Interesting find last night. I’m still trying to 100% verify.
But it appears only the fixed dimmable but non tunable lightify bulb is randomly turning on.
So on the lightify hub everything works fine and nothing turns on randomly. with both kinds of bulbs.
On the Smartthings hub 2 of the dimmable (not tunable) bulbs randomly turn on in multiple light sockets. Usually once an hour. Sometimes they go for 8 hours. Very intermittent. Nothing in the IDE logs other than they switch on.
and 2 of the Tunable bulbs have never turned on by themselves.
Have flipped them between sockets. Deleted them, reset the bulbs. re-added with different names. Always the same results.
Can anyone else confirm they have a Tunable lightify bulb that randomly turns on. Or is it just the dimmable ones?
I’ll update once I test some more after work tonight.
They are all current with firmware, from the lightify hub.
So just starting out with smartthings. Bought bunch of tune able bulbs and non tune able at lowes. Few questions:
1- with smart bulbs, I assume you always need to leave light switch in on position and let smartthings app control it correct?
2- from my testing seems if the light switch is hit it will reset the tune able lights settings ex dim and color range?
3- if true is it mainly just getting use to using app and just try not to use the switch? Any type of cover or lock people use to block themselves or train from switches.
4- Are zwave switches better then bulbs in the long run? Do they allow the app and switches to work simultaneous?
You need to always have power to the smart bulbs. But there are various switch alternatives. People handle this issue in many different ways. For example, at my own house, voice is the primary way for controlling lights via the Amazon echo and then we use the Phillips hue dimmer switches as a parallel means of control. Different things work for different households. The following thread discusses many different options:
People tend to have very strong opinions on the bulbs versus switches discussion, but the truth is there is no one right answer. Different things work for different households. Some people use only smart switches, some use only smart bulbs, some use a combination. The following thread is a good place to start to see the various arguments and opinions:
1/3. Yes power has to stay on for the bulbs. They make child covers for switches that would work. You can still flip them with a pen from the side but not too easily
Yes that is correct. There is a custom device type that should be able to fix that though. On my to do list.
Zwave switches are the most cost effective in my eyes as you can use regular bulbs. And the bulb status is updated if someone flips the switch. However in some cases smart bulbs have advantages as you can have bulbs turn off and on individually. So if you have 4 bulbs in a fan. With smart bulbs you can only turn on 1 or 2 or 4. Or if you have colored bulbs you could change each to a different color. More flexibility.
Lightify makes a great switch that covers your normal switch. Works great with their lightify hub. Some great people on this forum are trying to get it to work. Unfortunately they have hit a stumbling block. But they are still working on it.
My house does not have neutral wires. So… Zwave switches will not work. That’s the path I was going to go. But since rewiring would have been cost prohibitive. I am going the smart bulb route.
Also make sure to update the firmware on your bulbs as well. If you read up a few posts you can see the issue I am working on with the non tunable bulbs.
My opinions. Noticed some other people have replied as I typed this. Equally valid.