How to Reset A Cync Light Bulb?

Edwin Parker
By Edwin Parker 11 Min Read
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So, you’re packing up and moving to a new place? Exciting times! Now, you might be thinking, “Should I take my smart lighting with me or leave it behind?” Maybe the new house has different sockets, or maybe you think the buyer might pay a bit more if you include that snazzy lighting system.

But wait! Before you decide, let’s chat about something super important: resetting your smart lighting.

Imagine handing over your smartphone to someone without logging out of all your apps. Feels unsafe, right? Well, that’s exactly what happens if you don’t reset your smart lighting system before moving out. You don’t just want to hand over the keys and say, “Here you go!” No, you want to make sure that the system is as fresh as a new notebook, ready for the new owners to scribble on.

You might’ve heard of smart lights called “C by GE.” They’ve got a new name now, “Cync.” (Sounds fancy, right?) But guess what? The way you reset these lights? Exactly the same! No confusion here!

Now, onto the main event! Here’s how you reset your Cync (or C by GE) smart lights:

If you’re into smart devices and want to see which ones play nice with your Cync lights, there’s this handy tool called the GearBrain compatibility checker. Give it a whirl!

Did you know there’s a cool thing called the “GE CYNC Indoor Smart Plug”? It works using both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. And the best part? It’s besties with Alexa and Google Home!

How to factory reset smart bulbs from C by GE and Cync

So, you’ve got these cool smart bulbs from C by GE or Cync and you want to reset them? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Let’s dive into the easy-peasy step-by-step guide to give your smart bulbs that much-needed fresh start.

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Step-by-Step: Making Your Cync or C by GE Bulb Feel Brand New Again

  1. Setting the Stage:
    Begin with your light in the off position. Let it chill there for about five seconds. Imagine it’s taking a short nap.
  2. The Light Show Begins:
    Time to wake it up! Turn the light on and let it shine bright for eight seconds. Count in your head or out loud, whichever is fun for you! “One Mississippi, Two Mississippi…”
  3. Quick Nap Time:
    After the eight seconds, turn it off for a short two seconds. It’s like a blink!
  4. Repeat the Dance:
    Now, you’re gonna do the on-and-off dance five more times. Think of it as a fun light show! On, off. On, off. On, off. You get the drill!
  5. Look for the Flashing Sign:
    If you’ve done it right, your bulb will give you a mini light show in return. It’ll flash three times. That’s its way of saying, “I’m refreshed and good as new!”

A Few Handy Tips:

  • Got a three-way dimming lamp, rotary dial, or multi-function switch? Heads up! They might be a bit stubborn and won’t reset your bulb the right way. But no sweat! Just put the bulb into a regular socket that’s controlled by a simple on/off wall switch. Or if you’ve got a lamp, connect it to an on/off wall outlet.

How to factory reset smart light strips from C by GE and Cync

Got some snazzy light strips from C by GE or Cync? 🌟 Whether they’re framing your room or highlighting your entertainment unit, sometimes they need a bit of a reset. But no worries, I’m here to guide you through it, step-by-step!

For the Newer Kids on the Block (2024 and Beyond):

If your light strip is like the latest smartphone – all modern and new (made in 2024 or later) – here’s what you do:

  1. Find the Control Unit:
    This is the brain of your light strip. It should have a reset button.
  2. Press and Wait:
    Gently press down on this button and hold it for 10 seconds. Imagine you’re giving your light strip a soft and reassuring squeeze.
  3. All Done:
    Release the button. Your light strip should now be factory reset!
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For the Classic Light Strips (Before 2024):

If your light strip is more vintage, here’s your reset routine:

  1. Plug and Play:
    Make sure your light strip is plugged into a power outlet. Then, unplug the wall plug from its power adapter and plug it back in. This is like a quick wake-up shake!
  2. The Light Dance (sounds familiar?):
    • Stage 1: Start off by keeping the light switched off for about five seconds. Deep breath in… and out.
    • Stage 2: Now, turn the light on for a solid eight seconds. Count with me: “One, two, three…”
    • Stage 3: Time for a short break! Turn the light off again for two seconds.
    • Encore: Let’s do that dance five more times! On, off. On, off. Until you’ve repeated it five times in total.
  3. Await the Flash:
    When done correctly, your strip will give you a mini concert! It’ll flash three times to tell you it’s been successfully reset.

How to factory reset wired switches from C by GE and Cync

Looking to reset your wired switches from C by GE or Cync? Sometimes, giving our devices a fresh start helps them work better, just like after we’ve had a good night’s sleep. 😉 So, whether you’ve got a button, paddle, or toggle switch, I’ve got you covered! Let’s dive in.

For the Button Switch with Dimmer & Paddle Switch:

These two are like twins, so their reset process is identical!

  1. Hold the Power:
    Find the power button on the circle/paddle. Give it a good, long press and wait until its light turns a fiery red.
  2. Release:
    Once you see the red, let go of the button.
  3. Watch for the Blue Blink:
    Your switch will then blink in a calming blue color. This little light show means “Success!” Your switch is now reset and ready for action.

For the Toggle Switch:

This one dances to its own tune, but it’s still super easy!

  1. Push Up:
    Give the toggle switch a firm upward press. Keep holding until its LED light decides to paint itself red.
  2. And… Let Go:
    Seeing red? Perfect. Release the switch.
  3. A Single Blue Blink:
    Your switch will give you a single blue blink, like a wink, to say, “All good! I’m refreshed!”
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How to factory reset wireless switches, remotes and motion sensors from C by GE and Cync

Refreshing these is a piece of cake!

  1. Find the Tiny Button:
    On the side of your device, there’s a small pinhole. That’s the secret button!
  2. Press and Hold:
    Take a pin or paperclip and gently press into that pinhole. Hold it there until you see the LED light turn a bright red.

And… Presto!
Your device has been reset! 🎉

How to factory reset the C-Reach Smart Bridge from C by GE and Cync

Important Note: Resetting this means all your C by GE and Cync devices connected to the bridge will unpair. To get them back in harmony, you’ll need to reset each light and switch as we just discussed and then reintroduce them to the bridge.

  1. Unplug Time:
    Detach your C-Reach from its wall outlet for a brief moment.
  2. Hold and Plug:
    Now, while pressing down on the side button of your C-Reach, plug it back into the wall. Continue pressing that button for about 10 seconds. It’s like a long hug!
  3. Red Flashing Lights:
    You’ll notice all three LED lights starting a flashy red dance. That’s their way of saying, “All done! I’m reset!”

Wrapping It Up: The Smart Reset Way!

There you have it! Refreshing and resetting your C by GE and Cync devices doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Just like taking a moment to restart our computers or our minds after a long day, our smart devices too benefit from these brief “time-outs”. By following these simple steps, you’re ensuring that your devices function optimally, giving you the best smart home experience possible. Remember, the key is to be patient and follow the instructions closely. And when in doubt, don’t hesitate to revisit the guide or reach out for help. Embrace the world of smart living with confidence, and let your devices light up your life, literally and figuratively! 💡🏠🌠

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