Scenes by saving the existing light settings, or by selecting a picture and getting Hue to analyse the colours used. If you prefer a metal finish, the Hue Tuar (pedestal and wall lantern) could be for you. Its still a little disappointing that the Hue app doesnt have any motion scenes, with colours shifting and changing on demand, or reacting to sound by using your smartphones microphone. This is far from essential, but what other smart lighting system is designed for fun as much as for practicality? A few more design options would be good, too; as nice as the switches look they dont blend in with all decors. There are tonnes of other uses, too, such as making your lights blink when your Alexa timer hits zero. With its colour-changing bulbs and app control, Hue was the first product to really show what could be done with smart lighting. Hue can also run your lights for you automatically. Be careful, as Hue is not compatible with dimmers, so youll need to switch these out for standard on/off light switches. Compact travel models make it easy to take your gadget on the go, and still others can be mounted on the wall. Make sure you buy the newer square Bridge, as this is the most recent model thats compatible with HomeKit; the older circular Bridge is not.
By default, the Hue app groups all lights in a room, so you can change them all to the same colour or temperature. Once connected, you can add your bulbs, again by following the simple instructions. Philips has also announced on the Dutch site an outdoor version of the LED lightstrip. This is a big issue with many smart lightbulbs, so its good to see that Philips has responded with a set of switches and the new motion sensor. Light intensity - Light intensity, measured in lux, indicates how bright the light gets at its peak. This can be wall mounted, although it has magnets to attach to a metal surface, too.