Oh… this is really interesting. This is the first I’ve seen of a Z-wave bulb like this! @Ben, @urman, any chance you can take a look at this and possibly get it typed? I’ve got some Lifx bulbs in my house that I’ve been disappointed in because Lifx seems to be relatively slow in software development. (The hardware is very good with Lifx, just lagging on the software side). But if this is Z-wave native… that’s pretty cool!
No… the EU and US use different frequencies for Z-wave and so EU hubs should use EU Z-wave frequencies.
Frequency band: The Z-Wave Radio uses the 868.42 MHz SRD Band (Europe); the 900 MHz ISM band: 908.42 MHz (United States); 916 MHz (Israel); 919.82 MHz (Hong Kong); 921.42 MHz (Australian/New Zealand).
I sent a message to Zipato and asked if they had US bulbs. They do have a US distributor for their products, so it seems at least possible, but that distributor didn’t have the bulbs listed on their website.
Well, comparing them to a few other options, the Zipato is about $80 based on 59Euros, lumens is listed at 400.
Lifx: Retail is $99, Lumens is 1000, so the Lifx is quite a bit brighter but also more expensive. And also NOT currently compatible with SmartThings. Lots of extensive external work and make them partially controllable, but this requires third party code and hardware.
Hue: Single bulbs look to be around $80-100 plus you need a Hub. Lumens are around 600, so against, brighter (but not nearly as big a difference as the Lifx), but more expensive. Fully compatible with SmartThings (I think).
So it the price isn’t really that bad for a wireless RGB LED, though it is on the dim side. This wouldn’t be a problem at all for me honestly, in my current usage areas where I have Lifx bulbs. If anything I think the Lifx are too bright for how I want to use them. But is someone is looking to replace room lighting they should be aware that these do seem like they might be on the dim side.
Forgot to post this earlier, but here’s the reply I got from Zipato:
Unfortunately our bulbs still don’t have the FCC, but we are waiting for it. They will be available on Amazon as soon as we have the FCC. And sure, we will use only the US frequency as well as with all other products which we are selling in US.
The button lets you control which “color” - cold white, warm white, red, green, blue - is being controlled by the top slider. The top slider will then adjust that color from 0 to 255, so you can set each color level individually.
The bottom slider controls “brightness” - the value of the basicSet or switchMultilevelSet.
It’s not a great interface, and all the kinks are certainly not worked out.
Thanks, makes sense. Fibaro has four channels so I’ll have to figure out what happens with the extra channel. It also has several other features such as power consumption measuring, four analog inputs and many different modes. It is an amazing device in such a small package.
Didn’t mean to sound like an ingrate. I really appreciate your effort.