Posts in Lighting
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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Controlling Philips Hue with Apple Home

There is more than one way to control your smart home.  Native apps for each system provide a good degree of control. More overarching systems that control all your smart home components can make things much more convenient.  Apple's HomeKit system and Home app for iOS aim to do just that. Here I take a first look.

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Philips Hue Labs: Living Scenes

Having expanded our living room setup by bestowing Philips Hue into a tower lamp, we were keen to find a way to enable some form of 'colour cycling'.  Thankfully, there's a very easy way to do this, and it comes right inside Hue Labs!

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Expanding our setup

I've now expanded the living room setup by adding Philips Hue bulbs to a tower lamp we have situation near the door.  This now means that all the light fittings in our living room are using Philips Hue bulbs.  Here, I outline the experience of expanding the system, and offer a few insights into our use of Hue so far.

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Discovering Philips Hue Movie Sync

One of the features many might light to take advantage of with a smart lighting setup, is movie syncing. This gets your lights synchronised with the overall colours showing up on your TV screen to give an immersive effect.  In this article I explore how to do that with Philips Hue.

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Discovering Philips Hue Labs

In this post, I want to explore another feature area of Philips Hue - Labs.  Labs is a way for Philips to let you try out new functionality that may not yet have been fully baked into the main Hue app....

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Discovering Philips Hue Routines

As I continue playing around with Philips Hue, I want to start looking into the features it offers beyond basic control of lighting.  In this post, I take a look at the Philips Hue 'Routines' feature, and explore what it can do...

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Philips Hue First Impressions

I've had the Philips Hue system installed for a few days now. Here are my initial thoughts about the system now that I've had the chance to live with it a little...

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Philips Hue Post-Setup quick thoughts

Following Part 1 and Part 2 of my Philips Hue Unboxing & Setup, I thought I'd share some quick thoughts.  This isn't a full 'review' of how I'm finding it so far, nor even a 'first impressions' write-up. Instead, just a few thoughts on the process...

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Philips Hue Unboxing & Setup Part 2

In this second part to my unboxing and setup of the Philips Hue lighting kit we acquired, I want to cover off how things have gone so far setting up the lights in our living room.  I also want to show you the Philips Hue Tap Wireless light switch. That will include an overview of setting it up...

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Philips Hue Unboxing & Setup Part 1

The Philips Hue kit I ordered (as mentioned in my post 'Starting Smart Lighting') arrived! I've unboxed it and set it up in our living room. I'd like to share with you how that went, with a few thoughts on the setup process and initial impressions...

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Starting Smart Lighting

Starting out in Smart Lighting requires a bit of research.  First, I've got to figure out how to do it.  There are lots of choices, and figuring out what's right for me needed a bit of time to understand the different options.

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