- Hue lighting?
Have got a Google mini and starting to look into the various things it can do.
We currently have 2 lights, on the old fashioned plug timers, that come on in the morning and evening and thought it might be good to change them to Hue light bulbs.
I’ve seen that you can now set schedules and it looks fairly easy to do.
Is it just a case of buying a couple of bulbs or is there anything else required?Posted 2 months ago
I think you’ll need the Hue Bridge as well (which acts as a hub for the lights), I doubt the mini will have a built-in hub. Other than that and downloading an app for some functions you’re good to go (you might find yourself doing a firmware update on the lights after getting them up and running, which can take a while (but I’ve only done this twice in about 18 months so far).Posted 2 months agodangeourbrainSubscriber
The hue Bluetooth bulbs work without a hub, on offer at about £40 for three today on amazon, our as above get 2 with an echo for less than that (and ebay the echo if you don’t want it)
Otherwise there are plenty of WiFi bulbs available which run from an ap and will run from alexa of Google without any hub.Posted 1 month ago
Currys are selling hue bulbs with a Google Nest Mini so looks like they do work without a bridge (with a Nest Mini at least). However, I’d presume you lose all the remote access features without a hue bridge (not sure about that), which for me was the reason for buying hue (all outside lights come on when arriving home).Posted 1 month agosam_underhillSubscriber
I’m just about to embark on a mash up of GU10 ikea bulbs with a hue bridge. I think a lot of the linking with google / echo features work better with a hub / bridge hence why I’m going down that route. The hue app is also miles better than ikea, so I picked up a cheap hue bridge on ebay. People often buy the kit for cheap bulbs and then sell the bridge on, so they are readily available and pretty cheap.Posted 1 month agorichardkennerleySubscriber
The hub is incorporated into the new version of Echo I believe, that’s why that package doesn’t come with one.
Setting up routines is dead easy, the coloured ones are very effective, got one on a motion sensor which is also very effective. Got a widget on my phone and tablet to set “mood” lighting in the living room (i.e. dim the lights so they don’t reflect on the Tele!!)
It’s all gimmicky nonsense though when normal lights are cheap and do the job!Posted 1 month ago
Read up a bit more yesterday and seems the Hue Bluetooth bulbs have a pretty short range and are only recommended for in-room solutions (i.e. the smart assistant or wireless remote switch is in the same room as the light). So a Bridge + Hue zigbee lights (not sure why I said WiFi in a previous post…) is a better solution for most people. I guess the other makes that aren’t Bluetooth and don’t need a bridge are actually WiFi and each bulb has it’s own IP?Posted 1 month agoDrPMember
I like the Hues…
I used to have ‘generic wifi bulbs’..TP link Kasa actually…
However, for one or two they are cheaper, but once you get 5+ bulbs, though the bridge is pricey, each individual bulb worked out a lot less….
And I find the hub controlled bulbs respond quicker.
I still use TP link Kasa plugs all round my place to control floor lamps/TV etc…
I like the Hue as my tiny daughter can control them with the little remote widget – it’s on teh side of her bed, and turns on/up ttheir bedroom and hall light (and only those two) in case she needs a pee in teh night!)Posted 1 month ago
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