I have been using Zigbee lights in my existing setup for some time now. I have multiple of Zigbee Commercial Electric Recessed Lights and Zigbee Osram Lightify Bulbs . I recently was able to get a Philips Hue Color Starter Kit for a pretty good price. I configured the bulbs with the hub and then integrated the hub into SmartThings with no issues. After doing a bit of research, I’ve learned that as of February, the Hue Bridge is now Zigbee compatible. I’m considering removing my existing (non-Hue) Zigbee bulbs from SmartThings, and readding them via the Hue Bridge. I do enjoy the GUI of the Hue app and I should be able to recreate the current functionality with these 3rd party bulbs either within the Hue app or by syncing them back to SmartThings. I have read lots of threads about getting bulbs integrated into Hue, but most of these threads predate the hub firmware update.
Before I rip my current bulbs from my ST hub, I thought I’d ask some questions to those of you that might have already done it:
- Is getting these 3rd Party bulbs integrated now a more straightforward/reliable process? I’ve read older threads where you had to get lucky and hold the bulbs directly against the hub.
- Which platform (Hue or SmartThings) would be best for providing firmware updates to these non-hue bulbs going forward?
- Are there any reliability issues with the 3rd Party bulbs on the Hue hub? Color match issues?
- If you have all your 3rd party Zigbee bulbs on the Hue system, why do you prefer it over SmartThings? If you keep Hue bulbs on your Hue hub and 3rd party bulbs on SmartThings, why do you prefer it over Hue?