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Old 06-01-2020, 02:49 PM   #1021
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Correct. If you just want a smart bulb instead of a system, select the one that doesn't require a hub. Philips hue is not the only choice.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:45 AM   #1022
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Sorry I’m new to HA. My understanding is that Philips Hue will require their hub, likewise Aqara will require its own hub. So if I using both Philips and Aqara HomeKit devices I’ll need both hub, correct?
To be specific, Philips Hue is a lighting system, Aqara is a more complete HA system.
You can use Yeelight lights and not require any hub if you are comparing HUE to a Xiaomi ecosystem compatible light. But if you want to use their sensors, you will need a hub.
If you intend to use both, you need a hub that can talk to each other, IE using IFTTT or some other HA system like Home Assistant or Homey etc.. some of these do not require the xiaomi or aqara hub if they have a zigbee radio and a driver/app for it.

1 example I can give is Homey can use hue without the bridge (hue's hub) and aqara sensors. For Hue though, there is an advantage to use it's own bridge as you can maximise their entertainment API and Hue SYNC or even their disco lighting with spotify using third party apps which I personally use alot..
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:19 PM   #1023
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Just need to pull neutral from your light point to your switches.
Add electrical points to your window area.
Get UK zwave compatible hubs, so it's easier to find zwave accessories.
Switch options, you get what you pay for. There are limitations to RF switches, some latency for wifi switches, minimal lag for zigbee and zwave. And I would say zwave is most instantaneous.
Curtain motor wise, check that the hub supports it. They may indicate that the brand is supported but to be extra sure check the models. So far on Homey, only the DT82 series dooya and aqara curtain motor is supported.


Since your EC already comes with AC installed already, if it's not a smart AC like daikin, it most probably would be the mitsubishi starmex. You will need IR blasters for them and if you want automation, some smart temperature and humidity sensors. Or just get an ambi climate for each room. Next to ask if you want to automate your home intercom? If it comes with a mobile app, which I doubt EC will have, you will need a switchbot for that.



As above, lester's blog. Using the same method with the contactor inside my isolator switch.

Thanks! Yes, finally doing renovation now and has prepared neutral for all the switches so that we can use any brands. What are you using now? You seems to know Homey well. I plan to go down to Automate Asia with hubby to check it out.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:27 PM   #1024
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1. Switches: The common ones mentioned in the thread: RF ones like Broadlink TC2 or Livolo. Zigbee: Xiaomi Aqara. The Wifi ones: Tuya based. If you are renovating, consider installing neutral wire.

2. Hub: Xiaomi besides those you mentioned. DIY: Home Assistant or openHAB. Pick the hub that is the closest match to your budget and works with all your purchased HA devices or intended purchases. The protocol support is probably you should do some reading/research into as you didn't mention anything on it.

Engage a LEW (licensed electrician) since you are not sure for the switch installation and safety comes first. Alternatively a few of the Home Automation installers companies sometimes posts here. There is also a Facebook group for home automation geeks Singapore.
Thanks! Was considering Xiaomi + Aqara but I found the switches to clicky and read very bad review about it. It is cheap definitely but keep getting an electrician down to replace (I read some only last from few months to a year plus?), I might pay more service fees on the long run?
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:49 PM   #1025
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Thanks! Yes, finally doing renovation now and has prepared neutral for all the switches so that we can use any brands. What are you using now? You seems to know Homey well. I plan to go down to Automate Asia with hubby to check it out.
Using Homey as my main hub.. Homey controlling my broadlink minis for all the bedrooms for AC and TV, and RMPro in the living to control RF fans. My lights are also integrated with Homey, mainly Hue for the whole house, some Yeelights and previously using MiLights but Gledopto has zigbee lights that can be added to hue and using those GU10 for my outdoor tracklight.

Switches are mainly MCOs for wired, and some aqara wireless switches and Hue dimmers for scenes.

Sensors probably abit too many, using Neo Coolcam zwave sensors and some Zigbee aqaras too for motion and atmos.
I think i have around 120+ devices in alexa lol..
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Old 10-01-2020, 09:57 AM   #1026
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Thanks! Yes, finally doing renovation now and has prepared neutral for all the switches so that we can use any brands. What are you using now? You seems to know Homey well. I plan to go down to Automate Asia with hubby to check it out.
Mind to PM me how much you spent for laying neutral wire for all the switches? Wanna do the same too. Thanks.
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Old 14-01-2020, 09:02 AM   #1027
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I bought too many Coolcam Z-wave light switches 1 gang, anybody wants to buy some from me? Z-Wave frequency is 868.4mhz.
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