I want to get two colour bulbs for my bedroom. I was looking at Phillips and all that but its a bit expensive. I was wondering if I bought two just these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Changing-Equivalent-Tuneable-Controlled-Smartphone/dp/B01MRQU465/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1529672841&sr=8-3&keywords=smart+light
will it work? I was looking at Ikea and they have a kit, but is the gateway thing necessary?
It does look like those bulbs are compatible with Alexa and should work fine. Keep in mind, the cheaper bulbs might not produce the best color. I had originally looked into the LIFX bulbs, but settled on Yeelights, which were like half the price of the LIFX. Also, yes, the Ikea bulbs do require the gateway as well.
We have a couple of bulbs from Lohas and they've been fine. We have the type with tunable white, rather than those that display actual colors.
We've also bought a couple of super-cheap color-changing bulbs and they've also been fine. We have those in light fixtures we rarely use. They're in our front windows, so we can use them for holidays.
I have a solid collection of Hue bulbs, some TP-Link bulbs I used before, and I previously had 5 IKEA Trädfri bulbs.
Hue: Best quality light & color, and smoothest dimming. Work well and relatively reliably, but cost the most. I’ve ended up sticking with Hue for reasons I’ll detail below:
TP-Link Kasa: Cheap, and rock-solid connection. No hub required. Very reliably controllable via Alexa. I liked them, but ended up ditching all my TP-Link gear for Hue bulbs because I wanted dual compatibility with both Alexa and HomeKit. If TP-Link ever adds HomeKit compatibility now that software authentication is allowed by Apple, then I’ll definitely put them back into use. For a budget setup, these are the best option in my opinion.
Ikea Trädfri: I really wanted to like the Trädfri bulbs and switches, but they kept disconnecting from my network at first. I eventually got them to pair with my Hue hub instead, and they worked okay until one of the bulbs failed completely (flickering constantly) after 2 months. They are cheap, but I can’t recommend them.
I have several of the Ikea bulbs and I've been happy with them. They are as responsive as my Hue bulbs. The Hue bulbs are very feature rich, but I like that Ikea has bulbs with and without certain features so you don't have to pay for something you won't use. For example, I knew I wanted warm light in my kitchen so I didn't need bulbs with an adjustable color temperature so I got bulbs without it for $7.99/ea instead of $19.99/ea. That's a big savings when you're buying 5 bulbs for a track light!
My only complaint with the Ikea bulbs is that I don't think they dim as well. Dimming my hallway lights to 1% is still surprisingly bright. My Hue bulbs get MUCH dimmer.
You will need the gateway if you don't have a compatible smart home hub. I have the Echo Plus and the bulbs worked out of the box when I asked Alexa to discover my devices. The Ikea bulbs also work with the Philips hub. The asterisk there is that working with other smart home hubs requires the latest firmware on the bulbs, and you'd have to have the gateway to update them. I think they sell well enough that the bulbs on the shelf at your local Ikea will be up to date, but just as an FYI. I got mine in January and they were fine.
That's a big savings when you're buying 5 bulbs for a track light!
You know, a z-wave light switch is only $30, and it will control groups of regular bulbs, and won't have issues if someone flips the switch off. The only place I use standalone bulbs is for things not on switches, like a lamp.
/r/AmazonEcho is a community centered around the Amazon Echo, or as we like to call her - Alexa. Alexa is designed around your voice. She's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. She's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.