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I am doing this more for the security / fun of it
on 13 February 2017
So, I am a tech geek and want to move into home automation. My other half buys me an Echo for Christmas (which I get moaned at for using?!?!) and decide I wish to explore other options. I was seriously weighing up Hue vs Lifx for lighting and decided to go Hue. I did that as I am not so fussed about having billions (or whatever the real number is) colour options, I am doing this more for the security / fun of it. So I got a Hue Hub and 2 of these bulbs plus and extra 3. The bulbs are sturdy and well made, standard UK fittings (I've had both screw and bayonet models all fine). As I am reviewing the bulbs I will assume you have a hub already (absolutely essential, they do not work without one!!!).I put the new bulbs into the fitting and turned the lights on and then had the app detect new bulbs which worked first time and hey presto, away you go! You essentially name a bulb and assign it to a room. You can then get creative by adding scenes, schedules, events (such as when you arrive home they turn on through geo location of your phone), all brilliant fi you ask me. I have the lights turn on when I arrive home and all off when I leave. These are not the ambient versions which have the various shades of white, but they do all dim very successfully, a nice feature for rooms without existing dimmers.
Now, I would say that the lights respond to the correct command about 9/10 occasions, so you have to expect the odd retry. I was also worried that they wouldn't work like conventional bulbs and turning off a light switch then on again would mean still no light. Wrong, when you turn a Hue bulb off at the wall switch, it is no longer responsive to Hue remote commands (bummer). This is understandable but annoying as my other half switches everything off the traditional way (so 1990s). I probably need one of the dimmer switches for Hue but I digress. The good news is when you switch the wall switch to on, the bulb DOES come on. This is a relief as again, my fiancé would have made me rip them all out if it had forced use of the phone app.
So a bit of a novelty, but programming a sequence of say 'go to bed' and turning off all downstairs lights then turning all upstairs on with one touch is, I think, a great bonus. The Alexa side of things I must say I haven't got into. It seems a bit clunky frankly and I simply haven't taken the time to group accessories on Alexa. Voice control is not a primary feature for me but I will have a play some time and update this review. It is great having lights come on when we are out, we live rurally and it is pretty isolated if e are out for any length of time. A handy addition to our security profile. I would definitely recommend these bulbs for those who don't care about colours but want to dip their toe in, like a dimmer and desire the added away from home security aspects.
Update: Meant to say that linking to IFTTT is great. I have the lights flash when my teams scores a goal. Invaluable ;0)