We all know Philips make great smart home bulbs, but what about the Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0?
The Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0 is, as the name suggests, the bridge between your smart lighting bulbs and you.
Often referred to as the heart of your Philips Smart Home setup, it is an essential device if you want to control multiple Philips Smart devices such as the excellent Phillips Hue light bulbs. Let’s take a look and find out how it stacks up.
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The Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0 is a good looking device, not that it matters too much as more often than not, hubs and bridges sit under your stairs next to your WiFi router. However, its good to know Philips have made an effort on looks, as well as brains.
With the ability to add up to 50 Philips Smart bulbs (or devices) and in turn giving you access via your mobile phone, the Smart Bridge certainly has the capacity to handle your buying more of your favourite coloured bulbs.
Once all installed the ‘Hue’ smart phone app gives great flexibility and control and has optional timer settings too – meaning you no longer need those 1980’s clocks on sockets. In fact it has an option to set timings with Dawn and Dusk, so no need to change timings when the clocks go back.
The Smart Bridge itself connects to your home router, so you do need a spare network socket and space to place the Bridge, but at only 90cm this should not be a issue. Giving great range, one Smart Bridge is enough to cover a large home.
How Easy is it to install?
Simply connect to you home router, add the power and away you go. Once the Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0 is installed, you will need to sync your Philips Hue devices, and this is a breeze with the Philips Hue App.
There is nothing better than seeing a product in action. Please take a look at this video giving a product overview and introduction.
How much is the Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0?
Prices for the Philips Hue Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0 has remained static for sometime, at launch the bridge was £99. Click on any one of the list below to find out more.