Philips Hue Lighting 3 for 2 at Curry's
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Anyone buying Hue lighting if you buy 3 of the same type from Curry's you currently get 3 for 2 which is a tidy saving given the price of these things
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... Although they're 3 for 2 on Amazon, too... And 15% cheaper...
matwalaboy2 h, 12 m ago

Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a s …Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a smallish house and I can easily walk over and switch em off? Reason I ask is they are £50 odd for 2 lights - id be able to replace the entire spotlight range in my house at that price if I buy the normal onesand still have some spare?


Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc.

Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.

But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.

As you are starting out, go this route.

Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.

The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).

The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).

You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.

There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance.

White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.

White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light).

White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue.

I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).

There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.

Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.

All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.

There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people.

If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.

You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it.

Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.
Edited by: "Nexy" 14th Jun
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Nice one, good price @Wildboar - heat added
... Although they're 3 for 2 on Amazon, too... And 15% cheaper...
idiophreak55 m ago

... Although they're 3 for 2 on Amazon, too... And 15% cheaper...


You got a link for that, can't seem to find which bulbs it works on. Thanks
Don't pay by credit card
Pardon my ignorance, but how do they work I.e. do they need a different wiring or can I use them with conventional g10 downlight holders and control them still
matwalaboy15 m ago

Pardon my ignorance, but how do they work I.e. do they need a different …Pardon my ignorance, but how do they work I.e. do they need a different wiring or can I use them with conventional g10 downlight holders and control them still



the white ones are about the sames size as normal ...the colour are quite a bit deeper.... so it depends on the fitting
The wiring is the same but the lights are effectively 'left on' at the switch
Control them from an app on a phone/tablet ...Hue remote control... alexa/google home voice ...
matwalaboy21 m ago

Pardon my ignorance, but how do they work I.e. do they need a different …Pardon my ignorance, but how do they work I.e. do they need a different wiring or can I use them with conventional g10 downlight holders and control them still


You can directly replace regular bulbs with them and off you go. Note however that you will need some kind of bridging device to connect to them. Either the hue bridge or (iirc) Echo plus should do.
idiophreak6 m ago

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-Ambience-Dimmable-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B01L99H850/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1528928438&sr=8-4&keywords=Hue+gu10Something like that?



I did a search for Hue lights on here to see if there were any deals to be had .... so maybe if you had posted that deal rather than commenting on mine I might have save a few more quid

still worth starting a new deal thread - someone else might benefit
Wildboar13 m ago

the white ones are about the sames size as normal ...the colour are quite …the white ones are about the sames size as normal ...the colour are quite a bit deeper.... so it depends on the fittingThe wiring is the same but the lights are effectively 'left on' at the switchControl them from an app on a phone/tablet ...Hue remote control... alexa/google home voice ...


Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a smallish house and I can easily walk over and switch em off? Reason I ask is they are £50 odd for 2 lights - id be able to replace the entire spotlight range in my house at that price if I buy the normal onesand still have some spare?
matwalaboy2 h, 12 m ago

Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a s …Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a smallish house and I can easily walk over and switch em off? Reason I ask is they are £50 odd for 2 lights - id be able to replace the entire spotlight range in my house at that price if I buy the normal onesand still have some spare?


Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc.

Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.

But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.

As you are starting out, go this route.

Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.

The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).

The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).

You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.

There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance.

White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.

White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light).

White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue.

I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).

There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.

Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.

All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.

There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people.

If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.

You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it.

Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.
Edited by: "Nexy" 14th Jun
Nexy18 m ago

Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light …Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc. Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.As you are starting out, go this route. Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance. White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light). White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue. I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people. If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it. Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.


Can’t sleep
ZeeshoWeesho8 m ago

Can’t sleep



Who, me? Or you?

If you can't sleep, adding intelligent light choices to your sleep routine (and sorting out your sleep hygiene) and making sure you get enough exercise etc can make a big difference. Go to bed with a ramp down in brightness and a warm light. Wake up with a ramping up light. Keep a good pattern.

I find a bright cold light is great for getting me 100% up and awake.

Or if you're joking about me writing a 20 paragraph essay on smart lighting on a HUKD thread, you're not wrong there either.
idiophreak3 h, 25 m ago

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-Ambience-Dimmable-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B01L99H850/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1528928438&sr=8-4&keywords=Hue+gu10Something like that?


amazon.co.uk/gp/…TG8

Even more direct link that I found thanks to your link. I think that's very close to being the cheapest I've seen the Hue colours in a while and might even be worth a seperate deal. For 6x E27 it's coming to £140 which is about £23 a bulb. They're occasionally £20 if you get the starter kit and sell the hub on but as a separate deal, that is very well priced.
matwalaboy6 h, 55 m ago

Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a s …Thanks a lot, super helpful. And do I genuinely need them when it’s a smallish house and I can easily walk over and switch em off? Reason I ask is they are £50 odd for 2 lights - id be able to replace the entire spotlight range in my house at that price if I buy the normal onesand still have some spare?


The answer to that would be a no from me. It’s too expensive anyway, even when you do get over the idea that there is a perfectly working switching system already in place.
And coloured light bulbs? What how old are we - like ten?

However, lots people spend hundreds of pounds on toys or gadgety things which may be seen as a waste of money by some. The latest and greatest quadcopter or listening to the radio or music from equipment that cost hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Confession I have a 70% kitted out Philips Hue house and yes the coloured bulbs too, by the way lol.
Nexy7 h, 57 m ago

Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light …Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc. Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.As you are starting out, go this route. Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance. White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light). White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue. I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people. If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it. Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.


Awesome - thats as comprehensive a guide I could have asked for - big thanks. A while back I got amazon.co.uk/Hiv…LD3 and a couple more bayonet lights from BT as part of their rewards program - can I start with that as a base and then grow - guess I can? A big high five again for the help.
Nexy10 h, 29 m ago

Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light …Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc. Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.As you are starting out, go this route. Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance. White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light). White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue. I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people. If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it. Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.


I got a couple for the passage ways as Nexy says they're great to have. Light comes on as I get to the door so no fumbling to the get the key in the lock in the dark. I didn't get the hub as they work with my samaung smart things.
Also our leccy is a bit dodgy as bulbs go all the time, the two hue ones haven't (yet, and considering the price hopefully won't).
All in all, not needed, but extremely nice to have.
Best bit is pressing Goodnight or goodbye on the app before bed which switches the tv and lights off, or asking Alexa or Google to do it.
Tried this 3 for 2 offer on the Huego mood lamps but predictably it would only allow 2 in the basket!
Wildboar19 h, 20 m ago

I did a search for Hue lights on here to see if there were any deals to be …I did a search for Hue lights on here to see if there were any deals to be had .... so maybe if you had posted that deal rather than commenting on mine I might have save a few more quidstill worth starting a new deal thread - someone else might benefit



There were a bunch of hue threads all started at once. I got to amazon via the one about motion sensors. You don’t need a new thread for every individual product. Sorry I couldn’t me more helpful though...
matwalaboy14 h, 57 m ago

Awesome - thats as comprehensive a guide I could have asked for - big …Awesome - thats as comprehensive a guide I could have asked for - big thanks. A while back I got https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hive-Starter-Dimmable-Bayonet-HAH2HUBRETAIL-B22/dp/B071P4KLD3 and a couple more bayonet lights from BT as part of their rewards program - can I start with that as a base and then grow - guess I can? A big high five again for the help.


Hive and Hue aren't compatible (although you can functionally merge them by hooking them both into Alexa or HomeKit or whatever via their respective hubs, but you'd need a Hive hub and a Hue hub).

But have a check in the Asda's in your area, they're potentially selling them off. I picked up a white Hive bulb for £3.50 on the off-chance I end up working on someone's Hive setup.
Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and replaced them 2-years ago with 4w LEDs at £8.99/10 from Aldi. So now I don't bother to switch them off and laugh all the way to the bank. And none have blown in that time.
BigNyj21 m ago

Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and …Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and replaced them 2-years ago with 4w LEDs at £8.99/10 from Aldi. So now I don't bother to switch them off and laugh all the way to the bank. And none have blown in that time.


Convenience comes at a price.
BigNyj30 m ago

Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and …Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and replaced them 2-years ago with 4w LEDs at £8.99/10 from Aldi. So now I don't bother to switch them off and laugh all the way to the bank. And none have blown in that time.


Not just about cost though. Do you make your lights warmer or cooler during the day? Do you lower lights in the evening to make a nicer atmosphere? Turn a couple of lights up to focus on a puzzle, boardgame etc? Not going to pretend any of these is a massive deal, but it's just a little improvement to quality of life. If you can get it at a price that works for you, why not?
BigNyj47 m ago

Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and …Have you all gone mad???? I had 18 x 50w ceiling lights in my kitchen and replaced them 2-years ago with 4w LEDs at £8.99/10 from Aldi. So now I don't bother to switch them off and laugh all the way to the bank. And none have blown in that time.


Some of us have more money than sense and there are some of us who can’t help spending inordinate amount of money (that they really can’t afford) on gadgets or smart home hobbies. Sorry if that attracts you to these threads
Edited by: "androidavis" 15th Jun
Nexy14th Jun

Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light …Smart lighting is great, and it's addictive. Having your porch light switch on before you get to the door. Having your bedroom light slowly and gently wake you up on schedule. Being able to sneak back into bed by a dim warm light, but study with a bright cold one, with the same bulb. Being able to shout at Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri to turn the lights on etc. Do you need it? Probably not, unless you have mobility issues or sleep issues.But is it nice to have? Yes, it's VERY nice to have.As you are starting out, go this route. Ideally you want a Hue Starter Pack that includes a gateway (Hue Hub v2), a couple of bulbs (or more), and maybe a special dimmer switch (which you don't need but can be nice to have). There are different start packs available.The Hue Hub is the thing that bridges between your network (for the app and the integration etc) and the bulbs (via Zigbee). You can get it separately (~£35), but it's better value to get it as part of a starter pack (~£55).The Hue hub is the easiest and most popular smart lighting gateway. The app (on iOS and Android) have just been upgraded to a new version (v3) which is a further improvement. Easy to schedule stuff (like gently waking up, or the lights to be turned on just before you get home from work), easy to control (the Hue Android widgets work great). Loads of third party apps too, like WinHue (Windows) and Hue Essentials (Android).You then add extra bulbs, fancy devices (like motion sensors or dimmer switches) and/or fancy lights (like light strips and the "Go" lamp) as it tickles your fancy.There are three main types of the normal Philips Hue bulbs: White, White Ambiance, and White & Colour Ambiance. White are a warmish white, with adjustable brightness.White Ambiance have an adjustable colour temperature (and brightness). You can make them give a cool white light, a warm white light, or anywhere between. Great for bedrooms (wake-up with the blue-ish light, go to sleep with the red-ish light). White & Colour ("color") Ambiance let you adjust the colour in fancy ways, like red, green, blue. I don't have any colour bulbs, my house is a mix of White (porch, front room), and White Ambiance (bedrooms).There's easy and reliable integration with Alexa (Amazon), HomeKit (Apple), and Google Home. It's also compatible with IFTT and Home Assistant etc for real custom setups.Using Hue Sync, you can get the coloured setups to sync with what you're watching on TV, or what you're listening to. There are restrictions on the devices and setups you can use, but it's cool to see.All the Hue devices communicate via Zigbee, which builds a mesh. That means the bulbs don't need to be in direct contact with the hub, so long as they can reach the hub via another bulb. The signal will span most houses so long as there are a decent number of bulbs spread throughout.There are other options than Hue (WiFi bulbs like TP-Link's, other Zigbee systems like Ikea's Tradfri and Samsung SmartThings and some crazy Xiaomi stuff, and DeCONZ, Z-Wave systems like Hive). But Hue is the easiest, most popular, and best choice for most people. If you've got any questions, pretty much anyone who has tried it will rapidly become a product evangelist. It really is that good.You don't need to jump in and buy 10 colour GU10 bulbs and 15 colour E27 bulbs. You can start off with the Starter Kit with a couple of white bulbs and a hub for £55 on Amazon and fall in love with it. Then get extra bulbs on 3 for 2. You may decide you don't need colour at all. (I'd recommend standardizing on E27 though, and get the cheap bayonet adapters if needed. GU10's for spots if necessary, although remember that a single Hue lightstrip can sometimes be a better choice.) My usual choice is a 3 for 2 on twin packs on White Ambiance, and then I sell individual bulbs at cost price to friends. It means we're effectively only paying £16.66 a bulb for the White Ambiance. The plain White bulbs in twin packs on 3 for 2 work out at £8 a bulb. Bargain.


Wow what a fantastic comprehensive explanation.... Do you work for Philips?! Can you still switch off at the wall with the normal switch?
I just added a Hue controller to my Plex server so it automatically turns the lights off when playing a film, puts them on dim when it’s paused and turns them back on when the movie is over.
It’s as sad as it is awesome, I love it.
hd1011 h, 18 m ago

Wow what a fantastic comprehensive explanation.... Do you work for …Wow what a fantastic comprehensive explanation.... Do you work for Philips?! Can you still switch off at the wall with the normal switch?


Yes, you can...but you'll need to turn it back on at the wall before you can control it smartly again. They do sell retrofit light switches that you can stick next to (or in some cases over) your light switch if you want to have a physical switch whilst still enabling smart control...
hd1012 h, 4 m ago

Wow what a fantastic comprehensive explanation.... Do you work for …Wow what a fantastic comprehensive explanation.... Do you work for Philips?! Can you still switch off at the wall with the normal switch?



Thanks, and no, not yet at least!

Ideally you don't use the wall switch. If you switch it off at the wall, there's no other way of turning the bulb on. And if you turn it back on at the wall, unless you use something smart to turn the bulb on as well, the bulb might not light up anyway.

You can get covers to go over the wall switch that stop you using the wall switch, but have a slot for a smart switch like the Philips Hue Dimmer switch. (The Dimmer switches are also on 3 for 2.) They're the ones @idiophreak is talking about.

To stop people switching it off at the wall accidentally, you can either retrofit or replace.

To retrofit, you can use those covers (best), "switch guards" (very good and fairly cheap, they just stick on and stop you absent-mindedly using the wall switch but let you turn them off using a tool or credit-card-sized-card), or just tape over it (ugly but effective).

To replace, you can either get someone to remove the switch and wire it direct (not ideal because it's a nightmare to change bulbs) or put a key-operated switch (like you see for emergency lighting in commercial premises.

There are other smart switches that integrate directly with Hue, from Philips (like the "Philips Hue Tap Switch") and third parties, and there are other more interesting options like using Android tablets / iPads, or systems like the Logitech Pop.

Also depending on your requirements, you might not need a physical switch at all. The motion sensors are supposed to be brilliant (and are on 3 for 2), and Hue works well with Google Home Mini's and / or Amazon Echo Dots if you prefer voice control. I mainly just use my smartphone though!
I actually like the way the Philips hue bulb behaves as a dumb bulb would. Grandparents over a month ago didn’t know about the hue lights and pressed the normal light switch to work the likes. Didn’t need to mention or explain anything about smart home/gadgets. The hue bulbs set themselves to normal light bulb shade and brightness when switch on like that which is also good.

However having a Philips hue dimmer switch on the wall is even better. And again doesnt need explaining to the grandparents as it on the wall in the ‘right’ place and looks self explanatory.

With ours you can take the switch off the wall (they have magnets) and put it by your bedside or sofa and use as a remote control should you want


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Not to worry, access to the original light switch is still available as in picture above.

Looking forward to the proper Philips hue light switches for uk fittings this summer hopefully
Edited by: "androidavis" 15th Jun
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