I love hue. It is very reliable, color and transition times are cool, RESTful API is great. Plus I don’t find them much more expensive than a quality LED and switch.
I have multiple scenes on my server that are called at random in some settings/times. It’s nice to have things changed up automatically.
Deep red is perfect for lighting your way in the middle of the night. Love changing color for reminders. Long transitions make great timers; I have one that transitions from blue to orange in the time it takes my shower to heat up.
The hue app is nice, with home screen widgets for scenes, and there are a number 3rd party apps for animated scenes and sound/music sync. I have a couple around the jacuzzi (they’re better than candles with these apps).
Cons… There aren’t any IMHO. Some may want more light output and I could use a little more in my shower, but I think I can rectify that by replacing the translucent diffuser in the shower fixture with a transparent one. The Hues are already beautifully diffused.
The SmartThings integration (as with quite a number of things) is bare bones at best, with transition times and groups unsupported, and you’ll need to add hue’s additional settings into every SmartApp if you want control over brightness/color. I prefer to create scenes with shell scripts on my server that call the hue api, and just sending a command from SmartThings to it. Makes it simpler to record/edit them.
Would do it again in a heartbeat.