Get your TCP “Disconnected” Bulbs Connected Again (TCP Connected A19 Bulb Review)
TCP Connected A19 bulbs are medium-weight, dimmable LED bulbs with a fixed color temperature of 2700K. Within the vast price range for smart bulbs, these sit at the more affordable end of the spectrum and make for one of the most inexpensive options to get a reliable smart LED bulb that is also dimmable. This also makes them an ideal choice for anyone looking to furnish their home with a large number of non-colorable connected light bulbs.
Seasoned smart device owners may be familiar with the recent uproar concerning the termination of TCP Connected A19 LED bulb cloud services. The bulbs themselves are great pieces of hardware - the controversy is directed towards their cloud. For those unaware, TCP decided to discontinue services to their Connected by TCP system as of June 30th, 2016 by ceasing “Access via the Internet and connectivity through cloud services” (visit the link The Official TCP announcement here).
Wink users were then prevented from controlling their TCP bulbs through their Wink hub (since it couldn't connect to the TCP cloud), meaning they also couldn’t use them in conjunction with IFTTT. This left a lot of customers in the dark.
Fortunately for any current or prospective TCP Connected bulb owners, WigWag is a simple solution to turn your “Disconnected TCP Bulbs” connected again. Not being able to take full advantage of these bulbs' features is probably the last thing someone who buys a TCP bulb wants, as most people don’t buy smart bulbs with the intent to use them as dumb bulbs.
Contrary to how most of the hubs previously compatible with TCP Connected bulbs worked, WigWag doesn’t talk to the now non-existent TCP cloud, it controls them locally. Using the WigWag Relay with the TCP Connected Bulbs, you have on-the-go control using the WigWag Smart Home Mobile app via WigWag’s cloud, or enhance your smart home through the variety of other capabilities that the WigWag Relay offers, including Interoperability with other brands of products, Amazon Echo support and a the WigWag Rule Builder.
The TCP Connected smart bulbs are incredibly bright, soft white bulbs can last 22 years and only cost $1.32 per year to operate (given that you use them for only 3 hours a day). Depending on how much effort you put into conserving your energy usage, the low price point and low operation cost makes it easy for these bulbs to pay for themselves.
These bulbs emit light at the temperature of 2700K, which is a very warm white. They produce 800 lumens of light, equivalent to the amount of light produced by a 60-watt incandescent bulb. They’re suitable for use in damp locations, meaning you can install them safely in your bathroom and outside of your house. Unlike some other white only dimmable smart LEDs, they don’t produce a buzzing sound.
If you intend to take advantage of the bulbs' dimming feature, keep in mind that the TCP Lighting app will no longer receive any updates. The TCP Lighting app still allows you to manipulate basic lighting aspects, but is limited to local control (meaning the user has to be at home to control them) and lacks compatibility with 3rd party devices. But, don’t worry you can fully control them using WigWag.
Why pay more for colored bulbs to light up areas of your house where you won’t often be using non-white colors? These bulbs aren't colorable, so install them in fixtures of your house where you likely won’t ever use color lighting. Since these bulbs are very bright, they are a great options for closets, hallways, workrooms, garages, front porches, and patios where most people stick to white lighting. And if, having millions of adjustable colors and an adjustable spectrum of white light isn’t your thing, they are perfect for all the other rooms of your home too.
There are a variety of situations in which you may want to control your lights remotely. Everyone forgets to turn off their lights once in awhile, which can lead to excess spending on electricity and wasted energy. Next time you’re at the office and are left wondering whether your lights are on or not, put your mind at ease by pulling out your phone and checking their status.
Even if you aren't the kind of person who avidly tries to reduce the number of lights turned on in your house at any given moment, these bulbs are still great for helping you reduce your energy consumption. TCP claims on their Amazon page that by using these LEDs, you'll be getting an 80% energy savings when compared to an incandescent bulb.
The TCP Greenwave A19 bulbs are also suitable for use outdoors, so they’re a great choice if you’re seeking a bulb to light up your house’s exterior. If you have a motion sensor, you could build a Rule that turns on your lights if it senses motion. Set up your motion sensor in the desired location, and pair it to your Relay. Create a ‘When’ tile for detect motion, and attach it to a ‘Then’ tile that turns on the lights in the location with your outdoor bulbs.
These versatile LED bulbs aren’t void of usage, contrary to popular opinion. They can be placed both inside and outside, dimmed, and turned on or off remotely. Restore interactivity to your TCP Connected Greenwave bulbs using the WigWag Relay so you can take full advantage of its capabilities. To pair your TCP bulbs to your Relay, you’ll need to use your TCP Gateway. Both the WigWag Relay and TCP Gateway hook up to your router.
Have you used these bulbs with the original TCP system, or with other now disconnected hubs like Wink and SmartThings, and have since made the switch to WigWag? If so, share your experience in the comments below and help us spread the word that WigWag reconnects your disconnected TCP Connected smart bulbs.