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One of the latest additional features of the Google Home is the smart lights feature. That's right! You can now voice-control your lights just like in the movies!

Google Home allows you to use its voice Assistant, enabling you to operate your lights as you please. And what's more, learning how to link lights to Google Home is very easy! You only need to have the right products, and you're good to go.

Below, we’ll show you the few easy steps to successfully linking up your lights to Google Home and some useful commands you should try.

But first, here’s what you’ll need;

  • A quality Google Home speaker with Google Assistant

  • Compatible smart light bulbs 

  • Google Assistant app on your smartphone (Android or iOS)

With these in hand, here’s how to go about it.

Step 1: Setup your lights on the Google Home App

First, you’ll have to find your light bulbs in the Google Home app and add them to the list of controlled devices. Here’s how to do it.

  • Open your Google Home app.

  • Click on the add device icon, (+ icon) usually on the top left corner of the app.

  • Select the setup device then set up new devices in your home.

  • You should now see the lights available. Choose the lights you want to link with the app.

  • The selected light bulbs should blink.

Step 2: Customize lights by rooms

Once you’ve added your lights to the Google Home app, it’s now time to group them by rooms for easier control. Here’s how to do it.

  • Scroll and tap the ‘Add custom room’ section and name the room name of the lights. So, if you want the lights in the kitchen, you can name them 'Kitchen lights.’

  • Next, you'll be asked to create unique names for your bulbs. This will make it easier to control individual lights in a room. So, if there are two bulbs in the living room, you can name one, 'study lights', and the other, 'dining lights.' (Avoid including the room name for this part, as you've already specified the room in the previous step).

  • Now, select your bulbs for each room. They should all blink once selected.

  • Setup is now complete, tap on the Done icon.

Step 3: Control your lights with the Google Home speaker

Congratulations! You’ve now completed linking your lights to Google Home. Now it’s time to make sure that they all work. The best way to do this is by testing out different commands and watching if they all work.

Remember, before dishing out any command; you need to start with 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google' then the command. For example. "Ok Google, turn on the kitchen lights".

Some of the most common commands you should try include:

  • ‘Ok Google, Dim the study lights to 25%’ – To dim the lights.

  • 'Ok Google, brighten the lights to 75%' – To increase the brightness.

  • ‘Ok Google, turn off/on all the lights’ – To turn off/on the lights.

  • ‘Ok Google, set bedroom lights to 50%’ – To modify a room’s brightness.

You can also use the Google Home to change the light colors for your bulbs using these commands:

  • ‘Hey Google, set lights to bright white’ – To change your Tunable white bulbs to a vibrant color’.

  • ‘Hey Google, set lights to candlelight’ – To change your tunable white bulbs to sleep color.

  • ‘Hey Google, change lights to 2700 kelvins’ - To change the color temperature of your tunable white bulbs.

Pro tip: All the color commands work only on tunable white light bulbs. Moreover, the Google Home recognizes commands for a specific room if both the speaker and the smart bulbs are in that room. So, if the bulbs are in the kitchen, and the speaker is also in the kitchen, and you say, "Hey Google, turn on the lights", only the kitchen lights will turn on.

What if Google Home isn't finding your bulb?

This error occurs during the first step of linking. If your Google Home isn’t finding your bulb, here are a few things you can try:

  • Try turning off the bulb for about 10 seconds then turn it on.

  • If it doesn’t work, check whether you have the latest version of the Google Home app and update if you don’t.

  • If that doesn’t work either, force close the app and factory reset the app.   

Final thoughts

Linking your lights to Google Home is very fast and easy. 

By simply setting up the lights on the Google Home app, customizing the lights by room and testing them by voice control, you’ll have this smart technology running in no time.

So, stop living the fantasy, and take control of your home lights today!