I think I need to switch to a different set of smart-bulbs...
I have been using the Sylvania/Osram/Lightify smart bulbs for some time now, but have been fighting the never-ending problem of the bulbs losing their connection to the HE controller and having to re-pair the bulbs to the system. In my situation, that's quite a bunch of bulbs (around 2 dozen, split into 6 different groups of two to eight bulbs). I know that in most cases, I would be better off using conventional bulbs with a smart-switch for each group, but due to the somewhat unusual wiring of my home's lighting system, that is not a reasonable solution (It's an old system that uses remote 18V latching relays to control three separate lighting circuits in the area I am working with).
Anyway, especially because we have relatively frequent power interruptions (often flickering on and off several times), The Lightify bulbs are forever dropping off the HE system. Sometimes they can be restored by powering the circuit off and then back on. More often, I have to go through the Lightify re-pairing steps to add the bulb back to the HE network.
I really want to have a reliable system, so it's looking like I need to switch to a different brand of smart bulbs. I've heard good things about the Sengleds, though they seem to be pretty expensive. So does anyone have good recommendations for a different brand? While I'd prefer to stay with Zigbee, I'm open to Z-wave or even Wi-Fi controlled bulbs if they would prove to be reliable and affordable. I suppose there is also the option of setting up a second controller linked to the HE for just the smart bulbs, leaving the motion detectors and wireless switches for the HE itself. I read somewhere that the Lightify controller worked quite well with the Lightify bulbs and switches, but it looks like Sylvania is getting out of that line of business, leaving the controller unsupported.
So, based on your experience in dealing with multiple lighting groups, can anyone provide good recommendations for making my smart lighting system more reliable?