July 16, 2024

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GE Lighting’s new Cync smart lights are designed for your kitchen cabinets.

GE Lighting’s new Cync smart lights are designed for your kitchen cabinets.

This full-color, adjustable white lighting fixture fits under your cabinets and can be hardwired or plugged in to illuminate your countertops. Cync lights are Empower the material And work with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Home, and Samsung SmartThings for smart home integration. I first saw a sneak peek of it at CES 2023 and was excited that this might finally provide a good solution to the smart kitchen lighting problem.

New lighting fixtures from GE Lighting were installed beneath the cabinets to provide task and ambient lighting.
Image: General Electric Lighting Company

If you’ve ever remodeled a kitchen, you too may have been stumped by not having a way to connect smart lighting under your cabinets. This was my experience a couple of years ago when I wanted to light up my kitchen countertops by placing a smart, adjustable white light that I could also dim under my cabinets.

There were no fixed options for smart LED lights that could work under cabinets. The only options I found were to connect a standard LED light strip to a smart switch—which means no color change or dimming, but I could control it remotely and on a schedule—or use an additional smart light strip to get the effects I wanted but at the expense of using multiple outlets in my kitchen and running large cables everywhere.

Then, earlier this year at CES, I saw Cync under-cabinet lights set up and running in a mock kitchen, and they looked impressive. They have a wide but slim profile, appearing almost invisible under the cabinet from most angles but giving off more light than a standard lighting strip. They also have a diffuse effect, which means no harsh light from the LEDs reflects off your work surfaces. I have some samples that I plan to test and will do a full review soon.

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The color and adjustable white light make a lot of sense in a kitchen setting. It provides task lighting when cooking or cleaning and can change to a dimmable color changing light when you want a more ambient colorful glow during dinner time or when it’s time to relax.

The new Cync bulbs provide all of these functions and work with the Cync app, powered by Savant smart home system. This allows you to set lights on a schedule and add them to scenes. They are also compatible with smart home platforms for voice control and other features and have physical buttons for direct control.

Cync Smart Undercabinet installations require 120V AC power and operate over 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. They come in 12-inch ($59.99), 18-inch ($64.99), 24-inch ($69.99) lighted strips and three-inch diameter puck lights ($84.99). For larger spaces, you can connect up to 10 lights and power them all from one source.