How to add your Cree Connected bulb to a Hue hub
The folks at Cree dropped the first bulb in their new Connected line this week at Home Depot (opens in new tab), and as we said in our hands on if you're looking for cheap bulbs to add to your connected home these are the way to go. Rather than bind themselves to a single kind of connecte hub, Cree Connected bulbs work with any ZigBee hub. You wouldn't know that by looking at the box, however, since the only instructions included are to connect to the Wink hub. While Wink is a decent way to go if you've already decided to go that route, those of us with the Philips Hue hub running multiple rooms of bulbs are probably going to want to keep using the Hue apps to control those bulbs. The Cree Connected bulbs won't automatically connect to the Hue hub out of the box, but through the manual add feature in the Hue app you can add the Cree bulbs with no problem.
The first thing you'll need is the connection code on the side of your Cree Connected bulb. Hue needs the six digit number from the bulb in order to detect the Cree bulbs in the manual search, so locate that number and either write it down or memorize it. Connect your bulb to whatever socket you want to use it in, but leave it turned off for the time being.
Next you'll need to open the official Philips Hue app and head to Settings>My Lights>Connect New Lights. Select Manual search from the two options that slide out, and enter in the number you grabbed from the side of the Cree bulb as the serial number. Turn on your Cree bulb, tap Search, and scroll to the bottom of the list of connected bulbs that Hue can see. The last bulb in the list should be labeled Dimmable light, and when you tap the name in the app your Cree bulb will start slowly pulsing on and off. Rename the bulb to whatever you choose, and the bulb is now connected to your Hue hub. Once connected to the Hue hub, any Hue app will be able to see and control these lights.
If you've already connected your Cree bulbs to a Wink hub and would like to switch them over to the Hue hub, or vice versa, you'll need to reset your Cree Connected bulb so it can be re-paired. To do this, just turn the bulb on and off at the light switch four times in rapid succession with a two second pause in each position. The fourth time the light comes on it will flicker once and you'll be able to add the bulb to whatever ZigBee hub you choose.
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$$ - CFL + Smart Outlets/Switches - $828.78 - (Controls bulbs in groups of 3 at this price.)
$$ - Cree Bulbs and Philips Lux Starter - $803.56 (Control Each Bulb) Philips Lux -
47 Phillips Lux (non Colored) bulbs @ 29.97 is $1408.59 plus the Philips Lux Starter to get the hub and 3 more bulbs is $99.97 for a total of 1508.56. CFL + Smart Outlets -
50 CFL Bulbs @ $2.19 is $109.50. To give the benefit of doubt, lets say you only need 1 Smart Outlet or Smart Light Switch for every 3 bulbs. That's at least 17 Outlet/Switches at the cheapest your looking at $42.34 a piece, for a total of $719.78. Add the $109.50 from the cost of the bulbs you are looking at $828.78. You can only control bulbs in groups of 3. For individual control, you looking at $2226.50. Cree and Philips Lux Starter -
47 Cree Bulbs at $14.97 is $703.59. Plus the Philips Lux Starter for $99.97 is a total of $803.56. To me, that sounds not only cheap, but the CHEAPEST.
BUT still, per YOUR definition of Cheap, the second part states, RELATIVELY LOW IN PRICE. (i would look up RELATIVELY for you but i'm guessing you already have a dictionary.) So yes, they are still RELATIVELY low in price as compared to something with the same functionality. So YES they are cheap. You should have left that part of the definition out if it was irrelevant. Well actually, just the entire definition as it just goes to prove they are cheap. They may not be cheap to someone who does not want SMART bulbs, but yes they are cheap smart bulbs.
where you're wrong is that just because, just because something else is cheaper, doesn't make the original thing not cheap... many things can be cheap, no one said it was the cheapest and the Kia is still a cheap car just like this is a cheap wifi connected bulb.
1) You won't be able to dim them. If you try, you'll likely destroy the bulb and potentially the dimmer too
2) They will perform extremely poorly in situations where they are turned on/off frequently. CFLs lifetime is dramatically shortened if they go through lots of warmup cycles. Many of them have insufficient heatsinking of the drive circuitry, so while they claim amazing bulb lifetime, the reality is that I've had to replace more CFLs in my apartment than I have replaced incans...
Hope it didn't break! If I have no smart bulbs does the app that comes with Cree bulbs work ok?
My other question is probably a foolish one -- if you use these connected bulbs, does that mean your light switches are forever after useless appendages that must always be flipped to the on position?
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