Top positive review
Easy Setup, Versatile Controls, Well Worth the Money
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
Have mistakenly bought a couple of other brands because their ad copy was confusing about what they did or didn’t do, how they connected, etc. The first ended up needing a hub which I didn’t have or want to buy, the second worked on WiFi or Bluetooth but when I got them all set up the app never could discover or connect to them.
This brand however was excellent right out of the box. The Govee Home app is pretty simple and laid out well. The bulbs themselves screw in like any standard incandescent and unlike the others there was no “turn them on-off three times till they flash slow or fast then activate the Bluetooth...etc., etc.”
I just turned them on, went into the app, the app found the bulbs immediately, let me rename them, and that was it. After that they worked exactly as advertised. You can set them to virtually any color, you can try out the many custom color palettes or lighting effects or create your own.
Bluetooth is said to be a limited-range but at least in our one-story ranch house, about 1610sq ft., I have yet to go anywhere on our property where I couldn’t connect and control any of the lights so far installed. Your own mileage may vary if you have a multi-story home or especially thick building materials between rooms/floors. So far I bought a two-pack and put one in the main living room lamp, the other in my own bedside lamp as seen in my picture, and I can control either one from the other room which are at opposite ends of the house from each other. They have a brief delay in response-time but nothing annoying.
My wife uses an Android phone while I use an iPhone. We successfully tested that either of us can use the app for our respective devices and control the lights the same either way (though only one of you can control the lights at a time, it won’t let you just send commands back and forth; each user has to briefly reconnect with the given bulb to then control it).
I have some mobility issues and also an upcoming series of surgeries that will further temporarily keep me bedridden and with little comfort to stretch to reach light switches or pull chains. This will give me that much more control over things without burdening my wife to turn lights on and off for me.
All in all this appears to be an excellent brand and an excellent model of their products line. I intend to buy more in the future, just wish they offered 4-pack boxes like some of the other brands for even more volume pricing value. But all in all I have no complaints, VERY happy with this product.