Philips Hue Lighting - owners thread

Philips Hue Lighting - owners thread

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BigBen

10,666 posts

198 months

Friday 29th January
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page3 said:
I have some of the Hue remotes mounted over the top of conventional switches for those fittings which can take Hue bulbs.

However a lot can’t and there still isn’t an elegant solution. Mainly talking about G4 and G9 capsule fittings.

Currently in these situations I use Lightwave switches, talking via HA-Bridge (docker on unRaid) to Alexa and also to Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi. It’s hardly an easy consumer oriented solution though!
I fitted Zigbee 3.0 relays in the ceiling above my non-Hue-bulb compatible lights. Works quite well but again not that DIY friendly what with the cutting into the roof part.

dapprman

1,491 posts

235 months

Friday 29th January
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Heartworm said:
Keep us updated if you don't mind,

Not having a dig at the LIDL products, I got the lightstrip & plenty of the sockets and they work great,
Got the light fitting now - tested with one bulb (before booking the electrician - and no I do not trust myself) - fits fine, but this light fitting leaves the cone part of the bulb external. Only catch, if I cared, is the fitting is chrome but the bulbs are white.

dapprman

1,491 posts

235 months

Tuesday 9th February
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Now had the fitting installed and out of the 6 'Lidl' bulbs used, five were picked up on a first pass and the sixth on a second search. Works fine with my Hue setup.

ThisInJapanese

10,156 posts

194 months

Tuesday 9th February
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dapprman said:
Now had the fitting installed and out of the 6 'Lidl' bulbs used, five were picked up on a first pass and the sixth on a second search. Works fine with my Hue setup.
Where are they for sale? I can't see them on the website

dapprman

1,491 posts

235 months

Tuesday 9th February
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ThisInJapanese said:
Where are they for sale? I can't see them on the website
Left over from their When they're gone they're gone isles (which with a smart lighting system I actually think is poor - buy our stuff but forget about replacements) - was a couple of weeks back (when ever I posted further up) I chanced they had some GU10 bulbs left in my local one.

Heartworm

1,734 posts

129 months

Wednesday 10th February
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dapprman said:
Got the light fitting now - tested with one bulb (before booking the electrician - and no I do not trust myself) - fits fine, but this light fitting leaves the cone part of the bulb external. Only catch, if I cared, is the fitting is chrome but the bulbs are white.
Cheers thanks,

I noticed they had some left in my local so I’ll pick a couple up.
It is a shame it’s past of the one it’s gone thing, but they have returned before so hopefully return again,

weeboot

1,038 posts

67 months

Monday 15th February
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Folks, after some thoughts on what you'd do here for Hue above and below the units as shown below?



There's a useable 100cm space under each unit, so a full 2m hue strip is going to be overkill!

33q

1,304 posts

91 months

Monday 15th February
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I have had very few problems with my Hue system but a couple of days ago I woke up in the night to find one of the ceiling lights to be on but very dim.

It showed as off on the app etc. I rebooted the light by switching the power off and on but it made no difference. Otherwise the bulb performed normally. It is usually controlled by a dimmer switch but always at full brightness.

I've now changed the bulb. That works correctly.

Anyone care to comment

dickymint

19,644 posts

226 months

Monday 15th February
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33q said:
I have had very few problems with my Hue system but a couple of days ago I woke up in the night to find one of the ceiling lights to be on but very dim.

It showed as off on the app etc. I rebooted the light by switching the power off and on but it made no difference. Otherwise the bulb performed normally. It is usually controlled by a dimmer switch but always at full brightness.

I've now changed the bulb. That works correctly.

Anyone care to comment
Have you tried that bulb somewhere else and not controlled by that dimmer?

Harfi88

360 posts

30 months

Monday 15th February
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We keep having power cuts at home, when the power comes back on the routines stop working and I have to redo them all. It’s happened 3 times over the last few weeks.

C2Red

3,434 posts

221 months

Monday 15th February
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weeboot said:
Folks, after some thoughts on what you'd do here for Hue above and below the units as shown below?



There's a useable 100cm space under each unit, so a full 2m hue strip is going to be overkill!
Buy a jointing strip, then connect to form circuits above and below. I got mine a couple of years ago from Amazon, links to the product no longer valid

weeboot

1,038 posts

67 months

Wednesday 17th February
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C2Red said:
Buy a jointing strip, then connect to form circuits above and below. I got mine a couple of years ago from Amazon, links to the product no longer valid
Yeah, I’ve decided that I can take power from inside the cooker hood and run extended strips on the left and right..

JimbobVFR

2,390 posts

112 months

Thursday 18th February
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33q said:
It is usually controlled by a dimmer switch but always at full brightness.

Anyone care to comment
It's highly recommended not to use smart bulbs with an actual dimmer switch. Even on full brightness they can damage the bulb.

threadlock

3,040 posts

222 months

Thursday 18th February
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An old dimmer switch in our house buzzed with a (non-smart) LED bulb in the pendant, so I replaced the dimmer with an on/off switch.

33q

1,304 posts

91 months

Thursday 18th February
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JimbobVFR said:
33q said:
It is usually controlled by a dimmer switch but always at full brightness.

Anyone care to comment
It's highly recommended not to use smart bulbs with an actual dimmer switch. Even on full brightness they can damage the bulb.
I'm using a Hue Dimmer switch...sorry if I didn't make this clear

jesusbuiltmycar

4,111 posts

222 months

Thursday 18th February
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weeboot said:
Folks, after some thoughts on what you'd do here for Hue above and below the units as shown below?



There's a useable 100cm space under each unit, so a full 2m hue strip is going to be overkill!
I recently set a system up from parts on Amazon:
Zigbee controller (I already had power from some existing lights)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07TKJMSJ2/ref...

The Light strip, which you basically cut it to the length you need, there re plenty of joining connects/extenders available on amazon, but be careful as you need 6 pin ones.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07SS6XTZT/ref...


I would recommend something like this for under the cabinets as without a cover the led strips themselves are not very nice to look at:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RDNMQL6/ref...


conanius

517 posts

166 months

Saturday 20th February
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I could really do with some help here.

I've a Philips Hue Bridge, and a real selection of ceiling lights, bulbs, hue lamps, etc. I then have Amazon Echo as the personal assistant speakers around the house.

I've configured the Alexa App to have the various rooms of the house, and then put the smart appliances in each room.

I however have a bit of a problem in our bedroom. We've recently got two Hue Lamps (named as "Our Name" Lamp) and we have the Hue Cher ceiling light (named as "Our Bedroom Light")

If we have all 3 on and say "Alexa, Our Bedroom Light Off", all 3 turn off.

What are we doing wrong? do we simply need a different name as we're confusing Alexa with "all Bedroom lights off' Or some such?

Carbon Sasquatch

2,661 posts

32 months

Saturday 20th February
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You may have them all set in a room called bedroom - in which case Alexa is doing what you ask - or close enough as you suspect.....

Try giving the lamp a unique name.

conanius

517 posts

166 months

Saturday 20th February
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Carbon Sasquatch said:
You may have them all set in a room called bedroom - in which case Alexa is doing what you ask - or close enough as you suspect.....

Try giving the lamp a unique name.
yes, it appears stupidity was the cause - thank you


Edit - maybe not. "Ceiling on" or "Ceiling Off' still controls the two lamps it seems

Edited by conanius on Saturday 20th February 19:35

dapprman

1,491 posts

235 months

Sunday 21st February
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Lidl "once it's gone" zigbee/silvercrest stuff is back - February 21st. Does anyone know if the light strips work with Hue ? (though really I want a colour one to go with the Lidl/Silvercrest GU10 bulbs I have in my kitchen)