Thank you France and U.K. for dropping a line!

I probably have just about as much time as you do if you have any improvements or issues you want to try to take care of.

I am not bi-lingual (I know enough German to make someone’s eyes roll) but I have been in computer support for awhile so I’m pretty good with broken english.

A special thanks to the U.K. for stoking my ego . . . (I was trying to tone him down a little)

So let’s get going . . .

If you have a Apple store near you be sure and try and make a visit!

TechCrunch – Apple unveils smart home experiences in its retail stores worldwide

. . . and while you are there, we will just skip to the end, go ahead and download my app. (Now this is TRUE gorilla advertising!)

Now for the middle part we skipped, write down or take a picture of all the prices for things like the Hue light bulbs, DON’T FORGET THE HUB! can’t do squat without the hub! And some outlets.

Then come to this post and let’s compare prices!

I’m going to go straight to the worse case scenario.

So in my basement I have 6 bulbs controlled by a Raspberry Pi and a single relay, I already own the bulbs so I don’t have to buy them to make them smart.

1 Channel 5v relay – $1.17 (I get mine from a local store, have not bought from this site, buy from who you trust)

Raspberry Pi – $36.98

16GB Memory – $7.99

Power Cord – $7.89 (free if you have a Android charging cable laying around)

Wires to connect the relay to the Raspberry Pi – $3.95

Enough cat 5 to get from the Raspberry Pi to the relay – $0.99 (if you buy one with connector ends you will just be cutting them off, but get whatever you want to pay for, if you are going to do your whole house, just get a box of cat 5)

My App – free.

Total: $58.97 (Man, that makes me laugh! wait till you see the price of the Hue Hub)

Stuff you will find at the Apple store:

Hue lights starter kit – $64.99 (not too bad, more than the whole project doing it my way, but not bad, you are essentially getting one bulb for free)

But we are not done! That get’s you two bulbs, we need 4 more, time for some PAIN!

Hue bulb 3 pack – $39.97!

Keeeeeep going!

I guess you have to get 2 more, you better find some place to use it! – $29.99

There app: free.

Total: $134.95! ( I can barely type right now . . . )

CONGRAGULATIONS! YOU HAVE STARTED ON YOUR NEW SMART HOME!

Them: “WE GOT YOU NOW SUCKERS!!!!!!!”

So that’s JUST YOUR LIGHTS, some of your lights, no outlets yet (gonna need another hub!)

but first, that only did one side of my basement, what about the other side?

Again 6 more bulbs.

My way:

Raspberry Pi – already have (free)
Power cord – already have (free)
Bulbs – already have (free)

1 Channel 5v relay – $1.17 (I get mine from a local store, have not bought from this site, buy from who you trust)

Wires to connect relay to Raspberry Pi – already have (free)

Enough cat 5 to get from the Raspberry Pi to the relay – $0.99 (if you buy one with connector ends you will just be cutting them off, but get whatever you want to pay for, if you are going to do your whole house, just get a box of cat 5)

First total my way: $58.97
Second total my way: $ 2.16
Grand Total: $61.13 – almost up to the STARTER KIT!

UPGRADE THEIR WAY:

I ONLY! need 5 bulbs (had one extra)

Hue bulb 3 pack – $39.97!

I guess you have to get 2 more, you better find some place to use it! – $29.99

First total their way: $134.95
Second total their way: $ 69.96
Grand Total: $204.91 – getting close to a car payment here!

Oh, and I don’t ever want to blow that much money on light bulbs, so I’m not for sure, but I’m guessing since they are all individual bulbs you are going to have to set them all up and connect them together so they all come on with one click.

Doing it my way you are connecting to them at the switch so you set up one gpio pin number and it turns on all the lights automatically.

We’ll stop here for now, I want to show you what would happen if you want to add outlets to the mix, but their way will have multiple options, you will still have to buy another hub, be it an echo or a proprietary hub and then a single outlet, the outlet itself will cost almost as much as a Raspberry Pi and that only gets you 1 outlet.

My way you can use the Raspberry Pi that you have, but you need to buy a powered 5v usb hub, a relay and cat 5, less than the price of 1 of their outlets.

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