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Discussion in 'General Gossip, Troll Wars & Game Development' started by luggage, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. luggage

    luggage Industry Legend One Of Us


    Anyone set about doing this here? I have a couple of Alexas dotted around and we've nearly redoing the living room. I wouldn't mind getting the lights voice controlled and dimmable. Ran into problems though. I have 10 lights, split into 2 chandelier type things of 5 each (math fans!). I need to get new dimmable bulbs anyway but it would be too expensive to put in 10 Phillips Hue lights, and also a bit of overkill.

    I was looking at LightwaveRF but it's confusing about what kind of dimmer I need. The lights all currently run off one switch. Looking around you've got to be careful with the load. If I get 10 x 5w LED bulbs that doesn't get classed as 50w, but instead 500w, so I need a 500w dimmer switch?

    Any advice? Or any other systems I should look at?

  2. TheDMan

    TheDMan Industry Professional One Of Us

    @EvaUnit02 posted a thread about this a while back. It was in equal parts awesome and scary, sounds like he's all over this stuff.
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  3. MaciejS

    MaciejS Industry God One Of Us

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  4. ngine

    ngine Animation Professional One Of Us

    You could also use candles and have fans installed that will blow the candles out at the push of a button.
    And then use one of those Tesla flamethrowers to lighten the candles again.
  5. luggage

    luggage Industry Legend One Of Us

    cheers! I think the Tesla flamethrowers might be cheaper.
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  6. hexland

    hexland Industry Legend One Of Us

    I got a whole bunch of those IKEA ones - they’re miles cheaper than Philips Hue...

    They’re a pain in the arse to pair with the Hue hub though, and we had a power outage and now they’re all “unreachable” :(

    They are bloody cheap though!
  7. Kipper

    Kipper Hardcore Gamer One Of Us

    Is dynamically changing the hue of your lightbulbs something people actually use? I'm struggling to think of a non-gimmicky use. Dimming, I understand, but having just moved into a house where the lighting is truly awful my immediate thoughts are that I want to replace all the blue-hued spotlights with warmer bulbs, but as a one-off permanent change.

    Is it so you can adjust for different times of the day, maybe so they are bluer during the day when you've also got sunlight as an additional light source?
  8. Robert Swan

    Robert Swan Gaming God One Of Us

    I've just wondered when someone will connect the TV to the lights, so you can get "surround lighting". That might actually be pretty cool.
  9. luggage

    luggage Industry Legend One Of Us

    I've seen some LED's that change the warmth as you dim, in the main I prefer a warm lighting as opposed to something that reminds me of a hospital.
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  10. nic

    nic Hardcore Gamer One Of Us

    With our Hue lights we don't really use much of the colour, though it is nice to be able to add some colour to the lighting, especially if you want to make the room feel warmer or cooler. Other than special occaisions (e.g. Halloween), we never really go all-out with the colours. It's fun for a bit, but until i can tie it into my TV, it's just a fun gimmick.

    Hue have added the ability for apps to control the colours more specifically I think, and there are apps out there with 'colour scripts' you can run at the same time as a film to 'match' the screen... but nothing quite easy/just-works. For most of our house we're going to go with dimmable/warm lighting (cheaper than Hue I expect too).
  11. CaptainFuture

    CaptainFuture Man of Tomorrow One Of Us

    Can anyone recommend an intelligent Thermostat that doesn't rely on a cloud web service for control?
  12. lutas

    lutas raaagh One Of Us

    Raspberry pi zero w / wemos D1 mini and a colour sensor would prob achieve what you want if you've got the time / inclination to make something