Originally Posted by Dauntless4rcher
I am on the market for the most reliable way to use Google Home/Assistant to control lighting (and some other things) in my home. I have looked into Philips Hue and while the idea is really great, I worry about the durability of the individual bulbs. My home has quite a few multi bulb fixtures and swapping them all for $15 white wifi bulbs pus the cost of the hub may not be the greatest investment if they are not durable. I also figured that leaving the manual switches in place may cause problems with what control Google Home would have over them if the old switch was left in the off position.
So, I looked more to swapping out the switches and outlets themselves. In this research I have come across some scary stories about Wemo not having the best Wifi Stability. Does this seem to be a recurring problem? Reading that sent me in the TP-Link direction, where I have seen less sob stories about them, and the cost is better than Wemo's. I also see that Lutron is now supporting Google Home, maybe that is a route to look down too???
I would need to swap out 7-8 light switches, dimmers not required but would be nice, and some plugs as well. Anyone have any thoughts on these products? This will be a long process of upgrading all my equipment but I would like to get started and stick with the same brand throughout if possible. Any suggestions are welcome... Thanks!
I've used my Google Home to control many things, including Philips Hue bulbs, and the two work together very well. Obviously Obviously, you've never owned a Philips Hue bulb because the bulbs are LED, which will just about last forever. When you use Philips Hue, the light switches stay on all the time, and you can either buy some switches to control them (you can control as many lights with one switch as you want) and the switches/dimmers are all wireless. Philips Hue doesn't use a hub so it's much easier to control them. You can also used their app, your voice with Google Home, or they can be integrated with other systems like Samsung SmartThings.
I've used Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, LIFX, Wink, just about anything available. To be honest, I think IFTTT is probably the best app available for controlling everything on a schedule. I had all my lights setup on a schedule and hardly ever used a switch. I also had my Nest, WeMo, Samsung, etc all tied into IFTTT and everything worked like a charm.
Unfortunately, this was all setup at my old house so I don't use any of these anymore since I don't spend much time there anymore. I had my new house wired and setup for a Control4 system, and I have an entirely new lighting system. There are drivers available to use Google Home and Philips Hue with the Control4 system, but I haven't set any of them up yet to work with the system. Prior to moving, I used my Google Home with my Hue lights for years, and I've never had a problem using any of it nor have I ever had a light bulb go out on me, which is one of the reasons every bulb in my new house is an LED bulb.
There are so many different options available today that I'm sure different people have had success using other systems tied together, but in my experience, using my Google Home to control my Philips Hue bulbs, turning them on/off and changing the colors, always worked very well. I miss using that lighting system, but my Control4 works very well too. The Control4 is in an entirely different league, but for a "do it yourself" inexpensive lighting system, I don't think the Philips Hue can be beat.