Great to see Bunnings stocking a range of smart lights. They're a great solution to avoid having to install new light switches, chase walls, etc.
I'm going to install some pendant lights in my Master on each side of our bed. We want the switches to also be at our bedside but to do this normally would require chasing the walls to install the new switches. These smart lights mean we just need to install the pendant lights with necessary wiring in roof space, then control the lights form our phones or the optional remote control. Love it!
Has anyone used these yet? Thoughts/experience?
As someone who works in the AV industry and programs automation systems nothing beats the old on off switch and a hand held remote for that matter.
While the idea is great, in practice it can be a pain at times, but then maybe I'm old fashioned
My daughter and I recently renovated her bedroom and installed a smart light with tuneable white feature which admittedly is quit good.
I was reinstalling my daughters bedroom door yesterday and forgot to turn the light on so both there holding the door and I commented would be handy to be able to turn the light on with the switch which she immediatly replied yes.
She had to find her phone and turn it on when in the old fashioned way we could have just reached over and flicked the switch.
Actually we could have done this but the light takes up to 5 minutes or more to reconnect to the Wi-Fi when powered off, this might also be caused by low Wi-Fi signal which is a problem to be aware of.
Wi-Fi signals are weakened by passing through walls, glass etc. and when you are diagonally from the Wi-Fi access point / modem the signal drop is to a factor of 10 I believe.
So having strong and even coverage is important when looking at smart lights that will connect to the Wi-Fi.
Hopefully I have not rambled on too much
Welcome to the community @MrFreeze
Good points you make.
I've been a smart home advocate for a long time, and my wife has now gotten used to it, and talks to the (Google) speakers and hub.
I've been advocating it as "helpful home" to seniors for some time (example: smart light with speaker, aged person wanting to get up to go to the toilet without stumbling can have the light come on with a simple command), and have been helping some seniors with a beta version of a health/safety monitoring rollout.
@ProjectPete I use LIFX lights throughout the house. I love them. Telling the system I want to watch Netflix sets the lights to a "movie mode" I have personalised, then starts Netflix. It impresses the relatives 😁
Whichever solution you buy, it's not a lot of effort to set them up, and you will find that you will play around with them early on because of the novelty, and then just get used to issuing verbal commands, if you add them to a smart home solution.
I also find that since the smart lights are tunable, and LED, our electricity bill has gone down, even with the price increases, and with the plugs, I can monitor the energy usage.
We have many smart lights, including a Bunnings bought Swann smart floodlight and camera,** a mixture of smart plugs and speakers in most parts of the house. It's funny when I announce I'm home, and the speakers all play a trumpet fanfare and say "Wally's home" A bit of nonsense but funny. We mostly use the speakers/hub to get answers to questions, and my daily updates/agenda, but also for streaming music/news in each or whatever rooms we are in.
You are right about rec-connection. Last year when the power went out for maintenance purposes, i had to resynch ALL of the devices (I have a mixture of makes so that's something I'l have to address.
I'm looking now at a smart doorbell/camera (and my wife actually said I can buy another smart floodlight for the back porch!).
** a couple of days ago, we had microbats flying around the porch setting the lights off, and the camera recorded them
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