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EEvic
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 10/20/2018 :  11:20:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to decide which of these smart lighting solutions:
Knocki, Wink Hub, TP Link Smart Bulb or Philips Hue, please advise and if you have any experience with any of these, please share. Thank you!

oberkc
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USA
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Posted - 10/20/2018 :  5:57:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What are you hoping to achieve? Why not smart things? Why not ISY-994? Things to consider:

- local operation or cloud dependency?
- is it important that you can continue to control your house through light switches?
- automation (things work without manual intervention) or remote control?
- whole house or more limited?
- do you have any preferences for zigbee, z-wave, wifi, insteon, don'tcare, ....

I use some hue devices, but it is a relatively small portion of my home automation. I use them mostly for some accent lighting and color. I find them near 100% reliable but I would not choose to use them for primary lighting. I prefer to automate my house through the switches rather than smart bulbs. This could affect your choices.

Ultimately, you should start by deciding your goals, both near-term and far.
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theiotpad
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Posted - 10/22/2018 :  5:54:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit theiotpad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I know it isn't on your list, but I have had great success with Lutron Caseta.

I ended up with them because my condo is in a 100-year old building that was cheaply renovated in the 1990s. The electrician didn't run neutrals to the switches. Lutron makes one of the few switches that work without a neutral.

Word of advice, check your wiring before you make a selection. If you don't have neutrals in your switch back-box then you will be limited in your choices.

Also, I agree with oberkc...I prefer switches over bulbs. Smart switches work just like regular switches, but you get the added benefit of smart technology/scheduling/geofencing/etc.

Bulbs require the switch to remain on (you control it via the app). If a visitor or non-techie family member flips the switch off then your smart bulb loses power and won't work until you flip the switch back on.
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EEvic
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Posted - 10/23/2018 :  04:10:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by theiotpad

I know it isn't on your list, but I have had great success with Lutron Caseta.

I ended up with them because my condo is in a 100-year old building that was cheaply renovated in the 1990s. The electrician didn't run neutrals to the switches. Lutron makes one of the few switches that work without a neutral.

Word of advice, check your wiring before you make a selection. If you don't have neutrals in your switch back-box then you will be limited in your choices.

Also, I agree with oberkc...I prefer switches over bulbs. Smart switches work just like regular switches, but you get the added benefit of smart technology/scheduling/geofencing/etc.

Bulbs require the switch to remain on (you control it via the app). If a visitor or non-techie family member flips the switch off then your smart bulb loses power and won't work until you flip the switch back on.



That's a very good point, then I'll focus on those ones and will check Lutron Caseta
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MichaelCarter259
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Posted - 11/01/2018 :  10:27:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit MichaelCarter259's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you just want a single smart bulb that you're happy to control via app or Alexa, the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulbs work well and produces light on a par with Philips Hue bulbs. But, using Wi-Fi makes the entry-level bulbs expensive compared to the competition, and I've found Zigbee bulbs to be more reliable.

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