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Smart Home Options

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I was looking into smart home options, maybe long term money saving and it seems its just ridiculous right now.

 

Frist I was going to get those cool Phillips Hue lights, they allow you to change colors (which would be nice) and I assume turn up/down and off from phone. Well the starter pack which is only 3 light bulbs is $200 CAD plus tax. WHTAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

OK, so maybe I will get cheap LED bulbs (17 needed comes to $230 cheapest, could find) and get something else for automation.

The WeMo Light switches look cool, $49.99CAD plus tax for one!.....WHAT!!!!!! I need like 40 of those or something lol If every switch, which I would want.

 

Is there nothing viable for home automation without spending thousands of dollars?

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Not at the moment. It's still a new concept in term of general usage.

I'm equipping my new house before I actually move in and I'm not going to get as far as I would have liked; the cost is just too high.

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Before you throw your money away on LED bulbs:

 

A California federal court recently entered judgment against Lights of America Inc. and its two owners for exaggerating the performance of the company

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Before you throw your money away on LED bulbs:

 

A California federal court recently entered judgment against Lights of America Inc. and its two owners for exaggerating the performance of the company

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Yea, that is the first I have ever seen anyone say bad about LEDs...so ignoring that.

 

I went ahead and got the Starter Kit for Phillips Hue, since every single review was good, every person I talked to love it.

 

So now I just will ask my family and friends to get me a bulb for my birthday and maybe I will have enough for the entire place lol

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Yea, that is the first I have ever seen anyone say bad about LEDs...so ignoring that.

 

I went ahead and got the Starter Kit for Phillips Hue, since every single review was good, every person I talked to love it.

 

So now I just will ask my family and friends to get me a bulb for my birthday and maybe I will have enough for the entire place lol

All LED bulbs are not created the same. This has been a major issue for a while. You have to be sure to buy LEDs from a reputable company and not attempt to cut corners on cost are you'll likely get a bulb that is overstating life expectancy or just flat out lying about its light output capabilities. Some are even dangerous as they lack sufficient cooling in their design and pose a fire hazard.

 

LEDs are great, but they are very expensive. I spent well over $800 outfitting my new house with Phillips LED bulbs to save on energy and bulb changes. I went no where near the Hue line as replacing around 70 bulbs with those would have been literal insanity.

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