Kogan smart bulbs $22.09 4 pack. Cheapest ever? Kogan first required. Other fittings are on sale too. On mobile can’t add all fittings. Sales end midnight. Combine with suncorp 6% gift card for extra savings.
do these need a hub/can they work with tuya?
Tuya wifi (no hub).
Kogan's Smart app is a rebranded tuya app.
Does it play nice with google home?
Yes, and Alexa.
@aldroid: Noice. Thanks
Anything that connects to tuya works perfectly with Google home.
@ash2000: Thanks. Time to replace the YI lights.
@chickendinner123: Can't you use your yeelights in conjunction with your tuya bulbs? I use both via Google Home.
@ash2000: Agreed, nothing wrong with Yeelights. I'm still running a combo of
Kogan (GU10's), Yeelights and HUE. Slowly transitioning to 100% HUE. ZigBee is just superior to WIFI.
@aldroid: Keep in mind, hue bridge has limit of upto 50 device.
I personally would rather buy philips hue bulbs, light strip than lifx if and only if philips hue started to be Brighter and Saturated bulbs.
But other than bulbs and light strip I find hue really great e.g. their dimmer switch, way cheaper than like lifx switch and works with any homekit device.
But yeah as always price would hit me first, which just means that I am more likely to buy infiriour hue lights because they are often way cheaper when on clearance than competitors. Of course can't beat price of something like this dirt cheap 22.09/4 bulbs
hue bridge has limit of upto 50 device.
hue bridge has limit of upto 50 device.
Nah, I've already exceeded that. Actual limit is 63 bulbs and a similar number of switches per hub.
@manic: So 63 bulbs/lights +60ish switches/light accessories???
@USER DC: Yes, I believe that is a hard limit. Enough for my house, but you can split a big home to 2 zones with 2 hubs if needed.
I use mostly Ikea bulbs to save money. And one Hue dimmer switch per room, with the buttons programmed to control different lights.
@ash2000: Yi Lights suck with google home recently. I think google banned them and it never plays nice anymore.
@chickendinner123: Have you enabled 'LAN control' for your yeelights ?
Smart Life app is the one I have been using, works flawlessly
It comes to $24.99 after code not sure why.
Add the item to cart, then apply "smart" code.
Yeah mate i did that. Weird kogan.
Mmmm…..odd, but not unpredictable for kogan's website.
That's b l o o d y cheap.
From my experience, owning 8 of these:
Coloured modes are significantly less bright than white . You will always want to try and get the models with the full white colour spectrum, as having just warm white is really weird imo. They rarely disconnect and work quite well in lamps and such. Any other questions drop me a reply so I can answer in public and contribute as much help as possible that way
That's the main primary reason of chosing hue/ lifx /other expensive brands
Warning for those wanting to use these with Tasmota: the firmware is too new for reflashing without cracking them open.
Having said that, you can crack them open (carefully), and I made a 3d printed jig with pogo pins to reflash them.
If you do want to flash them:
1. Use a knife to run around the plastic translucent part; you need to go in at quite an angle
2. Once you've lifted the end off, look in through the slot in the middle - you'll be able to see the chip, and it's bonded to the top part (with LEDs on it) with a big gob of white stuff. You can carefully get a blade in that gap and cut through the white section. You'll then need to (carefully) lever the top section out from the edges. It's annoying.
3. Get a knife blade or nail under the silver bits on the base and they'll pull out. That will release the wires so you can pull the main board out.
4. Flash the chip. Do a full tasmota flash, not a minimal, otherwise it will not work as expected.
5. While you have the flashing jig connected, power it (via the jig) and check that the tasmota wifi hotspot appears
6. Disconnect it and carefully put it back in the base of the socket. You need to get the wires through the bottom holes again.
7. Put the bottom bits back in, trapping the wires (the same as it was initially)
8. Rest the top plate (with LEDs) in place, then reach through the narrow gap with tweezers or needle-nose pliers (gently, otherwise you'll crush the antenna) and rock the top part back down.
9. Put the translucent plastic back on.