“Smart lights? Sounds intimidating.” That’s the response you hear from a lot of people. The truth is that the technology can sound intimidating. Many people who would otherwise be interested in taking the plunge into smart tech are hesitant. It sounds too complicated. Too difficult. Too complex.
After all, a century of simply switching the light on and off has us well-trained for the basic operation. I mean, what could be easier, right? It’s true that any smart lighting solution will require a little additional setup. However, you may be surprised at just how easy it is.
Whether you have your bulbs in hand or are eagerly awaiting their arrival: let’s take a brief walk down the setup lane and show you just how close you are to the best, most innovative lighting system you’ve ever experienced.
Out of the Box
The first thing you’ll notice as you unpack your ELA bulbs is they don’t look scary! In fact, they look very similar to other lightbulbs you’ve owned. The bulbs are designed to work with a standard E26 base. This is the type of base found on nearly all lighting fixtures available. If you’ve ever bought a regular lightbulb before without thinking about it- your fixtures are good to go.
The first part is easy. Install your lightbulb and switch it on as you normally would. Simple, right? After switching on, allow 30 seconds to pass for the ELA Hub to start emitting its own Wi-Fi signal. Once this occurs, you will be able to find it in your phone’s Wi-Fi settings.
The Smart Hub’s network will be “ELA” followed by a series of numbers and/or letters.
Connecting The App
Open the ELA App on your phone. The ELA App is available for download like any other app. Simply search “ELA: Smart Lighting” and it will pop up. Download the app and install. When you open the app for the first time, instructions for further setup will be available to you.
From the app, you can control your lights, set-up rooms, pre-select moods, and more.
Bridging Your Wi-Fi
Once you have the app downloaded and you’ve connected to the ELA network, you’ll want to bridge your Wi-Fi. This way, you can control your lights from your phone will connected to your home network. If you’re like us, you’re automatically connected to your home network anyway!
To bridge your Wi-Fi, go to the ELA Setting in the ELA App. Select Wi-Fi settings. Select “Network Configuration.” A list of available Wi-Fi networks will be presented to you. Simply select yours and enter in your home network Wi-Fi password.
If successful, your ELA Smart Hub will flash for 30 seconds.
The Smart Hub Difference
The entire process outlined above should take less than 10 minutes. 5 if you’re a whiz on your phone! In no time at all, you’ll be well on your way to experiencing all the lighting, colour, mood, and motion that the ELA lighting system has to offer.
While smart lights may be intimidating, with the ELA Smart Hub they don’t have to be. We’ve endeavored to develop the most efficient system for setting up your lights and making them easy for anyone to use.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to jump on board the smart light bandwagon, ELA has the solutions for you without the intimidation.