After a lot of initial research, and help form this forum, I have finally decided to run Home Assistant on my RPi3, using one of these:
zzh is the original "USB stick" form-factor development board for TI's new generation CC2652R chips.It features: TI CC2652R1 2.4 GHz multi-protocol wireless microcontroller targeting Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 Low Energy, IEEE 802.15.4g,...
Price: GBP 26.50
I am going to be using Zigbee2MQTT, for maximum compatibility, and note that I now have access to a huge range of devices, now:
I am a bit overwhelmed and do not know where to start.
As a general rule, are there any particular brands to look for or avoid?
What I am a bit worried about is buying anything that could potentially cause a fire - any advice to ensure that I get only safe devices?
Ikea and Ledvance devices have public firmware files. All other brands - for what I know - seem to require you to use their gateway/controller for upgrading - which with Zigbee means you would need to pair each device twice every time you want to do an OTA upgrade.
Thanks very much for that.
Are Ikea bulbs worth considering?
I need a basic white dimmable bulb (low energy, as it is going to be on all night).
I was looking at Hue, but they are very expensive for my intended use.
Definitely, as long as you use them with a general Zigbee implementation (Zigbee2MQTT, ZHA, deCONZ). The IKEA gateway integration is not so good.