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To some extent Z-Wave and Philips Hue are competing technologies, they both offer ways to control different types of lighting in your home. However, each technology has its own strengths and weaknesses, so which do you choose?
Well, what if you didn't have to choose between them at all?
An ideal solution would be to have a combined (hybrid) system so that you can select the best products from either technology.
Figure 1: Using Z-Wave and Philips Hue Together.
Creating a hybrid system is very easy to do and works incredibly well.
The core of the system is either Homey, the VERA Plus Z-Wave Controller or the Fibaro Home Center 2 Z-Wave Controller together with the Philips Hue Bridge. These can be seen within the Z-Wave Controller range.
The Philips Hue Bridge communicates with all your Philips Hue devices. The Homey VERA or Fibaro Z-Wave Controller uses a software "Plugin" to communicate with the Philips Hue Bridge over your Ethernet network, allowing them to control the Philips Hue devices. Since Homey, VERA and Fibaro are native Z-Wave controllers they will also communicate with, and control, all of the Z-Wave devices in the system. As well as any other devices they support.
This approach enables you to pick and choose the products from each technology and use the ones that you prefer.
The Homey, Fibaro and VERA controllers are much more powerful than the Philips Hue Bridge. As well as supporting Z-Wave devices they will enable you to easily create more complex automation scenes and schedules that can automate your home.
Figure 2: Fibaro, VERA and Homey Apps.
Z-Wave has a huge range of devices available from a wide number of manufacturers - you'll always find the right product for your needs.
Philips Hue has a great range of LEDs (both white and colour), LED strips, Mood Lamps and more.