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Philips Hue.

Discussion in 'Geeks and Gadgets' started by Perrier, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Perrier

    Perrier Well-Known Forumite

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    Picked up a Philips Hue Kit as they was on offer at Currys

    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/smart...ogle-home-mini-chalk-bundle-10187623-pdt.html

    I use Alexa for most of my voice controlled automation so the Google home is going to be someones Xmas pressie ;)

    Although its more expensive to purchase the different bulbs etc , ive just realised how much more they can actually do.
    I'll mainly be using the Hue to display ambient lighting in sync with my tv when watching movies , music concerts etc.
    ( although ive also had to purchase a couple of these for the full effect )

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-Portable-Changing-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B00TPKQ6DG

    My remaining Hive controlled lighting will carry on being used with my sensors for turning the lights on and off for my stairs and bedrooms. (handy when you are carrying wifeys tea tray to her room and you cant access the switches as your hands are full lol )

    damn , this habit can get very expensive :D
     
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  3. The Hawk

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    It can indeed. One of the problems I've encountered is that no single company does everything so my smart home is a real mix of makes, including Alexa and Hive.
     
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    That's very true.

    I'm looking at an app called 'if this then that' , then it wont matter so much if its run by hive or hue as it'll do an action based on an action regardless on what triggers it first.

    Also , there seems to be a easy hack that allows the cheaper ikea bulbs and sensors to be run through philips hue as well so i'll be looking into those as well shortly ;)
     
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    It started with Tado for us. Then smart plugs. Then Alexa. Now our entire house is Hue driven, we have a robotic vacuum cleaner I can have clean the living room on demand through Alexa, all our Christmas lights are on smart plugs and the pool filter in the summer

    It’s a rabbit hole for sure
     
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    black friday didnt help

    wifey hid the credit card .... boo :(
    but not the bank cards .. muhahahahahahaaa ;)
     
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    The trick is to have your card saved.
     
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    just checked ..... it is ! :master:

    ...now ,

    back to shopping ;)
     
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    just a heads up.

    although its not hue related , theres an offer on through british gas for anyone on the rewards scheme .

    A free Hive hub and hive plug worth over £100 for the first 20,000 to apply.
     
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    Thanks for that. Already have the hub, but another plug will come in useful.
     
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    Probably paid more than the value of the hub and plug in silly Big 6 rates anyway. All these tariffs with free smart thermostat and whatnot are more expensive by far.
     
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    With the British Gas offer, you don't have to take your energy from them, to get the free hub and plug; I tend to stick with the small providers; I'm currently with RAM Energy.
     
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