Recently we bought and installed several Hue lights in combination with the Nest Hub Max to operate the lights.
During our research we've read that Hue lights could be connected directly to the google home/assistant without the Hue Bridge. So I'm not using the Bridge. Nor am i using the Philips Hue app.
My setup is directly between the Hue lights and google.
Every now and then, at least one of my lights isnt working. Whenever I command to turn the lights on, some lights remain inactive, Google says all devices are updated.
To fix it, i then have to unplug the lights, hoping that it finds its connection again. Which often doesnt work.
Any advise on how to fix this completely????
PS. we are using this setup so all family members can control the lights from one centralised system, as not every one has a smart phone
Your best bet is to get the Hue Bridge, connect your bulbs to it, and then connect Google to Hue. Without the Bridge, the bulbs use bluetooth to connect to the hub. In theory bluetooth has a good range, in practice, not so much. You will only need the Hue app on one phone to do the setup. After it is connected to Google, anyone can control the lights.
Think i got 2 philip bridges free with bulbs, im told i could use them, but ZigBee is better. Shame Philips was slow updating
Philips also updated the bridge and bullbs to be zigbee v3 compatable, ive used a zigbee hub to add all my bulbs as i have lots of zigbee sockets, far better than wifi, sadly the older switches and detectors wont work on zigbee.
So a cheap v3 ZigBee bridge will add the hue bulbs, and google and alexa control them, as well as smart life.
AliExpress have some great v3 ZigBee controller, way cheaper that hue bridge. Works with old snd new philips bulbs, all my bulbs 2 year old, no Bluetooth, but updated to full ZigBee