I'm JUST starting off with home automation and am strongly considering getting an HE (are there any sales coming up? It costs $175 incl. shipping to Austria which is quite pricey). I'm looking at buying as much second-hand gear as I can (jeez is this smart home stuff is expensive).
I want to start off by changing the lighting in my living room and kitchen. Not having enough daylight at home during winter seriously sucks, so I'm looking at buying a bunch of smart bulbs and/or LED strips. I'd love something that can simulate daylight (around 6500K with as good a CRI as I can get). RGB isn't essential but would be a nice touch.
We live in a rented flat and aren't allowed to make any changes to the place, so smart switches & dumb lights are unfortnately not an option right now. Besides, all the switches are embedded in the walls and it isn't possible to open them without messing with the paint; the couple of non-embedded switches that I did manage to access have completely stripped screws so I can't remove them, FML.
I've been lurking a bit and it looks to me like if something isn't on the HE list, there's no way to tell if it will work till you actually buy and try. From what I understand, I need to look out for either ZigBee or Z-Wave devices, but then even if they're ZigBee or Z-Wave, they may or may not work?
I don't mind tinkering a bit to get things working, but I don't want to get something that will need to be reconfigured frequently because it un-paired or broke somehow.
Do you have any recommendations for bulbs that might work? Ideally something that would be available in Austria / Germany (since I could order off of Amazon).
- It seems that Hue bulbs work pretty well, but they're pretty polarising - some people love them others say they are overpriced.
- What's the consensus on Lifx bulbs? They seem to be pretty highly praised. They're also pretty expensive, but I found a set of 4 bulbs for €100 on (Prime Day); I'm thinking of getting those if they'll work with HE.
- Osram Lightify, Innr and Yeelight are pretty commonly available here - do those work reliably with HE?
- Would you recommend those cheap, Chinese bulbs like Govee, Gosund and the countless others out there?