I don’t really know where else to ask this question - and I trust this amazing community more than any other I know of. We are traveling tomorrow to IKEA & I’m hoping to have the answer on this before I go.
We purchased a lamp that needs multiple of the E12 (candle or candleabra base) and we already have a sizeable Hue setup. Since I need 6 bulbs for this lamp, Hue would get expensive (even if I only went with the White Ambiance) so I’m thinking about the $15 Tradfri white tunable. However, when I was at IKEA recently, the person in the lighting area made a point of saying that the Tradfri wouldn’t work without their bridge. But from what I understand, that’s completely wrong. It seems that the Tradfri line works directly with the Hue and/or SmartThings setup. I understand that (as long as the firmware is new enough, which it should be) I can add the bulbs to both Hue and ST. However, right now, IKEA is saying that the bulbs aren’t compatible with Google Assisant - which I understand if I’m using their bridge/gateway. But, does anyone know if I add the bulbs to my Hue bridge, can I control them at this point via either ST or Google Home? What about IFTTT? I want to be able to create a setup where I can ask Google Home to use one of my scenes in the Hue app (Relax, Reading, Daytime, etc). Currently, I’ve been using simple voice commands like dim the lights to 45% but not using it to change the color/white tone. I use the different whites to help with both depression (a brighter white during the day and a warmer white for night to promote a more “hygge” atmosphere and also to help melatonin production for my sleep disorder). I just cannot find enough information to understand how the Tradfri works without using their bridge now that a little bit of time has passed and there are more updates that have occurred. Does anyone know if full white tunable control is pretty universal now using the Tradfri on the Hue bridge?
For anyone who has used Tradfri or has it, would the experience and quality with the Hue vs Tradfri actually be worth double the price of the Tradfri? I cannot really imagine that it would be but not having used the Tradfri yet, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I know that Tradfri also has a non-tunable white bulb for less but since we use the tunable so much, I’d love to still have that ability.
Lastly, is there any other E12 bulb that would be a better option?
Thanks so much in advance! I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and learning more.