Cost Effective Spots

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

  1. Vel macrumors member

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    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,

    Vel
     
  2. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    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

    ericgtr12

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    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

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    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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