Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Smart Lighting for The Smart Home with Philips Hue #BBYConnectedHome

"The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free"

We’ve all heard about smart homes and in some lucky cases might live in one. For the rest of us turning our home in a “smart one” can seem like an arduous task. Where do you even begin? For us we began making simple changes and upgrades like converting our thermostat into one which was controlled wirelessly. Wireless just seems like the way to go from everything like home security, to even Wi-Fi capable refrigerators. But what about lighting?

Philips Hue Connected bulb

The Philips Connected Home Philips hue A19 Starter Kit ($199.99), brings the reality of a wireless home one step closer, allowing you to control every aspect of home lighting right from your smartphone. And it’s not just about turning your lights on and off via your phone or tablet, it’s all around customizable lighting.

How it works

With each Philips Connected Home Philips hue A19 Starter Kit you get three bulbs and a wireless bridge - you have the ability to add up to 50 bulbs to a single bridge. Screw in the light bulbs to any light source you wish, and they will react like any bulb. After you must connect the included wireless bridge to a Wi-Fi router and download a free app available for iOS or Android devices. These bulbs also work with the Apple HomeKit (iOS users) so you can control your lights with Siri voice control on your iPhone. From here the magic begins!

Customize your home

Using your app, you now have the ability to transform the way you use light by adjusting colors, timers, alerts and more. While there are practical uses like adjusting your lighting for reading or relaxing, there are lots of fun ways to customize your lighting as well. Do you love holidays? Have your lights match your mood, décor or set them to music and watch them play along, flashing and joining the beat! Will you be going away? Let your lights provide you some security. You can easily maintain an automatic schedule while you're vacationing – so that it looks like you’re home.

Each bulb is also customizable itself. You really get a full range of control, right down to a specific color hue. My kids and I had a ton of fun setting our lights to some spooky Halloween music/sounds. Check out our lights in action, for the holiday, in this video.

Philips hue Go 

You have the bulbs, but what about an added touch of light that goes anywhere? The hue Go ($99.99), is a portable, completely wire free smart light that offers a lot of versatility for any lighting need. This light can be charged for up to 3 hours of portable use or plugged in. It’s great for darker rooms, reading on the porch at night or adding some ambiance to a room. It is complete with 5 patented “natural dynamic effects” including:

  • Cozy Candle
  • Sunday Coffee
  • Meditation 
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Night Adventure

It also makes for a great night light and alarm, helping you wake up energized with deep dimming in the morning. This gradual increase in light intensity gives you the feeling you are waking up from sunrise.

Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter

Looking for the right router to get you started with your Philips hue lighting? The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter ($299.99), is a brand new router, exclusively developed, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their homes connected devices and support the heavy wireless demand we put on our wireless services that commonly cause lags, dropped calls and slow streaming.

The AC1900 comes with one DST adapter that helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones. This adapter should be placed in an area of your home where you receive little to no reception normally. This router is built to be high-performance and support 10+ connected devices, allowing you to prioritize devices and as an added bonus, and a feature my husband absolutely adores, it has advanced lag-free gaming technology.

Please note this router designed between Best Buy and Netgear includes Wi-Fi extender and Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.

Find these great products and more now available at your local Best Buy store. For additional facts and information visit Bestbuy.com


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