Home Automation Part 1 Philips HUE -Product Review

What Is Philips Hue?

Philips HUE is a smart lighting system that gives you added control for lighting.  There are many different products for offer but for now I’m going to talk about the 3 main products that I currently have.

Why I decided to get Hue.

The reason that I decided to give Hue a go was because of a problem that arose in my house, in where the light pull switch that is in the bathroom had the tendency to fail so when you pull the cord to turn the light on nothing would happen.  The reason this was a big problem was because my eldest son Alfie was becoming more confident in going to the toilet by himself, and as many children do he had a habit of leaving it till the last minute before going.  What would then happen is he would pull on the cord harder and eventually the cord would snap.  I kept on repairing the string but it would get shorter and shorter.  I then decided to get a Philips Hue Personal Lighting Wireless Dimming Kit [Energy Class A+].  I was then able to put the hue remote lower down on the wall for my son to reach.

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Picture of the remote/ wall plate.  As you can see it has four buttons on, brightness up and down and then off.  The switch is a wall plate and the remote attaches itself to the wall plate via magnets.  You can customise the switch to control up to 10 bulbs.

My Next Addition.

My next purchase I made  was to get the Hub that would control additional bulbs and switches.  The Hub connects to your home network via your router and enables you customise and control your Hue bulbs via a smartphone app.  There are two main revisions of the hub.  I purchased ver 2 (shown below),  and the main diferance between ver 1 and ver 2 is, that ver 2 has Siri support.

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Philips Hue Hub Ver 2

Does the Hue system do all I wanted it to? 

The answer at the time I installed it was no.  What I also wanted was a motion sensor to be able to turn the lights on in the bathroom when my son ran to the toilet and then turn off the lights once he had left.  I then decided to purchase another system to work side by side with Philips Hue called Smartthings.  I do like Philips Hue and I’m planning on getting more bulbs for the rest of my house.  I have had few if any problems with the system and I like the added control that it gives me.  Philips have since released a motion sensor that you can add to the system.

Stay tuned for a smartthings review in the future.

You can click the links below that will take you to where you can buy each of the products from amazon.

Philips Hue Personal Lighting Wireless Dimming Kit [Energy Class A+]

Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Home Automation Bridge 2.0, Apple Home Kit Enabled, Works with Alexa

Philips Hue White Personal Wireless Lighting LED B22 Light Bulb, 1 x 9.5 W Bayonet Cap [Apple Homekit Enabled]

Philips Hue Intelligent Motion Sensor Smart Wireless Lighting Accessory

Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit (Works with Amazon Alexa)