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.