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I’ve used Philips Hue smart lights for close to a decade. The company’s colorful bulbs, dimmer switches, and motion sensors have been among the most reliable, responsive smart devices in my home. Hue’s stuff is expensive, but due to its bridge and Zigbee mesh network, the lights, remotes, and sensors don’t have to rely on congested Wi-Fi channels to communicate. Hue also works with every platform. I’ve had Hue lights working with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, and more, often simultaneously, and it’s been rock solid.
Then I migrated my Hue Bridge to Matter.
Now, my lights are slow to respond to voice commands. They frequently disconnect from my smart home platforms. I can’t add any new bulbs to Apple…