Dear Experts, may i know has any Smartthings users bought Smart Downlight LED lights with ZigBee capability from Taobao and integrated with Smartthings hub.If so,mind sharing the steps?
Taobao is a retailer, not the manufacturer. They sell many different devices. It will depend on the exact brand and model.
Just being zigbee is not enough. It depends on the profile being used.
Zigbee is always zigbee, but the standard allows for different "profiles,"including manufacturer proprietary ones.
These are not all able to communicate with each other, they don’t even use the same addressing schemes.
SmartThings uses the Zigbee Home Automation profile (ZHA 1.2) and part of the Zigbee 3.0 profile. Devices using other zigbee profiles may be able to join to the network, but their communications may not be understood, or they may frequently drop off because they don’t receive a handshake message they are expecting.
There a lot of different ways to explain this, but I think one of the easiest is to think of zigbee as a post office and the different profiles as different languages. The outside envelope for different messages may look similar, have a specific format…
Some people have bought Kudled bulbs through Taobao and gotten those to work. But again it depends on the specific brand and model.
I was wondering whether there were already Chinese copies of the Philips Hue A19 Bulbs which were compatible with the Philips Hue Bridge as the current price point for ZigBee / Wi-Fi / Z-Wave Color Bulbs is still very high at USD 60 - 90 per color bulb from brands such as but not limited to Philips Hue, LIFX, Zipato, Aeotec.
I ended up with buying and trying out Color Bulbs from the brand Kudled, which is a company with operations in Shenzhen, China.
Note that I am based in Shanghai, China and was able to buy a Kudled Color Bulb for USD 23, still not cheap but significantly more affordable than the closest alternatives at the moment. I personally believe the price point needs to go to about USD 10 per color bulb for mainstream adoption and I expect that this will happen within …
Hi Robert,thanks for the detailed explanation. The LED downlights that I have bought for my whole house are from taobao (different companies).The lights uses 2.4ghz RF remote control,will smart hub still able to detect them?
2.4 gigahertz is a very popular band, it is used for many different things, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and all the different zigbee profiles. So we need to know the exact brand and model in order to know whether it might be compatible with SmartThings. But it might not work with SmartThings.
Thanks Robert for the explaination.Will wait for my smart hub to test it out.