Hey all, I’m looking into expanding my smart home, specifically lighting. Right now I have:
- A no-name smart outlet that just powers a lamp. I would like to get rid of this sooner than later
- Two TP-Link Kasa KL50s
- OpenHabian 2.5.11-1
- OpenHab 3.0.0
I want to grow the smart lighting section of the house and am willing to commit to a tech stack to do so. I was thinking about three different companies to do it with; Philips Hue, LIFX, or Nanoleaf
- Philips Hue is the most well-known, most expensive, and runs on a bridge leveraging Zigbee.
- LIFX runs on your wifi and according to posts here and on Reddit, is known to have connectivity issues. It’s also not that much cheaper than Hue.
- Nanoleaf bulbs are the cheapest and use either Bluetooth or Thread to connect to the bulbs. I’m pretty bought into Apple already (OpenHAB is exposed as a HomeKit bridge), but don’t have an Apple HomePod Mini, so I don’t actively have a Thread-enabled hub.
I’m leaning toward Nanoleaf right now, but I believe I need more infrastructure in order for OpenHAB to support it. I’m asking here to see if anyone has experience setting up a Thread network and implementing it with OpenHAB. I would imagine it’s similar to Zigbee because you’d need to buy a dongle, like NXP KW41Z, and then create the binding for it.
I don’t know Java very well but would be happy to work with somebody to build a binding for Thread, with the hopes that it could be useful to others down the road.
Please let me know if my understanding of how this works is totally incorrect, I’m still relatively new to this. Thanks in advance!