Never could stomach the cost of the Phillips Hue lights.
and recently they changed their policy that their lights/hub requires a cloud account for some unknown reason.
I have both hue and ikea bulbs (and their dimmer switches) and they perform equally well, pair it with a sonoff zigbee dongle and zigbee2mqtt, working quite well. I opted to only use zigbee to keep things simple. Only have some trv's left which are zwave.
Philips announced the requirement and everyone screamed. Don't know if they totally backed off the requirement or haven't fully implemented it but at this time the threatened required account is still not implemented at least in this area.
One of things about these Wiz devices that I like is the ability to use both Alexa direct speech commands/app control and local UDP
It helps the rest of my family in the fact that they can simply command each device using Alexa to do exactly what they want
As opposed to the luck of the draw when they say - "Alexa, go into dad's nighttime mode" hoping to switch off downstairs lights except for low red overnight light in dining room and its pure luck if I haven't messed up my flows
My Wiz outside string lights have arrived and also respond to local UDP commands just like an RGB bulb
I haven't worked out how (or if its possible) to change the colour of each bulb indiviually (the app can do that so I hope that I can) but I can make them all follow the cheerlights colour so that's my main aim achieved
So now I'm confused, I've been following the thread and decided to look into the wiz thing. The info I see suggests wiz is a philips product but yet most in here don't want philips. Am I missing something?