This article walks you through how to set up your first Sengled Smart LED kit from setting up your first hub to adding your first bulbs to rooms.
First download the Sengled Home app, shown below.
Create an account in the Sengled Home app; for help with this, please see this article.
After that, login to the Sengled Home app with the email address and password that is associated with your Sengled account.
From here, press “Add Device” as indicated by the red circle. Additionally, you may select the plus sign in the top right corner.
From here, press “Starter Kit or Smart Hub” on the screen. Once you are on the “Add a Hub” screen, as shown below, make sure you have everything as depicted on the screen. The power and ethernet cord will have been provided in the box.
Once you have everything you need, press “Start”.
Plug the hub into a wall outlet and ensure it is receiving power; if the hub is receiving power, the power indicator light on the hub will be blue.
Plug the provided Ethernet cord into your router and your hub. Please make sure the Ethernet cord is securely plugged in on both ends.
From here, wait 60 seconds.
While you are waiting, please make sure the phone or tablet you are doing the setup from is connected to the same 2.4 GHz WiFi that your hub is plugged into.
As indicated from the example photo, if your router broadcasts two WiFi signals, for example with one of them named “Support_2.4G” and the other one named “Support_5G”, make sure your phone is connected to the 2.4 GHz WiFi. In this example, we can tell the WiFi apart due to the name of the WiFi.
Since the Sengled Smart Hub cannot be setup on the 5.0 GHz and since the “Support_5G” WiFi broadcasts the 5.0 GHz as indicated by the “_5G” part of its name, we will connect to the 2.4 GHz WiFi broadcast from our router— “Support_2.4G”.
In this example, our hub is already connected via Ethernet cord to the router that broadcasts the 2.4 GHz WiFi.
Depending on your router, it may broadcast the 2.4 GHz band and the 5.0 GHz WiFi band under the same name. In this case, you may need to go into your router’s settings to split the band. If you are having trouble with this, please contact your router’s manufacturer so they can walk you through splitting the band.
After your phone is connected to your router’s 2.4 GHz WiFi and your hub has been powered on and connected to your router via Ethernet for at least 60 seconds, press the red “Next” to proceed.
Look at your hub and make sure the power light and the Ethernet light on your hub are on, press “Next” to proceed.
From here, the Sengled Home app will search for the hub.
After the hub is found, you will have to decide between using the hub in wired mode only or setting the hub up via WiFi which will allow you to use the hub wired or wirelessly. Regardless of what you choose, we highly recommend keeping the hub plugged in via Ethernet cable as a wired connection, like with most internet capable devices, is much more reliable.
For Wifi: If you would like to set up the hub using wifi, do not press the red "Next" button on the upcoming app screen. Instead select the grey text above the red "Next" button saying "Set Up Using Wifi Instead". You will be prompted to enter your wifi password. Once you have entered your wifi password the hub will connect to your wifi. After the hub connects to your wifi network, the bulb set up will be the same as in this tutorial. You may scroll down a few steps to see how to proceed with adding the bulbs to their rooms.
To set up with wired mode:
After the hub is found, press “Next”. The hub will connect to your router. Please note this can take 20 seconds or longer depending on your network’s strength.
After the hub is setup, you will be on a page that says “Congratulations!”. Please do not unplug the Ethernet cord from your hub. To ensure the hub functions properly, the hub must always remain plugged in via Ethernet cord to your router. This is because we choose to set the hub up to only function in wired mode.
For Wifi: Even if you set up your hub with wifi mode, you will need to wait for a message from the app telling you it is time to unplug the cord.
Once you are ready to proceed, press “Name Your Hub”. This will take you to the name hub screen where you can tap on the hub’s default name and give it a custom name.
Once you have typed a new name for your hub, remember to press the Return button on the keyboard in order to minimize it. Then you will have access to the next button.
If there are bulbs already added to your hub, the next steps will be how to organize them within the app. If there are no bulbs added to the hub, you will be finished with the set up after naming the hub!
Now, turn your light bulbs on.
Remember, Sengled Smart LED bulbs, like most LED bulbs, cannot be used on dimmer switches such as wall dimmers, ceiling fan fixtures or 3-way lamps.
Sengled Smart LED Tunable White A19 bulbs, however, can be used on certain wall dimmers; for more information about this, please visit this link.
Furthermore, Sengled Smart LED bulbs, like almost all LED bulbs, cannot be used in fully-enclosed fixtures.
Due to humidity concerns, all Sengled Smart LED bulbs, with the exception of the Sengled Smart LED Bright White PAR38 bulbs, are not meant to be used outdoors.
Once your bulbs are on, press “Set Up Room”
From here, we can organize the bulbs into rooms via the Sengled Home app.
The app will show you a list of preset rooms to choose from. Select a room by tapping the icon on your screen. The selection will cause the Next button to illuminate.
For this example photo, no room has yet been selected.
Next you will be taken to a page that will show all of your devices listed but how to tell which one is which?
Notice the "Locate" button beside each bulb. When you press this button you will be given the "Blink" button. When held, this will make the bulb in question flash slowly. Once you have confirmed the location of the bulb you may press "Cancel" to exit the locate feature.
Then, make sure the box next to the bulb is checked for all bulbs that need to be added to that specific room. If you sort the bulb into the wrong room do not worry, you can move them to another room in the app later on.
When the bulbs are sorted into a room they are given generic names by the app but these can be changed in upcoming steps.
If you go through the setup for an Echo device or Google Home device, the names of the bulbs will transfer over when the hub is connected to the voice-assistance service; the rooms the bulbs are put in with the Sengled Home app will not transfer over. If you decide to use the names assigned to the bulbs in the Sengled Home app after they have been placed in a room, it will make the bulbs easier to identify and organize in the Alexa app and/or Google Home app respectively.
You can, of course, give the bulbs unique names. If you can identify the location of the bulb by name, integration with Alexa and/or Google Home will be much easier.
For example, if you have 5 bulbs in the living room, you could name them:
Living Room Bulb 1
Living Room Bulb 2
Living Room Bulb 3
Living Room Bulb 4
All of the above bulbs, with their names from the Sengled Home app, would be transferred over to Alexa and/or Google Home when installing the Sengled Home Skill or Sengled Home Linked Service respectively.
The next page in the app will show you all the devices in their new room. From this page you can rename them by tapping the "Edit" button.
Once the new name is entered, remember to press the return key if your keyboard will not minimize. Then you will be able to save the new name of your bulbs. Once all the bulbs have been given the appropriate names, you may press "Done" in the top right corner to finalize the set up process.