I say, I say, I say, how many hours does it take to set up a smart light blub ?

Well, it just took me 6 hours to get 2 bulbs working with Alexa..

This involved bulb resetting without a hub, an Android tablet ( Without the correct level of OS to run the more advanced version of the Alexa APP or the smart blub app.. ), a laptop, a web interface, a wireless network, and lots of running up and down stairs..

It wasn't "easy as pie"..

It proved pointless registering with the smart bulb website, since it couldn't see the bulbs..

For a while the bulbs thought they was twins, and one would copy the other..

But one was always unresponsive when you wanted to chat to it..

After reset, which was buried in a long RPG style quest, all was kinda well. ( It now thinks there are 3 bulbs, but lets not worry about that.. )

Related link in case anyone needs this !

Factory Reset Philips Hue Bulb With No Hue Bridge or Hue Light Switch

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    Nevermind, you'll have fun sitting in the dark when AWS goes down again.
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    >> How many programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    > 3 to point out that the original lightbulb was changed in a non-standard way.
    > 37 to bicker about the more obscure parts of the latest light bulb changing standard.
    > 6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb"; another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive;
    > 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp";
    > 15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct.

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    @nibor Luckily each light has a manual over ride switch for those times.

    I'm looking forward to having a non-internet solution in the future when I can afford it !
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    I won't be going this far..



    GEMSTONE LIGHTS - Christmas 2019


    Can you imagine trying to drive down a road with every house viving to get your attention !
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    I'm reminded of:



    Homemade Batsignal Reaches the Clouds (and how to make an image projector for yourself!)

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    > I'm looking forward to having a non-internet solution in the future when I can afford it !

    I am lucky we kept all the analogue light bulb sockets in our home and there are still traditional light bulbs for sale. All they require is 220V electricity and they're quite quick and easy to install, too.
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    "smart home" is for dumb people.

    anything that needs internet to work is garbage by design.

    anything that's not 100% open source has absolutely no excuse for existing as home appliance.

    and any simple tool, like a light bulb, that needs security updates so it won't become a spam-machine is a good reason to punch a product manager in the face.
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    I got a couple more bulbs, and a Philips Hue Bridge.

    Since I don't yet have a more modern Android OS, I haven't got the Philips App to work..

    Which might explain why Alexa can't see it yet..

    Meanwhile, another App updated the firmware on my bulbs and the Bridge, so that is good at least !

    Meanwhile, getting those two new bulbs to work, what a right pain that was !

    Did not go seamlessly..

    But in the end got them working after resetting them.

    Also, the Bridge wasn't happy until I gave that a reset too !

    So now I have a Hue Bridge that seems to do, well, nothing at all !
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