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Generic LED Strip + Fibaro RGBW vs Aeotec vs Hue?





My sons want some multicolour LED strips in their bedrooms (ideally with a kind of sound-to-light function that responds to their music).  Like all teenagers they live with their phones (1 Android 1 Apple) within reach so controlling scenes, etc. will be through those, however we're also needing to be able to turn them on/off & dim through a switch on the wall.


Since I'm building a system for the house based on a Fibaro HC2, I'm currently looking at a Fibaro RGBW controller (<£50) with a generic strip, e.g. like this one <£35 for 5m: 

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I'm just wondering how I can meet the other expectations, specifically an app for control and something that makes it pulse according to music.  Is there anything that works with Fibaro?  Does it go through the HC2 or could an app work directly with the Fibaro RGBW module?


I understand anotehr option would be to go with a Philips Hue strip, but then... 

- It would get quite expensive ~£125 for 5m plus I'd need a bridge between that and the Fibaro HC2 (~£50)

- I'm not sure about how the wall switch would work - would it be a Hue battery wall switch that would communicate to the HC2 via the Philips bridge?  Is that slow?  Or could it be a Fibaro dimmer behind a regular switch?

- as far as I can see there is  a more limited selection of music apps for Android?


Alternatively there's Aeotec LED strip, but

- I'm not sure how well that plays with Fibaro HC2, or if there are any apps that can control music?  

- also expensive at ~£150


Any tips/experience greatly appreciated




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Hi k1s,


so far i know therr are no z-wave products  that meet the other  expectations.  Maybe a  wifi  control box  that uses a api is a partial solution? somehing  like   

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Hi @k1s,


I use both Fibaro RGBW module with generic LED strips and Philips HUE. They are both working very nice with Fibaro HC2. Regarding controlling LED strips with music, there are many mobile apps that do that with Philips HUE lamps, but I don't know if that is possible with Fibaro RGBW since I never try it. It is possible to program Fibaro RGBW modules to change color and brightness like (fire place, aurora, rainbow, random color, strobe) but that program is looping and doesn't follow music.


Just to mention that Philips HUE can follow music but it is not perfect and there are some delays especially if you add more than few bulbs into the program.


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Philips hue or you could look at the Nanoleaf Aurora.
As @Sankotronic said the Philips hue isn't perfect, but it can do it.
I ordered an Aurora Rythmen plugin and hope it does it better but I haven't got it yet.

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Also awaiting my aurora rhythm... will be interesting to see if we can integrate.

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  • I've bought: 

    - a Hue bridge,

    - a Hue strip -

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    I'll let you know how I get on when they're installed in a few weeks


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