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How to Get the Most Out of Your Philips Hue Lights

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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.

Using Hue

Technology makes life easy. Sometimes it can be used to design exemplary products which may leave us wondering whether ewe are dreaming or facing reality. On perfect example of such a product is Philips Hue. Exceptionally made from LED, this product can help you do amazing things you have never imagined.

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1. Controlling using Smartphone/tablet app. Unlike incandescent bulbs that are controlled by a physical switch, you can practically control Philips Hue by your Smartphone or tablet app. This will give you the rare opportunity to control the bulb wherever you are, at home or far away, at a friend’s house attending to a birthday party. Does it look like magic? Technology in action.

2. Saving energy and other costs. Hue bulb uses less power as compared to other fluorescent and tungsten bulbs, saving more than 40% of energy. With only 8.5Wof electrical power, your standard Philip Hue can emit 600 lumens of brightness. An incandescent bulb will use up to 60W to generate an equal level of brightness. Besides, it saves you on costs in the long run. Philip hue is long lasting as compared to ordinary bulbs. It last for 15000hrs as opposed to an incandescent bulb that last for only 1000 hours. That means that if you buy Philip hue, you will not have to buy any other bulb sooner for replacement because it will still be functioning.

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3. Image recreation. The app allows you to recreate images through the connected bulbs. There are 10 presets involving different scenes like Sunset, Beach and Deep Sea. It is these scenes that come with pictures from which you will be able to recreate images on the lumps using the app. So amazing indeed. The scenes can be edited. Furthermore, the app allows you to import more pictures from the photos app.

4. Using the app to connect to the bridge through the internet. This is done after fixing the bulbs onto a bridge which can contain as many as 50 bulbs. The app enables you to see the bulbs that are connected to the bridge. You can therefore at the comfort of your bed, chair, and toilet or whatever you like sitting on while in the house, control each lamp.

5. Naming of bulbs. With Hue Philips, you have the freedom and the rare opportunity to rename your lumps using the app. This can simply be done by going to Settings, Then My Lights and give each any name you like. You may choose the name of your girlfriend or boyfriend. You can even give one lump the name of your ex or favorite pet. That’s upon you as long as you love the names. After all, naming won’t alter the functionality of the bulbs.

6. Controlling the intensity of lights. It’s amazing how you can change the intensity of Philip Hue depending on your mood. At least now we can be able to tell if your spouse has disappointed you upon observing the lights immediately we enter your house.’ Reading ‘emits a warm shade,’ Relax’-a warm soothing light and ‘Concentrate’ which sets brightness level to concentrate. There are also numerous Whites which can be chosen from its palette.

7. As an alarm to help you wake up. Philips Hue won’t make that irritating noise that has often made you switch of alarm. I am talking about the one you set on your own to help you wake up only to switch it off when it rings. With this lights, you simply fade in and out and the days you want the alarm to be active. When the time reaches, your room will shine so bright like the mid day sun. Of course you will wake up. Wont you? Good. It makes you create an improvised ‘sun’. You can use the Philips Hue Portal to view the current state of your bulb from any place in the world.

8. Turning off lights. With the help of geofencing technology, you can switch off the lights when you are vacating your room without necessarily removing your iOS device from your pocket. The device works by sensing paired device leaving or entering the room.

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9. Using other compatible apps to enjoy amazing services. Apart from the Hue app, there are other applications that can work with the Philip Hue’s bridge. Ambify to put on light with music show being played and Goldee which allows you to take any picture you like. Others apps like Hue Disco, Quick Hue and Hue Remote will help you to enrich your experience.

10. Changing the bulbs depending on weather condition. With the aid of IFTTT technology, you can make your lights change on a rainy weather. It also provides an SMS capability where you can switch a bulb on and off.

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.

5 Great Ideas for Using Phillips Hue Light Strips Around the Home

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.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus Dimmable LED Smart Light, Requires Hue Hub, Works with Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant - FFP

    Other Ideas

    • 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.

    Philips Hue Bloom Dimmable LED Smart Table Lamp (Requires Hue Hub, Works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)

      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 White and Color Ambiance GU10 Dimmable LED Smart Spot Light (Hue Hub Required, Works with Alexa, Homekit & Google Assistant), Old Version
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      Philips Hue Single Premium A19 Smart Bulb, 16 million colors, for most lamps & overhead lights (Hue Hub Required, Works with Alexa), Old Version
      Philips Hue Single Premium A19 Smart Bulb, 16...
      Philips Hue Single Premium BR30 Smart Bulb Downlight for 5-6 inch recessed cans, 16 million colors (Hue Hub Required, Works with Alexa), Old Version
      Philips Hue Single Premium BR30 Smart Bulb...

      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.

      Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor (Installation-Free Exclusive for Philips Hue Lights)

        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.

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        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?


        Founder & Editor

        Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY

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