Retrofit Smart Lighting (1 Viewer)

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Just wondered if anyone has managed to find a system or build their own to mimic the Philips Hue domestic smart lighting. I would like to be able to control different lights, set up modes etc. from phone or failing that a control unit. Having looked in to it a little seems adding Hue is impossible (as the bridge requires an ethernet connection to a central wifi router capable of 2 way comms).

Realise individual lights with ther own controls are available but its an integrated multi light/zone system with some smart/programmability I am after.

This stuff starting to be more common in some of the premium new builds (Hymer connect amongst others) so surely someone will be bringing this to aftermarket sooner or later.

Thanks.
 
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Check out these as an alternative to Philips, I have these at home and im sure some of the strips are 12v

 
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All of the SonOff stuff works without any bridge, and all wifi. There are relay boards in the range that you can use for 12V. Alexa will give added functionality. I don't know that there is anything for RGB control though....
 
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All of the SonOff stuff works without any bridge, and all wifi. There are relay boards in the range that you can use for 12V. Alexa will give added functionality. I don't know that there is anything for RGB control though....
I've got Sonoff switches through most of my house, possible because I've got the neutral wire though the switch. If you've only got neutral at the ceiling rose, they've got boxes that you stuff on the ceiling space that'll use your existing switches.

The advantage of Sonoff gear is your light switches still work. You don't have to leave them on all the time and shout like you do with bulb replacements. They also use WiFi, so no hub required.

I've flashed the software on my Sonoffs to eliminate the cloud requirement. Mine are controlled locally with my Home Assistant home automation system. It means no dependency on someone else's service across the internet. That they might decide to turn off or do an upgrade so your kit that's only a couple of years old is no longer supported. Phillips did this last year with their older Hue kit.
 
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