Almost everyone was intrigued by the Phillips Smart Hue product line that allowed you to control how the lighting operated at your home or place of work via your smartphones.
For those of you who aren’t aware of Philips Hue, lets have brief intro.
Philips Hue is a web-enabled LED home lighting system that combines LED lights with intuitive technologies. It enables its users to create and control lights using their smartphones or tablets. The lighting system allows its users to remotely control their home lighting to help secure their homes, personalize their home lighting experience with custom settings, and program timers to help manage their daily schedules through a convenient smart device. It also allows its users to tune shades of white light or create any color.
Now, while controlling lights via smartphones may have seemed like an interesting — if a bit outlandish — piece of luxury to some, the price tags — with starter kits costing as much as $200, put most off. However, Phillips is attempting to remedy that now with a brand new, $40 wireless dimming kit.
Alright, so once you have decided to step into the world where lights are wirelessly controlled and bought the $40 Kit, you install it. Installation is pretty simple as there is not all that much in the first place. The kit comes with a bulb — which needless to say, needs to be put in its socket — and a wireless switch.
The switch is very easy to install and comes with an in-built battery. You can simply stick it on the wall — or anywhere else, for that matter — without any need to integrate it into your household wiring. It has on/off as well as a couple of buttons to control the brightness of the bulb.
You can also purchase additional bulbs at $20 apiece and integrate them with the switch too. What’s more, Phillips has overlooked Hue bridge in this kit, meaning that you can use it without having to plug a tiny bridge to your router.
Moving to the downsides, (What? it’s cheaper after all!) the fact that there is no Hue bridge means that you can’t control the lights with your phone or your computer. You can also wave iift integration as well as options such as changing the colour of the bulb, good-bye. All you can do here, is turn the lights on/off and control their brightness, which honestly speaking is more than sufficient for the needs of a basic household — Unless of course, you are planning to open a disco or something.
However, if you absolutely can not live without iift integration and smartphone controls, you can choose to install a Hue bridge and get all those extra features too.