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Selected products from this vendor are presented on this page, with my assessments where I have personal experiences to share. The links are primarily directed to the vendor’s own pages, in English; for local pages/prices you will have to conduct your own search.

About the vendor and its products

Osram is a brand name (but which after being taken over by Ledvance has been changed to Sylvania in some markets) for lighting products and also includes smart versions, under the heading of Smart+, with a product range in continuous development. The smart products distribute across these categories:

  • Smart lighting for indoor use, spanning light bulbs (with sockets E27, E14, GU10, and even GU5.3, which none, or at least very few, competitors offer), light strips, smart plug, motion sensor, and a couple of versions of switches

  • Smart lighting for outdoor use, including light strips, garden poles and spots, wall lamps, and a smart plug (also here, very few alternatives exist)

  • Base station, called Lightify Gateway, which forms the heart of an Osram system and is required to connect the components mentioned above (notice that it should be possible to use (at least some of) the products without the gateway if you have a Philips Hue bridge or a Homey)

Osram has a Lightify app that goes with the Lightify system.

As far as I can tell, the products either use Zigbee or WiFi as communication protocol. Many of them are also compatible with both Amazon Alexa og Apple HomeKit.

Our experiences

We have a set of outdoor spotlights, see more specific experiences in the table below.

Notice that on phones, the table might only display in landscape mode

Component Room Experiences

Gardenspot Mini RGB (no longer for sale nor presented on the site of Lightify/Osram)

Outdoor

We started out with just the spots and attempted connecting this to both SmartThings and Homey, but could not turn them off. An Osram base station was therefore also purchased, which did make it possible to update the firmware of the spots, but both with and without the base station, the experiences are mixed. It often happens that they are unavailable and to turn them off, I have had to program them so that at sunrise, they are first dimmed down to about 60% intensity. A few minutes later, they are turned completely off, as for some reason it is impossible to simply turn them off from 100% intensity. We have therefore also uninstalled the Osram base station and have the spots connected to SmartThings and integrated into HomeKit via Homebridge.

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