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Philips HUE

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I wonder, does anyone have any experience with Philips HUE light bulbs/ strips.

As the cost of an electrician installing extra light switches is exorbitant here, I thought the Philips app controlled system would be a nice addition to our living room.
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Re: Philips HUE

My son has the light strips in his bedroom. They are quite effective although it does not take much desturbance for the them to get unstuck to the object which they are attached to.

Best advice I would give is put them somewhere free from kids and the OH cleaning methods!
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Re: Philips HUE

We have 12 bulbs of both fitting types, a Bloom and two Taps in our living area. I'm a big fan of them, but most of the time just use the different white temperatures and brightnesses rather than colours. The Taps are great as it saves you fishing out a phone or tablet to turn the lights on or off. I wouldn't bother with a Bloom again as it doesn't do white light.

It is good (if geeky) fun to play with them with music or make them into strobe lights.

The Hue app itself isn't great but there are some good alternatives for Android and iOS.

They are supposed to integrate with If This Then That, but I haven't had enough time to try and make that work.
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We have 12 bulbs of both fitting types, a Bloom and two Taps in our living area. I'm a big fan of them, but most of the time just use the different white temperatures and brightnesses rather than colours. The Taps are great as it saves you fishing out a phone or tablet to turn the lights on or off. I wouldn't bother with a Bloom again as it doesn't do white light.

It is good (if geeky) fun to play with them with music or make them into strobe lights.

The Hue app itself isn't great but there are some good alternatives for Android and iOS.

They are supposed to integrate with If This Then That, but I haven't had enough time to try and make that work.
Are they bright enough to replace "main" lighting in a room? Like how many (your rough guess) would take to light a 60-70m2 living room?
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Re: Philips HUE

Yes we have replaced all lighting in the living area (which is in the 60-70m2) range. I find it plenty bright. We have 6 lighting points on the ceiling. 4 have one bulb in and the other two have 2. They only have 2 because of the light fitting. I think they would be fine with just one. In addition we have 2 in lamps and the bloom projecting against a wall. The Bloom doesn't add to main lighting. We don't have the lights at full brightness and they are fine. In summary 6-8.

Ps in my previous post I miscounted how many we have!
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I wonder, does anyone have any experience with Philips HUE light bulbs/ strips.

As the cost of an electrician installing extra light switches is exorbitant here, I thought the Philips app controlled system would be a nice addition to our living room.
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Re: Philips HUE

They're an absolute rip-off: 3 bulbs and bridge for 220 CHF.
However, they're free with Bonviva points (only 36,000)
I'd definitely recommend them as they're very energy efficient.
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Re: Philips HUE

Guys,
If you want to extend your Hue with new bulbs and use the new bridge with apple homekit there's a mild (not highly discounted)deal at digitec for the Hue starterkit.

It's apparently the Hue v2.0 color bulbs with ~800lumens output in the white light region. Also included is a hue tap switch.

https://www.digitec.ch/en/s1/product...-bulbs-5634024

Have fun coloring up your home, and blocking the light switches with tape

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Re: Philips HUE

Time to resurrect this thread!

I am now in planning to replace all of the lights in my house with Hue-compatible E27 fittings so that I can have Hue lighting in my living room, bedroom (ceiling fan) and dining room (regular lamp).

Regarding the discussion above about brightness, do you guys think one single E27 Hue bulb will be enough for lighting my dining room and bedroom?

Also, how many dimmer switches etc would I need, one per room or just one for all?

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Re: Philips HUE

Do you plan to unscrew and move this one single bulb every time you move from your dining room to your bedroom and vice versa?

Actual answer: if a normal E27 bulb will do the job, probably so will the Hue.

If memory serves, Hue offers E27 in both coloured and white only variants, and the white only variant has more lumens than the coloured. I must say, I only really use the white colour on the Hue anyway, the other colours I just seem to forget about. In other words, after awhile, it's more about the home automation aspect of the hue rather than using it for colour... I do use a variety of whites though, from cold to warm shades.

Of course, depends a bit on the size of your room.

Just for info, Hue also does have a spot light bulb too, in case you wanted to think about fitting some of those instead.
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Re: Philips HUE

Philips Hue?

I heard it's a bit blue/grey..
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I heard it's a bit blue/grey..
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Do you plan to unscrew and move this one single bulb every time you move from your dining room to your bedroom and vice versa?

Actual answer: if a normal E27 bulb will do the job, probably so will the Hue.
Eh? Obviously I would buy new lights where necessary (hence me saying "replye the lights") and then new Hue bulbs for every light, so I think you misunderstood my post.

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If memory serves, Hue offers E27 in both coloured and white only variants, and the white only variant has more lumens than the coloured. I must say, I only really use the white colour on the Hue anyway, the other colours I just seem to forget about. In other words, after awhile, it's more about the home automation aspect of the hue rather than using it for colour... I do use a variety of whites though, from cold to warm shades.

Of course, depends a bit on the size of your room.

Just for info, Hue also does have a spot light bulb too, in case you wanted to think about fitting some of those instead.
I would use the colour functionality for movies and for setting the mood for guests or parties I have over, that's why it's needed. My rooms are on average 15-20m2
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Re: Philips HUE

Have you considered the IKEA version of the Hue lights, released only recently? They are far cheaper and have got good technical insides.
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Have you considered the IKEA version of the Hue lights, released only recently? They are far cheaper and have got good technical insides.
They don't have coloured bulbs, and are basically the same price or more expensive than the equivalent Philips Hue White bulbs. Not to mention software and control of them is worse. There are plenty of comparisons online.
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Re: Philips HUE

If you don't mind them being white range only, Osram is the only company that does E14 fittings on smart lights. And yes - they "talk to" the Hue bridges (most of the time, last year there was a brief time where Philips thought they would be clever and made them incompatible, but that quickly stopped...), so you can use them as part of your lighting concept.

Conrad seems to be the only place that does decently priced E27 to E14 adapters btw, only really an option in "closed" lights though, like the tall IKEA lamps with the paper cover.

ETA: it seems that Philips have finally cottoned on to the demand for E14 socket compatible bulbs, my information was outdated.

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Re: Philips HUE

I played with the hue's and their cheaper chinese competitor the MiLight.

The hue worked well out of the box, but annoyingly, reverted to default setting every time your forget to turn them off with the app and use the wall-switch that powers them down.

The milights were more challenging to set up, the app support is a little less polished, but they work just as well (and store the last settings if you power them off from the switch). Also, they use unencrypted UDP for transmission, so you can pretty much get them to do anything (but from a cyber security perspective are cra@p - someone near your lights would be able to turn them on/off)

I've just ordered a few more milights
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The milights were more challenging to set up, the app support is a little less polished, but they work just as well (and store the last settings if you power them off from the switch). Also, they use unencrypted UDP for transmission, so you can pretty much get them to do anything (but from a cyber security perspective are cra@p - someone near your lights would be able to turn them on/off)

I've just ordered a few more milights
Where did you order them from?
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eBay delivered to the UK - I fly back and forth weekly, can provide a link to the seller if you want.
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Have you considered the IKEA version of the Hue lights, released only recently? They are far cheaper and have got good technical insides.
I'm not buying Ikea lamps ever again. Anything we have bought recently has been a horrible blue-white lamp (morgue anyone?), has not been bright enough for purpose or as had a loud and really irritating hum from the inbuilt SMPS.
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