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    Default Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Hi Guys

    I'm not sure if any of you know, but, Lidl has a home automation kit for sale.

    Their kit uses ZigBee 3.0, so it will work with Amazon echo and other ZigBee devices such as Hue lights.

    I have their kit but I cannot use it until Christmas Day

    I thought some of you might be interested in trying out as well

    I have attached Lidl's advert for their kit.

    I will review it once I have access to it!

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I noticed this in last weeks magazine but I already have a smart things hub and all I really need is sensors so didn’t buy any, would be interested to hear how good it is though. Over Christmas I’m hoping to get a few days to play with home assistant and integrate using the SmartThings hub before deciding on whether to get Z-Wave/Zigbee sticks instead.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I use home assistant, very good once you get your head around it, currently have smart things sensors, govee LEDs strips and tuya compatible light switches all integrated bought a ZigBee dongle for about a tenner from eBay.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I was going to try and start with my SmartThings hub as I have it already and then might switch to a local setup if I get on well with it. I have a mix of smart bulbs, smart switches (flashed with tasmota) and a zigbee LED strip. All works pretty well at the moment but interested to add automation and sensors.


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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    What automated sensors do you have?

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Sanchez View Post
    What automated sensors do you have?

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    None yet, I was going to research and pick some, I imagine it will be from Aliexpress, Banggood etc. Do you have any recommendations of any that aren’t too pricey?

    OT but this is welcomed news as I have Nest cameras and thermostats so was annoyed when the works with nest program was ended: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Back OT, I bought the Lidl LED strip and two plugs today to play with when I get time. Needed the plugs for Xmas lights but want to get one with power monitoring soon too.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I have hue all over the house but didn't want to spend ?40 a bulb for the 4 GU10s I needed in the kitchen and the 3 GU10s I needed on my landing. I bought the 7 I needed for less than a price of 2. Compared to the hue bulbs they are a bit slower to change colour but work perfectly. I also have 2 of the Ikea colour bulbs but these seem much better at colour reproduction, the greens on the Ikeas are like a lime green and not very vivid.

    I also bought 3 more light strips whilst I was there. The sun had a ?10 a ?40 spend so ended up spending a total of ?90 for 7 gu10s and 3 light strips along with some mince pies/sausage rolls as filler items. I used the self service till and just kept hold of the voucher and went around the shop again to buy more. The equivalent Hue stuff would have cost ?490.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I found the LED strip has quite a low density of LEDs but for the price it seems a bargain still. Earlier this year I bought a 2m strip with a zigbee controller which had a higher density but cost about ?35.


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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    I found the LED strip has quite a low density of LEDs but for the price it seems a bargain still. Earlier this year I bought a 2m strip with a zigbee controller which had a higher density but cost about ?35.
    Yeah the LEDs are spaced around 5cm apart but for ?15 I'm not complaining. They seem just as bright as my original hue light strips.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Got two of the plugs, instantly found by the SmartThings hub, happy days!

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    Back OT, I bought the Lidl LED strip and two plugs today to play with when I get time. Needed the plugs for Xmas lights but want to get one with power monitoring soon too.
    If you find one, please, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Sanchez View Post
    If you find one, please, let me know

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    TP-Link do some and also the Samsung SmartThings plug does so was waiting for one to go on offer as I’m in no hurry.


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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Thanks for the tip mate!

    As I'm currently stranded in Europe (a country with lots of LIDL stores) I could give this a try. Those things usually have UDP contact with some foreign server to maintain connectivity with your home even if you're behind NAT or whatnot. I currently run just another knock-off product, which I honestly can't complain about. It serves it's duty, so to speak.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    So, I've set up the extension strips and the single plugs and I have to say it was extremely easy to setup!

    I was expecting it to be difficult... But no, everything was working within minutes!

    Very impressed!


    Does anyone have any suggestions for GU10 spot lights?

    Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    I was surprised how easy the plugs were to connect too! Not using the strip for anything yet and don’t get any bulbs so not sure what the options are there.

    Over Christmas I finally got started on Home Assistant using my SmartThings hub, if it all goes well then the plan will be to switch to a local setup and get a z-wave and zigbee strip. I’m at a bit of a loss what to do now though, my smart devices show in HA, I guess I should integrate Google Assistant and get some sensors.

    Any recommendations on decent sensors? So many to choose from and can be quite expensive.


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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    I was surprised how easy the plugs were to connect too! Not using the strip for anything yet and don?t get any bulbs so not sure what the options are there.

    Over Christmas I finally got started on Home Assistant using my SmartThings hub, if it all goes well then the plan will be to switch to a local setup and get a z-wave and zigbee strip. I?m at a bit of a loss what to do now though, my smart devices show in HA, I guess I should integrate Google Assistant and get some sensors.

    Any recommendations on decent sensors? So many to choose from and can be quite expensive.
    Honestly, no idea at the moment

    Looks like we are in the same learning curve

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    I was surprised how easy the plugs were to connect too! Not using the strip for anything yet and don?t get any bulbs so not sure what the options are there.

    Over Christmas I finally got started on Home Assistant using my SmartThings hub, if it all goes well then the plan will be to switch to a local setup and get a z-wave and zigbee strip. I?m at a bit of a loss what to do now though, my smart devices show in HA, I guess I should integrate Google Assistant and get some sensors.

    Any recommendations on decent sensors? So many to choose from and can be quite expensive.
    I use Sonoff kit for buttons and pirs not too expensive, I have a govee led strip from Amazon for ?25 quid which has a custom integration within home assistant which I'd recommend, i use a pi to run home.assistant with a ZigBee dongle which was about six quid off eBay.

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    What type of things is everybody automating?

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    Default Re: Lidl's Home Automation Kit

    Kitchen cabinet lighting via pir only after sunset and before.midnight
    Bathrooms lights allow 15mins before they turn themselves off as wife and daughter have no ability to turn them off when they leave the rooms
    Various plugs for lamps and bias lighting around the TV.
    Outside lights using time based and l
    Pirs
    Use door and window sensors to use home asst as an alarm relay kicks in a siren if open when no one is home
    Pirs in the garden will turn on lights in the house upstairs if motion detected at night hopefully a burglary deterrent.
    Lights turn on / off to a schedule when away from home
    There are others but that's what I can remember.

    Next on the list is look into permanent led aluminium tracks with addressable led.strips on the front of the house and garden so I don't have to put Xmas lights up anymore!

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