Posts in Lighting
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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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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In Praise of the Philips Hue Tap Switch

Controlling your smart home is so much easier when it all fades into the background and 'just works'.  Having the ability to use a smart light switch such as the Philips Hue Tap switch makes so much more sense than opening the app every time.  Here, I discuss how this works, and why you should get one too.

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Philips Hue Entertainment Integration News

So far, only one partner has been announced - Razer, who make the line of Pro-Gamer products.  However in a statement on their website, Philips describe Razer as just the first - implying there will hopefully be more to come.

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Philips Hue App Update

One of the good things about smart home technology, is that it improves over time.  Through software and firmware updates, new features and functionality is delivered to make your smart technologies even more useful.  This year, Philips have added new features to the Hue system, and here I take a look at what's changed.

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Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus

Lightbulbs and lamps aren't the only way to add lighting to your home.  Flexible adhesive LED lightstrips can also be a great way to add lighting, and pleasant lighting effects.  Doing this with smart lighting can make installing and controlling it even easier.  With that in mind, we added Philips Hue Lightstrips to our Kitchen.

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Philips Hue to the Kitchen & Beyond Unboxing

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!

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Controlling Philips Hue with Siri

The world of science fiction long foretold of a future where we could speak to our computers.  Today, this often takes the form of voice assistants in our homes and in our phones.  In this post I explore a little about using Apple's 'Siri' voice assistant to control Philips Hue smart lighting.

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Discovering Philips Hue Music Sync

In a previous post "Discovering Philips Hue Movie Sync", I explored how you can use your smartphone to sync your Philips Hue Smart Lighting with your TV.  Well, you can do the same thing with music!  Read on and watch the video to find out what I've learned about this so far.

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Philips Hue Sleep Wake Up

We've expanded our Philips Hue setup into the Bedroom.  Smart Lighting in the bedroom can let you use light to help you go to sleep at night, and help you wake up in the morning.  Here, I explore some of the ways you can use Philips Hue to achieve this.

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