I finally got my smart home lights and now it’s time to install them!
One thing I didn’t realize is that even though both are TP Link products they use different apps. The Kasa device I just added to my existing Kasa app. The bulbs I had to download and setup the Tapo app. Why they can’t all be in one I do not know but it was a simple setup.
What was the smart home light setup like?
So the first thing I had to do was install the Tapo app and add my account. Then it was a very simple process to add the lights. I initially installed all of the lights in the ceiling fans but quickly realized that was a mistake. Not because they didn’t see them but you couldn’t tell which light in the fixture corresponds to what is showing in the app. I found it easier and quicker to just unscrew them an do them one at a time.
The bulbs were super easy to add once I got all that figured out. As I reconnected each bulb it would show up in the app as a new device and prompt me to add it. My phone would connect to the bulb using a device to device WiFi connection in order to add the bulb to my main WiFi network. You can get an idea of the process from the screen shots below.
Once you added the information it immediately disconnects from the phone and connects to the main WiFi. From there you simply name it and add it to a room in the app, that’s it. Now just rinse and repeat for the remaining bulbs.
When you get to the end it will prompt you to name the device and add it to a room. If you don’t have any rooms you can create one. Then it will prompt you to check for a firmware update and install it if there is one. I highly recommend you complete this step since the updates can fix security and well as functional issues. The screenshots below will again give you an idea on this process. I also explain things in more detail in my YouTube video.
Smart home light configuration changes and function.
Once they are all in the Tapo app I have to now add the link between Tapo and Google Home so that they will show in my Google Home app and I can control them now without going to the Tapo app. One thing that is a little annoying is that it doesn’t put them in any room once it sync’s. The device name is correct but it just shows them as “Linked to you” in the app. Considering I already had Bonus Room setup with other devices you would expect it could put them in the room.
While not a huge issue it just takes some extra time to go into each bulb and move it to the correct room in the Google Home app. Once that’s done now you can work on setting up some custom routines and processes. Below are some more screenshots that highlight some of the steps I outlined.
As you can see by the screenshots I named the bulbs Bonus Room 1-8 and the room is obviously Bonus Room. Now one thing that I realized was that I already had some lights in my Bonus Room with some automations and routines so now the new bulbs are a part of those. I didn’t want to include those in the existing routines so I had to go back and rename the bulbs to Bonus Room Ceiling Fan and create a new room called Bonus Room Ceiling Fan so that I could segregate the processes.
Again not a huge issue but something I should have thought out a little more. Now I can have very granular control over each bulb if I want and it’s real easy to control them as a hole with voice command’s.
How did my smart home light install turn out?
To wrap things up I installed the light strip around the back of the shelf area on my desk. The light strip was even easier than the bulbs since I already had the app installed and setup. I just added the Bonus Room then added the strip, it automatically synced to my Google Home.
Below you can see what everything looks like now that they are added. Each one of the apps has it’s own automation capability but since they are all in Google Home, that’s what I use. I do like how the Kasa app gives you some usage stats.
Everything works great and looks great, below is a picture of my work area with the light strip and my other lights re-organized. I really like that you can have the light strip constantly rotating colors with the multiple zones it has. I do have the overhead ceiling fan lights off.
Below is my YouTube video of this process. After I was all done I realized some of the video didn’t record correctly so I had to do a lot of editing to get this published. Sorry it is so late and for the choppy video.
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