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Old 21-06-2019, 10:35 AM   #901
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I think I will get the Philips Hue lightstrip as I want to use it also as part of my main lighting, not only as an ambiance light, since they have the highest lumen at 1600 that I can find so far.
1. Have you finalized the protocol? Zigbee? If you intend to add sensors later on, you'll need to think about the hub/protocol.
2. Have you looked at Yeelight which is Wifi based? Some folks here have good comments on the brightness.
3. There's a cheaper Zigbee based light brand - Glepopto but you'll need to find matching LED strips. It is compatible with Hue.
4. I use these BlitzWolf BW-LT11 myself and they are Wifi based and from Tuya ecosystem.
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Old 21-06-2019, 10:49 AM   #902
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Because I saw on US Amazon they only selling at USD 54.50, whereas in SG, I see selling ~S$120. Quite big difference leh. Or am I missing out something?

I did research on Yeelight, but their lumen is only 400lm when I checked with their official store from Tmall. Their staffs also advise me not to use as main light, only for ambiance light. For Philips Hue lightstrip, they have lumen of 1600lm, which is 4x brighter than Yeelight.


I don't understand, Hue has local products so you can just buy it from store like Best/Challenger or online stores. You might also want to consider Yeelight, the strip is less than half the cost of Hue. A comparison review between Hue and Yeelight, https://qanvast.com/sg/articles/phil...ines-best-1734.
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Old 21-06-2019, 11:10 AM   #903
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I have not yet finalised the protocol, but I foresee than I might be buying most from Xiaomi ecosystem due to their price. But the lightstrip from Yeelight is too low in lumen for me to use as main lighting. I saw the good comments on the brightness of Yeelight here, but if I remember correctly they are referring to the Yeelight lightbulb, not lightstrip. True enough, bulbs from Philips Hue and Yeelight are the same at 800lm.

Did a brief search on the Gledopto lightstrip, can't find any info on its lux level. I will do a detail search when I get home.

Saw the Blitzwolf light strip that you shared. Is it bright enough for you to use as main lighting? Or only can use for ambiance lighting?
For Tuya ecosystem, normally people will use Tuya app or Smart Lift app? Any difference between the 2 apps? I'm also interested to try out the Tuya ecosystem other than Xiaomi.


1. Have you finalized the protocol? Zigbee? If you intend to add sensors later on, you'll need to think about the hub/protocol.
2. Have you looked at Yeelight which is Wifi based? Some folks here have good comments on the brightness.
3. There's a cheaper Zigbee based light brand - Glepopto but you'll need to find matching LED strips. It is compatible with Hue.
4. I use these BlitzWolf BW-LT11 myself and they are Wifi based and from Tuya ecosystem.
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Old 21-06-2019, 11:16 AM   #904
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Yes. The US Philips Hue Lightstrip and bridge are OK to use in SG.

It uses Zigbee (ZLL) and is compatible with most popular hubs (e.g. Samsung SmartThings) that supports Zigbee ZLL/ZHA profile.
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Old 21-06-2019, 12:30 PM   #905
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Because I saw on US Amazon they only selling at USD 54.50, whereas in SG, I see selling ~S$120. Quite big difference leh. Or am I missing out something?

I did research on Yeelight, but their lumen is only 400lm when I checked with their official store from Tmall. Their staffs also advise me not to use as main light, only for ambiance light. For Philips Hue lightstrip, they have lumen of 1600lm, which is 4x brighter than Yeelight.
Suggest that you go pay a visit at one of http://www.lightings.com.sg/ physical outlets. They were running two Philips Hue promotion back to back in Apr & May 2019 where the Philips Hue downlight was at a promotion price of $65.5 compared to $99 (RRP) in April 2019. The Hue starter pack, LED strips, hub, Hue bulbs etc were also on promotion but I can't remember how much but I saved quite a bit from the promotion.
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Old 21-06-2019, 04:46 PM   #906
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Did a brief search on the Gledopto lightstrip, can't find any info on its lux level. I will do a detail search when I get home.

Saw the Blitzwolf light strip that you shared. Is it bright enough for you to use as main lighting? Or only can use for ambiance lighting?
For Tuya ecosystem, normally people will use Tuya app or Smart Lift app? Any difference between the 2 apps? I'm also interested to try out the Tuya ecosystem other than Xiaomi.
1. Gledopto only has LED controller or bulbs, you need to buy power supply and LED strip separately if you choose this route.

2. I don't use both Tuya apps. I flashed all my Tuya based devices with Tasmota and control through HA using MQTT.
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Old 22-06-2019, 09:26 AM   #907
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Look for a digital lock with mechanical keys type for elderly... Beside Keywe,, any model recommendation.. Looking for one with finger scan features and override keys preference.
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Old 23-06-2019, 05:57 PM   #908
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Look for a digital lock with mechanical keys type for elderly... Beside Keywe,, any model recommendation.. Looking for one with finger scan features and override keys preference.
You can try looking at yales
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Old 24-06-2019, 05:40 PM   #909
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Look for a digital lock with mechanical keys type for elderly... Beside Keywe,, any model recommendation.. Looking for one with finger scan features and override keys preference.
I am using August Lock. So far ok.
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Old 25-06-2019, 08:47 PM   #910
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Hi All, for those using August Smart Lock Pro on your wooden door. What lock do you use for your metal gate?
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Old 25-06-2019, 09:45 PM   #911
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Hello. I'm a total noob at this but I am thinking of setting up home automation with Alexa. My plan is as below:

5-room bto
Living room - echo plus
Kitchen & 3 bedrooms - echo dot

Devices:
Smart TV, soundbar & set top box
Aircon
Standing fan
Robot vacuum
Door lock
Lights
Motorized curtains

Here's the question. What do I need in order to connect those devices to Alexa? E.g standing fan require a smart plug.

Any tips, advice & suggestions for an optimal home automation based on the devices above?

Thank you. Looking forward to learn from the pros here.
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Old 26-06-2019, 01:23 AM   #912
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Hi guys, I'm new to this thread and there are so many post so please pardon me if this has been asked before but I would like to know if there is an easy HomeKit solution to replace those power switches for ceiling fans (currently using Fanztec brand) in old HDB houses?

What I am informed was that old HDB houses cannot use those new modular flushed HomeKit enabled power switches which can be used to control fan speed and light dimming. If that is the case, is there anyone here who knows how to replace those boxed up power switches in old HDB flats?
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Old 26-06-2019, 03:53 AM   #913
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Hello. I'm a total noob at this but I am thinking of setting up home automation with Alexa. My plan is as below:

5-room bto
Living room - echo plus
Kitchen & 3 bedrooms - echo dot

Devices:
Smart TV, soundbar & set top box
Aircon
Standing fan
Robot vacuum
Door lock
Lights
Motorized curtains

Here's the question. What do I need in order to connect those devices to Alexa? E.g standing fan require a smart plug.

Any tips, advice & suggestions for an optimal home automation based on the devices above?

Thank you. Looking forward to learn from the pros here.
Since it is a BTO, you can consider to install Neutral wire (talk to your ID) at all light switches location so that you could install wifi light switch later on.
If you have ceiling fan, then suggest you to get RF type instead of IR.
For stand fan, will it be IR controllable or just dumb stand fan? Regardless, you need a smart plug to on/off it.
You can get Romba or other smart vacuum robot to work with Alexa.

To connect the above, if they are wifi enabled (such as wifi smart light switches), you just need your router.
Else, most likely you need a hub such as echo plus for zigbee devices but be aware of different zigbee frequencies in different countries.

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Old 26-06-2019, 03:55 AM   #914
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Hi guys, I'm new to this thread and there are so many post so please pardon me if this has been asked before but I would like to know if there is an easy HomeKit solution to replace those power switches for ceiling fans (currently using Fanztec brand) in old HDB houses?

What I am informed was that old HDB houses cannot use those new modular flushed HomeKit enabled power switches which can be used to control fan speed and light dimming. If that is the case, is there anyone here who knows how to replace those boxed up power switches in old HDB flats?
Do you have those three pin wall plug next to your fan/ light switch? Like below




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Old 26-06-2019, 09:30 AM   #915
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Hi guys, I'm new to this thread and there are so many post so please pardon me if this has been asked before but I would like to know if there is an easy HomeKit solution to replace those power switches for ceiling fans (currently using Fanztec brand) in old HDB houses?

What I am informed was that old HDB houses cannot use those new modular flushed HomeKit enabled power switches which can be used to control fan speed and light dimming. If that is the case, is there anyone here who knows how to replace those boxed up power switches in old HDB flats?
Is your current fan power switch stand alone(1 gang)? Or those with knob that can be turned?
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