I am new to the smart home concept but I like the idea and thus I am in the process of setting one up. So far I have bought quite a bit of Philips Hue stuff, though I have only used a few of the bulbs and the rest is still all boxed up, and the SmartThings starter pack. On the things to buy along with the below is a thermostat (probably nest or hive), nest fire and carbon monoxide detector, chrome cast and google home mini. I am after a bit of advise on what to buy in an attempt to avoid buying twice.
Philips Hue motion sensors (with a device handler) or the SmartThings motion sensor? The SmartThings motion sensor is the obvious choice but doesn’t have a lux sensor whereas the Hue motion sensor does so offers better value for money in theory and also avoids having sensors everywhere. I will use the motion sensor for the alarm system but also for the lights and therefore lux is important too. Thoughts please.
SmartThings/fabaro/sensitive strips/aerotec. I have the SmartThings multi sensor and it seems to work fairly well but I need to buy more for the other windows and doors. Which one offers the best value for money as I have a few to buy? Value for money is important but alternatively I can buy one for the back door and rely on motion sensors rather than getting sensors for all of the windows.
I want to get a siren in order to setup an alarm system. I have seen the D-Link one. What’s this like? Is this one a good one to get or am I better off with the Fortrezz, Aerotec or something different?
I am in the Uk and I have nickel coloured light switches and plug sockets. Friends who have hue have made white plastic covers that screw on top of their light switches and the Hue dimmers then sit in this cover - prevents the light switch being switched off and makes the dimmer easily assessable. The problem with this is that they are white and just wont go in my house, plus when the battery runs out in the dimmer it’s a bit of a faff, not to mention the cost of the dimmers. Is there an alternative light switch I can fit that’s smart and works with SmartThings and the Hue bulbs? I have found plenty of solutions in the US but nothing in the Uk. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance for all of your help.