I’ve been playing around with Hue and Insteon, using one to connect over several smart lights and another to turn off a specific sound in my bedroom. It’s still in the testing phase, but all the way through the experiment, the Hue device was working flawlessly at just under two hours of battery life:
I should note that I didn’t have an Insteon Hue, since I wanted to use the Hue Bridge’s ability to connect multiple Hue lights and turn off a specific sound from some random room. But I did have a couple other Hue-connected devices like a Sonos speaker and a few different devices I plugged into my hub. The results are the same. The Insteon, while it’s going “great” in a simple home, does everything but work quite well.
The main issue: it only works with one hub. Two is just not going to cut it. I have a Sonos speaker and a couple of smaller switches connected to multiple switch ports. They’re all connected to the Hue Bridge, but they’re just devices I’ll add to the Hue Smart Home, not the actual Hue itself. So if the Sonos device turns off the lights on the other side, I don’t know that what is now a dark room will ever turn back on to daylight. The other thing is the lack of automation. Any automation I might do with multiple devices I don’t have access to as the only way to turn itself off.
Where to hook-up
So now that I know I don’t need an Insteon to turn my lights on, the biggest question I ask myself is “Why not?” I could still get something very similar from a home automation system, or I could buy a new and super expensive device. While I’m not yet ready to write off home automation completely, I’m already at a disadvantage. I can’t just plug-in a new device and turn it off as it is a lot more work than just connecting over a few light switches and an Insteon.