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If you like the "smart home" concept, treat yourself to a set of these... just don't tell the wife the cost....
, 7 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Kit (3 x A19 E27 LED Light Bulbs, 1 Bridge) (Kitchen & Home)
I decided to treat myself to a set of these lights - I've wanted some for ages but couldn't justify the cost and hoped they'd come down in price but in the end decided I deserved a present. Putting aside the cost, which doesn't really make them "practical", if you want to create colourful ambient situations in your property, these are as good as you'd imagine. You can, via their website or various apps, control the colour palette of these bulbs with quite granular precision. You can also set up timers and basic actions such as "geofencing" - e.g. turn off or on the lights based on your location e.g. coming home from work (obviously needs a GPS enabled smart device in your possesion for this to work).
The thing appeals to the "geek" in me is the integration with IFTTT - so you can set up / use recipes for things like "make the lights turn blue if it's raining outside" or "flash the lights if my team scores a goal" etc. etc. - there are plenty of recipes already set up for the Hue system and it's quite easy to create your own.
I also like the "friends of Hue" products (I haven't got any as yet) - but there are various other lights that you could integrate and create very nice lighting in your property.
If all that is too gimmicky, it's worth highlighting that the Hue does provide some very good basic "light" modes - such as "reading", "relax" and "energize" - these are all just different shades of white / yellow, but can be be easily selected depending on what you need. You could for instance, have the "energize" light come on gradually at a given time in the morning to wake you up naturally like those alarm clocks that do the same sort of thing.
At the end of the day, it's just a light that can have it's colours changed and if that's all you see it as, it's not worth the cost - however if you're interested in the "smart" features, it can do much more and whilst the bulbs are expensive, given their projected lifespan, you won't be thinking of the initial cost after the second decade I would imagine.
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