Thanks for the suggestion - I have a number of LIFX bulbs already and agree the quality and out of box capability is better. It is true you get what you pay for .
I purchased the mirabella bulbs because they were slightly smaller then the LIFX bulbs thus fitted better into my eldest daughter’s light fitting. She had been pushing me to make it possible for her to say to her Google Home to turn of the lights.
The tuya platform does have support for both Alexa and Google Home in a similar way to LIFX however I’m trying to move it away from too many cloud services especially ones which track a whole stack of data on your location etc. It also has an undocumented api which a number of people have figured out.
The ultimate goal which I have now been able to do was to flash tasmota to them over the air and thus have full control of the bulbs without opening them. The bricked bulbs/plugs I have were well worth the money.
This all started early December when I got a few of the ALDI SmartPlugs and watched as people were flashing tasmota to them via serial. Fortunately (unfortunately for Tuya) there was a bug in the original firmware making the plug turn off randomly and hence required a firmware update. After searching around to see if anyone had worked out the OTA process I decided to capture the network traffic of the upgrade process - see https://github.com/codetheweb/tuyapi/issues/49#issuecomment-444831417 . From that someone worked out the flash header format and successfully built an OTA upgrade process. A couple of days someone sent me a message telling me about the tuya-convert which appears to be more advanced than the guys who had written Tuyota and MockTuyaCloud had got to. By the way I had updated all the ALDI SmartPlugs to tasmota also.
My next challenge is to get the Sengled Bulb I purchased from Bunnings to work with zigbee2mqtt