UL Zigbee or Z-Wave Light Bulbs (2024)

Can anyone share their experience with generic zigbee or z wave light bulbs please? I some they generic driver to turn on and off will work one paired.


At this point in 2024 unless you have an all Z wave set up, zigbee Will probably make more sense. And even then, I know people who have all zwave devices, except for Zigbee bulbs on a Hue bridge. :man_shrugging:t2:

Zigbee bulbs are going to be much easier to find, much less expensive, and likely have more features such as power restore behavior and color temperature adjustment. Traditionally, Zigbee bulbs have also been close to the same size as Dumb bulbs, while Z wave have been much larger, meaning they didn’t always fit. :thinking:

(Also, one of the reasons that Zigbee became popular for smart bulbs is that Z wave maxes out at 232 devices per network while Zigbee can go much higher, which turned out to be important for big commercial buildings. But it may not matter so much for Home Automation where most platforms don’t let you go above about 200 devices anyway.)

Innr is a good budget brand for Zigbee that also works with a Hue bridge. If you don’t care about Hue compatibility, IKEA is a good budget Zigbee brand which is available in many countries.

I would not get any supercheap generic bulbs of any protocol as there can be safety issues.


With the IDE gone and wasn’t sure Ikea stuff still natively worked. Will check them out. Thanks

I have some lifx stuff but I’d like local and their Europe support is at best email.

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I have my house full with Ikea bulbs (with a handful of Hue, and others) and they work fine natively with my V2 SmartThings hub.
Ikea bulbs are so cheap that I bought some to try out and worked from there.
I found it best to pair them almost touching the hub before deploying them to their working locations.

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Super thanks