Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart lighting brands on the market, and for good reason. However, even if your home is decorated with Hue lamps, you won’t be able to use them to their full potential. Here are some cool things you can do with your Hue lights to make the most of them.
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Turn on and off the light automatically
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Turning smart lights on and off automatically without any control from you is one of Hue’s best features, and there are several ways to do it.
You can schedule Hue lights to turn on and off at specific times, or you can do it based on a location where they turn on when you get home and turn off when you leave.
Party mode setting
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Smart lights don’t always have to be practical. Of course, you can use them to light up the room when you need it, but you can also go crazy and set «party mode».
More expensive Philips Hue lamps are color-changing, so if you want a nightclub feel within your home, you can download an app that will flash and sync them to whatever music you want to play. You can also create all sorts of cool animations.
Control the light with your voice
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While you can turn the Hue’s lights on and off using the smartphone app, it’s much easier to just shout out that you want to turn the lights on. Luckily, you can.
Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri support Philips Hue. So whichever voice platform you use regularly, you’ll be able to control your Hue lights once you’ve got it all set up.
Get (and set up) Hue Dimmer Switch
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Using your voice to control your lights can be great, but sometimes it’s nice to have another quick and easy alternative, which is why the Hue Dimmer switch is just great.
It acts like a sort of traditional light switch, but it’s much more powerful, especially when set up to do just about anything, such as turning on entire scenes with the push of a button.
Use them without a hub
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While you’ll get the most out of your Philips Hue lights if you have a Hue Bridge hub, it’s still important to know what you’re you can use Hue bulbs without a hub if you want or need.
The trick is to simply connect the Hue bulbs to the Hue Dimmer switch. From there, you can turn the lights on and off with the switch, and even add more bulbs or switches in the future.
Integrate them with other SmartHome devices
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If you want to take your home automation to the next level, you can integrate your Hue lights with other SmartHome devices. For example, you can turn off the lights when your Nest thermostat goes into «Out» mode. Or, if the camera detects motion, you can turn on the light automatically.
This can be achieved in a number of ways, such as using IFTTT or connecting Hue lights to a SmartHome hub such as SmartThings or Wink.
Violin with all the features of Hue Labs
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The features you have access to in the Hue app aren’t quite all there, as the app has a separate section called Hue Labs.
This gives you access to several features that the Hue developers are currently experimenting with. For example, you can turn the backlight on and off in different colors, turn the lights on and off at random times, and even adjust your sleep mode to help you fall asleep.
Create Digital Dawn
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Waking up with a harsh alarm every morning is not fun. Instead, why not set up a kind of sunrise simulation using the Hue lights?
All you need to do is go to the «Apps» section in the Hue app and select «Wake Up». From there, set the time you want to wake up and the duration of the appearance. Your Hue lights will do the rest.
Synchronize them with F.lux
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F.lux is a great tool for any device with a screen as it changes color temperature based on the time of day so you don’t strain your eyes. You can also sync it with your tint lights for maximum effect.
Unfortunately, this only works for Windows at the moment in beta, but we won’t be surprised to see it coming to MacOS and Linux soon.
Adding third-party lamps to the shade system
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If you want to add more bulbs to your Hue system but find that the Hue bulbs themselves are too expensive, you can add some third party bulbs to your Hue system.
It depends on the lamp brand, but several popular names are supported. However, be aware that while they can be successfully added, they may not work as well as real Hue lamps — third-party support for something can always be quite a win.