Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit

If you’re looking to play around with some lights that you can control from your phone, this is the starter kit for you.  For $80, you get the bridge, connecting cables, and 2 basic bulbs. This means that the bulbs don’t change colors, but I’m ok with that for a starter kit.

See the Promo video at the MeetHue Website:

http://www2.meethue.com/en-us/the-range/hue-lux/

In the short time that I’ve used them, I think it’s pretty cool and it definitely makes me want to buy more bulbs. It’s useful when you don’t want to get up to turn off the light, but it can sometimes be more work to open the app and turn off the light, rather than just flipping a switch.  For this reason, I connected it with my Amazon Echo, so that it’s voice controlled.  See me demo here:

The most fun part is the IFTTT integration:

https://ifttt.com/recipes/search?q=Philips+hue&ac=true

I created a rule, so that the living room light turns on when I drive onto my street. It gives my wife a heads up that I’m home and when it’s dark, I don’t have to scurry for the light switch when I enter my house.

There are a lot of rules to play with.  For example:

– Flicker lights and change colors when you get home.

– Turn on lights when you get up (or use the lights as your alarm clock)

– Turn on lights at sunset.

– When you set your Nest to ‘Away’, turn your lights off.

 

It’s great when people make these rules and it makes established products even more valuable.  However, if a new, better product comes along, the lack of IFTTT rules can act as a setback or a barrier to enter that market.  For example, I’ve been seeing some great reviews for the Ecobee home thermostat, but I didn’t even consider it because Nest was already established and people had already developed against it.  I bought the Nest immediately, but in hindsight, it looks like Ecobee is more favored among customers.