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Philips Hue Bridge: How To Circumvent The 50 Bulb Limit

A Philips Hue starter kit, with the text "control up to 50 lights..." overlayed on it.

The Philips Hue Bridge (or the Starter Kits, which ship with a Bridge) are fairly clear about a seemingly unimportant limitation: “the Hue Bridge allows you to connect and control up to 50 lights and accessories” – Hue Bridge marketing information, 2020. When you’re just starting out on your smart phone journey, 50 lights seems … Read more

New Video – How To Stop Your Ring Cameras From Recording: 6 Simple Solutions

YouTube thumbnail for my 'Stop Ring recording' video

To go alongside my ‘How To Stop Your Ring Cameras From Recording‘ text guide, I have just finished recording a video guide for it too: (no Ring cameras were hurt in the filming of this video!) The six approaches are: Option 1 – use modes Option 2 – disable motion detection Option 3 – turn … Read more

How To Stop Your Ring Cameras From Recording

A Ring Doorbell Pro in its initial setup mode - shown by the blue ring.

Having Ring’s doorbell and security cameras around your property are great for feeling more secure and preventing burglaries, however they can make you feel self-conscious at times – especially if you’re relaxing in your backyard but a Ring outdoor cam is filming you 24/7, like the all-seeing eye of Sauron. Okay maybe that’s a bit … Read more

New Video – Philips Hue & Alexa: Full Setup (Step by Step) + Why I Chose Hue

Philips Hue & Alexa YouTube video thumbnail

I had always been a bit unsure about smart lighting due to their cost, but I realized of a perfect smart light usecase around my home (turning on and off four side lamps in the evenings). So I went out and purchased four E14 candle Hue bulbs (White Ambiance), along with a B22 starter kit … Read more

Do You Need To Put Up The Ring Recording Warning Sticker?

Ring 'audio & video recording' warning stickers in different languages - English, French, German, Spanish and others.

When you buy a Ring doorbell, camera or alarm system, Ring warning decals come in the box – such as stickers that say “Attention: Ring Audio & video recording“. These are designed to be put in your window, and in theory they should ward off would-be criminals. But are they really a good thing to … Read more

Why Is Philips Hue So Expensive? Are They Worth It?

A Philips Hue White Ambiance E14 single bulb box, with the actual bulb outside it (resting against the box).

This morning I ordered some Philips Hue bulbs (four White Ambiance E14s, a size sometimes called ‘decorative candles’) and a starter kit including the hub/bridge. To be honest, I was almost annoyed at myself for ordering them because I’ve been wary about smart lights for years. Why? Well I remember having a conversation with someone … Read more