As with most people, my entrance into this automation thing was basic lighting. So I started with Cree Connected bulbs in soft white. Mostly cause of the quality/color of the light and how it patterns very much like a ‘regular’ bulb. Now to think how long before the idea of ‘regular bulb’ doesn’t mean incandescent bulb.
Since I started about 8 months ago with ST, right before the v2 came out, I have about 20 connected bulbs in my house. I went that way partially for the dim function, but also ease of install. Problem is after I got to about 4 or 5, it is really hit or miss on if they properly function.
Scenario: 2 connected bulbs in one fixture in my laundry room controlled by motion sensor. I’d say less than 75% of the time both bulbs turn on, and less than 50% of the time do both turn off. I see the automation in the logging but its like the bulb just ignored it or something I dont know.
So I thought maybe my zigbee mesh was bad. I can never get a clear answer of do the bulbs themselves act as repeaters. So I’ve now got a bunch of Iris smart plugs dotted around the house mostly all within eye shot of each other and wrapping around corners. Still that hasn’t helped much either.
Same goes with my bar lights, 2 bulbs, most the time its like the bar had a stroke and only one light works.
Before it becomes a ‘range issue’. Same room, less than 10 feet from the hub each, are 2 bulbs. I’d say 25% of the time, only one will turn on instead of both.
I’ve tried everything that I can think of. I didn’t want to go the route of replacing every switch with a zwave switch, but at this point they are more reliable than these bulbs. My osram lightify rgb stuff seems to work more reliable as well. And like the range or interference issue, why does the smart plugs work dang near 100%, same room as a couple bulbs and like 10’ away and then the bulb fails.
Is it the device type? I’ve seen one post someone saying they changed it to one of the dimmable smart outlets and got better reliability out of them? I cant be the only one having this issue. I’ve been debating doing the ‘reliability graph’ like others have started to maybe get the attention of @slagle on this issue. But so far, these bulbs are the only thing giving me issues here.
I do a routine for go to bed that turns off all lights and smart outlets. Its a nightly thing for me to hit the button in the app, then go one by one on each bulb, hit refresh, wait 5 seconds, hit refresh again and then it shows that the bulb is indeed still on, then i can turn it off. When you go into a bulb it will show off and 0%. Hit refresh it will jump to 99%. Then refresh again it will then be controllable. Only on these Cree bulbs.
Luckly I am a single guy that can see light shining from my bed. So most the time I dont have to get up to check each bulb. Is this just a device handler issue cause my zigbee mesh at this point has to be pretty good, everything else is working fine. Window sensors on the far side of the house past the bulbs all report on schedule and reliable. Motion sensors in same room as the bulbs report and function fine. Smart Outlets work fine in the same room… Ideas?