Lets Have Some Fun With Smart Lights!
I wanted to write about some of the fun things you can do with smart home lights. In my previous videos, we talked about some of the issues you come across and we installed the smart bulbs in the bonus room.
How I have My Smart Lights Setup.
I’m going to show some of the smart home lights I already have set up. They are more ambient type lights and most are laid out in the living room and kitchen area.
One is a regular Philips Hue light strip that sits behind a picture. It’s not color but at night it illuminates through the picture. I think it looks kind of cool and does a good job of creating usable ambient light.
There’s also four Philips Hue Play Bars and a Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip on the back of my tv in the living room. I have two regular Philips Hue Color Lightstrip’s in the kitchen. One under the counter and one on top of the cabinet. They too work great in providing good ambient light.
Good ambient light keeps you from turning the main lights on and off when the house gets dark. These lights provide enough light so you can walk around and do things and not turn on all lights. I also have a Phillips Hue Bloom that sits on a little table and illuminates a picture, which I really like.
What About Outdoor Light?
I have some smart lights outside, but I haven’t been as impressed with the exterior Philips Hue lights as I have the interior lights. I’ve had zero issues with my interior lights they all just work. They’re easy to place, they look good and are easy to manage. I didn’t have the outdoor lights very long and had two of them fail. The connectors they use screwed together and have a rubber seal, but it doesn’t seal isn’t as good as it could. I had one with water in it and corroded the connector. It was able to clean it and put it back together and it worked fine.
Exterior Smart Lights Definitely Need Some Work.
I feel like the exterior smart lights need some work to improve their reliability. You don’t want to install a light and have to replace it in a year, they’re not cheap. I would definitely take a look at some other exterior light products before choosing one. My wife wanted to just put some regular low voltage LED lights around the house and walkway so that’s what we did. They’re on a timer or controlled by an app so that’s fine.
Their are some colored Philips Hue Smart Bulbs in the living room ceiling fan. That’s one of the situations where I really didn’t need color. I just bought them thinking “oh this is going to be awesome” but I never change their colors. They just get turned on and off. I should have thought about that and I could have saved myself a little bit of money.
We also have the lights up here in the bonus room. The light strip I just put up is the tp-link light strip. I also have 2 bloom smart lights and one more Philips Hue light strip. Those light up the areas to the left, right and underneath the desk. I’m really happy with how that turned out.
I really like the ambiance of the lights and it’s nice that you can change their colors. When we do Christmas and different holidays I’ll change the color theme to the holiday theme. To me it’s a lot of fun, it’s definitely something you can buy and play with since you don’t have to put them in any particular place.
Your Possibilities Are Endless!
You can put them where they look best based on what you are wanting to accomplish. The possibilities are endless and it adds a lot of character in my opinion. I would definitely look at some of the interior light options from tp-link. The lights I installed are working great and they’re much cheaper than Philips Hue. Philips Hue Lights are definitely a great pick however, and you won’t be disappointed. The interior Philips Hue smart lights I have work great and are easy to set up and connect. The app is also easy to use and works great with Google Home. I’m sure it does great with Alexa too, but I don’t have Alexa.
A Bonus Feature.
One thing about the TVs I wanted to mention is the Philips Hue Sync Box. It has four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, of course the output would go to your tv. The inputs allow me to connect my video devices, like my PS5 and my nVidia Shield Pro, that I use for all my streaming. You can also connect streaming devices like Google Chromecast with Google TV, or a Roku Streaming device to it. The Sync Box reads the video content and will sync the bulbs according to the color that’s on the screen, it’s really cool.
The sync is pretty much instantaneous, it looks awesome when you have a really good action movie with a lot of different colors that are popping on the screen. Another awesome aspect are movies where the muzzle flash will flash the lights so it looks like the gun’s firing off to the side of the screen. It’s really cool!
You can switch it over to audio only where it reads only the audio signal and not the video signal. Then it will sync the lights to kind of dance to the music. We’ve used that many times for Christmas and different things when we having guests over. Definitely something you want to get and just kind of play with and just have fun with. There’s all kinds of things you can do to brighten your atmosphere and change the mood.
Talking about Christmas I almost forgot to mention that Philips Hue last year came out with a string light called Philips Hue Festavia. It’s actually 16 feet long and will easily be able to cover the average six-foot seven-foot tree. Last year we decided to use it for some decoration for the banister and it looked really good. You can set the lights in the Hue app to rotate through certain color schemes. So the lights on the banister just continued to rotate through these cool colors, it was really awesome.
The next video I’ll be making in a week or so I’m going to show you some of the smart home devices that are not necessarily lights. I have a MyQ garage door opener that is connected through an app that I can use remotely. And of course, there’s cameras too, so we’ll get into some of that in my next few videos.
Below is a quick video as well that might give you some ideas in creating a nice ambient environment with the interior color smart home lights.
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