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Get your smart lights in line with a manual resetYou can restore most bulbs to their default settings with this simple trick.
Hey, I'm CNET's Ry Chris. Automated lightning can bring a lot of convenience into your home, but you might need to troubleshoot when things go wrong. An easy option for this is to manually reset the bulb. Now, different manufacturers have different ways of doing this, but in general, you're gonna be cycling the bulb on and off and on and off. Until the flash, indicating that the bulb has been reset. Here's how to do that with the pre-connected LED. You're gonna have it on and then turn it off for two seconds and on for two seconds about four times. It might take a couple extra times or a couple of attempts to get the timing just right. Once you do it right, the light will flash and you're gonna have a reset bulb back to factory settings that you can start from scratch but like I said, different manufacturers have different timings to get this just right, so it'll depend on the bulb that you're using. If you're using a Weevil LED for instance, you've going to turn it off for one second and then on for about three seconds and do that three or four times to get that works. The GE Link LED here, you're going to turn off for five seconds, on for five seconds, repeat that five times. And the bulb should reset. Now, not every smart light has a manual reset option available. The Philips Hue lights, for instance, can't be reset using a trick like this, and they also can't be deleted from the app, which is kind of strange. Instead, you'll need to get your Philips Hue bridge out and push the restore factory settings button here on the back. That's gonna erase all of your lights and all of your scenes. It's kinda a pain. But you'll be able to re-add everything and set it back up and get it working again. For more smart home tips and reviews, check out our coverage at CNET.com. For CNET appliances, I'm Ry Chris.