Here’s a quick tutorial on how to set up your WiFi RGB Lights using the Tuya SmartLife App on your phone.
I use the Smart WiFi Alexa 2.4 GHz SAUDIO LED RGB color changing bulbs.
They were really the best ones I found, because unlike most RGB LED Bulbs, they have a dedicated White Function, where you can change Color Temp anywhere in a range from a 2700k Warm White to a 6500k Cool White. I use them warm when I want to relax and cool if I’m taking photos of food or something for my VeganNuiLoa blog, and a different Setting for Editing Photos or Painting etc.
These also have Millions of colors, as opposed to the set 12 or so colors that you have to select from which most bulbs with similar features have.
They also are 700 lumens, which is brighter than most RGB bulbs currently on the market with the White Balance Function and millions of colors, and they only run at a mere 7 watts.
They also come in packs of four, making it a really great deal, like $10 per light.
You download the Smart Life App from Tuya on the Android or iPhone Store, then pair them with your phones Wi-Fi according to the rather easy instructions that come with the bulbs or in the app. You’ll enter your Wi-Fi password in the app while the lights are blinking after turning them off and on rapidly with the light switch. Be sure to name each bulb specifically as you add them, such as “Desk Right” and Desk Left”, etc.
The first thing to do is to create a Group with all the bulbs you want in your scene.
- Click on a Light Bulb
- Hit the Edit button in the top right corner of the lighting screen that pops up
- Then go down and click “Create Group”
- Then select all the Light Bulbs you want in your group.
- Click Save
- Name the Group Something Specific
You can create Multiple Groups, using the same or different light bulbs in each, so they can overlap this way.
You can adjust the group manually by clicking on it, then on the Control screen that pops up you can select “White Mode”, “Color Mode”, “Scene Mode”, or “Schedule”
Clicking the light bulb image will turn the lights on or off.
In White mode you can adjust Brightness and White Balance Temperature.
In Color Mode you can adjust any color from millions of colors. and below you can adjust the Color Brightness and Saturation. Saturation is really introducing & removing White from the color, so using Saturation you can add light hues of color to your White Light, and even further adjust to a more customizable White Balance, adding a bit of red or orange etc if you like. This tinted white is somewhat less bright than the white mode, however.
In Scene Mode, you have 4 presets, “Light”, “Read”, “Morning”, and “Leisure”, these are set presets you don’t change.
There are also 4 built-in Customizable Scenes, labeled Scenes 1-4.
To customize your own Scene:
Scene 1 – A Gradual Fading Single Color:
- Click on Scene 1
- Click the Edit Icon just above the scenes (the far right one)
- Select the color you want to pulsate
- Click “Back”
- Click on the Adjustments Icon just to the left of the Edit Icon
- Adjust your Saturation (Amount of White)
- Adjust your Brightness (the max it will reach)
- Adjust the Speed of the Pulse, (from extremely gradual to quite upbeat)
- Click “Back”
- Scene 1 is now saved
Scene 2 – A Cycling through 2-6 Switching Colors:
- Click on Scene 2
- Click the Edit Button right above it
- Trash all but the first 2 colors which cannot be trashed
- Click on the first color, and adjust the slider to desired color
- Click on the second color and adjust slider to desired different color
- Add up to 4 more colors, if desired, or just leave it at 2.
- Click “Back”
- Click on the Adjustments Icon just above it
- Adjust Saturation (White Amount) of all colors simultaneously
- Adjust Brightness all colors will reach
- You can adjust the above two settings before adjusting colors for a more accurate selection.
- Adjust Speed from rather fast, to highly pulsating colors, much faster than Scene 1
- This scene works much better on the faster settings, as the switches don’t seem so abrupt. Probably not good for seizures though.
- Click “Back”
- Scene 2 is now saved
Scene 3 – A Single On and Off Color (Strobe):
- This is like Scene 2 but with a single color only.
- Click on Scene 3
- Click Edit & Select a color
- Click Adjustments and set Saturation, Brightness and Speed from around 2-3 seconds to a full strobe light) Definitely not for people prone to seizures though
Scene 4 – A Multi-color Gradual Fade Switching between 2-6 colors.
- This is like Scene 1 but with multiple colors.
- Click on Scene 4
- Trash all but the first two colors
- Change the first two colors
- Add any additional colors, if desired
- Adjust Saturation, Brightness & Speed
Try using duplicate colors to change the tempo, and try using similar colors to slow down and smooth out the pace
Changing any Scene 1-4 for a group will automatically update the Tap-To-Run function of that Scene accordingly, even an existing function.
Setting up Tap-To-Run:
- Click on the “Smart” icon at the bottom of the app
- Click on the “Tap-to-Run” tab on top
- Click “+” to add a new Run
- Click “Launch Tap to Run”
- Click “Run the Device”
- Select your Light Group you want to use
- Only use “Switch” if you want to turn the lights off in the app all the time only, and not use the light switch
- Click “Mode” and Select on of your scenes (you can edit your scenes any time using the above guide)
- Use “Bright” and “Color Temp” on if you are selecting “White Mode” under “Mode”,
- You can do this to select different White balance Lighting for Graphic Design, Painting & Coloring, Drawing, or Reading etc.
- The Color Temp is via a Percentage, so mark down the percentage you want for each scene beforehand when adjusting your lighting, and adjust the percentage to the same one you wrote for each scene.
- Click Save
- Click Next
- Change the Name to something useful for you, like “Party Time”, “Meditation” or “Blues” etc.
- Select an Icon or Image for the Style
- Turn on “Show on Homepage” which is just the apps own Homepage, and not your Phone’s Homescreen.
- Click Save
You can now launch your customized scene from the apps Home screen, or, better yet, you can now access these Tap-To-Launches from the Widget on your Devices Homescreen:
- Add a Widget to your Desktop
- Find “Smart Life”
- Select “Tap to Run Shortcut Control”
- Add it to your Home Screen
- You can Now Select any scene you want, or any customized White balance scene and launch into it directly from the widget
You can also create Automation from the Automation tab on top of the Smart Screen, if you want to change your white balance or color to start at a specific time of the day, according to Sun etc.
Under “Weather” there is a setting to begin at Sunrise or Sunset according to your location, so if you wanted the lights to turn on to a set temp at sunrise or sunset, you could do just that using the same method above.
You could also simulate the rising of the sun by the following:
- Select Scene 1
- Set the lights to an Orange or Yellow shade with very low Saturation
- Set the Lights to Max brightness
- Set Scene 1 Speed to the Slowest speed possible
- This will actually just kind of make the sun keep rising and setting, but should be enough for your brain to get the picture.
You can make a Movie Theater experience by creating a warm yellow or orange in the color mode and setting one preset to full brightness during seating and previews, then an identical one at a very low brightness for you activate via one-touch just before the feature presentation begins.
You could have a romantic set of purple or pink or red, and maybe pair that with a Blue light elsewhere you can activate via one-click when things are starting to get sexy.
You can set up a dim warm white balance or a brighter low contrast yellow to illuminate your gaming area slightly and give healthy background lighting during your gaming experience
These lights work great for photography. You can put them in a larger ballast, and cover the front with some tissue paper as a diffuser or leave them open, or put them in a smaller ballast for more focused lighting which can be further focused with a cone of black construction paper or something taped on the outside or inside. These don’t generate heat so there’s no need to worry about using paper products near by. They are dim compared to photo lights, and you’ll need a faster lens, probably a Tripod, and an increased ISO, with some post processing, but work great for creative lighting.
You can link your Smart Life app to your Google Home app, and it will load all of your presets into Google Home, allowing you to control everything with Google Voice commands, rather than Alexa if you don’t have Alexa devices.