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Tech Review: Philips hue smart light bulbs

Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit with two A19 LED light bulbs and bridge (hub), Works with Alexa

$69.99


Philips Hue Smart Colored Light Bulbs

When launched the original Hue smart light bulbs, they were revolutionary products for several reasons. First, they were LED bulbs at a time when LED was a new thing. Second, they were one of the first smartphone controlled lights for DIY users. Finally, and most importantly, they changed colors. That was the cool part. Not only could you flick the lights on and off by tapping an iPhone screen, but you could also make the light shine almost any color you wanted. The fact the app allowed for easy customization of colors and a few other fun tweaks made the a fast hit with smart home enthusiasts and newbies alike.

When launched the original Hue smart light bulbs, they were revolutionary products for several reasons. First, they were LED bulbs at a time when LED was a new thing. Second, they were one of the first smartphone controlled lights for DIY users. Finally, and most importantly, they changed colors. That was the cool part. Not only could you flick the lights on and off by tapping an iPhone screen, but you could also make the light shine almost any color you wanted. The fact the app allowed for easy customization of colors and a few other fun tweaks made the a fast hit with smart home enthusiasts and newbies alike.

Started With The Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs - TidBITS (podcast

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A26RJ Philips Hue LED Smart Light Bulb - GU10 (1+) €59.95

Networked Home Automation Philips Hue LED Smart Light Bulb - GU10

But what if you’re not home? Because the Nest Protect and the Hue smart light bulbs are all wi-fi enabled and connected to your smartphone, you’ll immediately receive an alert on your phone, in real-time, letting you know that an alarm has been triggered; what type of alarm it is, which room it’s in, and allow you to connect to 911 with the touch of a button. If you had setup smart cameras or a smart home security system in your home, you could then see what is going on in your home, even if you’re halfway across the country on business or on vacation. Talk about piece of mind! As as a father of a 10-month old boy, I see the value in this type of security more than ever. You just see the world differently when a tiny human relies on you. The app also monitors the battery life of the alarm, so the days of grabbing a ladder, climbing to the top rung, and stretching perilously to push that damn Test button are over.

The positive spin on a hub is that it means your home can (theoretically) be smarter. The (they call it a bridge, but don’t let it confuse you) is Zigbee compatible, which means you can use other Zigbee bulbs within your Philips Hue smart light set up. Eventually, this integration can grow as you add Zigbee compatible door sensors or security cameras. With this technology, if a door opens or a camera detects motion, it can trigger the lights to turn on. This is convenient for you, and slightly more secure since it might cause a burglar to think someone is home.