What are Hue Smart Bulbs ?
Smart devices and smart technology for your home is becoming ever so popular and easy to attain.
They started off in the niche market of the technology store, but now smart home technology is available anywhere; even in the supermarket! Plus, every piece of home technology is getting a smarter new upgrade; televisions, thermostats and even the valves on radiators.
But you cannot forget the humble light bulb! Perhaps one of the most overlooked pieces of technology and yet without your light bulbs, where would you be?
Introducing Philips Hue Bulbs
As with all smart technology products, the Philips Hue lighting system has risen in popularity over the years and now boasts a whole array of products.
The whole product range now includes just about every fitting for every socket that you could quite possibly think about. Before we go any further, I think it is worth us spending some time looking at what the Philips Hue lighting system is, how it works, and how it can benefit your home!
Think of Philips Hue as the most advanced mood lighting you could possibly imagine. The great thing is with Philips Hue is that it is compatible with iOS and Android applications, so all of your lights can be controlled through the power of your phone. Which is great if you fall asleep on your sofa and awake in pitch darkness, or perhaps you are returning home from a night out and a few glasses of wine and you want to be able to see where you are going once you arrive home. Plus, the ability to change the colour of your lighting is great for parties, social gatherings, or to just set the mood if you are home alone.
You can even set your Philips Hue lighting up with your smart speaker. So, whether you have Apple Homekit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings or even Nest, you can use voice control to determine the colour and saturation of your lighting.
Different Bulb's Different Options
As we discussed earlier, there are so many bulbs available to choose from so finding the right one to match your needs and requirements should not be too hard at all. All of these bulbs are controlled in your network by the Philips Hue Bridge.
These tend to come as part of a starter pack but can be bought separately. How they work is by connecting to your router and it is this bridge that then controls your lights wirelessly.
If you do not want to go down the very high-tec route of having a smart speaker, or using your mobile phone device to control your lighting, you can also just use a Zigbee controller which will do the job just as good.
I am sure that sets the scene perfectly as to what the Philips Hue Lighting System is, so let’s break down the bulbs a little further and explain the choices you will have to make.
What are the options?
Starting off, let’s take a look at the style of bulb. There are different styles of bulbs, which also fit into two lighting categories: white and colour ambience, which can display millions of colours, and white ambience, which can be set to a wide selection of warm or cool white lighting options.
There are also plenty of bulbs for every kind of fixture and fitting that your home will need so there is no need to panic that you cannot get the right kind of bulb for your fitting.
But please do not forget; you will need the Philips Bridge to control all of your bulbs otherwise they become null and void and will be simply not work to their full capabilities.
Here’s the amazing news! According to Philips, all of its bulbs will last up to 25,000 hours each! So, if you were to have your bulbs on every single day for eight and a half years, for 8 hours a day, you will be absolutely fine.
Smart home technology is really making a true impact on our lives and using Google Home or even Alexa you will be able to use the Philips Hue Lighting system to a very high standard.
Sure, you can use your mobile device to control your lighting and set the mood should you wish. But what if your phone is tucked away in your pocket? What if you left your phone upstairs and have to walk to go and get it?
That is where the ability to sync the Hue system to your smart speaker really comes into its own!
Instead of getting your phone out, unlocking it, finding the right app and controlling the lights, all you have to say is; “Ok Google, turn on the kitchen light.” Or, ‘Hey Google, turn my living room lights off.”
Or, you could even say; “Ok Google, set my dining room to red” if you have the relevant colour changing bulbs in place.
Setting up your smart speaker to work with the lighting system is very easy and should not take long at all. We will not go too much in to that however rest assured that there are plenty of guides available online and even the guidance from Philips and both Alexa and Google Home are in-depth enough to have you up and running in no time.