Smart bulbs or smart switches?

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The question of smart switches vs smart bulbs involves many different factors, with different answers being appropriate for different setups.

See the following community discussion [1] for details and community opinions.


There is only one technical caveat: If combining a smart bulb and a smart switch, do not use a dimmer switch (smart or not) that controls the current load to a smart dimmer bulb. This can cause the switch to burn out. You can use a networked dimmer switch if it sends its commands to the hub rather than changing the current load. Or you can use a plain on/off switch (networked or not).