Smart lights are some of the simplest connected devices to use, and yet can redefine the look and design of your home. Smart lights can be as basic as a light bulb, or include an entire fixture and a lighting strip. The key is that all of these can be run through an app, a smart speaker or a smart hub, giving you wireless control, while able to cast light in millions of different shades, temperatures and colors.
Philips Hue smart lights are a specific line of bulbs, lamps, wall switches, light strips and fixtures, many of which work in any home environment — whether that’s as an illuminated mirror designed for a bathroom, or a string of lights created for a garden. Shapes range from ceiling and floor spot lights, to standard Edison bulbs, even some that are shaped to look like candles, often designed for chandeliers.
Don’t forget a Bridge
To use Philips Hue line of smart bulbs, you need the Hue Bridge. Think of this device like a control station — the bulbs speak to the bridge, and then to the app on your mobile phone, whether that’s an Android device or an iPhone. (There are even a few Siri Shortcuts you can use with Philips Hue too.)
With the Bridge, you’ll also be able to control your lights by speaking aloud. Plus, because the Hue Bridge also works with on ZigBee, your connection — and your control — is always available even if the internet goes out in your home.
It’s easy to pick up a Starter Kit, some of which include the Hue Bridge inside. This device plugs directly into your home router through an Ethernet cable, and is also able to handle and operate up to 50 lights at once.
Sync to music and more
Once you have your Philips Hue lights and the Bridge installed, you can start adding lighting scenes that work in tandem with music, movies and more. The Philips Sync App works on a Mac or PC computer, and links up the lights in a room to scenes playing in a movie, actions inside a video game or to the beat of a song you’re listening to on your computer.
There are lots of other ways to customize your Philips Hue lights to your needs and your home. All you need to do is pick up a starter pack to start designing the lighting mood that’s right for you.