what type of smart light we are going to use . Different types of bulbs, lamps, LED strips … each one chooses the one that is convenient.

Kasa 2

Now, in the case of the Kasa app, a warning arrives: it is necessary to have the bulb in a lamp with the switch on and the thread tightened. Otherwise the process cannot continue.

Kasa 3

It is the previous step before you ask us to connect the mobile to the Wi-Fi of the bulb in the phone settings and once connected, the next step is to add the bulb (or device) to the Wi-Fi network at home and eye, because it must be in the 2.4 GHz band , since they do not usually work in the 5 GHz band. Once linked, it will ask us to enter the key of our Wi-Fi, to which the bulb is going to connect.

Kasa 4
Kasa 5

Once “hooked” to the network, the app verifies if there is a pending firmware update to download it. The process takes very little time and once updated (if necessary), we can only customize the name and, if necessary, the icon to identify it.

Kasa 6

The first step has already been taken and we have added the device in question to the corresponding application . Now it remains to do the same with the application of the ecosystem in which we are going to integrate the lighting system.

Set up Alexa, Google Assistant, or HomeKit

Alexa

On this occasion, the used bulb is compatible with Alexa and Google Home , so we are going to develop the process to connect it in both cases. Always, it is necessary to have previously configured the proprietary application, in this case Kasa from TP-Link.

In the case of the configuration with Alexa and Google Home, it is a simpler process by having the light bulb already added to the Kasa app.

ALexa

ALexa

Now it’s time to open the Alexa application and on the initial screen we will see a section in the left area of ​​the screen , a drop-down panel.

One

Among all the options that we will see appears one that gives us access to the “Skills” . It is the tool that we must download, a kind of integrated mini application that corresponds to the brand of the device we want to add, in this case TP-Link Kasa. Each brand and each device has a specific skill.

Once downloaded and installed, we will see in the central part a configuration button that opens the way to a new screen with a section under the legend “Manage digital home devices” . Click on it to change the screen.

Now we will see in the upper right area a “+” symbol on which we will click. A menu opens with several options from which we will choose “Add device” .

The same process can be carried out by pressing at the bottom of the screen, on the last of the five shortcuts, the one on the left. In the form of a house with switches, it is the one that we must press to add the device , in this case the light bulb.

Alexa 1

We can add it by type or, as in this case, since the brand appears in the upper area of ​​the screen, save those steps by pressing directly on Kasa (or Philips, Netatmo, Amazon …) for the occasion, and since the brand already appears in the top bar, I have used the TP-Link app, Kasa. If we do it manually, we must scan the environment ourselves to find the model we want to add. In this way, it is the app itself that is responsible for searching, in this case, the light bulb.

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Alexa 2

The process may take a few seconds and when it “finds” it on the network, it adds it to the list of available devices . From there, step by step, we have to configure the device and among the options, the one that offers to add it to a group.

Alexa 3

In this case, since I have no more lights available, I have skipped that step. There are also some optional settings , such as the one that allows you to set the room in which we are going to use it to complete the configuration.

Light

To check that we have concluded the process, we will click on “lights” and we will see how, in this case, our light bulb is already added. And seeing the settings in Alexa, now it’s time to repeat the steps in the Google ecosystem.

Mini

For this, it is necessary to have the Google Home application installed on our device, something possible both in the Android ecosystem, where it is pre-installed, and in iOS, since it can be downloaded from the App Store

Google Home application

Google Home

To integrate our connected luminaire, we open the Google Home application and look at the “+” symbol in the upper left area. We must click on it to access the screen and use the “Configure device” option . A panel opens and we choose the lower option “Have you configured a device?” . We choose this one, since the bulb, LED, whatever luminaire, is already registered in the corresponding app.

Google 1

Google Home is responsible for automatically detecting any connected device that is likely to be added in a process that does not take more than a few seconds. We just have to follow the steps on the screen and press next after choosing the section to add.

Google 2

The bulb is added and it only remains to choose the location data such as the address, the room in which it will be located. Although I marked office, then I changed it to study, hence the disagreement. However, if on the main screen we click on the connected device, we can access and change all the settings .

Google 3

 Routines and scenarios

Led

One of the advantages offered by this type of connected lights is that we can establish routines, scenarios, schedules . It is about creating schedules so that depending on different variables that can be time, temperature, hours, presence … always according to the capabilities of the device, these can change its operation.

In this sense, if for example, at 10 o’clock at night we sit in front of the television, we can program all the lights in the house so that they lower the intensity of the light , that they change the color tone or, if we have more devices connected, turn on the home theater or turn on the TV’s LED lighting system.

But since our LED test bulb is sad and lonely, programming will be straightforward. We are going to create a program so that it is enough to say “Cinema time” to the speaker, so that the light goes out. Something possible with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa .

In the case of Google Home, we return to the application and click on “Routines” to access the “Management of routines” . In the lower right area, a “+” symbol in a blue circle leads us to the configuration menu in case of looking for a routine other than those proposed and already predefined.

We must add the command that will “activate our routine” when we give the order to the smart speaker or phone and then we will establish the action. And although in this case, I have only added one action to develop, you can chain all the ones you want and combine with other connected devices to create scenarios.

And now, we are going to see the same steps with Alexa , since the Amazon assistant also allows the creation of routines and automations. We can set hours, voice commands, interactions with other devices … and the first step is to access the Alexa app.

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In the left side area we access a panel by pressing the menu of the three horizontal stripes and click on “Routines” . It is the gateway to our programming.

“+” button in the upper right corner of the screen invites us to create a routine if we do not want to use any of the predefined ones and in that case we will see how three options open: add the name, when the routine will be carried out and the action to be carried out . The name is the only simple step and I have named it “Cinema” for the occasion.

In the “When” section we can use voice commands, time programming, interaction with other devices … quite a few options and possible configurations. I have programmed 10 at night so that the scene skips and repeats itself on weekends automatically.

The action to be developed allows a world of options and it is best to see the screenshot to understand the breadth of possibilities . I have chosen to configure a device, the lights and among them the only one connected, the lamp. The goal is that every weekend at 10pm it will be at 11% brightness automatically. But there is still more.

And it is that we can also activate a voice command, that for example when saying “Cinema”, the luminosity drops to the 11% that we have established . As in the case of Google Home, the options are enormous and the limit is in the imagination … and in the number of connected devices.

As you can see, configuring an LED lighting system at home and automating it is not a very complicated process , although it is true that to make it attractive and accessible to the general public, it still requires a “set-up” by all actors who make it possible in order to further facilitate the steps.

Recommended Models

Now is the time to search the market among all the offer we have to get hold of different models of devices. Light bulbs, LED strips, controllers … the possibilities are enormous and here we have selected some of those that we can find in stores.

TP-Link bulb

One of the basic models is this light bulb from TP-Link under the brand name Tapo. For 8.94 Dollar in Amazon we can buy a bulb that generates a warm white and that we can easily control thanks to its compatibility with Google Assistant and Alexa .

TP-Link -Smart LED Bulb, WiFi Bulb without Hub, Warm White, Dimmable, E27, 8.7W 806lm, Alexa, Echo and Google Home Compatible, [Energy efficiency class A +] (Tapo L510E)

Tapo bulbs pack

If we want to use compatible lighting systems we can opt for this set of two TP-Link Tapo bulbs. LED bulbs with Wi-Fi connection, multicolor system and with E27 thread that are compatible with Alexa, Echo and Google Home. We can find them for 24.99 dollar .

TP-Link 【New】 Smart LED Bulb, WiFi Bulb, Multicolor, Dimmable, E27, 8.7W 806lm, Alexa, Echo and Google Home Compatible, [Energy Efficiency Class A +] Tapo L530E (2-Pack)

Govee LED Strip

This Govee LED strip offers five meters of LED dots on an adhesive strip. It works with both remote control and voice controls, as it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It offers colored lights along with a mode that changes to the rhythm of the music and white with various tones and we can buy it for 25.99 dollar on Amazon.

Govee WiFi LED Strips 5m, Smart RGB LED Strip with App Control, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant, Music Mode for Room

Philips Hue bulbs pack

If we like the Philips Hue ecosystem we can find for 66.01 dollar this other pack of two LED smart bulbs , again with E27 thread. Compatible with Alexa and Google Home, they offer warm white light and connectivity also via Bluetooth.

Philips Hue 2-Pack Smart LED Bulbs E27 and Bridge, with Bluetooth, Warm White Light, Compatible with Alexa and Google Home

Eve light strip

Making the leap to LED strips, we have this Eve model, the Eve light Strip. For 79.95 , we have access to an LED strip capable of offering white but also color light, with a power of 1800 lumens. An adaptive lighting system compatible with HomeKit .

Eve Light Strip – Smart LED Light Strip, Full Spectrum White and Color Light, 1800 Lumens, No Switchboard Needed (Apple HomeKit)

Eve flare

In the case of Eve, we also have Flare, a spherical-shaped LED lamp that we can find for 99.95 dollar . It has resistance to water and dust, thanks to the IP65 certification and is compatible with Apple HomeKit to control it remotely.

Eve Flare – Portable Smart LED Lamp, Bluetooth Low Energy, Non-Corrono Bridge or Gateway, White (Apple HomeKit)