Monday, 31 January 2022 10:29

The Philips Hue white and colour ambience A60 starter kit illuminates your smart home journey


Smart home tech is exciting, but it can also be an expensive happy. Philips has your back with its Hue starter kit, bundling all you need to brighten up your home with three globes, a Hue bridge, and a programmable smart button - in one convenient pack.

It's no longer the stuff of sci-fi to say, "computer, turn on the lights.” Those days are here with smart speakers, security cameras, doorbells, smoke detectors, and more. However, out of all the smart tech you can buy it is lighting that can have the greatest effect on your mood, your eye health, your entertainment enjoyment, and even on your electricity bill. Philips is trailblazing here with the Hue line combining globes of all types, programmable switches, dimmers, motion sensors, and more, all in one “just works” ecosystem.

If you're yet to dip your toes in the smart lighting world, the Philips Hue white and colour ambience A60 starter kit is a great product for you. It includes three 806 lumen bayonet bulbs (screw bulbs also available), a smart button, and a hue bridge. The bulks are 9W B22 220-240V LED models and easily replace your existing bayonet globes (or E27 Edison screw bulbs). They are rated for 25,000 hours of use and 50,000 ons and offs and have brightness ranging from 2000 to 6500 kelvin. Even if you have voyaged into smart lighting, this starter kit is your chance to snag three globes and accessories at a great price.

The Philips Hue series offers you effortless set-and-forget smart control, whether you are home or away. You connect the Hue bridge to your broadband router, and then pair all the globes to it wirelessly. The globes don’t use your Wi-Fi connection but instead a protocol named Zigbee which they use to communicate with each other and, provided Zigbee devices are in the range of one another, can extend far beyond your Wi-Fi reach if your property is that large.

Once set up, you can use a veritable plethora of means to control your lights. There is the official, free, Hue smartphone and tablet app. There are numerous third-party apps for Windows and macOS. You can use Hue devices in Apple HomeKit and you can authorise your Google Home and Amazon Echo / smart assistant accounts to operate your Hue account.

Whatever you choose, you can turn lights on and off, change colours, set scenes, change brightness, and so much more from the press of a button, the click of a mouse, or the instruction from your voice. You can group lights together, and you can configure them to act automatically - such as turning off all the lights when the last person leaves the house. Or turn your lights on at sunset. Or, turn them on around 5:30 pm each day but with some variability thrown in so would-be robbers don’t know you are away.

Whatever you do, you can do it with creativity - each globe offers 16 million colours, it can sync with music and movies, light up your gaming, or more. You can read, relax, concentrate, and energise with the power of light. You can wake up and go to sleep naturally.

There's a lot to love about smart lighting and there's no better introduction than this Philips Hue Starter Kit.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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