Add Phillips hue bulbs without a bridge?

I’ve a number of Phillips hue bulbs in my house that I previously managed to add directly to smartthings without the need for a hue bridge. I’ve replaced two bulbs as they stopped working properly and now can’t seem to get the smartthings hub to recognise them… has something changed? Is there a solution?

I don’t want to have to buy a hue bridge…

Nothing changed. I just added one yesterday. You need to pair it close to the hub. I tried with a repeater about 20 feet away and it didn’t work until I move the bulb about 5 feet from the hub.

Edit: not sure about zigbee secure join but maybe that’s also the problem. You can disable it in IDE under hub.

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When I changed ST hubs I had to reset the bulbs before I could re-associate them to my new hub.
The only way (without a Phillips Hue Bridge) is to use a remote.

I reset my RGBW bulbs with this and was then able to add them to my hub.
There are a number of threads about this. Have a search.

EDIT: I also had to do this with a new bulb. Must have been a returned item. Who knows.

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Seems odd… do you think Home Depot are selling refurbished bulbs then?

I’m in the UK.
Perhaps it was paired for testing and not reset. Don’t really know.
All I know is that I had to reset one to get it to work from new.

It’s not common for a brand-new device to have been paired with the test network at the factory. It happens. As do returns. So sometimes you get a new one and it needs to be reset to pair.