This morning I mapped out my entire house for wall switches, outlets, and light bulbs. I’m working through each room trying to think of what I might like to do with the lighting for that room. So far I’ve came up with several uses for the color bulbs…
Mood lighting in the kid’s rooms… they would think it’s too cool.
Mood lighting in one lamp the wife likes to use.
A notification light in a couple of places.
Holiday lights outside the house.
Some color strips under the kitchen cabinets.
Some lights to flash the Broncos colors when they score (totally a gimmick and I don’t know if I would put the effort into making this happen, but the IFTTT needed for it is what lead me to the Hue choice. lol)
General question, if I connect either the Hue or Lightify bulbs directly to ST (no bridges), can I change the colors on the color bulbs or just turn them on and off?
@JDRoberts thanks for the bridge info and the use case link, some good stuff in there.
Do you know the practical difference in the dimming levels between the two? I believe I read that the 1st Gen did not dim as well/as low as the 2nd Gen… or was that a function of the bulbs? We are not an Apple house (the wife and oldest daughter are… kinda), so HomeKit is not a factor for me.
@brumster Holiday lighting was my main thought for the color bulbs. I’ve got 2 (maybe 3) out door lights that I’d like to color match to the Holidays as well. So do you have color bulbs that you swap in for the holidays, or have you just overtime added color bulbs in those locations?
@RobinWinbourne would you mind sharing more info on your RBGW micro modules? Do the lights them selves have to be able to support RGB, or does the module make white bulbs colored ones (don’t see how that would be possible). I’ve also debated the bulb vs. switch solution and I agree that in most cases the switch is a better/cheaper route to go. I need to look more into the micro modules as that would give greater flexibility with the switches/brands we would like to use.
@Tino_Race Do the Hue Ambience allow you to select any of the white temperatures in the range, or only a select few? Also, I’ve never personally understood changing lights to match what we are watching. A buddy got one of the TVs with the changing back lighting and I was like “Why?”. For me, I like the viewing area dark and lights coming on, even low, seems like it would distract me. Do you really feel that having “surround lights” make the viewing that much more enjoyable? No sarcasm in that, I truly would like to know.