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Advice on controlling work lights in carport


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Hi, long time member here delving into some smart home tech.

I have some security lights in my car port which I also use as work lights. My plan is to link these to my Arlo system to activate when motion is detected by the camera.

I have convinced my wife to let me buy a Phillips hue starter cut and was hoping this would work with implementing this into the work lights.

Also would I need to have a Samsung smart things hub to control the fibaro as this uses zwave?

I have seen the fibaro switches that will give me a smart control but also retain the use of a normal outside switch when I just want to use it.

I'm not sure if the fibaro would fit in the external light switch or if I would need to integrate it in using an external junction box.

The lights which I have is these


I'm a complete noob and the more I research into this the more confusing it becomes so if anyone is willing to help with any information I would be very grateful.

Thanks for your help


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OK I think that you have got yourself really confused here. The Philips Hue really are not needed in this setup.
The Fibaro modules will allow both smart and manual control of your lights. You will need some form of Hub, such as Smartthings to Control the Fibaro modules. With a little tweaking and some IFTTT interaction your Arlo should be able to trigger your lights for security. You will also be able to control them via Alexa or Google.


Distinguished Member
If you have the Philips hue stuff in the house then one of these can be used to add a none dimmable light to work with Hue.

I've just installed one to control a floodlight outside.



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Jamie, thanks for your quick reply.

Yes I did see these ZigBee switches, with this type of switch can you still you still use the light switch to manually turn the light on and off? And still have control via a smart controller to activate the light. I was under the impression that's what the fibaro does with the switches they have on offer.

Thanks leigh

Deleted member 24354

You just have to go through the pairing procedure for Smartthings to see the Fibaro module.

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