This review is from: Philips hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack (3 x GU10 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge) (Kitchen & Home)
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Showing these off to every visitor to the house I was invariably met with the same initial response - "Why would you want to control lights with your phone?" However once people had seen and tried the app everyone was suitably impressed and could see the point. My wife had the same reaction but now has the app on her phone and without thinking changes the lights frequently to suit the mood.
Set up is easy - plug in the bridge to your router, connect the bulbs to a suitable fitting, download the app and then follow the instructions on the app to link the bridge to your device. You can link many devices to the bridge by following the same procedure - basically you start the app and press the button on top of the bridge. There is also the option to link the app via the internet so that if you are away from home you can still control the lights. This was somewhat more complicated and involved a bit of random clicking to and fro from the app to the website until it started to work. This extra work may be worth it if you want to control the lights whilst you are away - perhaps to give the impression that the house is still occupied. There doesn't seem to be a limit to how many devices can be connected at once either. Every member of the house has their own app. And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they do not seem to interfere either - we sometimes "argue" over the lighting scheme by choosing one after another on different devices and the system copes very well.
There are some lighting schemes included which are very effective or you can make your own by importing a photo and choosing colours from the photo for each bulb. Or you can just drag the individual bulbs around a palette of every available colour to suit the situation and then save this as a new scheme. There is also the option to have new schemes automatically transfer from one of your devices to others. Brightness is also adjustable either individually for each bulb or for the whole scheme. And of course you can add more bulbs as and when you want to expand the system.
I bought three GU10 mini ball desk lamps from Amazon which has allowed me to place the bulbs around the room to maximise the effect.
There are many third party apps available on the respective app stores. One I have bought is a party app which uses the microphone of you device to flash the lights in time with music. But if you aren't a party person then there are some which relax or gently change the colours of the lights over time to help you sleep and so on.
The bulbs are pricey and a little bit bigger than standard GU10 bulbs. When not switched on they do look quite odd protruding from the holders. Being spotlight types the light is also fairly directional.
However these small points do not detract from what is a very well thought out home lighting system.
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