Setting up SmartThings Energy Control (STEC)

You can see your Bulb energy usage in real time wherever you are, thanks to a new tool we've built with Samsung.

SmartThings Energy Control (STEC) shows live information from your smart meter on a mobile app. And if the appliances in your home are smart, then things get really clever. You can add them to the app too, and control them from your tablet or phone.

To use this service you'll need to pair your In-Home Display (IHD) with Samsung's SmartThings app. Here's a step-by-step guide to help.

What you need

You need:

  1. A Bulb account - this service is only available to Bulb members at the moment
  2. A second generation (SMETS2) electricity meter
  3. Wi-Fi
  4. A Chameleon In-Home Display (IHD) that can connect to Wi-Fi
  5. An iOS or Android smartphone

How to tell if your IHD can connect to Wi-Fi

This guide to connecting your IHD to Wi-Fi explains what to look for.

Step-by-step guide

You'll need to hold your mobile phone close to your In-Home Display (IHD) as you go through the following steps.

Download the SmartThings app

Samsung's SmartThings app is free to download to your phone or tablet. It's available for:

Check if you have an IHD3 or IHD6

The instructions for how to pair your IHD with the SmartThings app are different depending on what type of IHD you have. 

We're currently installing two different versions of IHDs, called an IHD3 and IHD6. If your IHD is black, like the photo on the left, you have an IHD3. If your IHD has a white border, like the photo on the right, you have an IHD6. Both IHDs are manufactured by Chameleon.

A photo of an IHD3 and an IHD6

Once you've identified which IHD you have, follow the instructions below for how to pair an IHD3, and how to pair an IHD6.

Pairing an IHD3 with the SmartThings app

Download and open the app on your phone. The app will take you through the following steps to pair your IHD.

  1. Follow the steps to create a SmartThings account. 
  2. From the home screen, touch the plus (+) icon and select Add device
  3. Select Bulb from the section marked All Brands
  4. Select IHD3
  5. If it isn’t connected already, connect your IHD to your Wi-Fi
  6. Find the device ID on the bottom of your In-Home Display. It’s the long series of digits starting with "GUID : 0C-A2-F4-00-00-". Any 0s you see are the number zero
  7. Enter the device ID into the app 
  8. On your IHD3, press Menu/OK to bring up the menu, then the right arrow (→) until you see Settings. Press Menu/OK again to select it
  9. Press the right arrow (→) until you see Pair CAD to account [OK] and press Menu/OK
  10. A four-word passphrase should now appear on your IHD. Enter it into the SmartThings app.

And you're done! Phew. 

A message should now appear saying the device has successfully been connected to SmartThings Energy Control.

Pairing an IHD6 with the SmartThings app

Download and open the app on your phone. The app will take you through the following steps to pair your IHD.

  1. Follow the steps to create a SmartThings account. 
  2. From the home screen, touch the plus (+) icon and select Add device
  3. Select Bulb from the section marked All Brands
  4. Select IHD6
  5. If it isn’t connected already, connect your IHD to your Wi-Fi.
  6. Find the device ID on the bottom of your In-Home Display. It’s the long series of digits starting with "GUID : 0C-A2-F4-00-00-". Any 0s you see are the number zero.
  7. Enter the device ID into the app. 
  8. On your IHD6, press the Menu icon bottom right hand side, then press the right arrow to find and select Settings
  9. Press the right arrow (→) and select Account pairing
  10. A four-word passphrase should now appear on your IHD. Enter it into the SmartThings app.

And you're done! Phew. 

A message should now appear saying the device has successfully been connected to SmartThings Energy Control.

Adding other smart appliances to the app

You can also control smart appliances in your home from the SmartThings app. 

The SmartThings website explains how to add smart appliances to the app.

Further help

Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Get more information about:

And you can find more information and support from Samsung in their SmartThings Support centre

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