Now that I've purchased more HA stuff, I'm looking for advice on which direction to go. Here is my current state.
Recently transitioned from VeraEdge to HE, mainly to run zwave smart locks that I use for 2 airbnbs. This was my priority and I'm happy with the transition.
I've chosen Alexa as my VA and took advantage of prime day to buy some echo devices (including echo plus and show that have a zigbee hubs built in), smart bulbs and smart plugs. I also bought a Hue starter kit with hue hub and two bulbs... and a number of hue candelabra bulbs (and some other stuff, that is stand alone)
I live in an old hundred yr old bungalow, so do not want to infringe too much on the character of the house. I'm mostly interested in white light and so all of the bulbs I've purchased are hue ambiance. I have few, if any, opportunities to install switches (I think) because all my switches are old fashioned push button. The house has many wall sconces (switches at the sconce) so the hue candelabra have been great as I can control in a group. I have started experimenting with light strips (building my own from aliexpress parts, hues are too expensive) as I have 9 ft curved ceilings with picture rail to conceal the lights. These are colored strips, but other than Christmas and Halloween, I'm still interested in only the white light.
I've played around with the hue hub, some bulbs and one light strip. I'm kind of spooked by the hue hub as I've lost contact with the hub, and had to factory reset and the hub has lost contact with bulbs or cannot find my Quotra strip light (even though it has paired before) - I don't know why these stopped working. I suspect previous config with Echo hubs..??
The Phillips Hue scenes are cool, but since I am not that interested in color, I'm now wondering if I need the Hue hub at all..? I currently have all zigbee lights running off echo devices. Not quite the control of the color led strip, but so what... am I missing something?
My other question is, since I bought HE to have central control of devices, should I start moving lights to HE and enable Alexa, or better off leaving lights on Echo hub and using HE for other controls? Advantages, disadvantages?
Thanks for your thoughts!