While SmartThings has its own line of sensors and devices, you can connect them to all sorts of third-party devices, giving you single control from a single app.
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There are a small number of SmartThings sensors and devices to connect to your SmartThings Hub, such as motion sensors, water leak sensors, open/close sensors, and even a streaming camera, but SmartThings is not limited to these devices. In fact, you can add many different third party devices to SmartThings and have them interact with your other sensors and devices.
Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, and even smart thermostats like Ecobee3 are just some of the popular SmartHome devices you can control with SmartThings, and we’ll show you how to add them to your settings with Philips Hue, for example. By adding Philips Hue headlights, you can turn them on when you turn on the SmartThings sensor.
To get started, open the SmartThings app, which will display the Smart Home Monitor screen. Click on the My Home tab at the bottom.
Then click on the «+» icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
Select «Add Item» when the pop-up appears at the bottom.
Select the category that applies to the product you are adding to your SmartThings settings. In this case, we select «Lights & Switches».
Click on Light Bulbs.
Select «Philips» from the list.
We’ll be adding regular Hue bulbs to our setup, so click on «Philips hue Light Bulb».
Click on «Connect Now».
The app will search for your Hue Bridge and once it is found (labeled «1 found»), click «Select Hue Bridge».
Click on the listed hue bridge to select it, and then click «Done» in the top right corner.
You will be returned to the previous screen where you will click «Next» in the top right corner.
You then need to press a button on your Hue Bridge to put the hub into pairing mode so that the SmartThings app can communicate with it.
A message will appear indicating that the connection was successful. Click on «Next».
After that, select the hue bulbs you want to add to SmartThings by clicking «Select Hue Bulbs».
You can only choose some of the light bulbs, all of them. Click «Done» when you have selected the desired lamps.
Click «Done» again when you return to the previous screen.
From there, you will return to the My Home screen. Click on the «Things» tab at the top.
Your Philips Hue bulbs will appear in the list along with other sensors and SmartThings devices. You can turn individual lamps on and off by pressing the switch buttons on the right side.
Of course, you can do more than just turn the Hue light on and off from the SmartThings app. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of adding third party devices to your SmartThings setup (like Philips Hue) is that you can do things like turn on the lights when you turn on the SmartThings motion sensor. This is just a quick example, but the more devices you add to your setup, the more you can do with home automation.