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Woolfman_8
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Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
So I am new to the “Alexa turn on xyz” stuff, and I just got an LED strip to put behind my screen in my home theater and am really liking how easy it works.

I would like to start adding more smart bulbs into home, mostly in the ceiling fan lights. Would I be able to do this without updating actual fan itself? Just put in smart bulbs? If there is an ELI5 YouTube video to check out, please link it.

Sorry if this has been discussed 10000x


jbraua
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Oklahoma City, OK
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
Super easy. We've done this in our house. Literally just install (screw in) the bulbs and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the box. Do you know what type of bulbs you have in your fans currently? If you have money, go with Philips Hue Whites or Hue colors, but you need a bridge hooked into you router which is also very easy to install. Less than five mins.


CAD703X
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
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I would like to start adding more smart bulbs into home, mostly in the ceiling fan lights. Would I be able to do this without updating actual fan itself? Just put in smart bulbs? If there is an ELI5 YouTube video to check out, please link it.


the only thing i have to add here is to NOT buy the shitty $6 SMART candelebra style IKEA bulbs. i put them into all my ceiling fans that had this style bulb and they worked for about 3 days and then starting flickering...going dim..then BRIGHT..then dim. this was across multiple ceiling fans in different rooms. took them out & put regular led candelebra style bulbs in and the issue stopped immediately.

you get what you pay for.
This post was edited on 9/24 at 9:23 am


Woolfman_8
Wake Forest Fan
New Orleans
Member since Oct 2018
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
I have a echo plus, is that the same as the bridge? I had an echo dot for a while, but got a plus when I decided I wanted to do the LED strip. I need the small candelabra type bulbs for the fan in the theater room. As long as Philips Hue makes them, that’s the route I will be going. The wiring in our house is horrible and we just got engaged and are starting to look for a new house, so i was hoping this is just as simple as putting in the new bulbs and connecting them to Alexa so i can move them into the new house.


CAD703X
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
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As long as Philips Hue makes them, that’s the route I will be going.
$$$


Chitown_Badger
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
Yes, it's possible. My girlfriend has some in her ceiling fan. They're just the regular standalone smart bulbs, no hub or anything. They work great.


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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
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the only thing i have to add here is to NOT buy the shitty $6 SMART candelebra style IKEA bulbs. i put them into all my ceiling fans that had this style bulb and they worked for about 3 days and then starting flickering...going dim..then BRIGHT..then dim. this was across multiple ceiling fans in different rooms. took them out & put regular led candelebra style bulbs in and the issue stopped immediately.


You make it so easy to enjoy your misery. I bought a dozen of them around the same time and I have no issues.


CAD703X
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
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I bought a dozen of them around the same time and I have no issues
i'll sell you another dozen for cheap


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jbraua
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Oklahoma City, OK
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
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I have a echo plus, is that the same as the bridge?


No, the bridge is a proprietary device for Phlips Hue bulbs only that controls all of the bulbs so they don’t bog down your wifi. It can be controlled by Alexa though.
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Woolfman_8
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New Orleans
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
Sounds good. Thanks


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nobigdeal69
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
I put a smart light-switch in our bedroom, and it’s pretty awesome. Tell Alexa to turn on light and fan.


Joe
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re: Smart lights used in regular ceiling fans
Hijacking real quick:

I know Hue is the standard, but can anyone explain why? What do they offer that a cheaper brand doesn’t? Is it worth the premium?

Is there a less expensive brand that is “known” as the go-to non-Hue brand?

Thanks!


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