After noticing that a few of my local Home Depot stores had the $15 Wink compatible GE Link LEDs in stock (60w variety), I decided to stop by during lunch to see if they were actually there. Lo and behold, I was able to find some for sale and brought them home!
The GE Links come in a simple box that gives the normal specs for an LED light bulb. A nice little graphic indicates that the bulb is compatible with the Wink Hub. On the back of the box are additional features of the bulb which include
- Remote operation
- Sync with other Wink products
- Automated lighting / Scheduled lighting
- Dimming ability
- Usage of up to 22.8 years
The bulb itself has a nice heft to it and seems quite sturdy. After buying a few LED bulbs the past month, you can definitely tell the good from the bad quality.
Setup was simple. In the Wink app, you simply push the Add a new Product button, then select the Zigbee Light under the Lighting category. Once the Hub and bulb connect, the bulb will flash three times indicating a successful pairing. On the main Lights page of the app, you will see your new bulbs which can be individually named (Lamp 1, Lamp 2, etc). You can even create a group and add each light bulb to manipulate them all together. On/off and dimming work, but there is still a few seconds delay.
Looking forward to GE releasing their BR30 Link lights so I can start installing these in the ceiling. With the release of these bulbs, it should surely start to bring down the prices of competitors such as the Belkin Wemo and Hue LEDs. Should mention that Wink is running a promotion right now at Home Depot where if you buy 2 Wink compatible items, you can get the Hub for 99 cents. These should qualify if they are in stock at your local Home Depot.