Cost Effective Spots

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Vel, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Vel macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Hi All,

    I am in the process of purchasing a new house and the current owner has fitted spots in the majority of the rooms.

    In my current house I use a combination of Hue bulbs/lamps/light strips etc and enjoy being able to control them using Siri from any of my iOS devices or from my GFs phone etc.

    I am wanting to replace the existing spots with ones that are homekit enabled, but the only real option looks to be the Hue GU10's, but they are ridiculously expensive, and I was wondering if anyone knows of a more cost effective way to replace them?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. chuyn macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    Do you need/want colour control? If not, you can just replace the wall switch with Insteon or Lutron switches. Either brand has a HomeKit compatible hub so you can control them with Siri or set them on schedules as well as the physical switches themselves. In Canada, each Hue bulb is $60, so one room with 4-6 spots would cost up to $360. One of those wall switches plus hub would be about $160. Any other room you want to add would just be a $60 wall switch. But of course, if you have to have colour control, I can't think of any other option than the Hues
  3. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    I use the Hue a19 bulbs in my recessed cans (about 15 of them). I get they may lose a little light by not pointing straight down like the spot but the difference seemed negligible to me so I just stuck with them.
  4. Vel thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thanks, colour would have been my preference. However, I'll be willing to sacrifice that based on the potential price difference.

    Taking a look at both those products, the Insteon looks better from their website. I think that is the route I'll definitely end up going down.

    Thanks again for your advice!

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