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#272172 12-Jun-2020 17:22
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I have an old Philips SceneSwitch LED bulb, the type that offers three brightness levels by toggling the light switch... Are there any alternatives out there like this currently? The other normal Philips LED in the room suddenly died the other day. I've put in a 3000K 1050 lm replacement bulb from a different brand and it is quite different in color temperature to the original 3000K Phillips bulb and doesn't match the Philips SceneSwitch bulb on the other side of the room. I think I prefer the 3000K on the replacement bulb though and if I could get a bulb in the same temp that is dimmable that would be ideal. 


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  #2503826 12-Jun-2020 18:45
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Are these Philips Smart LED bulbs controllable with Bluetooth without the need for the Philips Hue Hub? 

 

https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/philips-led-smart-bulb-9-watt-white-colour-ambiance/p/361865 




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  #2503844 12-Jun-2020 20:08
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Could anyone make a recommendation on TP Link Kasa vs Philips Smart LED?

 

https://www.tp-link.com/en/home-networking/smart-bulb/kl130b/


 
 
 
 


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  #2503917 12-Jun-2020 23:26
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I have one of these bulbs that is dimmable and also you could adjust the colour temperature.

 

No need for a hub , just the MI app . I am already married to this eco system as I also have a MI robot vacuum and MI desk lamp hence my choice 

 

This bulb is now  installed in a floor lamp replacing the current led bulb.  I wanted to install a dimmer but then found buying this bulb suits my purpose.

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BULMIX0607/Xiaomi-WiFi-LED-Bulb-RGB-Mi-Home-Smart-Light--E27




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  #2503920 12-Jun-2020 23:35
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qwertee:

 

I have one of these bulbs that is dimmable and also you could adjust the colour temperature.

 

No need for a hub , just the MI app . I am already married to this eco system as I also have a MI robot vacuum and MI desk lamp hence my choice 

 

This bulb is now  installed in a floor lamp replacing the current led bulb.  I wanted to install a dimmer but then found buying this bulb suits my purpose.

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BULMIX0607/Xiaomi-WiFi-LED-Bulb-RGB-Mi-Home-Smart-Light--E27

 

 

 

 

I need the bayonet fitting. It looks similar to the TP Link and Philips ones otherwise. Does it work well? 


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  #2503921 12-Jun-2020 23:39
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Have a look also at the Lifx bulbs: https://themarket.com/nz/search?s=lifx&sc=s

 

You can also get a $20 voucher using a referral (which gives me a $20 voucher too): https://themarket.com/nz/referral?rkey=a3a0c98c0036071d858f04133580012d 

 

You can also buy packs of them from Go Wireless who are the supplier of Lifx here in NZ: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08e27.html Edit: Bayonet fittings: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08b22.html

 

The advantage with these is you're able to change the colour temperature and brightness as a group straight from your phone and the last setting gets saved to the bulb if you still want to use the lightswitch. Be warned though, you'll be entering a rabbit hole with smart bulbs as you'll always want more.

 

I've got Philips Hue in the house and they require a hub where in my Mancave I've got Lifx which have excellent brightness and colours (if you go for the coloured bulbs).

 

The Mi Bulbs are cheap, but they're not without their issues. I've had a few fail on me due to overheating and I've found they're sometimes not reliable with reconnecting to WiFi. The Lifx bulbs don't heat up as much and are also smaller + brighter and are actually brighter and have better colours than my Philips Hue bulbs too.





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  #2503984 13-Jun-2020 11:01
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michaelmurfy:

 

Have a look also at the Lifx bulbs: https://themarket.com/nz/search?s=lifx&sc=s

 

You can also get a $20 voucher using a referral (which gives me a $20 voucher too): https://themarket.com/nz/referral?rkey=a3a0c98c0036071d858f04133580012d 

 

You can also buy packs of them from Go Wireless who are the supplier of Lifx here in NZ: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08e27.html Edit: Bayonet fittings: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08b22.html

 

The advantage with these is you're able to change the colour temperature and brightness as a group straight from your phone and the last setting gets saved to the bulb if you still want to use the lightswitch. Be warned though, you'll be entering a rabbit hole with smart bulbs as you'll always want more.

 

I've got Philips Hue in the house and they require a hub where in my Mancave I've got Lifx which have excellent brightness and colours (if you go for the coloured bulbs).

 

The Mi Bulbs are cheap, but they're not without their issues. I've had a few fail on me due to overheating and I've found they're sometimes not reliable with reconnecting to WiFi. The Lifx bulbs don't heat up as much and are also smaller + brighter and are actually brighter and have better colours than my Philips Hue bulbs too.

 

 

 

 

The Mi bulb works well for my liking.  

 

As @michaelmurphy adviced, I think I might be looking at  replacing the lounge/dining in 2 sets of 4 lights .  I was looking at a way of controlling a set rather than individually.  Though it will mean another app.  I wonder if one bulb fails in a set of 4, would a replacement bulb be able to join the group or I need to buy another set of 4?

 

 

 

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  #2504048 13-Jun-2020 12:00
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michaelmurfy:

 

Have a look also at the Lifx bulbs: https://themarket.com/nz/search?s=lifx&sc=s

 

You can also get a $20 voucher using a referral (which gives me a $20 voucher too): https://themarket.com/nz/referral?rkey=a3a0c98c0036071d858f04133580012d 

 

You can also buy packs of them from Go Wireless who are the supplier of Lifx here in NZ: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08e27.html Edit: Bayonet fittings: https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/hb4l3a19mtw08b22.html

 

The advantage with these is you're able to change the colour temperature and brightness as a group straight from your phone and the last setting gets saved to the bulb if you still want to use the lightswitch. Be warned though, you'll be entering a rabbit hole with smart bulbs as you'll always want more.

 

I've got Philips Hue in the house and they require a hub where in my Mancave I've got Lifx which have excellent brightness and colours (if you go for the coloured bulbs).

 

The Mi Bulbs are cheap, but they're not without their issues. I've had a few fail on me due to overheating and I've found they're sometimes not reliable with reconnecting to WiFi. The Lifx bulbs don't heat up as much and are also smaller + brighter and are actually brighter and have better colours than my Philips Hue bulbs too.

 

 

 

 

Awesome thanks. Shame themarket don't have Lifx with bayonet fitting to be to use the referral voucher. Would you definitely recommend the Lifx over Philips Hue?


 
 
 
 


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  #2504066 13-Jun-2020 12:19
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If you’ve got multiple in a room then you’re best to replace them all with smart bulbs (and this will get the cost over $99 where you can use the $20 off voucher) - no point replacing a single one and having the others a different brand.

But yes, I’d recommend Lifx over Philips Hue for your needs.




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  #2505912 16-Jun-2020 16:07
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michaelmurfy:

 

<snip> ... in my Mancave I've got Lifx which have excellent brightness and colours (if you go for the coloured bulbs).

 

@michaelmurfy - bit off topic, but are you/have you used Lifx with Cambium access points? I've had off and on issues with the combo for quite a while.


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  #2506007 16-Jun-2020 18:36
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@mdf UniFi for me. Feel free to ping me and I can do a remote support session to look over your setup.







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  #2506097 16-Jun-2020 20:35
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How are the natural cool white and warm whites on the LIFX bulbs? Is the LIFX 1100 lumens or 800? Conflicting information on the product page:

 

https://www.gowifi.co.nz/internetofthingsiot/lha19b22uc10.html


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  #2506160 17-Jun-2020 01:27
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I just use the mini bulbs and they're fine. Depends on your fitting and how much light you need and how much you want to spend.

 

Remember, you really do want to cover the room with them. No point in doing a single bulb.





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  #2506412 17-Jun-2020 11:27
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The A19 bulb is 1100 lumens, the minis are 800 lumens. I have some of each and the A19s are definitely brighter, though independently confirming the exact lumen reading is a bit beyond me :).

 

The white settings are pretty much infinitely variable so don't see why you couldn't get a setting that suits you. I don't especially like the cooler whites and don't use them but the warm white colours meet all MDF and Mrs MDF standards and approvals.

 

Michaelmurfy - I will be in touch re some diagnostic help, cheers!




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  #2506962 17-Jun-2020 20:58
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Think I'm definitely going to need those LIFX LED strips too. 😉


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