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Our Connected Home – Philips hue from Best Buy @tweethue #ConnectToControl

Philips HueWe have some new technology to play with and my husband is pretty darn excited about it! As a Best Buy Ambassador, I have to say that I really love my job. I get to try out new things and tell you all about them. If there is one thing that I never shy away from, it is sharing my opinion.

For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of working with my husband. We are partners on this blog. He adores new technology as much as I do so I knew that the Philips hue would excite him to no end. I was right about that. And then some.

Philips Hue

We live in a very old house. It was built in the late 1960’s and looks very much like the Brady Bunch house. As a result, about 99% of our house needs to be updated including the electrical. Our home needs a lot of work.

What that means is we cannot use much technology that requires hard wiring to our home. I wish that was a possibility but it just isn’t yet. My new technology needs to be wireless for the most part.

We just got the Smart Lighting: Philips hue LED White & Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Starter Kit from Best Buy. We loved it so much that I had to immediately go out and buy one more lightbulb so we could have our ceiling fan in the bedroom completely outfitted with hue LED lights.

For years, my husband and I have made jokes about getting The Clapper so we don’t have to get up to turn lights off when going to sleep. We have never done it but the Philips hue does everything that The Clapper does plus a whole lot more. This is so much fancier than The Clapper with more bells and whistles.

The Kit includes 3 A19 Smart Lightbulbs, a Wireless bridge (allows you to control up to 50 hue and Friends devices such as light switches, dimmers, lightstrips, lamps, etc.), power adapter, and 6.56’ Ethernet network cable. Download the Philips hue iOS app or Android app to control the lighting using your smartphone or tablet.

Super cool things you can do with hue lighting

Customize your lights to fit your schedule

Use other amazing technology like geo-fencing technology to turn all your lights on when you reach the end of your block. We used our lights as an alarm each morning to wake us up. We pick the time and the lights come on. You can control the lights from anywhere with the Philips hue app.

Enhance your entertainment

Sync your lights to music, movies, or even use the IFTTT and ESPN apps to flash a custom light show when your team scores. We did this to one of my favorite movies and it was really fun.

Energize, concentrate, read or relax

Create a custom “recipe” setting with the beautiful colors of lights or a range of natural white light.

hue JasonSee my husband share some of the lights available on Instagram

My husband had fun making an Instagram video showing some of the light choices readily available with your Philips hue.

Our thoughts on the Philips hue

We are pretty happy with the Philips hue. My husband is pretty much addicted to setting the lights in every single room of our house now. He is constantly checking the lighting like he is in charge of lighting for the Taylor Swift tour. It is a little ridiculous but somewhat entertaining.

The hue really gives your room ambiance. I can easily take it from when I have finished working right to a dimly lit room where the hubs and I can binge watch House of Cards. The price isn’t cheap at

I would like to see multi-packs of bulbs available with a discount in there. I really want to invest for my whole house. My son asked for his own hue kit for his birthday so he will be getting one this week.

 

Best Buy LogoThe reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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23 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    I was just telling my husband about these the other day. I want to get them for our house.

  2. I love Philips and we’ve been using it for years. I haven’t seen the Philips hue, though. I will check this out.

  3. I know my hubby would love this! He is very artsy and LOVES different color lighting for his photography.

  4. These look so interesting. I have been wanting to give them a try for a while now.

  5. I really would love to have this system in my home. Especially, if you can dim it too. Plus, color therapy can do some pretty amazing things for your health.

  6. victoria

    That is really interesting and I bet my hubby would surely love this

  7. Bonnie Gowen

    That is certainly cool. I want to go get these now. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Philips hue? I am surprised, my husband hasn’t found it yet. He is a big fan of Philips!

  9. Sounds like a cool light. I will share this with the hubs. I bet he’ll find it cool too.

  10. I would love this in my house. I will have to pick one up and give it a try,

  11. Lee

    Hue lighting is really neat. My friend has hue lighting set up and it turns different colors based on the movie she is watching and some fancy stuff like that.

    Lee

  12. Crystal Lopez

    These are super cool light bulbs! It is so amazing that light bulbs cater so much toward catering to the mod of your home through lighting!

  13. These are some awesome light bulbs!! I love Best Buy!!

  14. Omg we have this lighting and omg it’s seriously the best!!!!! My daughter I think enjoys it the most since she can now chill in whatever color she wants 😉

  15. My husband would definitely be interested in this…he’s the one in charge of that department! I’ll pass this on to him!

  16. These sound like really cool lights! I love the idea of being able to turn them on before you get home– that’s really cool. Can you set them to go on and off when you’re on a vacation so it looks like people are at home?

  17. Sounds like a fun way to experience light in our homes. I can’t wait to buy this kit

  18. Being a Best Buy Ambassador does sounds very cool and I love the perks you’re getting! Now, this got me really interested I have to show this to my husband too. I want one and I’m pretty sure my husband would get excited reading about this.

  19. Maggie Branch

    We have tried these lights before and they’re definitely cool. My son thinks they are fascinating to watch!

  20. Well I’ll be!!! My husband never remembers to turn any lights off, so I could set them all to turn off after I know he has left the house! My kids also like to sleep with lights on, so I would be able to dim them, and/or shut them off!!! LOVE IT~

  21. This would be great for the masters bedroom and the bathroom too. I love ambiance light.

  22. I love it! We can’t wait to get something like this for our home!

  23. These are on my wish list. I love that they can connect to other smart devices or even IFTTT! I love them.

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