Hue color bulbs (and the like) w/smart switches


(Fast, Good, Cheap...pick two.) #1

I have some G.E. bulbs now. Due to them having their own radio I know that they can act independently with power (no need for a smart switch)

Power goes out and comes back on and all the smart bulb lights in the house are on…that sucks.

Understanding that Hue color bulbs and other types of the same also are zigbee or wifi…aren’t they susceptible to the same power off issue?

My home is almost completely smart switches now except for lamps with zigbee bulbs.

Having both smart switches and smart bulbs on the same circuit seems redundant just to get color; however, there’s no other alternative, correct?


#2

WiFi bulbs don’t necessarily power on when power is restored after a cut; most zigbee bulbs do. Some people like this, assuming that the power outage represented a problem that they need to investigate. Other people hate it.

One community member has addressed the problem by creating a “Canary bulb” Smart app where if a particular bulb lights up when it’s not expected to, the app turns all the other smart bulbs in the house off. Again, some people would like that, other people would not. :sunglasses:

You’re quite right that you have to have an RGBW bulb or LED strip in order to get color. Technically, it doesn’t have to be networked to get color, particularly the LED strips, but it turns out to be easier and typically less expensive these days to go with a networked device.

As far as switches to use with smart bulbs, see the following:


(Fast, Good, Cheap...pick two.) #3

Great link! I was looking for exactly that but my phone doesn’t make the greatest surfboard lol

Thank You!


(Ben W) #4

Phillips mentions this as a safety feature. If you have someone flipping the switch off/on 99% of people would expect lights to come on. I rarely have power outages (maybe twice a year?)

I actually purchased a smartswitch and hooked them up to my hue bulbs. Then realized that was a waste since I never used the switch. Instead i purchased a Hue Dimmer Switch, placed it where it made sense and reverting back to a dumb switch, leaving it on.

https://amzn.com/B014H2OYVW


(Fast, Good, Cheap...pick two.) #5

I definitely want to keep useability of my switches even though I almost never touch them.

The additional cost just for the sake of adding some color change ability seems a bit absurd to me.

Unfortunately, it’s not unlike me to do something that absurd.


#6

We mostly use white bulbs, but do have two RGBW lights (One in the living room, one in my housemates room) which we use for notifications.

For example, when I come through the front gate, the light in my housemates room comes on pale blue. Once I come through the door, I turn that light off again by voice. So if I get stuck in the yard, as sometimes happens, the blue light being on let’s my housemate know he needs to come help me. We found this method works the best. It doesn’t bug him when he’s playing video games the way a beeper might. But he also doesn’t ignore it when he’s playing the way he does with text messages.

So it’s a persistent but not annoying notification. :sunglasses:


(Fast, Good, Cheap...pick two.) #7

The notification thought process is exactly what I’m looking for. I’d like to tie my doorbell to a color as well as to users entering codes into my locks, etc.

To that end, it makes sense to use them in my lamps, as they exist in every major room I occupy.

The cool disco type stuff is exactly that…no real use.

As normal you’ve been a great help!