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    Philips Hue Owner's discussion thread.

    Hi everyone.

    I had a look and couldn't see a Philips Hue discussion thread so I thought I would start one.

    This is for general discussion, tips, tricks, best apps etc.

    Hoping we get a couple of experts in so we can pick their brains

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    I don't have these but I know some really like them so will follow this thread with interest.

    Original Poster

    I have 8 in my living room. 5 x bulbs, 2 bloom lamps and a striplight plus.

    I've got most of the main apps as well, although some of them are too complicated.

    I'm currently using Hue Christmas for the festive season, with the £1.49 christmas carols add-on. Gives some great effects.

    itunes.apple.com/gb/…t=8

    Anybody using anything else for Christmas?

    I usually use the Philips Hue app for regular stuff, setting scenes etc.
    Edited by: "deeky" 14th Dec 2016

    Thanks for illuminating us.

    Original Poster

    I've used this site the last 2 times I've been away. It's ideal to control your lights from anywhere where you have an internet connection. I just use it to switch them on at night and off again in the morning.

    There are apps that you can set schedules on, there is a 'routines' section on the Philips Hue app, but I prefer Meethue, you can see them switch on and off as you do it.



    my.meethue.com/en-…ces

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    I've not got any yet but do like the idea.
    So would 1 bridge unit be enough ?
    and does that control lights that might be upstairs too.
    I like the led strip lights and have been wondering if you could use them behind the tv and use Amazon echo to set different moods like asking echo to set lights to horror films so then goes red for example.

    Who is this Philip you speak of?

    Sorry to hear he's feeling off colour though, hope he gets better soon.

    Original Poster

    stefromuk

    I've not got any yet but do like the idea.So would 1 bridge unit be … I've not got any yet but do like the idea.So would 1 bridge unit be enough ?and does that control lights that might be upstairs too.I like the led strip lights and have been wondering if you could use them behind the tv and use Amazon echo to set different moods like asking echo to set lights to horror films so then goes red for example.



    One bridge controls up to 50 bulbs. It would control bulbs upstairs, you'd have to arrange them into 'groups' and obviously it would depend on the strength and range of your wifi signal. You can use multiple bridges, but I think one is cleaner if your wifi is ok.

    For now, I'm pretty sure you can only switch on/off and dim with Alexa. You can have the lights work dynamically with Ambilight on a Philps TV, not sure about other brands, although you can always set them to one static colour.

    deeky

    One bridge controls up to 50 bulbs. It would control bulbs upstairs, … One bridge controls up to 50 bulbs. It would control bulbs upstairs, you'd have to arrange them into 'groups' and obviously it would depend on the strength and range of your wifi signal. You can use multiple bridges, but I think one is cleaner if your wifi is ok. For now, I'm pretty sure you can only switch on/off and dim with Alexa. You can have the lights work dynamically with Ambilight on a Philps TV, not sure about other brands, although you can always set them to one static colour.


    Behind a TV you need daylight 6-6500k I think, I bought an led strip and also have a fluorescent tube behind my plasma. Helps viewing a lot at night. Not sure why people want colours behind the TV?

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    airfix

    Behind a TV you need daylight 6-6500k I think, I bought an led strip and … Behind a TV you need daylight 6-6500k I think, I bought an led strip and also have a fluorescent tube behind my plasma. Helps viewing a lot at night. Not sure why people want colours behind the TV?



    Just for subdued lighting I expect, a bit of atmosphere.

    deeky

    Just for subdued lighting I expect, a bit of atmosphere.


    I expect you have blue on quite a lot ?

    Original Poster

    airfix

    I expect you have blue on quite a lot ?




    Im sure i read that each bulb also connects to each other to expand the wifi range?

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    ChrisWales48

    Im sure i read that each bulb also connects to each other to expand the … Im sure i read that each bulb also connects to each other to expand the wifi range?



    Oh, I hadn't heard of that. I'll have a look though.

    deeky

    One bridge controls up to 50 bulbs. It would control bulbs upstairs, … One bridge controls up to 50 bulbs. It would control bulbs upstairs, you'd have to arrange them into 'groups' and obviously it would depend on the strength and range of your wifi signal. You can use multiple bridges, but I think one is cleaner if your wifi is ok. For now, I'm pretty sure you can only switch on/off and dim with Alexa. You can have the lights work dynamically with Ambilight on a Philps TV, not sure about other brands, although you can always set them to one static colour.



    ​Cheers
    I didn't know the bulbs connected straight to the router.
    I read somewhere they use their own new type of wireless connection.
    I do need to catch up on all this and hive etc I love messing with new gadgets

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    Saturn

    There will be a hue and cry if you don't do a quick edit before the … There will be a hue and cry if you don't do a quick edit before the apostrophe apostle checks in.



    Is it really wrong?

    I'll have to consult my adviser

    Oh, hang on...

    Edited by: "deeky" 14th Dec 2016

    miikeyblue

    Who is this Philip you speak of?Sorry to hear he's feeling off colour … Who is this Philip you speak of?Sorry to hear he's feeling off colour though, hope he gets better soon.


    I'm sure your good wishes will brighten their day.

    deeky never had so much fun with light since he discovered fire

    deeky

    Is it really wrong? :|I'll have to consult my adviser :)Oh, hang on...


    i will allow it deek
    (might need to move it though)
    Edited by: "brilly" 14th Dec 2016

    deeky

    Just for subdued lighting I expect, a bit of atmosphere.


    oO Giggity X)


    Philip who?

    Original Poster

    J4GG4

    Philip who?



    This is a serious thread. Stop thread spoiling please












    http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/LGS624/Emoticons/naughty.gif

    deeky

    This is a serious thread. Stop thread spoiling please



    I think someone has already taken the thread spoiling award. Unless you prefer to award it to me?.:{

    Oh, could i finally win deekys comps.

    Edited by: "J4GG4" 14th Dec 2016

    I have too many.

    I have two Motion Sensors, one setup in the Hallway to detect me coming home or moving between rooms, and another in the Kitchen.

    I have 3 Hue White & Colour Bulbs, and 5 Hue White bulbs and One Tap and One Dimmer, that's my current home setup.

    I however have four 2m Lightstrips Plus, and four 1m Lightstrips plus extensions, which I am wondering where to put them.

    I also plan on getting another few motion sensors to cover bathrooms and another hallway.

    Philips Hue Mad so to say.

    Having just bought the echo dot, I plan on buying a few bulbs and probabaly a light strip for my desk over the Christmas period. Although I may take a look at some other alternate smart bulb options too before I dive straight in for the hue.

    Would you say this is the best starter kit to go for?

    currys.co.uk/gbu…HAQ

    Banned

    I'm hooked.

    It's expensive, but great, but I suppose I thought the same about my laserdisc collection that I can't bring myself to bin.

    A cheap addition is IConnectHue app. Gives much greater control. For example you can add more than the offered 2 time slots for the motion sensor. Also IFTTT is worth exploring.

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    chantelle310

    Having just bought the echo dot, I plan on buying a few bulbs and … Having just bought the echo dot, I plan on buying a few bulbs and probabaly a light strip for my desk over the Christmas period. Although I may take a look at some other alternate smart bulb options too before I dive straight in for the hue. Would you say this is the best starter kit to go for? http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/smart-tech/smart-tech/smart-home/smart-lighting/philips-hue-white-wireless-bulbs-starter-kit-e27-10139071-pdt.html?istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=qtiamipwr&istBid=tztx&gclid=Cj0KEQiA-MPCBRCZ0q23tPGm6_8BEiQAgw_bAiQCL68AYAeWSw_pSfZ1XNl5gyRMuY3-uQMxUxapexIaAsMP8P8HAQ




    That's what I bought. I've put one bulb in the porch but I've quickly come to the conclusion I've no use for the other one. I've got 10 gu10's perfect fit, 3m strip light 2 and one e27 richer colour for kitchen. Motion sensor controls just gu10's. At the very least you'll want to be controlling white temp colour of lighting. The porch light comes on at sunset and off sunrise IFTTT
    Edited by: "cchopps" 15th Dec 2016

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    chantelle310

    Having just bought the echo dot, I plan on buying a few bulbs and … Having just bought the echo dot, I plan on buying a few bulbs and probabaly a light strip for my desk over the Christmas period. Although I may take a look at some other alternate smart bulb options too before I dive straight in for the hue. Would you say this is the best starter kit to go for? http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/smart-tech/smart-tech/smart-home/smart-lighting/philips-hue-white-wireless-bulbs-starter-kit-e27-10139071-pdt.html?istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=qtiamipwr&istBid=tztx&gclid=Cj0KEQiA-MPCBRCZ0q23tPGm6_8BEiQAgw_bAiQCL68AYAeWSw_pSfZ1XNl5gyRMuY3-uQMxUxapexIaAsMP8P8HAQ



    It depends if you want colour or not. Those are the white ambience bulbs. The colour ones are more expensive.

    deeky

    It depends if you want colour or not. Those are the white ambience bulbs. … It depends if you want colour or not. Those are the white ambience bulbs. The colour ones are more expensive.



    yes deeky the white bulb is what im after to start with, finding that starter kit in stock anywhere isn't possible by the looks of it so it looks like ill just buy the bridge and bulb separately

    Original Poster

    chantelle310

    yes deeky the white bulb is what im after to start with, finding that … yes deeky the white bulb is what im after to start with, finding that starter kit in stock anywhere isn't possible by the looks of it so it looks like ill just buy the bridge and bulb separately



    The mk1 version (round hub) is available here for £37


    As far as I know the only difference is that the mk2 works with the Apple homekit stuff whereas the mk1 doesn't.

    If you fancy splashing out on the better, white ambiance set, that's MK2 with better bulbs that you can change the temperature on, warm white/cool/daylight etc. It also comes with the dimmer switch as well though, which is £20 to buy separately. It's £99.95 and in stock from John Lewis. Also 2 year warranty at JL.

    Edited by: "deeky" 15th Dec 2016

    deeky

    The mk1 version (round hub) is available here for £37As far as I know the … The mk1 version (round hub) is available here for £37As far as I know the only difference is that the mk2 works with the Apple homekit stuff whereas the mk1 doesn't.




    ah ok thats interesting! would you happen to know if this one is alexa compatible also?

    deeky

    I have 8 in my living room. 5 x bulbs, 2 bloom lamps and a striplight … I have 8 in my living room. 5 x bulbs, 2 bloom lamps and a striplight plus.I've got most of the main apps as well, although some of them are too complicated.I'm currently using Hue Christmas for the festive season, with the £1.49 christmas carols add-on. Gives some great effects. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hue-christmas-for-philips-hue/id756904908?mt=8Anybody using anything else for Christmas? I usually use the Philips Hue app for regular stuff, setting scenes etc.



    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/25/a5/78/25a57864ef83f77356ac408747c7d963.jpg

    Original Poster

    chantelle310

    ah ok thats interesting! would you happen to know if this one is alexa … ah ok thats interesting! would you happen to know if this one is alexa compatible also?




    You mean the mk1 for £36? Yes, it is still Alexa compatible.

    deeky

    You mean the mk1 for £36? Yes, it is still Alexa compatible.



    Yes, that's me sold on the Mk1 then. I'll perhaps upgrade it after a few months to the mk2 if I see a great deal here. Thanks deeky

    amazon.co.uk/gp/…TF8

    "used - very good" GU10 colour x 3 and mk2 hub for £113 at the moment - not bad deal

    now gone...

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    On the white ambience gu10's be aware that the newer perfect fit type are identical in physical size to any normal gu10 bulb. The earlier versions, as well as the current coloured ones are not the same size.

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    deeky

    It depends if you want colour or not. Those are the white ambience bulbs. … It depends if you want colour or not. Those are the white ambience bulbs. The colour ones are more expensive.



    Those are not ambience bulbs. No colour temp control

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    cchopps

    Those are not ambience bulbs. No colour temp control



    Correct. Just a careless error. I meant just white. I went on to try to explain the difference between the ones she linked to and the white ambiance bulbs in #28.

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    deeky

    Correct. Just a careless error. I meant just white. I went on to try to … Correct. Just a careless error. I meant just white. I went on to try to explain the difference between the ones she linked to and the white ambiance bulbs in #28.



    How did you find the stickiness of the strip lighting. I have this terrible habit of opening all parcels immediately I receive them. One or two of the 3m peel off backing papers have fallen off because I unrolled the strip. I'm hoping it's not an issue, because I'm sticking the strip under kitchen wall units. Once those backing paper strips are off, they don't stick back on

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    cchopps

    How did you find the stickiness of the strip lighting. I have this … How did you find the stickiness of the strip lighting. I have this terrible habit of opening all parcels immediately I receive them. One or two of the 3m peel off backing papers have fallen off because I unrolled the strip. I'm hoping it's not an issue, because I'm sticking the strip under kitchen wall units. Once those backing paper strips are off, they don't stick back on


    Mine is fine because its behind the sofa so it's just sat on a piece of beading. I suppose gravity takes over when you're putting them under cupboards. I did under mine a couple of years back with cheap ones from Amazon and they were always falling off. Had to tack then in position in the end. It was supposedly the same 3M tape as well.
    Edited by: "deeky" 16th Dec 2016
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