Before I go and buy like 50 smart light bulbs and change everything in my house, I want to make sure I am going down the correct path.
Let’s say I want to change all my bulbs in my living room, there are 12, all recessed lighting. If I buy some Phillips HUEs or some SYLVANIA Smart Connected A19 RGBW LEDs… do I buy a smart light switch as well to control them? I’m assuming I do if I still want a physical switch in the room and not just control everything from a tablet or phone.
How do you guys have it setup? Even if I have a Z-Wave or ZigBee enabled switch, when I turn that off won’t it cut power to all those bulbs? I would have to go into the SmartThings app and turn that switch on first and then turn the bulbs on also separately? Do the bulbs take a while to get back on the network? It doesn’t seem quite right to me. Mind you I don’t currently own any smart switches or bulbs, just a SmartThings hub and a few temperature sensors at the moment. I’m just starting out.
Is there a smart switch that when clicked just sends a command to the bulbs directly? or to the hub which triggers a routine or series of commands to that group of bulbs?
Power would never really be turned off on that circuit. That would make more sense to me in a setup like this. Is this right?