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#268454 20-Mar-2020 13:07
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I’ve just moved house and want to get some smart lighting installed - the way the switches are currently arranged boggles the mind - anyway, most of the rooms are quite big and it seems that you can’t find smart lights higher than 800 or 900 lumens.
Philips stocks LED lights that go above 2k lumens apparently, but their Hue lights are 800... I’m wanting something in the 1600 lumen range, but simply can’t find anything... any ideas?

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  #2442169 20-Mar-2020 13:36
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I bought Lifx at 1100 lumens.

 

Pricey though, and like most their 800 lumen model is significantly cheaper.





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  #2442192 20-Mar-2020 13:47
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I ended up just living with the philips ones myself. The Lounge could maybe benefit from brighter bulbs but actually it's better than I thought it would be. I don't use them everywhere though, some rooms are fine with regular bulbs.


 
 
 
 


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  #2442604 21-Mar-2020 00:29
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You'll see me run into this exact conundrum here - https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=73&topicId=262000

 

Soon you'll realize you don't want the Lifx bulbs because you want it to be Z-wave or Zigbee, not each bulb its own WiFi device.

 

Then you'll find a ton on AliExpress or Amazon that are no-name brands that claim to have high lumens outputs. WRONG! None of them actually do. So what do you do now?

 

The solution is simple. Get regular non-smart 1500+ Lumens Philips LEDs that are the lumen you want. Maybe even go all out and get the downlights rather than just replacing the bulb. Then go and get one of these installed at every light switch - https://www.activeautomation.co.nz/aeotec-nano-dimmer-with-power-metering

 

Having done that, all the lights on that switch are now smart, and you've also solved the problem of someone coming and flicking the actual switch off and rendering your smart lights useless. The dimming capability also works. This is honestly the only decent solution.


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