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I didn't know what relaxing was untill I got these for my room.
1 August 2017
I was inspired by a friend to jump on the smart home bandwagon as he has these spread around the house in every room. At first I thought it was all a gimmick and not worth the money. Then as the evening came I realised the full effect of having a lighting setup such as this in a room.
It came to no surprise to see that gatherings seemed more special with the right scene set and almost felt like you are controlling the mood and atmosphere just by changing the colour and brightness of a bulb. Movie nights seemed more authentic with a low light orange (like a cinema) and evenings felt like a sunset was occurring in your room. However you choose to spend your free time, these will make it all the more worthwhile.
When I eventually bought the bundle, (after spending the best part of an evening painting my walls a different colours) I realised their true potential with the addition of routines. Now my lights slowly get brighter as my morning alarm approaches, then turn off by themselves as I leave for work. Then like clockwork, they turn back on when I arrive home and slowly dim as bedtime approaches.
I then bought an Amazon Echo dot and linked the bridge so that I could control just by simply using my voice. This was almost too easy to setup and gives you the real feeling of living in the future. I never thought I could be so thrilled on having a light bulb, but these changed my mind.
My only critic would be that there is a bug in the hue software that makes the geolocation not work (for turning on/off lights upon arriving/leaving somewhere). I’m sure this will be fixed in a future update.