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Hi guys,

I want to get my cinema lights controlled via Alexa, and currently I am planning to install a Ctec smart light switch (www.ctec.com.au), just wondering if anyone has used this product before?

 

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Can't comment on that switch but after trying Clipsal IR switches (2 failed) I pulled all that out and installed Lifx globes along with Flic switches. That worked for awhile but battery went dead in the Flic and couldn't get them to re-pair.

 

Pulled it all out and put in Phillips Hue globes and matching switch/dimmer which is portable but a magnet in it puts it back in the wall holder, a very well thought out design. Working flawlessly and works with my Harmony remote too. You can control Hue lights with Alexa although I haven't tried personally

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3 minutes ago, blybo said:

Can't comment on that switch but after trying Clipsal IR switches (2 failed) I pulled all that out and installed Lifx globes along with Flic switches. That worked for awhile but battery went dead in the Flic and couldn't get them to re-pair.

 

Pulled it all out and put in Phillips Hue globes and matching switch/dimmer which is portable but a magnet in it puts it back in the wall holder, a very well thought out design. Working flawlessly and works with my Harmony remote too. You can control Hue lights with Alexa although I haven't tried personally

Thanks for your reply. The problem with smart lights is people have to leave the wall switch on all the time otherwise they will lose the SMART

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2 minutes ago, TSmith said:

Thanks for your reply. The problem with smart lights is people have to leave the wall switch on all the time otherwise they will lose the SMART

True but not a biggy. You could always tape them on, or a neater solution is to pop the switch back into the wall cavity and replace the switch plate with a blank one, then it's easily reversable. I'm going to do this with my phone line plate in the front bedroom before the NBN gets installed. Apparently they will only install to the nearest point to the street, whereas my current modem is towards the rear of the home.

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15 minutes ago, blybo said:

True but not a biggy. You could always tape them on, or a neater solution is to pop the switch back into the wall cavity and replace the switch plate with a blank one, then it's easily reversable. I'm going to do this with my phone line plate in the front bedroom before the NBN gets installed. Apparently they will only install to the nearest point to the street, whereas my current modem is towards the rear of the home.

that's a good point. my plan is to have both voice and physical controls to my lights instead of voice/smart phone app only. smart light switch might be a option suites me.

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On 03/04/2019 at 2:50 PM, blybo said:

You can control Hue lights with Alexa although I haven't tried personally

Also the Apple Home app if you use an iPhone or iPad.

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On 13/04/2019 at 10:51 PM, tim_tam87 said:

Are you still looking for options?

yes, have you got any idea?

 

 

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Not sure if it's what you're looking for...but it's a different option. Might be a little bit pricey but works really well though, I have it setup throughout my whole house...and it integrates with Alexa. It works on Z-Wave technology, kind of like wifi but on a different frequency.

 

Maybe Google these items for more info. At the heart of the system is a Z-Wave hub...Mine is a "Vera Edge Z-Wave Controller". That connects to your modem via ethernet cable and integrates with Alexa and you can connect to your mobile via the "Vera" app. All your Z-Wave devices connect to the Vera Edge hub. There are other hubs out there.

 

Now to get my lights integrated into the system I have a "Fibaro Z-Wave Micro Dimmer 2" for dimming lights and a "Fibaro Z-Wave Double Switch 2" for lights that don't require dimming. For example the lights in the theatre room have dimming, and you can tell Alexa to dim the lights to 60/80% etc. The Fibaro gets wired in behind your standard light switch and sits in the wall cavity. You can turn your lights on/off via the Vera/Alexa app, or ask Alexa, or even the normal way via the light switch like a common peasant! Flicking the switch off doesn't turn off the automation capabilities.

 

You can also setup scenes/routines via the Alexa app. For example, I can tell Alexa to "Start Movie Night". The projector screen will then come down, projector will turn on, lights will turn off and the Marantz Atmos receiver will then turn on and select HDMI 2. And of course the opposite for "End Movie Night" with the lights turning on to 60% to avoid being blinded.

 

With Z-Wave you can automate many other things like the air-con, ducted heating, TV, outdoor lights, etc.

 

I have about three different apps for everything but use the Alexa app as a master app. It works really well for home automation.

 

Sorry about the long-winded article. Any questions or if you want more information feel free to ask.

 

 

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15 hours ago, tim_tam87 said:

Not sure if it's what you're looking for...but it's a different option. Might be a little bit pricey but works really well though, I have it setup throughout my whole house...and it integrates with Alexa. It works on Z-Wave technology, kind of like wifi but on a different frequency.

 

Maybe Google these items for more info. At the heart of the system is a Z-Wave hub...Mine is a "Vera Edge Z-Wave Controller". That connects to your modem via ethernet cable and integrates with Alexa and you can connect to your mobile via the "Vera" app. All your Z-Wave devices connect to the Vera Edge hub. There are other hubs out there.

 

Now to get my lights integrated into the system I have a "Fibaro Z-Wave Micro Dimmer 2" for dimming lights and a "Fibaro Z-Wave Double Switch 2" for lights that don't require dimming. For example the lights in the theatre room have dimming, and you can tell Alexa to dim the lights to 60/80% etc. The Fibaro gets wired in behind your standard light switch and sits in the wall cavity. You can turn your lights on/off via the Vera/Alexa app, or ask Alexa, or even the normal way via the light switch like a common peasant! Flicking the switch off doesn't turn off the automation capabilities.

 

You can also setup scenes/routines via the Alexa app. For example, I can tell Alexa to "Start Movie Night". The projector screen will then come down, projector will turn on, lights will turn off and the Marantz Atmos receiver will then turn on and select HDMI 2. And of course the opposite for "End Movie Night" with the lights turning on to 60% to avoid being blinded.

 

With Z-Wave you can automate many other things like the air-con, ducted heating, TV, outdoor lights, etc.

 

I have about three different apps for everything but use the Alexa app as a master app. It works really well for home automation.

 

Sorry about the long-winded article. Any questions or if you want more information feel free to ask.

 

 

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Thanks for your suggestions. Looks like Z-Wave is a great option. I might give it a try later once I have chance.

 

PS. Ctec is on promotion on Amazon at the moment and I just purchased 1 switch to give it a try.

https://www.amazon.com.au/s?me=A21JOPXG2AQAHA&marketplaceID=A39IBJ37TRP1C6

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