Qube Review: The Most Affordable Wi-Fi Color Changing Smart Bulb


It's here! The Qube smart LED bulb is the least expensive smart lighting product in its category and it doesn't require a home automation hub. Install the Qube app on your phone, pair it to your Wi-Fi and you're good to go. Read more @ https://smarterhomelife.com/everything/2017/3/18/meet-qube-the-first-affordable-wi-fi-color-changing-smart-bulb Grab a Qube via Amazon for only $29! http://amzn.to/2mVvxEk Qube website: http://qube-smarthome.com ———————- Smarter Home Life is made possible in part by you! That's right, we need your support to ensure the future of the show. Learn how to help out at http://supportSHL.com – Thank you! ———————- Shop our Amazon Store! http://smarterhomelife.com/store Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lightinganswers Website http://smarterhomelife.com
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LED Lighting Q&A – Winter 2017


On this round of LED Lighting Q&A, many questions are once again about smart lighting and how to choose smart bulbs vs traditional lighting on smart dimmers and switches. Plus, what’s the future outlook for LED lighting in general? It’s time to play a little catch-up on viewer questions, as the mailbox has been inundated! And it hasn’t helped that Smarter Home Life has had to go a bit dormant of late, but expectations are that things should speed back up in April. Watch the first few minutes for the explanations. And…hint, hint…there are a few fun surprises in this Q&A video, so be sure to watch the entire thing! Full questions @ https://smarterhomelife.com/everything/2017/3/2/qa-led-lighting-winter-2017 Starts at 4:10
From Eli:
Great job on your videos! Can you change colors of hue bulbs without using ifft? Or do you have to use ifft to change colors? Also, with or without ifft can you set scenes? Would you recommend the hue dimmers switch or hue tap? (Alexa in every room) Thank you very much for all your vids! Starts at 10:18
From Deon:
Love your to the point videos and hope you have a similar answer for me. I’ve been using my Lifx 1000 bulbs for a little more than a month now and must say I’m often left frustrated. I find the Lifx App great but it tends to loose connectivity to the lights (only 2) on my wifi network constantly. My question is whether it’s worth it in your opinion to try the Philips hue 3rd gen? Starts at 19:30
From Grayson:
Hi, I have a question. Are there going to be any improvements for regular LED bulbs for 2017? Dimmability is a very important factor when it comes to matching as close to incandescent, but when I do a Google search for improvements in lighting, the top links in search result turns out to be a comeback for incandescent light bulbs that is suppose to be more efficient than LED bulbs. Starts at 27:36
From Mike:
Great content. Website, videos, Q and A's, all top notch. I was looking for your opinion on what the best route for someone who doesn't really care about color bulbs but wants to be able to control all lights via Alexa. My first option is to go with Hue. I chose Hue over Lifx for one reason only, Hue resets back to 100% white when wall switch is turned on. Lifx reverts back to last setting. With a not so tech savvy wife, I'll never hear the end of her having to take an extra step to turn on a light. 2nd option is to go the smart switch route. I didn't see a lot of recent content on your site about these. Do you have any experience with these and is there one you recommend. Starts at 40:20
From Chad:
Thank you first of all for all the great videos, I really enjoy watching them and learning about each product (without having to buy them first 🙂 ). I was wondering if I could get your opinion on whether or not I should get Hue lights or the SmartThings hub first? Sorry if you have covered this in your Q&A previously but I haven't made it through all of them. I started off basic and now I'm hooked. I have the Dot (don't say the "A" word) connected to a few tp-link WiFi plugs and also the Harmony Hub. I would like to start to add a few more things and lighting in the living room may be first. Not sure if I really need color but I would like to have the lights dim when it is movie time. Starts at 46:15
From Brandon:
First, my appreciation for bringing your focus on home automation and LED lighting to the world. I really like the YouTube channel and your reviews. My need is for guidance with whole-house lighting control, as the number of system options is quickly becoming bewildering. My partner and I are in the process of remodeling an old home in a new city and wish to install new smart lighting controls. I’m willing to start over with a new brand, but I’m finding it just impossible to choose. I’m planning on using the CREE candlelight dimming candelabra bulbs you reviewed. I like the idea of color-changing Hue bulbs for a couple of places, but don’t know how this will jive with the smart dimmers. ———————- Smarter Home Life needs your support to thrive and grow in 2017 – learn about the different ways you can help @ http://smarterhomelife.com/support ———————- Shop our Amazon Store! http://smarterhomelife.com/store Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lightinganswers Website http://smarterhomelife.com
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Home Automation Q&A – Winter 2017


This edition of our home automation Q&A show covers everything from Honeywell thermostat compatibility wtih SmartThings, how HomeKit is helping a viewer who’s visually-impaired, which sensors can trigger actions in Apple’s Home app, and more! Read the full questions @ https://smarterhomelife.com/everything/2017/3/2/qa-home-automation-winter-2017 Starts at 2:35
From Mike:
I am looking for a smart thermostat to reduce energy usage. I currently have a dumb Honeywell thermostat that I’m pretty sure the “Honeywell RTH9580WF1005/W1 thermostat” will plug right in and it isadvertised to work with the Amazon Echo (which I have). I also have a Smart Things Hub and would like to be able tosetuproutines based on outside temperature and presence to control things. Some of my research indicates that the smart thermostat works with the ST Hub, but others say that Smart Things is still working on the software. Honeywell is supposed to be at the show, but SmartThings is not listed. However, Samsung has two booths and they might have some info about theirsubsidiary companies products. If the current model does not interface with both I might wait to get another option. I may not be thinking about control correctly. If the thermostat is under ST control and I ask Alexa to turn up the heat, will I create a 404 error (showing my age). Starts at 7:01
From Dustin:
(Too long for YouTube description, mainly asking about the Eve Motion Sensor for HomeKit control, "big ticket" items like ceiling fans, and how to setup a potentially very complex smart home. Starts at 17:27
From Johan:
I am looking at light switches that will work with siri and homekit but with only two electrivak cables no neutral. Which ones should I look for and what works with a hub and without a hub? Starts at 20:39
From Andre:
Thank you for good videos and info on the smarter home. I have been searching through the web but cant find answers on the trigger possibilities with the Elgato Eve sensors. Can you give me a quick update on them? Are they able to trigger scenes with like motion or temperature in the Home app? ———————- Smarter Home Life needs your support to thrive and grow in 2017 – learn about the different ways you can help @ http://smarterhomelife.com/support ———————- Shop our Amazon Store! http://smarterhomelife.com/store Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=lightinganswers Website http://smarterhomelife.com
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