Philips Hue vs WiZ vs TP-Link Tapo Compared – The best smart home lighting options
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Philips Hue vs WiZ vs TP-Link Tapo Compared – The best smart home lighting options

I have reviewed quite a few Philips Hue products over the past few months. More recently, Wiz has sent me some samples to try out. WiZ is a relatively new smart lighting brand that was founded in 2017 and became part of Signify in 2019. This places them under the same company that manufactures Philips…

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review with Signe Gradient Floor Lamp & Gradient Lightsrip
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Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review with Signe Gradient Floor Lamp & Gradient Lightsrip

I have recently expanded my range of Philips Hue smart lighting in my TV room with the Gradient Lightstrip and Gradient Signe Floor Lamp. The one missing piece to the system has been the HDMI sync box which allows me to synchronise anything on the TV with my lighting. Specifications 4 x HDMI In HDMI:…

Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip Review – With comparison vs Lightstrip Plus v4
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Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip Review – With comparison vs Lightstrip Plus v4

I have been slowly expanding my Philips Hue set-up and, in particular, upgrading my TV room. Recently, I have added the new Tap Dial Switch and the excellent but expensive Signe Gradient Floor Lamp. The Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip for TVs was launched back in 2020. It is a premium-priced product, and back then, I…

Philips Hue Electricity Usage – How much does brightness and colour change power consumption?
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Philips Hue Electricity Usage – How much does brightness and colour change power consumption?

We all know that using LED lightbulbs saves a massive amount of electricity compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs were typically sold in 40W, 60W, 75W and 100W bulbs. Most large B22 or E27 LED bulbs cap out at around 10W and are often rated as 8W or 9W. Therefore, I have never paid…

Philips Hue Signe Gradient Floor Lamp in Oak Review
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Philips Hue Signe Gradient Floor Lamp in Oak Review

The Philips Hue Signe Gradient Floor Lamp has been around for a few years now, but it was recently updated with a new natural wood-toned base and signature slender profile.  The existing colourways are white and black, and the new oak model is very similar to the white model, just with oak elements on the…

Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip for PC to synchronise games with RGB lighting  & Lightguide bulbs announced at IFA 2022
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Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip for PC to synchronise games with RGB lighting  & Lightguide bulbs announced at IFA 2022

It has been ten years since Philips Hue launched its first smart bulb, and they have been the best smart lighting solution ever since. Today, at IFA 2022, they have announced new products in their ever-expanding smart lighting product range. Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip for PC – Synchonisable RGB lighting for gaming If anything,…

Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch Review – One switch for four rooms & a turnable dial for brightness
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Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch Review – One switch for four rooms & a turnable dial for brightness

I bought my first Philips Hue starter kit back in 2016, and at the time, I wasn’t convinced I would be won over by the premium price just for the sake of not having to get up from my chair to turn my lights on or off. Here I am, six years later, and Amazon…

Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch provides greater control with four buttons, multi-room control and dial-based dimming

Philips Hue Tap Dial Switch provides greater control with four buttons, multi-room control and dial-based dimming

Today, Philips Hue has announced several new products, including the new Perifo track lighting and a Hue Go portable table lamp that can be used outdoors. However, what caught my eye was the Philips Hue Tap dial switch which provides superior lighting control over the existing basic Hue switches. Philips Hue Tap dial switch The…

How to Automate your Philips Hue Lights with the Yale Linus Smart Lock
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How to Automate your Philips Hue Lights with the Yale Linus Smart Lock

The Yale Linus Smart Lock has been my favourite smart lock I reviewed so far, and it is the first lock I have committed to on my main front door (though I use the Ultion Smart Lock on the back door). While all the smart locks I have reviewed have been good (including the Connexis…

Yale Linus Smart Lock now plays nice with Philips Hue for auto lights on/off
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Yale Linus Smart Lock now plays nice with Philips Hue for auto lights on/off

I have been a big fan of the Yale Linus Smart Lock, it is the best smart lock I have reviewed to date, and I still use it on my main front door. Yale has now expanded their collaboration with Philips Hue to deliver some smart home convenience when using Hue and Linus together. Once…

Amazon Echo Flex + Motion Sensor Review – Doorbell alerts and Philips Hue motion sensing on the cheap but is it good vs the Philips Hue sensor?
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Amazon Echo Flex + Motion Sensor Review – Doorbell alerts and Philips Hue motion sensing on the cheap but is it good vs the Philips Hue sensor?

I impulsively bought the Amazon Echo Flex and the addon motion sensor during the Black Friday period. The Flex was £14 but the motion sensor £15, all in all, a cheap buy as far as my compulsive tech spending goes. What I hoped to achieve was a relatively affordable motion sensor for Philips Hue lights…

The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

Originally posted in March 2018, I have now updated the post for 2019 to reflect some of the new tech and suggestions. This includes some reader recommendations too In the past couple of years, the home automation industry has boomed, and the traditional Z-wave based systems have lost ground to the new wave of AI-based…

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