What does the Hub/Bridge get me?

Updated on July 31, 2018 in [Hardware for Philips hue]
1 on July 29, 2018

So, I own an Echo Plus and several other Echo’s throughout my home.  I have recently added several Hue Bulbs to the house.  So far Alexa seems to be able to control them (10+ standard “white” and a few random colored bulbs are what I own so far) with no problem.  Is there any reason to add a Hue hub/bridge?  Seems I can’t access the Hue app on a phone without an actual Hue branded hub but that doesn’t seem to be to big a deal as i can control the bulbs via the Alexa app (if I don’t want to use voice).

 

So, does the bridge get me anything that I am missing out on now?

 
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I started with Echo Plus also.  I now have 20 connected lights.  I have found that adding lights brings connection problems. The bridge and the Phillips Hue app have helped me fix those issues.  When I recently added 3 lights, I had big problems with the control of my lights–most were not responding to voice commands. I ended up resetting the bridge and individually entering into the Phillips Hue App the serial numbers of each bulb.  That worked for me.  I can not imagine the horror of having to suffer ever again the demeaning task of physically turning light switches on and off with my fingers.  

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