As a child, I had always wanted a device that could control the lighting of my room on one click, wirelessly. It was really annoying for me to manually turn off the lights before sleeping especially in cold season. After 15 years, finally, my dream is coming true as India’s most trusted electronics brand Philips has launched a new lighting solution that can be controlled wirelessly.
Thanks to rapid micro innovation in every segment of life, our day-to-day life has become really easier. These days one can easily find a wireless lighting solution for his home sweet home. But the product (or perhaps products) that we are going to discussing today is relatively new in the market and has stunned a lot of customers already with its features.
You might have heard of Philips Hue through many online and offline mediums recently. It is a wide range of wireless home light solutions. However, let me tell you here, even the starter kit of Philips Hue that comes with three bulbs will cost 16,995 rupees.
Necessary Starter Kit
Some might think of buying individual bulbs instead of the starter kit, but unfortunately, that will not work out. Along the three bulbs, Philips also ships a bridge that gets connected to the wireless router of your house. Without this bridge, you will not be able to control the Hue bulbs and there is no way of buying it separately.
Setting up the starter kit is as easy as it can get. There are just three steps involved in it which are:
- Power up the bridge and connect it to a wireless router using an LAN extension.
- Replace the old bulbs of your house with the Philips Hue bulbs that you have purchased.
- Install the Philips Hue app on your smartphone and follow the guide.
The good thing is that the Philips Hue app is available on both iOS and Android platforms.
Multiple Color Options
Each bulb that you will get is capable of generating 16 million individual colors with the starter kit, which is really great. All the bulbs can be easily managed through the app. You can choose different scenes from the home screen or select any color individually from the color palette. There is also an option to choose a color from an image that can be really helpful in painting your house with the light of your favorite theme. Moreover, the light recipe menu allows the users to change the light according to their mood. You also get an option to choose a color of each bulb separately or design a color group.
Managing multiple bulbs at the same time can be tricky. Therefore, the application that you will install on the smartphone gives options to set a custom name for each bulb connected.
These Philips Hue bulbs can also be set to turn off or on at a specific time using the timer feature. Fade in and out option is also available for a smooth transition. If you are in a hurry or do not want to get into the lengthy task of color management, presets can also be downloaded from the official website that others users have uploaded.
One of my favorite features of the Philips Hue is IFTTT (If This Then That) support. Using this feature you can set the bulb to turn on/off or change in light color on a specific action/activity like when you receive an email or a video gets uploaded to your favorite channel. This feature also acts as a notification system similar LED notification in a Smartphone.
Moreover, Philips Hue devices can be controlled when you are not at home using the app. Just make sure that your router has active internet connection.
After installing the starter kit, you might want to go a little advance and install some more Hue devices. Fortunately, Philips offers five types of different Hue devices in the country including an eye-catching light strip.
- 16 million colors
- Android and iOS support
- Custom names can be assigned to each bulb
- IFTTT support
- Presets can be downloaded
- Timer with fade effect
- Easy setup
- Highly priced
- Bulbs are not bright
Philips Hue is great for those people who want ultra modern lighting solution for their home. You will be able to change the lighting theme according to the mood of your loved one. Moreover, these bulbs can be a good option for decorating your house for the upcoming Diwali festival. However, this product is priced really high and a good strategy will be to wait until the manufacturer drops the price.
|Number Of Bulbs||3|
|Luminosity||600 lm (Each Bulb)|
|Compatibility||Android and iOS|
|Extra Features||Timer, Presets and IFTTT Support|