very new to the home automation game. I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but haven’t done much yet. I recently got a TP-Link bulb just to dip my toe in, and then picked up an Amazon Echo when it was on sale for $90. Of course that gave me the itch!
I think i’ve settled on smartthings for my hub- that’s why i’m here! That was further cemented by the rumors of Wink’s uncertain future.
So, one of the things I’d been thinking about doing was replacing the porch lights on the house with something smart. My idea was having the bulbs controlled by app/echo, of course, but i thought it’d also be neat to get multi-color ones and be able to change the colors- orange for halloween, green and red for christmas, you know, that sort of thing.
My question is- how would i do this? let me complicate this by saying those porch lights are on a 3-way switch- one by the front door and one by the garage entry to the house. So i figured i’d get the GE z-wave switch and add-on for those. But do I need that? Could i just buy some bulbs (like Phillips Hue or the Sylvania/Osram ones) and have them work together? If I go the bulb only route, I’m assuming one of the switches would need to be “on” all the time, of course. That may be an issue with kids and habit- we’ve lived here 9 years now.
Any suggestions or ideas for this new guy would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!