It's time to expand our Philips Hue lighting again, and this time we're focussing on the Kitchen, and even outdoors! We got a haul of new Hue gear to do this, including Hue LED Lightstrips, a motion sensor, and Hue 'White' bulb - none of which we've had so far before. Here, I go through the unboxing to let you know what you get!
So far, we've used Philips Hue White & Color Ambience bulbs, along with Hue Tap switches to deploy smart lighting into our home. For the Kitchen, we're sticking with Philips Hue, but starting off with something a little different.
Whilst I'll be exploring all of the below kit in more detail in further posts, I've started with an unboxing video, and below list off some of the basics of what we got.
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: This is a stick-down LED lightstrip. The starter pack features a 2 meter strip that can be cut down to size every third of a meter. Featuring 1600 Lumen output, and full colour changing capability, this is a great way to add light to any room. I plan to install this over some kitchen cabinets for an 'uplighter' effect. In the box? The 2m light strip, a decent power cable, installation information and warranty information.
Philips Hue Lightstrip Extention: The above mentioned lightstrip can be extended with 1 meter strips up to 10 meters. We need to go five meters, so we got three of these. These extention strips are 800 lumens each (so, you should hopefully get the idea that this system is 800 lumens per meter). They are also cuttable every third of a meter. In the box? The 1m extention lightstrip, installation guide and warranty information.
Philips Hue Motion Sensor: So, you'd like to have your lights come on automatically when you enter a room? A motion sensor would be a great way to do that, and Philips can provide! The Hue motion sensor is small, battery powered, and attaches magnetically via a magnetic bumper. In the box? The sensor, two different installation screws and a wallplug, the magnetic bumper, and of course the installation and warranty information.
Philips Hue White Bulb: Unlike White Ambience and the White & Color Ambience bulbs, this bulb is 'just white'. You can use the Hue system to turn it on and off, and set brightness. As it's part of Hue, you can control it via all the usual Hue mechanisms. We'll be installing this outside. It's also great for areas of the home where you don't need colour or even colour temperature changing lighting. As it's somewhat less expensive than other Hue bulbs (£15 vs £50 UK price for the White vs the White & Colour Ambience respectively), it's also the choice you'd go for if you want smart lighting on a budget.
We also bagged a Hue Tap switch so we can control the kitchen lighting manually as well as via the motion sensor.
In future videos and articles, I'll explore this new stuff in more detail! For now though, it's out of the box and waiting to be setup!