How to Get the Most Out of Your Philips Hue Lights
There is a range of Hue bulbs on the market now as well as lamps too from Philips, with all these options we have rounded up ways to use these as well as some more clever and creative solutions too.
Amazing Ideas for Philips Hue
We round up ideas for each Hue product and light and offer up some clever ideas on how to use it.
Philips Hue LED Strip
The light strip is a popular hue option and has many possibilities, the bright light it offers and the now extendable version allows you to use it in many ways. The strip is cuttable allowing you to adjust it to the size your require.
Behind the TV – A common use for these is behind the TV, giving it a light glow which can look really great, combining this with an app that allows you to sync the lights with the one screen action makes the film or movie more dynamic and the viewing experience that little more immersive.
Office/Desktop – Similar to the TV option you could ad them behind your desktop monitor, or along the back of your desk creating a bright light or warm glow along the back depending on what you are doing, it can be really fun for gaming set ups where you can change the color to suit the game you are playing.
Kitchen – With the length of the strips and the fact they are extendable you can easily run these along the tops of kitchen wall units, under the units or the foot run at the bottom. These are great for creating a bright working environment in your kitchen, or adjusting to suit the mood, great for entertaining or parties.
Bedroom – These again are great for running under the bed or around a headboard, ideal for mood lighting. Combing this with the sunrise and sunset routines on the Hue app makes a great and useful effect in the evenings when nodding off to sleep.
Roof Lights – Run these around your roof lights in your home to create beautiful lighting effects that shine up.
- Run them down your stairs, great as a safe nightlight.
- Add them under sofas in your living room
- Around the bathroom mirror
- Under shelves
Philips Hue Bloom
This is a colored bulb built into its own holder, the bloom is an angled light making it ideal for creating mood lighting in the home that shines up the wall.
In the corner – With the way the bloom is angled it is ideal for being used against a wall and by placing it in a corner you create a great mood light that will brighten up any dark corner in the home. Perfect for mood lighting or using with apps such as Hue Disco for parties.
Sunset and Sunrise – Use these lamps in your bedroom to create the sunrise and sunset routines perfect for helping you nod off or wake up in the morning.
The bloom is fully dimmable and color adjustable working with both HomeKit and Alexa too.
Philips Hue Bulbs
As the Hue ecosystem has been developed now over so many years there are now Hue bulbs for just about every fitting, from LED spot lights, to your stand and bulbs and also candle bulbs too. Basically every bulb in your home could be changed over to a Hue bulb!
Mood lighting – With the full range of colors they can be set at you can easily change the mood within a room with the Hue bulbs, for a romantic evening in, to a bright light for reading, or the room lit in your sports team colors as you watch the action with your friends. Whatever the mood you can change the lights to suit.
Night light – If you get up in the night to go to the toilet, or get a glass of water you don’t want to turn the lights on and have them on at full brightness, by using these bulbs you can ensure they come on so they are dim, enough to see where you are going yet not bright enough to wake you up completely. This is great when combined with the motion sensor.
Office lighting – When working in your office you will want the lights on the brightest setting, but in the evenings when it is dark you may wish to dim them down, make it a little more relaxing or warming which you can do with the Hue bulbs.
Party – Turn your rooms into a disco with the Hue bulbs, combined with apps such as Hue Disco you can have all your lights changing to the beat of the music, great for kids and adult evening parties too.
Pretending you’re in – With Hue you can have the lights turn on when you are away, great for security and pretending you are home by having lights turn on and off in the evening.
Here are just a few of the Bulbs you can by for the Hue system.
Philips Hue Motion Sensor
The motion sensor is a great addition to the Hue range, it’s completely wireless and works with all the Philips Hue light bulbs and has a fee clever uses.
On/Off – Walk into a room and have the lights turn on or off, no need to press a button, just walk into the the lights come on.
Light up your Pantry – Similar to the point above, add this into a pantry and when you open the door the light comes on for you.
Nightlight Sensor – Use this as a sensor at night so lights come on dimly if it is set off in the evening, ideal for yourself or kids that may get up in the night to go to the toilet or to get a glass of water.
Alexa & Siri
Use the Hue eco system with Siri on your iPhone or Alexa and tell them to turn the lights on and off in your home.
As the Hue system develops more and more clever and creative ways of using this system will emerge, more options and accessories will come to market and more flexibility to the system too.
How have you used Hue in your home, any clever ways not mentioned above?
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