'Dimmable' led downlights.

Working surprisingly well here... just keep the device names and group names that Alexa uses for home automation quite distinct.

As far as sound quality... with five hue bulbs currently enabled, two in my listening room there is perhaps a smidgen of added HF grain... but I have only noticed it on a few high quality recordings I know everso welll.. is it a problem? No I don't think so..

The Zigbee does interact around the 2.4GHz wifi channels... and Zigbee seems to give way to wifi, but all has seemed to settle down now and appears to coexist nicely together.. I think the low power  Zigbee type wireless chain between Hue bulbs appears to be working well.

Simon

This thread's got me quite interested in the Philips Hue system. We've six GU10 downlighters in our lounge, but looking at the equivalent Hue bulbs they appear to be considerably deeper than standard. Does this mean you have to change all the light fittings to accommodate them?

Hi Tony - the Hue lights come in Bayonet, Edison Screw and Gu10 fittings - and you simply replace your old bulbs. (but if you have specific measurements you might need to double check spacing) If your downlighter holders are strongly shielded in the roof void  I am not sure whether that would interfere with the Zigbee - you might need to do a trial and error - other than that it really is straightforward... infact the only real downside up to now is somehow disabling the original light switches so that the lamps don't go 'offline' by family members using those switches. However if you do take a lamp offline - and then switch it back on - it defaults to lighting up - so it reverts to legacy behaviour until you take it under control again.

The Hue Bridge simply connects to your home ethernet somewhere in the house - and as long as the bridge  can 'see' at least one bulb and all the bulbs are  within range of at least one neighbour bulb you can easily cover the whole house with Zigbee.  I have had no issues... and the integration with Amazon Echo is great - sitting in the living room and simply say 'Alexa switch on living room lamps' or 'Alexa dim living room lamps'  and they instantly fading on to required brightness is great (toys for the boys...) .... just want voice control for my Naim now.. - and yes as long as the Naim isn't on too loud - Amazon Alexa still hears you - very impressive...

Tony, if like me, you have some light fittings designed to take the old halogen GU10s, I doubt the Hue bulbs will fit: or if they do work, they are going to protrude from the fitting rather than sitting flush with the ceiling. According to the Phillips Hue web page their bulbs are 70mm deep, whereas halogen GU10s are only 50mm. I bought some LEDs last year to replace my halogens, and had to shop around for some that were specifically designed for that purpose

ChrisSU posted:

Tony, if like me, you have some light fittings designed to take the old halogen GU10s, I doubt the Hue bulbs will fit: or if they do work, they are going to protrude from the fitting rather than sitting flush with the ceiling. According to the Phillips Hue web page their bulbs are 70mm deep, whereas halogen GU10s are only 50mm. I bought some LEDs last year to replace my halogens, and had to shop around for some that were specifically designed for that purpose

Completely coincidental, Philips launched Hue spots having a size which fits to the standard fitting this week.

Thanks for the information Ardbeg, that'll make life easier!

I've been working out how best to implement the Philips system. In the lounge there are six gu10 spots in the ceiling, six wall spots, three table lights, and a standard lamp. Large bayonets, small bayonets, screws...I'm going to convert the wall spots to gu10s, then I'll gradually replace them all.

Ardbeg10y posted:
ChrisSU posted:

Tony, if like me, you have some light fittings designed to take the old halogen GU10s, I doubt the Hue bulbs will fit: or if they do work, they are going to protrude from the fitting rather than sitting flush with the ceiling. According to the Phillips Hue web page their bulbs are 70mm deep, whereas halogen GU10s are only 50mm. I bought some LEDs last year to replace my halogens, and had to shop around for some that were specifically designed for that purpose

Completely coincidental, Philips launched Hue spots having a size which fits to the standard fitting this week.

Well spotted!

Oh well, so much for the "Little bit at a time" idea. I'm now up to fourteen Hue bulbs of various types, three motion sensors, and a dimmer switch. Oh, and various apps on the iPad that do lots of very silly things. Damn, these things are addictive!  I'd like to replace the six spots in the ceiling with the standard size GU10s which I understand are called Perfect Fit but I can't see mention of these being controllable by Hue. Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong thing?

tonym posted:

Oh well, so much for the "Little bit at a time" idea. I'm now up to fourteen Hue bulbs of various types, three motion sensors, and a dimmer switch. Oh, and various apps on the iPad that do lots of very silly things. Damn, these things are addictive!  I'd like to replace the six spots in the ceiling with the standard size GU10s which I understand are called Perfect Fit but I can't see mention of these being controllable by Hue. Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong thing?

If you're meaning these:

https://www.novelenergylightin...0k-25d-dimmable.html

Then they cannot be controlled by Hue...

Phil

Phil Harris posted:
tonym posted:

Oh well, so much for the "Little bit at a time" idea. I'm now up to fourteen Hue bulbs of various types, three motion sensors, and a dimmer switch. Oh, and various apps on the iPad that do lots of very silly things. Damn, these things are addictive!  I'd like to replace the six spots in the ceiling with the standard size GU10s which I understand are called Perfect Fit but I can't see mention of these being controllable by Hue. Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong thing?

If you're meaning these:

https://www.novelenergylightin...0k-25d-dimmable.html

Then they cannot be controlled by Hue...

Phil

I think what he needs is this...

http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/8...te-ambience/overview

ChrisSU posted:
Phil Harris posted:
tonym posted:

Oh well, so much for the "Little bit at a time" idea. I'm now up to fourteen Hue bulbs of various types, three motion sensors, and a dimmer switch. Oh, and various apps on the iPad that do lots of very silly things. Damn, these things are addictive!  I'd like to replace the six spots in the ceiling with the standard size GU10s which I understand are called Perfect Fit but I can't see mention of these being controllable by Hue. Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong thing?

If you're meaning these:

https://www.novelenergylightin...0k-25d-dimmable.html

Then they cannot be controlled by Hue...

Phil

I think what he needs is this...

http://www.philips.co.uk/c-p/8...te-ambience/overview

Yup - those would be fine...

Phil

Hi Tony, yes, I think they are a new product, not yet on the market.

I've been using regular 'perfect fit' LEDs (like the ones in Phil's link) in my kitchen for about a year, and they do a good job, but only with a good old fashioned light switch.  

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