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This Smart Bulb Reset Process Is Not So ‘Smart’


This Smart Bulb Reset Process Is Not So ‘Smart’

June 24, 2019
An simple incandescent light bulb is less complicated to use than new smart-home products
Photo: Unsplash/ Ashes Sitoula

GE’s video guide to resetting its smart light bulbs showcases the fatal flaw of many smart home products: They’re too complicated, CNBC reports.

GE begins to explain how to reset the bulbs. It requires turning the bulb on and off several times for a specific number of seconds. The narrator’s voice is both soothing and forceful as he repeats “Turn off for two seconds. Turn on for eight seconds.” It sounds like a meditation guide.

The video perfectly illustrates why some people are turned off by smart homes: because you need to keep everything updated, including things like light bulbs that can otherwise be operated with the simple flick of a switch.

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