As part of our partnership with Hughes, each month we will be reviewing an exciting and innovative product for your home. This month marks our first review, where we will be testing the Philips Hue lighting system which retails at £149.99 for a starter kit. The starter kit includes 3 light bulbs and the Hue bridge.
While you might wonder if all this technology is worth the hassle, this system is incredibly easy to set up. Plug your Hue bridge into the mains and then connect your router to the back of the bridge. Once you have placed your bulbs where you want them in the house, you’re ready to go!
You’ll need to download the Philips Hue app which is how you control the lights in the home. You can set your app to identify different rooms such as ‘Living Room’, allowing you to control rooms separately or pair them together. This is ideal if you would like the lights in your children’s bedroom to dim at a particular time, or if you want the living room and kitchen lights to change colour in time for a film. The app displays a colour wheel which you can adjust to find the perfect shade and create scenes. For example, if you wanted a particular set of colours for the evening, you can create this and save it as an option.
If an app isn’t for you, then there are a number of accessories available that still allow you to use this system, but instead control the lights through a switch or even your voice. Overall, this system creates a fun and easy way to bring a splash of vibrancy into your home which you can continue to adjust and tailor to your day to day.
The Philips GU10-Starter-Kit allows you to change the colour and the mood in any room of your home just simply using your Smartphone or tablet. The starter kit comes with 3 bulbs and the Hue Bridge meaning you are ready to go straight away. Simply connect your Hue Bridge to your broadband network and you can then control your lighting wireless through Wi-Fi.
There are around 16 million colour variations from you to choose from meaning you really can find the perfect colour for the mood you are in. Your favourite colour combinations can be saved and instantly revisited whenever you want and you also have the choice of plenty of preset colour built in which include reading mode, concentrate and energise mode.
The lighting combinations you choose can also be set to timers, meaning you can set your lights to come on for when you get home from a day out or even make it look like you are home even when you are not. You have the option of connecting up to 50 bulbs to your Hue Bridge meaning you can control every room or lighting appliance in the room. The Starter kit bulbs fit into any standard GU10 light fitting meaning you won’t need to worry about the expense of installation.
The GU10-Starter-Kit can be controlled effortlessly by your Smartphone or Tablet and even Amazon Echo. Using Amazon echo means you can control your lighting by voice.