Cheap Amazon Echo Devices

After getting my echo, have spend weeks trying to find cheap alternatives to the expensive devices such as hue lights and harmony hub. Wondered if anyone has had any luck and could recommend some products. Thanks!

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Broadlink RM Pro for Ir and RF control. You need to do a little work to get it working with Alexa but details are online.

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HexusOdy

Broadlink RM Pro for Ir and RF control. You need to do a little work to … Broadlink RM Pro for Ir and RF control. You need to do a little work to get it working with Alexa but details are online.


Thanks, could you possibly send link as I have had no luck so far. I recall it needing something called Tasker??

I bought a hue gen 1 hub on ebay super cheap and the compatible white bulbs are £8. I also then spent tons on other hue stuff because they're great but you don't have to do that bit

these work with the hub

note: they don't work straight out of the box. it does only take 2 mins to sort though

personally I went for lifx lights as you don't need a hub. they work well.

Lifx are £50 each, the hue hub is £50 and you can get the lights for £15 each, if you only want one or two then lifx maybe the way to go but if you want to do the whole house the Philips Hue works out cheaper.

Plus Philips have other hardware that connects to the hub like the little motion controllers which are a fantastic. (a gadget i didnt think i needed until i got one, lol, still dont need them as such but they are great)

poison3k

Lifx are £50 each, the hue hub is £50 and you can get the lights for £15 e … Lifx are £50 each, the hue hub is £50 and you can get the lights for £15 each, if you only want one or two then lifx maybe the way to go but if you want to do the whole house the Philips Hue works out cheaper.Plus Philips have other hardware that connects to the hub like the little motion controllers which are a fantastic. (a gadget i didnt think i needed until i got one, lol, still dont need them as such but they are great)




I bought my LIFX for £25 each. you have to wait for a deal. Argos a month ago were £15 for the white ones. they are out of stock where I bought them but quoting list price is foolish. If you do LIFX for the whole house you need wifi coverage everywhere too. LIFX also work with samsung, nest and alexa too. The options are growing. Hue were the first but needing a hub was a deal breaker for me.

Edited by: "jonnithomas" 9th Jan

jonnithomas

I bought my LIFX for £25 each. you have to wait for a deal. Argos a … I bought my LIFX for £25 each. you have to wait for a deal. Argos a month ago were £15 for the white ones. they are out of stock where I bought them but quoting list price is foolish. If you do Hue for the whole house you need wifi coverage everywhere too. LIFX also work with samsung, nest and alexa too. The options are growing. Hue were the first but needing a hub was a deal breaker for me.



Good for you... I got the white hue bulbs for £11 each on amazon once... I'm not putting the lifx down as I nearly went for them, just it worked out cheaper for me to go the Philips Hue route.

The deal breaker for me was the fact it does come with a hub. You dont need strong wifi coverage for the Hue but you do for the Lifx as the lifx needs to connect directly to the wifi. The Hue bridge creates a mesh network that gets stronger the more Hue bulbs you have. Which means with hue you only have one device connected to the network (the hub) with lifx each bulb is a separate device.

10 hue bulbs with hub = 1 device connected to the wifi
10 Lifx bulbs with no hub = 10 devices connected to the wifi

If only needing 1 or 2 lifx is the way to go, if wanting more I would recommend the Hue.
Edited by: "poison3k" 9th Jan

poison3k

Good for you... I got the white hue bulbs for £11 each on amazon once... … Good for you... I got the white hue bulbs for £11 each on amazon once... I'm not putting the lifx down as I nearly went for them, just it worked out cheaper for me to go the Philips Hue route.The deal breaker for me was the fact it does come with a hub. You dont need strong wifi coverage for the Hue but you do for the Lifx as the lifx needs to connect directly to the wifi. The Hue bridge creates a mesh network that gets stronger the more Hue bulbs you have. Which means with hue you only have one device connected to the network (the hub) with lifx each bulb is a separate device.10 hue bulbs with hub = 1 device connected to the wifi10 Lifx bulbs with no hub = 10 devices connected to the wifiIf only needing 1 or 2 lifx is the way to go, if wanting more I would recommend the Hue.




yes, if you have a big house then Hue is the way to go because the Hue only needs RF to talk to the hub. Having said that do you want intelligent lighting in your kitchen or hall or garage ? I just have LIFX where i will use the toys such as lounge and bedroom

Lifx does need good wifi for each bulb. I chose LIFX for economy and the fact I have good wifi. Hue also do have problems working properly with some routers, Cisco for example. A friend had to change router recently on Philips suggestion.

Lifx doesn't work like this... One bulb acts as a gateway for all the Lifx devices and they have their own mesh network.

Also back on topic - TPLink power sockets (HS100's) work well and can be had for around 20 quid each.

jonnithomas

yes, if you have a big house then Hue is the way to go because the Hue … yes, if you have a big house then Hue is the way to go because the Hue only needs RF to talk to the hub. Having said that do you want intelligent lighting in your kitchen or hall or garage ? I just have LIFX where i will use the toys such as lounge and bedroom :)Lifx does need good wifi for each bulb. I chose LIFX for economy and the fact I have good wifi. Hue also do have problems working properly with some routers, Cisco for example. A friend had to change router recently on Philips suggestion.



Guess im lucky the hue works with my netgear nighthawk router which gives me full wifi coverage around my 4 bed detached property

The motion sensor with the hue lights in the garage, kitchen and loft is great for us and the one in the hall is handy for those times you out in the evening longer than you think. X)

I use Yeelight from Xiaomi, they work well with Echo and do not need a bridge.
Also The price is very reasonable compared to hue.
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