Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: OSRAM Smart+ Outdoor Plug, ZigBee switchable Plug for the Light Control in your Smart Home, Directly compatible with Echo Plus and Echo Show (2. Gen.), Compatible with Philips Hue Bridge
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Okay so the good things.... They work! They work with Hue perfectly (note you do not need to install any 3rd party applications from the app store to add these, you can do it just fine by putting them close to the hue bridge and then scanning from within the Philips hue app, no dodgy installation required). The bad things... The plug is moulded, so if you were going to put them through a wall you'd need to cut the cable. If you wanted to wall mount them you're out of luck! The only option really is the ground spike or having them power a plug (via RCD) to an outside socket. But note that the click when you switch them on and off is really loud, so if it's in the living room and you're watching a scary film, be prepared! You may just find yourself shouting curse words ;)
This is usually £30-£40. Randomly clocked it at £15 for a brief period (Seriously - Check CamelCamelCamel history).
Knew OSRAM kit was compatible with my Hue Hub and wanted something for the garden lights so picked it up.
Integrated straight away, reasonable range (Although Zigbee Kit work as repeaters anyway so lounge lights probably helped) and showed up in Hue App. Not sure about software updates/amends as Hue won't do that bit but if it works as-is then job done.
Not installed properly yet but expecting to run some outdoor lights off it and will be fitting it appropriately. I guess you just need to be aware of avoiding potential water ingress etc.
Is it worth £30/40? When you could pick up an Outdoor Box Kit and a TP-Link Wi-Fi socket for £20-25? Your call. Depends on application....
Just received this and set it up for a string of lights in the garden. Seems solidly built, for £14 it's a decent buy (no way I'd pay the £40 others have suggested it sold for). So far so good in most areas, but setup was confusing; possibly why other reviews suggest it's not compatible with Hue (it is).
- The instructions for set up are absolutely terrible, consisting of two sets of pictograms (Marked A & B) - only one set of which seems to be relevant - without any kind of text. They unfortunately miss a key point, which is that the bridge (in my case a Philips Hue v2) WOULD NOT discover this socket until I'd reset it/switched it on. I'm not sure which did the trick, but it was one of the two. This is not included in the instructions. Neither is the fact that the little piece of black plastic with the LED in is also a switch. This is not mentioned anywhere, I just discovered it by chance. To reset you hold the switch down for about 10 seconds. To turn the plug on you just tap the switch. Doing one/both of these got the Hue bridge to discover mine. It may work for others.
- It's a bit small, only really designed for standard UK plugs. It's got quite a tall lid, but there's no clearance below the pins, which is where most outdoor plugs put their bulk. If you're planning to plug anything with an on-plug transformer in to this, you're going to struggle to close the lid, which defeats the waterproof rating.
- Not mentioned anywhere on the specs here, but it's marked on the unit as IP44 rated.
- The cable is far too short for this to be really useful. I opened it up to see how easy it would be to swap the cable with a longer one, but the mains cable is soldered to the board inside. You could probably chop the plug off and use an IP-rated cable joiner if you really need additional length.
- Others have mentioned lack of wall mounting. While this is true, the mounting plate and spacers on the provided ground spike could very easily be unscrewed and fixed to a wall to allow for wall mounting.
- It's NOT compatible out of the box with Homekit. However if you're running Homebridge, then the homebridge-hue plugin will expose this switch. Took a few minutes to get this set up and I now have the switch showing up in the Homekit app, with Siri control.
- Range seems ok, I have it just outside my back door which is around 8-10m away from the hub (with no other Zigbee devices between to bounce the signal).
4.0 out of 5 starsA useful device, but with some limitations.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2018
The OSRAM Smart+ UK Outdoor Plug is quite a chunky piece of equipment. It is very solid and the strong, clipped lid and seal make it completely waterproof. I have outdoor power, which is a great help but, even so, I found the 1.5m mains cable much too short. I would think that using it from an indoor power source would be extremely difficult as the cable is very thick and heavy. In order to take full advantage, you will need a smart hub, or a smart switch, I’m using an
Osram Smart+ Mini Switch Wireless, White
. Pairing is simple and quick We’re using this plug to power our garden lights, and the remote operation makes it simple to use. It’s also great for night-time security, or for when we forget to turn the off when we’ve come in from the garden. Without a Smart connection, it is still possible to operate the switch manually, but you have to open the lid to press the on/off button. A useful device, but with some limitations.
4.0 out of 5 starsOutdoor plug with remote control facility
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 June 2018
I really got this purely so as to have an outdoor plug, suitable - as some of the accompanying marketing pics on the product page illustrate - for outdoor lighting, and suchlike (actually more likely to be used for powertools in our case, esp. as all our outdoor lighting so far is solar-powered).
The fact that it's also poss to remote-control it is an added bonus, but not one I'm likely to use any time soon. That means that if I'd had to pay for this - it was a free Amazon Vine review item - I wouldn't regard it as great value: £35-ish (at the time of posting), isn't cheap, to my mind. I'd have gone for a non-remote ordinary outdoor lead instead.
But it's solidly built, and other reviewers using the remote function seem to be happy with that aspect. So I'm giving it four stars.
There are cheaper alternatives available but this is a very good quality bit of kit, well made with secure connections and most importantly of all, works well, with easy set up. Proven to be thoroughly weatherproof.
4.0 out of 5 starsWaterproof outdoor 3-pin socket with Smart App
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2018
I've been looking for a waterproof outdoor socket so that I can leave things plugged in and not worry about the weather. This unit is well sealed and waterproof and is ideal for outdoor lights or anything else you need to plug in, such as a music system for the garden or summer house. It comes with a spike so that you can put it into the ground. The lead is not particularly long, however, so you would need to use a house socket near to a window or door to provide the power to the unit. I don't have the Smart App, so it appears I have a lot to explore yet. The instructions for using this equipment comes in several languages and I was left baffled after looking through them. I think I will probably have more to say once I have had a chance to experiment with it.