Philips Hue lighting system not as stupid as I originally thought…
By Troy Saxton-Getty
Ok, I am usually the first to admit when I am dead wrong when I call technology stupid and find out I am wrong.
This is clearly the case with the Philips Hue internet lighting system. I have been making fun of it for some time now since seeing it in just about every Apple Store on the west coast.
I can usually justify buying anything tech but for nearly 5 months I couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to plunk down 199.00 USD for the 3 light starter kit.(plus 59.00 USD for each additional light bulb).
I was dead wrong… this thing is the coolest useless fun gadget I have played with in a long time.
You can set just about any combination of light color, use your own photos and match a color for each bulb or group them together to make it a single color for each.
You can set turn-on timers, fade out count-down to off modes and even alarms.
Imagine waking up to artificial sunrise based on a sunrise photo you took at the beach.
These little guys have plenty of presets and some quick pick modes too, or make just about any combination of bright or dim color, even a simple bathroom nightlight.
Setup was simple, plug into my wired switch, the wall for power, screw in the lights, turn on the normal light switch, download the app, press the button on the little puck controller and you are up and running.
If you turn off the wall switch manually and back on, each light defaults to a regular fluorescent light equivalent.
Load the app and take the light back over with a simple button press.
The price is a bit steep, but you can amazingly enough, instantly change the rooms mode. Including a study bright light blue hue and a mode optimized for reading.
Gorgeous color reproduction, I feel stupid making fun of this, I absolutely love it.
For a few bucks in the app store you can pick up a few 3rd party disco light controllers that time the lights to music automatically for a fun disco effect, including black and white fast firing strobes.
I added 9 additional lights in about 10 minutes and edited some of the presets to include the new lights.
Create a web account and you can sync your handy light presets across devices.
Ok, it’s stupid to drop about 500 USD on the kit plus extra bulbs but I still cant stop playing with it…….what is it, after 3am, sweet!!!