I was wondering if I could get some opinions from those with experience on which way to take this. Admittedly, I don’t know exactly how it would all work, but once I decide what I’m going to do, I’ll figure out the steps to do it. I’d just like to have a plan in place first.
The house is almost filled with connected bulbs, but my son would really like a colored HUE bulb, So, I got him two white ones and a colored one (with the HUE Hub, or whatever the proper name is) for his upcoming birthday to replace the three white connected bulbs in his ceiling fixture.
He still has about four years before he heads off to college, but the plan would be for him to take the HUE hub and bulbs with him when he does, if he likes them.
We haven’t had a chance to both sit down and look into sharing access to the SmartThings account, but he’s had issues getting it set up on his own. Before I put too much effort into it, I wanted to get this feedback.
And the final preparatory detail is that I do have an ex to deal with and I’d prefer for her to not have any possible access to anything while my son is with her. From the little research I’ve done, it seems like I can’t share specific items with another account, so that might rule out the ‘sharing’ aspect of this altogether. I realize there are some 3rd party apps that help sharing, but I’d prefer to stay away from 3rd party stuff until I investigate it a bit more.
So, I was wondering how anyone with experience might handle this.
Ideally, I’d love to stay within the SmartThings app for everything, but if there’s not a way to only share specific items, that wouldn’t be the way to go. We’re only dealing with lights now, but locks are the next items on the list.
Even though I’d like to stay within the SmartThings apps, would it be easier to just set the Philips stuff up on its own and work everything through Alexa? When it comes to turning lights on and off, 99% of it is done by voice using the Echos. Since these HUE lights are only going to be in his room, I figured having the second app to use wouldn’t be a big deal. I just wasn’t sure if we could group SmartThings bulbs with the HUE bulbs in the Alexa app if the HUEs weren’t going through SmartThings first. I don’t care if he’s the only one with the color functionality through the HUE app as long as I could still control the on/off side of things through the Echos.
I tried looking at different threads and didn’t feel secure coming to any conclusions on my own, so if I missed something, I apologize. Feel free to point it out to me. Like I said, I’m not so much concerned with the how now as I am the opinions and input, so I’d appreciate any that you have.