A recent change in Iris resulted in purchasing SmartThings yesterday. I’ve read a lot on the forum that the con of using bulbs is that the physical device (lamp/switch) must remain on (makes sense, electricity is the foundation). What Iris used to do, and what I see with ST (Samsung Lightify bulbs) is that I can walk into a dark room without my phone, manually turn the physical switch a few times, lamp turns on, and app updates to on. I need to turn it off on the app, but otherwise it isn’t dependent upon the state of the app for the light to function the pre-HA way to turn ON.
Is this what you experience with your bulbs & ST as well? I want to validate that what I’m seeing is correct.
Being completely dependent upon an app to turn on lamps has driven me to the brink over the last few weeks. Iris is still investigating, and ST has really taken off since I last looked at it in detail (not using either for home security, strictly HA). If the bulbs with ST can turn on manually & with the app, I’m impressed enough to stay.