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I painted my theater walls grey, with black on the ceiling, and it came out nicely.  But I'm not trying to get any ambient lighting effects up there since it's a projector.

 

Looks like with the 3 bulbs you can get that back wall to appear to be any color, so a white/off white color would probably do nicely.  My downstairs TV is in a little niche, and I have it painted an almond color, and use the Hue Light strips for my backlight.  It works great for blues (movies) and greens (sports), but I can't get a plain white color with those strips.

 

Nice Pup!  

 

 

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Thanks for the info, I will most likely just go off-white to get the ambient colors I actually want.  The Hue Strip would no doubt do what I need behind the TV, but I wanted to avoid the $90, I considered the Philips Bloom for $59, but this works fine for me.  Once I get it all done, I'll show you again with the right colors!  And my pup is a 6 month old Corgi... he's a ball of energy, awesome little dog.


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Tell me if I'm making a mistake. I think I am.  I just bought a SmartThings hub and two z-wave switches so that I can schedule my interior and exterior garage lights to turn on at night.  That's stupid right?  I should just get 6 white A19 Phillips Hue lights instead?  Those can be scheduled too, right?  I have a google home and have google assistant on my phone.  Is there any upside to using SmartThings?

 

Originally I had intended to get like 12 z-wave smart switches and control lighting around my house, and then scaled that down to just these two.  The more that I think about it, so long as Hue lights work in the cold, and work as long as they have wi-fi access, and can be scheduled and work with google home, SmartThings seems stupid just to control 6 lights, right?  Am I missing something?


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Tell me if I'm making a mistake. I think I am.  I just bought a SmartThings hub and two z-wave switches so that I can schedule my interior and exterior garage lights to turn on at night.  That's stupid right?  I should just get 6 white A19 Phillips Hue lights instead?  Those can be scheduled too, right?  I have a google home and have google assistant on my phone.  Is there any upside to using SmartThings?

 

Originally I had intended to get like 12 z-wave smart switches and control lighting around my house, and then scaled that down to just these two.  The more that I think about it, so long as Hue lights work in the cold, and work as long as they have wi-fi access, and can be scheduled and work with google home, SmartThings seems stupid just to control 6 lights, right?  Am I missing something?

 

If you are only going to schedule lights to turn on and off, then SmartThings is probably overkill. I have a SmartThings system in my apartment for security, I have two door sensors, two motion sensors, a power outlet, and a siren alarm. I've also configured it so that the lights all turn on a vibrant red should the alarm be 'tripped'

 

Otherwise, I can't think of any specific functionality that ST offers over the Hue app (or other apps that "talk" Hue and other lights at the same time) for scheduling and/or geofencing lights. Actually, there is one small advantage to SmartThings, they offer a fob which can be used without a smartphone to determine if someone is present at home.

 

If you expect you might want to interface with other devices like sensors, non-Hue lights, cameras, temperature or humidity sensors (note that most ST sensors also have temperature built in), then the ST hub will be able to coordinate all of those.


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Thanks.  I took you advice.

 

I've opted to return my SmartThings stuff, and have so far just installed a bunch of $15 Hue lights in my garage and front door.  I will expand to the rest of the house as soon as I figure out whether I want the white ambiance or color ambiance options or just more of the cheapo no-ambiance bulbs.


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