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  # 1767211 19-Apr-2017 11:25
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We bought some new lighting fittings to show them off as well.

 

 

 

Living room:

 

 

 

 

Dining Room:

 

 

 

Those fittings are quite nice.  Where did you get them from, make/model?  




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  # 1767212 19-Apr-2017 11:29
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Over the last week I purchased a number of Hue bulbs, taking advantage of sales and price guarantees (cheers to Mitre 10 PN for price matching Bunnings, even though Mitre 10 had no stock and had to order it in specially).  Then Noel Leeming took 20% off Philips products (including Hue), which meant that Mitre 10 took a further 15% bringing the price of the white bulbs down to about $20ea, and the dimmer switches down to $34.

 

I had a bit of fun setting things up.  My wife likes them, and we're using the wake-up setting to help both us and our 2-year old wake up each day.  The 2-year old especially likes the colour bulbs I bought, and shouts out colours for me to change to while she's brushing her teeth.

 

The dimmer switches are great, the official Hue app works really well, and the integration with Siri and Homekit is a nice bonus, especially the control centre screen that gets added in iOS.  And then to set up geofencing so the lights switch off when I leave is spooky cool!  I'm looking forward to also playing with IFTTT and seeing what cool things I can do.  It's also nice to see the integration with the Harmony Hub.  So many things work so well (apart from Siri not always understanding my mangled Nu Zild), it offers a tantalising glimpse of what the future holds.  Now I'm keen to get my hands on an Echo Dot to see how that works with Hue.  If they were a bit cheaper I could easily see myself having them in each room of the house for voice control of the lights.

 

 

Does your geofencing work? I've had my Hue bulbs since December last year and still to this date haven't been able to set up geo-fencing. I turn it on, but then when I click back after turning them on, it turns off automatically again! When I try turn them on, the Google Maps display comes on but that's about it. Then it turns off again.

 

 

Seems to work for me.  I set up a MyHue account with Philips to activate the Home&Away functions.  I then set it to turn off when I leave home and turn on when I return (after sunset).  I got about 1km down the road before they switched off, but this also includes about a 10s lag between updating the status of the bulbs when not on the local network.  When I got home last night the lights came back on before I got up the driveway.  I haven't tried anything more complicated than this, but the basic geofencing stuff seems to work.

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  # 1767220 19-Apr-2017 11:36
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richms: I got some of the mi yilight wifi bulbs. Nice colour and whites, and the cheap white only one isn't crusty orange but a nice 4000k white. Not got anything beyond my mi hub controlling them yet.

Not that bright tho so may have to up the number of lamps that go in the makeshift kitchen and dining Reno.

 

Depends on your taste, to me 4000K is far too cool for a living room. Brightness on any of these smart bulbs seems to be an issue - in my living room I went from 3x 100W incandesants to 5x gen 2 hues to get a comparable max brightness.

 

After reading about the better colours in the Hue gen 3 I had a bit more of a play with the gen 2 ones tonight, and the only colour that is really quite poor is green (which just comes out as an off-yellow). All other colours are fine and the various shades of white are really good.

 

 

 

 

I'm the same, I prefer to warm white as opposed to the cool white, so the basic white bulbs doing 2700K is fine for most of the house.  The overall brightness is a bit of an issue, especially in our kitchen where the lighting setup is overall very poor (lighting from behind so workstations are in shadows most of the time) but that will be a job for when we renovate the kitchen down the line.

 

We have "chandelier"-style pendants in our lounge and in a second lounge that will soon become a third bedroom, and currently they have candle-shaped bayonet style (BC22) bulbs.  The Hue bulbs fit in okay, but I really don't want to put eight 800 lumen bulbs in these fittings - that would be overkill.  I'm considering leaving a few of the sockets empty, but it would be preferable to replace the fitting with something more appropriate.


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  # 1767289 19-Apr-2017 12:50
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Lizard1977:

 

 

 

Those fittings are quite nice.  Where did you get them from, make/model?  

 

 

Lighting Plus, models were Agar 5 and Agar 1.

 

http://www.lightingplus.co.nz/lighting/pendants/contemporary/fagar-mblack-5lt-clear-glass-pend.html

 

http://www.lightingplus.co.nz/lighting/pendants/contemporary/agar-1-light-glass-pendant.html

 

 

 

Was 25% off percent of over Easter weekend, but I see is now 30% off!

 

We had the power going to a single point in the centre of the living room and didn't want to rewire, and it was actually quite difficult to find something nice that would accommodate 5 standard E27 bulbs (which is what we wanted to provide adequate light).

 

If you get these don't make the mistake I did and try to install the 5 piece with all the glass shades in. In retrospect it would've been far easier if I'd removed all the shades, hung it, then put the shades back in. The way I did it they were banging together and got a couple of minor chips on some of them. Live and learn.


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  # 1767302 19-Apr-2017 13:15
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We have "chandelier"-style pendants in our lounge and in a second lounge that will soon become a third bedroom, and currently they have candle-shaped bayonet style (BC22) bulbs.  The Hue bulbs fit in okay, but I really don't want to put eight 800 lumen bulbs in these fittings - that would be overkill.  I'm considering leaving a few of the sockets empty, but it would be preferable to replace the fitting with something more appropriate.

 

 

The ones I got might be quite good for you then. Our lounge with the 5 piece fitting is about 3500mm x 3500mm, and at 100% brightness they provide really good light. Most of the time we have them dimmed, but I like to have the capability to brightly light the room if needed.

 

In the store they have it with Edison bulbs which makes it look quite vintage, but with the Hues in it it looks a lot more contemporary.

 

One thing you need to be aware of is your ceiling height for the 5 piece fitting. You can adjust how low the pendants hang, but in my opinion you would still need a higher than standard ceiling. Our ceiling is 2600mm (modern standard is 2400mm I believe), and I've set the pendants slightly lower than I would like from a pure lighting perspective, but any higher and the cords would look too short and the lights would hang funny.

 

The other thing is, when shortening the length, you have to feed the extra cable up into your roof cavity. This could be more difficult if you don't have a pitched roof.


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