5 things I wish I'd known before buying Philips Hue smart lighting

Philips Hue filament light bulbs

I’ve been using Philips Hue lighting for many years now, and it’s one of my very favourite bits of tech: I rent my home so Hue enables me to redecorate with light instead of incurring the wrath of my landlord. And as our “Hue mistakes everyone makes” article points out, there’s lots of stuff going on that you might not know about and lots of features you might really benefit from.

If I were starting from scratch today, I’d still go with Hue. I think it’s the best smart lighting ecosystem you can have. But there are five things I’d want to know before I bought a single Hue smart bulb.

1. You don’t need to use the official app

The Hue app is very good – one of the best smart lighting apps I’ve ever used – but you’re not limited to it. There are some fun third party apps as well as some more geeky ones; I used the latter to get some early IKEA Tradfri bulbs to connect to my Hue Bridge. Speaking of which…

2. You don’t need to buy the Hue Bridge

You can cut the cost of a Hue system by skipping buying a Bridge, which is the Hue lighting hub. The most recent Hue bulbs work over Bluetooth – there’s a label on the box so you can be sure when you’re buying – and don’t need to be connected to a dedicated Hue Bridge. However, there’s a big but: you need to use the Philips Hue Bluetooth app, not the normal Hue app, and you won’t be able to use some of the more advanced features that only the Bridge provides.

3. You can use other firms’ smart bulbs

Hue uses the Zigbee Light Link protocol and that means you can connect non-Hue bulbs to a Hue system; I’ve got some IKEA bulbs in mine, because they’re so much cheaper than Hue’s white bulbs. However you can’t use most third party bulbs with the Hue entertainment features such as music syncing or TV sync via the Play box, and they can be a little fiddly to set up.

4. You can’t put Hue bulbs in everything

Hue has the biggest bulb selection of any smart lighting ecosystem, but there are still some omissions: if your home has halogen downlighters that predate the GU10 fittings, such as MR16 bulbs, there isn’t a direct Hue replacement. And for bathrooms, the only safe Hue lights are the ones with IP44 ratings.

5. Buying Hue is like getting a tattoo

Once you start, you won’t stop. I started with two Hue spotlights in my living room. Today I have three Hues in the hallway (it’s a long hallway), two Hues over my dining table, four Hues, a Hue Play Sync Box and a gradient lightstrip in the living room and a Hue in the bedroom. I had to stop myself from putting Hues in the kitchen, and if I weren’t renting I just know I’d have Hues outdoors too. Like tattoos, once you get Hue you don’t see where the Hue lights are; you see where they aren’t, and where you could put some more.

NEWS RELATED

Connexion satellite sur les smartphones Apple et Huawei: qu’est-ce que c’est exactement ?

Cette semaine, Apple et Huawei ont présenté deux nouveaux smartphones ; l’iPhone 14 et le Mate 50. Parmi leurs nombreuses fonctionnalités, une se démarque plus que les autres : leur connexion satellite. Une fonctionnalité annoncée comme révolutionnaire et qui devrait, à terme, devenir la norme, mais en quoi consiste-t-elle exactement ? En ...

View more: Connexion satellite sur les smartphones Apple et Huawei: qu’est-ce que c’est exactement ?

Torna Smart and coop, il bando che premia le idee imprenditoriali innovative da realizzare

Torna Smart and coop, il bando che premia le idee imprenditoriali innovative da realizzare Arezzo, 13 settembre 2022 – Torna Smart and coop, il bando che premia le idee imprenditoriali innovative da realizzare in forma cooperativa. La nuova edizione del bando, promosso da Fondazione CR Firenze, Legacoop Toscana e Fondazione NOI-Legacoop Toscana, si ...

View more: Torna Smart and coop, il bando che premia le idee imprenditoriali innovative da realizzare

Duh! Dua ASN di Jateng Ketahuan Berbuat Mesum di Mobil, Direkam di Smartphone

Sepasang kekasih yang tertangkap saat berbuat asusila di dalam mobil dihadirkan saat pers rilis di Polrestabes Semarang, Selasa. [ANTARA/ I.C.Senjaya] SuaraJawaTengah.id – Polrestabes Semarang mengamankan sepasang ASN di lingkungan Pemerintah Provinsi Jawa Tengah yang tertangkap basah berbuat asusila di dalam sebuah mobil di kawasan Marina, Kota Semarang. “Keduanya ini ...

View more: Duh! Dua ASN di Jateng Ketahuan Berbuat Mesum di Mobil, Direkam di Smartphone

Nothing Phone (1) Claimed To Be The Top Selling Android Smartphone Around Rs 30,000 In India: Report

Nothing Phone (1) Claimed To Be The Top Selling Android Smartphone Around Rs 30,000 In India: Report The Indian smartphone market has seen a plethora of smartphones launching around the Rs 30,000 price bracket lately but a few have intrigued interest like the Nothing Phone (1) has. Speaking to ...

View more: Nothing Phone (1) Claimed To Be The Top Selling Android Smartphone Around Rs 30,000 In India: Report

Tinggal Selangkah Lagi, Konsep Smart City di Bekasi Bakal Segera Terealisasi

ILUSTRASI – Gubernur Anies Baswedan di ruang Jakarta Smart City, Balai Kota DKI, Jakarta Pusat, Kamis (19/10/2017). [suara.com/Bowo Raharjo] SuaraBekaci.id – Asisten Daerah III Kabupaten Bekasi Jaoharul Alam mengatakan program pengembangan wilayah yang mengusung konsep smart city atau kota pintar di wilayahnya dipastikan terealisasi pada 2022. Menurutnya, realisasi pengembangan ...

View more: Tinggal Selangkah Lagi, Konsep Smart City di Bekasi Bakal Segera Terealisasi

Smart City Kabupaten Bekasi Akan Direalisasikan Tahun Ini

Ilustrasi Smart City. [Tumisu/Pixabay] Suara.com – Program pengembangan wilayah yang mengusung konsep smart city atau kota pintar di Kabupaten Bekasi akan terealisasi pada tahun ini. Namun, hal ini masih menunggu penandatanganan kesepakatan dengan Kementerian Kominfo. “Tinggal selangkah lagi,  September ini kami melakukan penandatanganan nota kesepahaman dengan Kementerian Kominfo terkait ...

View more: Smart City Kabupaten Bekasi Akan Direalisasikan Tahun Ini

New smart driving licence testing centres at Gautrain stations get thumbs up

Pretoria – Gautrain motorists have taken to social media to express positive experiences and efficiency at the new driving licence testing centres. The new innovative and advanced licensing centres were launched in Gauteng by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and the Department of Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure. To ...

View more: New smart driving licence testing centres at Gautrain stations get thumbs up

Virgil van Dijk 'has clearly been smarting' over criticism despite having received 'enough praise to get him to the moon', claims ESPN's Craig Burley... but co-pundit Steve Nicol insists the Liverpool defender has a right to be 'prickly'

Virgil van Dijk has hit back at pundits who have criticized his Liverpool sideThe Reds were blasted for their shocking performance against Napoli last weekThe defender spoke after Jurgen Klopp's side bounced back with a win over AjaxESPN's Craig Burley suggested Van Dijk could not handle the negative reaction

View more: Virgil van Dijk 'has clearly been smarting' over criticism despite having received 'enough praise to get him to the moon', claims ESPN's Craig Burley... but co-pundit Steve Nicol insists the Liverpool defender has a right to be 'prickly'

Huawei Partners with Kasetsart University on Smart University Development to Facilitate Innovations Driving Thailand’s Digital Economy

Nuevo sistema de alertas a smartphones en México: todos los equipos deberán permitir los mensajes de alerta con vibración y sonido únicos

Ban na smartfony w szkole? Badania sugerują, że to dobry pomysł. Na Zachodzie już się zaczęło

Dal Superbonus allo smart working: le misure del decreto Aiuti bis

Smart working fino al 31 dicembre per i fragili e per chi ha figli under 14

iQOO Neo 7 5G Could Join the 120W Fast Charging Smartphone Club

Smart working prorogato per i fragili. Bonus bollette e pensioni: tutte le misure del decreto Aiuti Bis

Smart Eye and OMNIVISION announce next generation automotive interior sensing solution that satisfies GSR and Euro NCAP requirements

Smartphone brands ramp up offline play with experience centres, doorstep services before festive season

When AI is not smart enough for the job

Saldão do Cliente: 5 Smart TVs para você maratonar a sua saga favorita em casa com qualidade de imagem

Lavoro, smart working per fragili e genitori di under-14 fino al 31 dicembre

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network