£80 Wi-Fi lightbulb with it's own app *shakes head*
Change the colour of the lights, switch on and off or dim them without getting off the sofa?. I’m sure people thought TV remote controls were pointless / only for lazy people when they first came out. I wouldn’t pay £80 for it but I’m sure someone will. Sometimes these things start off as a bit pointless or decadent but evolve in to some useful things.
I find it quite fascinating what people try and create a market for.Posted 3 years ago
Change the colour of the lights, switch on and off or dim them without getting off the sofa?
I can imagine it now… “I’ll just turn the light down with my phone app”. “Oh hang on, wifi’s not on”… Goes upstairs to turn on wifi. Comes down. “Ha, now I can change the lights without getting up!”Posted 3 years agorussianbobMember
Backed them on Kickstarter – much promised, little delivered.
They were supposed to have a music visualiser built in, be used as an alarm clock, alerts for text messages & social media, remote on/off timer thing for burgalar deterent etc, all sorts of pretty funky stuff really.
All they have delivered so far is on off ability and colour change from same wifi network. And a fairly lacklustre music visualiser.
There are other, better wifi enabled bulbs.Posted 3 years ago
I can imagine it now… “I’ll just turn the light down with my phone app”. “Oh hang on, wifi’s not on”… Goes upstairs to turn on wifi. Comes down. “Ha, now I can change the lights without getting up!”
Do you go through all that every time you want to use your tablet or phone for browsing? or do you just have the wifi on all the time in reality?
Not saying it’s a particular good idea, but I don’t know many people who just turn on the wifi when they want to get on the net.Posted 3 years ago
We’ve got more than 15 devices that are either connected to our router on the wired ethernet I’ve got or via wi-fi.
I can’t imagine switching the thing off, it takes 10 minutes to sort out allocating IP’s to everything when rebooting…
I did set our sons stuff up with restricted access times by MAC address for a while but he’s been more sensible recently.Posted 3 years ago
What is the logic involved in turning off the wifi and only turning it on when you are using it ?
Same as turning the TV off instead of leaving it on standby, turning off lights when not in the room, only boiling as much water as you need..?Posted 3 years ago
(it all adds up, you know!)
our wifi is turned off at night – local internet problem (that’s what we tell the children anyway…)
does that count?
yes, but you do that to stop the kids getting on the net while they’re supposed to be sleeping presumably which is understandable, otherwise I don’t see the point.Posted 3 years ago
I only switch it off sometimes, really
My suspicions are confirmed – inconsistent wierdo
xiphon – I’ve given some devices static IP’s but I got bored and it only gets rebooted if the line speed drops a bit and someone get’s cross ‘cos their film isn’t streaming that well.Posted 3 years ago
Where’s the thought process with that? You’re 40 miles from home and decide that you want a bit more green from your living room light?
• LIFX is a WiFi controlled, multi-coloured, energy efficient LED lightbulb that’s fully controllable by your smart phone.
• Control your lights from any iOS or Android smart device
• Millions of colour possibilities
 bit of apostrophe anxiety going on with the thread title. Be gentle with me.Posted 3 years agojairajSubscriber
I thought about getting something similar but it wasn’t for home automation.
I wanted to add multiple switch-able circuits so I had more flexibility in how my room was lit up.
Instead of getting an electrician to dig some new channels in my wall and add the wiring and switches, I thought I could run all the wi-fi bulbs from the existing switch and use the smart phone app to switch them on / off individually.
In the end I decided either option was too expensive and went for a different set up.Posted 3 years agoDaveRamboSubscriber
Dons flame suit…
So I have some Phillips Hue bulbs and really like them.
Yes you can make them green, or blue. But in reality we use them to change the colour subtly. When we watch TV it’s a lower level slightly red colour, when someone is reading the light they use can be made whiter.
They can turn on automatically or when you get home, and you can tell if they are on when you’re away. Do you need this, no, but we do use it.
Phillips have updated the hub and app software several times and there is an API you can use easily for home automation. Easy being doing basic stuff in a few minutes.
Are they worth the money – it will depend on the individual. But the Hue ones are the best out there by a long way and I’ll buy more when we decorate other rooms.Posted 3 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Pretty sure that switching your router/modem on and off all the time will knacker your connection speed, as I think it may attempt to renegotiate the rate/profile each time it boots up after being off for a while.
Its switched on after the kids have gone bed (after 7.30ish). Goes off when we go bed.
Thus knackering any automatic overnight updates, downloads etc.Posted 3 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
We have our router on a timer here so it’s off during the day in the week and overnight. I can’t say I’ve noticed any ill effects on the speed, but I have read that before.
Lots of routers let you set a time program for the wifi while staying connected to the broadband for a compromise.Posted 3 years ago
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