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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    WiFi light bulbs really look a solution searching for a problem. Apart from maybe switching them on and off during holidays, I struggle to think of a use-case for us.
    My use cases
    1. holiday/travel lighting as you mentioned
    2. connected to motion detectors - lights on when I get up during the night
    3. lights come on by default in different brightness/colour/hue settings depending on the time of day
    4. lights turn off automatically after x minutes of no motion - useful in case I leave them on by mistake
    5. I can put light switches anywhere, for extreme laziness
    6. now, with google home, I don't even need to lift a finger to operate the lights, great for sofa bound movie nights

    none of the above are going to change the world, but I like it
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    I guess that we would probably save a bit of electricity in case number 4 - however then I would need motion sensors in every room also? I wonder if we'll see wired connections to the internet in future smart houses? Rather than relying on wifi which can be flaky.


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    @TheBrit -

    Some of the newer home control switches / panels that I've seen do have the ability to connect to hard wired ethernet, you have to pull a new cable along with the power, to the switch/panel and that acts as the controller.

    For now, seems like a more complicated to take TCP/UDP packets to a light bulb.. you don't have to rewrite your panels and pull new cables through the wall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shri
    @TheBrit -

    Some of the newer home control switches / panels that I've seen do have the ability to connect to hard wired ethernet, you have to pull a new cable along with the power, to the switch/panel and that acts as the controller.

    For now, seems like a more complicated to take TCP/UDP packets to a light bulb.. you don't have to rewrite your panels and pull new cables through the wall.
    I was thinking more about the internet over electricity wire type solutions, rather than CAT5 Ethernet cables.

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    Anecdotally, and I have zero stats for this, but I do read a few home automation forums (yeah, I'm fun at parties) - but it seems the Philips Hue platform goes down quite frequently..

    I have not noticed my Xiaomi platform ever going down (maybe it did, but I didn't notice), nor have I seen anyone posting about Xiaomi being down.

    And yes, you'd need motion sensors in appropriate places, here's a breakdown of what you'd need from Xiaomi today to get started:

    Smart home starter page - $329 RMB - https://item.mi.com/1171600028.html
    Buttons $39 RMB - https://item.mi.com/1164900029.html
    Door/Window sensor $49 RMB - https://item.mi.com/1164900032.html
    Temperature Sensor $49 RMB - https://item.mi.com/1164900031.html
    Motion Sensor $59 RMB - https://item.mi.com/1164900028.html

    The full range: https://www.mi.com/special/smart/

    Optional
    Bedside Lamp - $319 HKD - ????? - ??????
    RGB E27 Globes - $129 HKD - Yeelight LED ????-?? - ??????
    RGB Lamp - $249 HKD - ??????

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    I have not noticed my Xiaomi platform ever going down (maybe it did, but I didn't notice), nor have I seen anyone posting about Xiaomi being down.
    No problems on our end with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertlempriere
    Anecdotally, and I have zero stats for this, but I do read a few home automation forums (yeah, I'm fun at parties) - but it seems the Philips Hue platform goes down quite frequently..
    For what it is worth I use Hue in various configs over the past few years and no down time yet.

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    Ikea has some smart lighting that is compatible with systems from Philips, Apple Home kit and Google


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