Philips Hue is one of the most well-known names in smart home lighting technology. That reputation comes with a stable, established brand; but it also relies on their continued commitment to innovation, and, believe it or not, fun.
The Philips Hue family is known for features that might not be necessary, but are certainly fun to have.
It’s even more impressive that this lighting family has been able to retain its success despite its higher price point. As the smart home technology industry grows, so do the number of competitors that the Philips Hue family has to contend with.
From those that offer comparable products to those that offer alternatives – like smart plug adapters – the competitive atmosphere is growing and keeps Philips Hue on its toes.
For those that have decided to invest in this family of smart home lighting, they will enjoy being able to personalize their lighting and control it remotely to set the perfect ambiance for any room and any occasion.
There are several combinations of Philips Hue lighting that you can be used in your home, including white and colored ambiances.
The white lighting is great for reading, concentration, and relaxation, while the colored lighting can be used to enhance entertainment (such as syncing your lighting combinations to coordinate with the beat of your favorite song).
There are a few different ways that you can outfit your home with Philips Hue smart lighting:
Purchase a Starter Kit
A starter kit is exactly what you think it is: a kit that includes everything you need to kick of your smart home lighting. It comes with LED light bulbs and a bridge, and you can also add on controls like a wireless dimming kit.
The cost of the starter kit will depend on which options you choose. The least expensive one is the Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit, which starts at just $70.
The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit is the most expensive and will run you about $200. The dimming kit costs an extra $35, no matter which starter kit you choose.
Get Flexible with Lightstrips
Light strips are perfect for a custom look, since they can be cut, bent, and shaped into any space you can imagine. If you’re looking to add some lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen or just want to outfit your bar with some custom lighting, light strips are the best option for you. The Philips Hue Lightstrip packages run between $70 – $90.
Design Your Smart Lighting with Lamps
The lighting isn’t the only thing that sets the mood in your home; the lamps that project that lighting play a part as well. The Philips Hue smart lighting family includes lamps for ceilings, walls, tables, and floors. The table lamps are the most affordable and cost around $100. If you are looking to install Philips Hue ceiling lamps, you’ll have to plan to spend around $200 – $300 per lamp.
You can mix and match the Philips Hue lamps also, I have colour ones for the lounge and white ones only for the bedroom. It’s pretty cool being able to tell Alexa “Alexa, Turn Lights Green in the Lounge” and the whole place illuminates in a cool green glow. For the bedroom a simple “Alexa, Dim Bedroom Lights to 20%” works to dim the lights at night.