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Cupertino, February 15, 2021

Hi, folks, I've been playing with a few different types of HomeKit compatible light bulbs and I'm curious what worked best for people. Currently, I have a pair of monochrome BT Sylvania bulbs, which are generally reliable, but occasionally glitchy or slow reaction. I tried different WiFi bulbs (for example, VocoLink and Refoss) and found them to be a huge pain to set up (Amplifi HD mesh network with 2.4 / 5 ghz self-assigned networks) and they don't respond regularly, so I sent them all back, although I was lucky with the VocoLink plugs and tape lights. I have a standard HomePod, but not a Mini. I would like to slowly expand my smart lighting, but I do it once and correctly. Would I see a significant improvement in reliability if I bit the bullet and went with a Hue hub? I've seen a lot of talk about new Thread bulbs, but they wouldn't have any benefit with my HomePod, would they? Is it worth considering a mini HomePod that controls my lights with Thread bulbs, given the cost of a Hue hub setup? How would this work when OG HomePod could hear me, but not Mini? There are a lot of questions - I feel that the more I get into these things, the less I understand. Thanks!

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