More and more people install smart devices in their homes and one of the most common among them is smart lighting. Smart lights are very popular nowadays because they are inexpensive and easy to set up. You do not need to be a tech whiz in order to figure out how to install them. One more good thing about smart lights is that they are easy to find. Just go to the nearest big-box store, purchase the lights and you can get them installed next morning.
The major selling point of smart lighting is the ability to control the lighting or influence the atmosphere in a room any time, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. However, smart lights have other benefits aside from aesthetics and entertainment.
Smart lighting can improve your sleep. The human brain responds to low light by releasing a hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles called melatonin. Since bright light in the evening can negatively affect the natural melatonin production, people use smart lights to adjust the room lighting.
Smart lighting can also improve your mood, especially during dark winter months. You may set them to adjust with the weather and make them change into a warmer color when it starts to rain.
People also use smart lights for security purposes. When you are not at home, you can set up your lights to behave as if there was someone there. Using smart lights may also save you money. Ensure that your lights will only switch on when someone walks into the room by utilising motion sensors.
Installing smart lighting is also a good idea if you want to give any room in your house a new look. With smart lights, you may change the color of your ceilings and walls with lighting. It is much easier and quicker than decorating.
Now, if you’re convinced that you need smart lights in your life, the next step is to choose the right one for you. There are loads of smart lighting models on the market today and finding the best one could be challenging. Today, we’ll take a look at the features and benefits of four of the more popular and widely used smart lighting technology products nowadays.
Philips is undeniably one of the pioneers when it comes to providing lighting solutions. They are also one of the providers of the best smart lighting products today. They introduced the Philips Hue in 2012. Here are four of their best-selling smart lighting products.
Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
The Hue White and Color Ambiance kit offers colored lighting that can be easily synced to music, TV, or games for an extraordinary experience.
What’s In The Box
The kit comes in a compact box and everything is securely packed. The contents of the box include the Hue Bridge, 3 E27 Hue bulbs, an Ethernet network cable, and a power adaptor. This lighting kit comes with a 2-year guarantee.
Unlike other brands, Philips smart bulbs can be controlled using a dedicated device called the Hue Bridge. The Bridge makes control and connectivity across bulbs faster and easier. It also supports third party apps like Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa.
With the Hue White and Color Ambience Starter Kit, you can instantly change the look and feel of your room. It allows you to play with 16 million light colours, so you can decorate your rooms with beautiful lights anytime you want! Setting the scene and saving your favourite settings can be easily done with a touch of a button.
Did you know that when you get this kit, you’ll also have access (mostly paid) to an ecosystem of apps, products, and other features. With the Hue app, you may group your lights based on timer, rooms, and set actions. You may set the lights to turn on when you enter the room and turn off when you leave.
With Philips Hue, you can get better sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. You may set up the lights to produce a sunrise effect that will help you wake up naturally. In the evening, relaxing warm white light will help you relax and unwind.
With the previously mentioned third party apps, you may sync your lights with your favorite music, games, and videos. In addition to that, you can also create mood effects and enable light triggers based on phone events. For example, you may set the lights to flash when you receive incoming calls. How cool is that?
This smart lighting kit can also be controlled using physical products like switches and motion sensors that connect to the Bridge. Instead of opening them using the smartphone apps, you may control them through voice-activated systems like Apple HomeKit or Google Now.
The bulb of this lighting kit is software upgradeable and has a rated lifetime of 25000 hours and wattage equivalent of 60 W. Its wattage is 10 W, input voltage is 220V-240V, and lumen output is 846 lm. Its light output is dimmable using a smart device only. It also produces 100% light output during start up.
Each bulb has a diameter of 66mm and is 110mm long. The bulbs have an operational temperature of -10°C – 45°C and operational humidity of 5% < H < 95% (non condensing).
The Hue Bridge is 26mm long. Its frequency band is 2400-2483.5 MHz and is compatible to a 100–240 V AC / 50–60Hz power adapter. It can accommodate up to 50 bulbs and 12 accessories.
How to Use
Installing Philips Hue Lights is easy but you need to follow several instructions.
First, let’s discuss how to install Philips Hue hardware. Get your new bulbs and screw them into your lighting fixtures. Make sure to turn your wall light switches on. After that, plug in the Bridge and wait for it to power up automatically. Using the cable that came with the kit, connect the Bridge to your Wi-Fi router. Then, check the three lights on the Bridge. Wait until those lights turn on.
The next step is downloading the Philips Hue app from Google Play Store or App Store. Once the app is installed, you will be asked to connect it to the Bridge and find your lights. When doing this, make sure that your phone and the Bridge are connected to the same network, otherwise, the Hue app won’t be able to find the lights.
You will need to set up a free account on My Hue, the Philips Hue online portal, at meethue.com. Setting up a My Hue account can be done in the Hue app (under the Explore tab).
Automation of your Philips Hue lights can be done by using the Create Rooms, Quick Control, Scene, and Personal Routine features in the app.
The Philips Hue lighting system can also be controlled on other Android and iOS devices. If you have an Apple Watch, you may use it to control your lights even when your phone is locked.
The Friends of Hue partnership makes the Philips Hue lighting system a popular choice for smart homeowners. This initiative enables the Philips Hue lighting system to work well with third-party devices like Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.
Hue LightStrip Plus
The Hue LightStrip is not a bulb but a light strip. What makes it cool is that it can be used for different purposes like lighting up cabinets and TV sets. It can also be combined to your existing Hue system at home. By doing so, you will be able to add a new dimension to your current home smart lighting setup.
What’s in the Box
The Hue LightStrip comes in an elegant purple and black box. In the package, you’ll get a two-meter light strip, one mains plug socket with a UK and US adaptor, and a controller box. The controller box has a cable that can be connected to the mains power socket plug. It also has a socket where the light strip connects into.
The package weighs 0.510 kg and measures H 5.2 cm x L 21 cm x W 21 cm. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
Are you wondering about where to use your Hue LightStrip? You may use this indirect light anywhere in your home, but it is especially designed to be used in the home office, study, living room, and bedroom. It creates an immersive experience under cabinets and bars or behind entertainment systems.
The LightStrip is very flexible and you may easily bend, cut, shape, or extend it depending on your needs. It is the most robust and versatile decorative and functional light source today. Attaching it to any solid surface is possible by means of using adhesive tape.
Do you need to cover a larger space? No problem! The LightStrip is extendable up to 10 meters. For wider applications, it is recommended to add 1 meter extensions to your LightStrip. Whether you prefer ambient navigation lighting or bright cove lighting, this light is perfect for you.
The LightStrip provides impressive color consistency from the first to the last extension. It displays up to 16 million colors! You may sync it with games, music, and movies for an enhanced entertainment and gaming experience.
The Hue LightStrip has a wattage of 20 W. Its total lumen output is 1600. It weighs 0.337 kg and measures H 0.5 cm x L 200 cm x W 1.5 cm. Its lifetime is estimated at 20,000 hours. Its IP code is IP20, which means that it is protected against objects bigger than 12.5 mm. It also features double insulated protection.
The Hue Lightstrip is a multi color light that is made of synthetic material.
How to Use
Setting up the LightStrip is super easy. All of the parts just simply connects up. Once everything is set up and plugged in, you may use the Philips Hue app to add it to your existing lighting setup.
If you need to increase the length of the LightStrip, you may add 1 meter extensions to the pin connector at the end of the last extension.
If you need to decrease the length of your LightStrip, just cut it by following the marks on the device. You can’t cut it anywhere you like, so make sure to follow the sections where it should be cut.
Hue Dimmer Switch
Sometimes, you unintentionally leave your phone in the other room before going to bed and just don’t have the energy to get up and get it to control your smart lighting system. Absolutely relatable! In this case, the Hue Dimmer Switch comes in handy.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is a battery-powered wireless device that enables you to adjust the dimness of a scene. It basically works as a remote control of your Philips Hue lights. This awesome yet affordable device comes with a dimmable bulb and offers two configuration options.
Let’s get to know more about this innovative device to see if it’s something that you would consider as a must-have in your home.
What’s in the Box
The box only contains the Hue dimmer switch and one CR2450 battery. It comes with a 2-year guarantee.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is well-designed, durable, and functional. You may either attach it to the wall or use it as a remote control just like your regular TV remote.
The Dimmer Switch is a great alternative Hue light controller especially for people who usually forget where they put their phones or leave their phones in the other room before going to bed. It also acts as a light switch that you may use other than the main switch that you already use for your Hue bulbs.
This device can be directly paired with up to 10 bulbs if you don’t have a Bridge. However, if you have an existing Hue lighting system, you may connect it to the Bridge and use it to control the lights that you have saved there.
The switch has 4 responsive buttons (power on button, increase dimness button, reduce dimness button, and power off button) and a nice feel on the hand. It is also supported magnetically when mounted on the wall.
The Hue Dimmer is a great way to test advanced lighting schemes in your house without spending too much.
The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is lightweight. It only weighs 37 g without the wall plate and 67 g with the wall plate. It measures H 92 mm x D 11 mm x W 35 mm, while its wall plate measures H 115 mm x D 14 mm x W 70mm. Its lifetime is estimated at 50000 clicks and it uses a 2400 – 2483.5 MHz frequency band. It has a 3-year minimal battery lifetime and minimal indoor range of 500 inches.
The Dimmer Switch is software upgradeable when connected to Hue Bridge. When it’s not linked to the Bridge, you may use it for up to 10 lights. This device has an operational temperature of -10°C – 45°C and operational humidity of 5% < H < 95% (non condensing).
How to Use
The Philips Hue Dimmer requires zero setup because it’s already configured right out of the box. All you need to do is screw the bulb into a socket and mount the plate and magnetic switch to the wall. It is recommended to install this device next to the main light switch in your room. If you want to use it as a remote, just pull it off the wall plate.
Hue Motion Sensor
If you want to take your existing smart home lighting to a whole new level, getting the Hue Motion Sensor would be an awesome idea.
The new Hue Motion Sensor would be a great addition to your smart home lighting system because it enables you to control all of your Hue lights using motion detection.
To know more about what this tiny device offers, keep on reading.
What’s in the Box
The Hue Motion Sensor comes in a small, simple box. Two AAA batteries, screws, and magnetic base are included in the package.
What makes the Hue Motion Sensor convenient for consumers? This device basically triggers your Philips Hue lights every time it detects motion. Once connected to the Hue Bridge via the Hue App, the motion sensor will automatically turn on the Hue lights when you enter a room. This makes it perfect for basements, bathrooms, hallways, and garages. The scene or light setting that you want to be triggered can be set up in the Hue app as well. The lights will automatically turn off as soon as motion is no longer detected.
The Day and Night setting allows you to set your preferred day and night light settings. The sensor triggers crisp white light during the day to help you see better. It also turns on a gentle night light when your or a family member gets out of bed. The light is gentle enough to help you see and walk in the dark.
This device offers an integrated daylight sensor that only turns on when needed. Using the Hue app, change the light sensitivity so the sensor only triggers whenever you need extra light. The Hue Motion Sensor helps save energy because it dims down and automatically turns off your lights when no more motion is detected.
Another good thing about the Hue Motion Sensor is that it can be placed anywhere in your home. It’s totally wireless and doesn’t require cables. You may put it on a side table or shelf, or mount it to a ceiling or wall. You may also attach it to metal surfaces (like your fridge) using the magnet that is included in the box. The device’s detection angle can be easily adjusted by moving it to the right direction.
Let’s take a closer look at the technical aspects of the Hue Motion Sensor. It possesses an IP42 rating and a minimal battery lifetime of 2 years. This freestanding device is software upgradeable when connected to the Hue Bridge. It measures H 55 mm x D 20 mm x W 55 mm.
The device’s field of view is 100 degrees. Its motion detection range is 16.4 feet. Its maximum operation range is also 16.4 feet. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It also works with voice control apps like Alexa, Google, and Siri.
How to Use
Installing the Hue Motion Sensor is super quick and easy. Use the screw that came in the box to secure the circular magnetic base to a wall. The motion sensor can be magnetically attached to the base in any orientation you like. It is powered by two AAA batteries that are also included in the package. The batteries are pre-installed with plastic strip, so make sure to take the plastic off before turning on the device.
Once the device is installed, you need to pair it with the Hue app. As soon as the device is powered on, it will go into pairing mode. Once the app discovers the device, tap Add Accessory in the app settings. Voila! You are now able to find and connect the sensors with your rooms.
Philips Hue App
The Philips Hue smart lighting product range is easily the best smart lighting that is available on the market today. Thanks to the Hue Bridge there is no network issues that the user should face and it allows you to add new devices in an incredibly simple manner.
Hue adds some style and flair to your surrounding and is perfect for any scenario you could want to setup. From creating a relaxing environment, a low light scene to help eye strain or a bright vibrant party look, Philips Hue gives you full control in an amazing package.
We found no issues at all whilst using the Hue product range and can very easily recommend this to anyone that wants to freshen up their living space.
Where to Buy
You can find out more information including pricing and purchasing info over at the official Philips Hue website.