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+1 for Z-wave. Stay away from proprietary stuff. Z-wave works with a lot of things and there are a ton of devices available. Use Samsung SmartThing to connect to your Google Home or Echo.
I think there was a sale thread on hot deals a bit ago for a SmartThings deal.
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leafygreen wrote:
Oct 26th, 2017 12:00 pm
+1 for Z-wave. Stay away from proprietary stuff. Z-wave works with a lot of things and there are a ton of devices available. Use Samsung SmartThing to connect to your Google Home or Echo.
I think there was a sale thread on hot deals a bit ago for a SmartThings deal.
+1, smart things hub has been $50 USD multiple times this year
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I need some z wave dimmers and a good thermostat can anyone recommend me something.
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Does anyone have water sensors here?

I bought an Aeotec branded one but it doesn't detect water (I dipped the sensor head in water). It still says dry. The Youtube video-demo does work flawlessly though.
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EEE2 wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 7:03 pm
I need some z wave dimmers and a good thermostat can anyone recommend me something.
watch amazon.ca for switches
I've got several GoControl and GE switches/dimmers around the house, and scored them for between $35 - $50 depending on sales
with smartthings, mixing brands is no issue

for thermostat, i'd recommend Ecobee
Ecobee is an open platform, and doesn't require any additional apps to intergrate into the smartthings hub
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gq_fuzion wrote:
Oct 31st, 2017 12:52 pm
watch amazon.ca for switches
I've got several GoControl and GE switches/dimmers around the house, and scored them for between $35 - $50 depending on sales
with smartthings, mixing brands is no issue

for thermostat, i'd recommend Ecobee
Ecobee is an open platform, and doesn't require any additional apps to intergrate into the smartthings hub
Whats the difference between ecobee 3 and the lite version?
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EEE2 wrote:
Oct 31st, 2017 2:35 pm
Whats the difference between ecobee 3 and the lite version?
The ecobee3 lite does not support accessories (HRVs, ventilators, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers). However, you still get all the same smart functions offered by the ecobee3, such as Smart Recovery and scheduling.

Both version supports up to 32 room sensors. The Lite version does not come with room sensor.

I have my Ecobee Lite with 1 room sensor for 2 days.
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embguy wrote:
Oct 31st, 2017 2:48 pm
The ecobee3 lite does not support accessories (HRVs, ventilators, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers). However, you still get all the same smart functions offered by the ecobee3, such as Smart Recovery and scheduling.

Both version supports up to 32 room sensors. The Lite version does not come with room sensor.

I have my Ecobee Lite with 1 room sensor for 2 days.
Are the sensors to better detect the climate?
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EEE2 wrote:
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Are the sensors to better detect the climate?
Room sensor measures the temperature and detects whether someone is at that location. Google room sensor for more details
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If I lived in silicon valley I am sure these system would be much less complicated
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Anyone got experience with installing a sensor In a room that will turn on the light when you enter. I want to do this to my laundry room.
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EEE2 wrote:
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Anyone got experience with installing a sensor In a room that will turn on the light when you enter. I want to do this to my laundry room.
If that's all you need, go to home depot and get a motion activated light switch. Should be around $20. I have this in my mud room.

If you do want it as part of a HA system, then get some bulbs like this (Sengled Element Classic Dimmable Smart Bulb, A19 Zigbee Bulb, Compatible with Samsung SmartThings and Wink Hub, Requires Hub for Alexa and Google Assistant, 3 Year Warranty https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01N7I4X94/ref ... -zbZVTWA66), get a xiaomi motion sensor from a place that sells the "best gear" (around $10) and set them both up in smart things or equivalent hub.

I have this is my son's room, set to go on for 5 minutes when motion detected, except after sunset
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joshmxpx wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 9:12 am
If that's all you need, go to home depot and get a motion activated light switch. Should be around $20. I have this in my mud room.

If you do want it as part of a HA system, then get some bulbs like this (Sengled Element Classic Dimmable Smart Bulb, A19 Zigbee Bulb, Compatible with Samsung SmartThings and Wink Hub, Requires Hub for Alexa and Google Assistant, 3 Year Warranty https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01N7I4X94/ref ... -zbZVTWA66), get a xiaomi motion sensor from a place that sells the "best gear" (around $10) and set them both up in smart things or equivalent hub.

I have this is my son's room, set to go on for 5 minutes when motion detected, except after sunset
Would this work with a philips hue light, do I require their hub.
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Nov 1st, 2017 10:27 am
Would this work with a philips hue light, do I require their hub.
Philips uses the Zigbee wireless protocol for their Hue bulbs, so you need a hub that supports Zigbee. That could be either the Philips hub, or one of the others like Wink or SmartThings that incorporates Zigbee support.

The thing is that Zigbee is an open standard run by a working group, and everyone feels free to customize it a little. You may find that some features of the Philips Hue bulbs are not fully supported or work erratically with a non-Philips hub - at least for a little while until the firmware catches up.

Z-Wave on the other hand is a proprietary protocol, with everyone required to use approved chips and firmware from one of the few licensed sources. That makes it slightly more expensive for manufacturers, but slightly more inter-operable.
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EEE2 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 10:27 am
Would this work with a philips hue light, do I require their hub.
You are not required to use philips hub, but it is best practice and only way it's officially supported by SmartThings

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