@conandlibrarian Yes, this is a first generation hub and two first generation (white light only) bulbs. I have been using this hub and 40 bulbs for more than a year, all perfectly controlled by Alexa Echo devices. But they will not work with Apple’s HomeKit.
@conandlibrarian Yes, they work perfectly! I have this and have since replaced almost all my lighting with Phillips (and Cree) smart bulbs. The hub is the key to the Alexa skill. Alexa connects to the hub, and the hub controls the bulbs.
You can add more bulbs throughout the house to one hub. Bulbs start at 15.00.
“Alexa, Living room on, 70%” — “Alexa, Bedroom sexy mood on”
@daveinwarsh don’t worry, you won’t know. (Just like the millions of clueless folks who don’t bother to put any security on their PCs.) The Russians will be using your bulbs in their botnet… Well, you might lose a few lumens.
@baqui63 Shit. I knew it.
The Russian kids next door will take complete control of two of my lightbulbs.
This will lead to a potential instability my home lighting schedule, causing uncontrolled current draw, causing fluctuations in the main power grid, causing massive power outages, ruining the American economy, causing the ice caps to melt & throw the Earth off of it’s axis followed by the extinction of all life on Earth (except cockroaches).
@Yoda_Daenerys No, but “unboxed” as in? If you just have LED strips, and want a cheap way to automate them, H801 (search aliexpress) is a great device for a heck of a price. They are really only great though with SmartThings and some custom firmware. If you mean strings of LED Christmas lights or something…well I’ve got some Light-O-Rama controllers I could sell ya.
If these were color, it’d be a deal. This is not a deal. I have smart somethings (bulbs, switches, relay’s, etc) for all my lights already anyway. I believe the hub is only good for lights, not other devices. It’s very good for lights. But not very flexible. SmartThings, Vera, and Wink are MUCH better overall choices if you really want to get into home automation stuff.
Kind of curious about this but I think in the long run it might be worth the extra effort to install smart switches rather than smart bulbs. Although I guess they’re LED so they ought to last a good long time, maybe the bulbs are an OK idea after all.
I got Alexa (echo) and 1st generation philips hue bulbs. These would work with amazon echo. It is a good deal for people who do not have hue bulbs AT ALL meaning they don’t have the bridge. If u already own hue bulbs, not a good deal as u can get pair of NEWER hue Lux bulbs for $30 as some one mentioned on amazon which have little higher wattage and output. Also, if u think u would get the bridge and sell it later, I don’t think lot of em are looking for an older generation bridge.
@RiotDemon . Hi, have you ever gone to bed and forgot to turn off the bathroom or kitchen lights?
How about turning on and off any light from anywhere in the world with Internet or cellphone data? Giving the impression that the house is occupied. I don’t mind flipping switches, and I do, but sometimes is more convenient to do it from the Cell Phone or by voice with Amazon’s Alexa.
@arosemena I understand what you’re saying. I guess I’ve gotten so used to actually turning off the lights when I’m not in the room, that I wouldn’t ever use this. If I’m so forgetful to turn the light off, I can get my lazy butt back up to do it.
I also can’t justify spending the money on Alexa. I can talk to my phone as easily as I can talk to the echo.
I guess it’s just not for me.
I’ve got some outdoor spotlights that are photocell operated with no option to turn them off with a switch so my porch status illuminated like it’s a very boring Christmas all year. I debate whether these are a godsend where I can finally turn them off and not concern myself with rewiring to a switch.
Or should i be content with my current state since nothing’s ever been stolen from my porch.
Or maybe these are dumb bulbs top use in outdoor cans ?
@arosemena Well actually, mine hasn’t shipped either ha. I’ve got everything else that works with it- Chromecast audio, Nest… so this was the missing piece, and I wanted to make sure it would work. Appreciate the info!
@Yoda_Daenerys new product from Google that’s a voice assistant just like siri, but better (in some ways). It can also control Chromecast, Phillips Hue, and Nest thermostat through your voice. Basically a brain for you’re electronics and also a nice assistant at that.