Hi. Noob to smarthome stuff here. Well not so noob, I have lots of old fashioned remote controlled lamps on remote switches and a somfy blinds system using RTS.
I am in the UK.
My wife want an Amazon echo, and it seemed that she might like to control the lights.
We have 9 lamps, 3 E27 LED, 1 E14 LED, 4 GU10 and one an array of lights in a single fitting best dealt with at the wall socket. I’d like to turn them on and off by voice, dim and adjust colour temperature, maybe change colour.
This control would be via the Echo dot, and maybe IFTTT, which I already use and understand.
I was thinking of a smart things hub.
Then adding Osram Lightify bulbs, which i believe are Zigbee and a single smart socket to turn on an off the complex lamp array.
Does this sound sensible?
I believe that the lamps will work with the Smartthings hub without an extra Osram gateway, but are there technical reasons to have a gateway, such a firmware updates or the way the zigbee mesh works?
Does it matter whose smart socket I use, is it a good idea to use a zigbee one so as to have a mains powered powerful device on the mesh network?