Philips Hue Fair Ceiling Lamp Unboxing & First Impressions

It’s been a while since I posted here about installing any new Philips Hue lighting kit. Well, I’ve got something new to share! We’ve installed the Philips Hue ‘Fair’ Ceiling Lamp into our entrance hallway. I’m pretty pleased with it, and today I’d like to share what it is, how we found the install process, and what it’s like as a lamp.

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Sonos Beam & Sonos One Overview

For my first update of 2019, I want to delve into some additions to our Sonos speaker setup. We’ve added a Sonos Beam, and a Sonos One to our setup. Both of these speakers are from a new generation of devices from Sonos that have some interesting and attractive new feature set. In fact, I’d go so far as to say outright: Don’t buy an Amazon Echo or Google Home device - go Sonos instead.

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Philips Hue Bloom

Following the addition of some new bedroom furniture, we had need to add a little brightness to what could otherwise have been a rather dull space.  Thankfully, the right lighting helps, and the right smart lighting helps even more.  We've added a Philips Hue 'Bloom' to our Smart Home setup to improve things, and here I take a look at what it is, and what it does.

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Tado Intelligent Boiler Control

We've recently had a new boiler installed.  This means our Tado smart heating system can now do some clever things that it couldn't do with our old boiler.  This includes heat output modulation and combi boiler hot water pre-heat control.  Read on to understand what this jargon actually means!

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Philips Hue Sync

Philips Hue Sync is a great way to synchronise your lights with your PC or Mac for games, music and movies.  If you use your PC or Mac for any of these, then the tool could be a great way to enhance your entertainment experiences.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Samsung Smartthings

Here, I explore how you add your Philips Hue system into Samsung Smartthings.  I look at the setup process, how to control your lights, and how to create Smartthings 'Scenes'.  Read on for more details of the overall process and how well the system works.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Cortana Take 2

Things change fast with technology.  The last time I looked at using Cortana Voice control with Philips Hue, there was no direct integration.  Thus, I was reliant on a third party app.  Now however, official support is available - thus it's time to take a fresh look.

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Philips Hue PC Control Take 2

In this post, I want to share with you my latest attempts at controlling Philips Hue from my Windows PC.  This is a bit of a challenge, as there's no official native app available from Philips.  Instead, I've had to find alternative ways to do this, and today I want to share my latest attempt.

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