1x - 2metre Phillips hue strip 3x - E27 Philips Lux 1x - GU10 Philips Hue 1x - Dresden FLS-PP Module(Linked to an aquarium led strip)
(all the above is used for Mood lighting and all works perfect, for anyone who need Smart LED strips, forget about HUE and get yourself the above mentioned “Dresden FLS-PP Module” and a bog standard 20M strip and have fun with it, its a genius bit of kit !!!
However my real issue with lighting is with the main functional lighting . . . i live in a rented apartment with 32 GU10 bulbs(all 50w halogen) so as you can imagine, its not very energy efficient nore smart, and i want to change this . . . however as much as id love to put in dumb & dimmable LED bulbs for all 32 fittings and then use an in-switch smart solution, my landlord may murder me and claim my deposit for keeps if he realizes ive been pissing about with the in-wall electrics . . .
so i reckon that i need to hit the problem at the bulb location, this now leaves me with a problem, as i cant afford 32 Philips hue GU10’s at $60 a pop (nearly $2000 in total)
so i need to find another GU10 solution . . . preferably ZigBee light-Link like the Hue’s & Dresden FLS-PP to keep everything on the same page . . . but not essential.
What has everyone found to be the cheapest solutions for Smart / Integratable / GU10 / LED Bulbs
I think Cree just makes the one connected lamp. I too have a number of GU10 lamps in tracks I’d like to replace with smart lamps. So far I have only seen the Philips Hues, and while I like my Hues, I am not sure I can swing the $60/pop for all that I would need.
I would just talk to your Landlord and see if he is ok with you installing a few wall witches.The worst thing that can happen is he says no. If he says yes then you will have a solution but much cheaper than all those bulbs. I would also suggest as a backup that you offer to pay an electrician to do the install if he is worried about you doing it. You might be able to find an electrician who will do the work for cheap. Your complex might even have a maintenance man who can do it or supervise you doing it.
I have found that it always benefits you to be friends with the Landlord/manager. Find some common interests and go from there.
I get on well with noth landlord/agent but its high ends apartments and they are very very fussy about stuff been tampered with even if its for the better (annoying) one of my best mates is an electrician aswell… Im half tempted to go down the switch route to be fair now and amend back once i leave…
Is there any UK STYLE dimmer smart switches even available though ??? Theybseem to be american, the only way round is with stuff like fibaros dimmer modukes but the walls and holes aint big enough to hold them aswell as the unsmart uk dimmer switches - do you know of any all in one modules?
Ps: @Savij everything i read about them bulbs says they are cheap but they dont turn off properly using smartthings or hue setups inly the app they came with due to dodgy transition errors (do you know otherwise)
You definitely don’t need the gateway – – it doesn’t integrate with smartthings. The bulbs get connected directly to the smartthings hub instead.
(Well, we should say that some people also get the gateway just so they can do firmware up date to the bulbs, but that process requires removing the bulbs from the SmartThings network, connecting them to the gateway network, doing the firmware upgrade, and then moving them back to the SmartThings network. But you don’t need to Gateway in every day use. )
@drchris I’m in UK, and just bought 3 Lightify tunable white GU10 bulbs, with no Lightify gateway. Paired to ST hub fine.
@AutomateEverything did you get sorted? My house has probably another 30-40 GU10 and I don’t want to spend all on that, in fact I’d prefer a smart wall switch, so if wife turns it off ST can still control it, whereby at the moment if she turns off this wall switch where the bank of Lightify bulbs are, ST can’t do anything.
Im opting to dononly mood lighting with HUE now and all the main light switches im moving to LWRF now that @adamclark_dev has created a fast and realiable integration for ST & LWRF lighting - as there is no uk solution for smart switches yet that doesnt require a neutral that most of us dont have…
Suppose, I’m hoping it may be answer for me though as cheaper and easier, keeps existing wall switch (wife happy!), even if switched off can still be controlled by ST. Cheaper than filling all my fitting with smart bulbs.
I’m hoping that although my back box is shallow, if needed I can hang it down the plaster wall recess…
Ive fitted several for several people, i can assure you the best way to eliminate issues is a rocker style switch - no/off normal switches tend to piss about with it and u find urself having to turn it on and off really quick to turn it down or same to do on . . .