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Using Smart Switches And Sensors For Normal (Dumb) Bulbs

People sometimes think that in order to have a fully smart lighting system, you need to buy smart lights and also smart bulbs. But this isn’t always correct. In-fact it’s…

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My Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance bulb inside a table lamp, with weird flickering and noise issues.

Hue Bulbs Buzzing: Why It Happens, And How To Stop It!

Philips Hue bulbs work really well in general, and are quiet to the point that you can only heard a noise if you put your ear right up next to…

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My Amazon Echo (with a blue ring, in listening mode) next to a Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance box.

Hue And Alexa Integration Problems (& How To Fix Them)

I recently started to switch over to smart lighting in my house, and overall I really like the integration with Alexa. After all, being able to control your lights using…

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A Innr smart plug, with the "hue PHILIPS" logo text overlayed over it.

Smart Plugs That Work With Philips Hue

Smart plugs go into a wall outlet and devices are plugged into them, and you can then turn the plugged-in device on or off. Philips Hue, on the other hand,…

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

Philips Hue Bridge: How To Circumvent The 50 Bulb Limit

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…

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A Philips Hue starter kit (B22), and four E14 White Ambiance bulbs.

Common Philips Hue Setup Questions Answered

So you’ve decided to switch to smart lighting? Congratulations, I recently made the switch and I’m glad that I did. Having said that, there are some possible points of confusion…

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A sticky note put over a standard wall switch, saying "Smart bulb!!! Don't turn me off!!!"

Can Turning Smart Bulbs Off And On At A Switch Damage Them?

If you have a smart bulb installed in a light fitting, it’s easy to forget that it’s a smart bulb and turn the switch off to it – rendering the…

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A recently installed Philips Hue v2 bridge which is setup in my loft.

Philips Hue Range/Distance Guide: How Far Away Can It Work?

I recently purchased a Hue starter kit and four candle bulbs, but due to having limited space (and power outlets) by the router in my living room, I instead installed…

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

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

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…

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A side lamp with an Amazon Echo Dot in-front of it

Can Smart Plugs Be Used To Dim Lights?

When you plug a device into a smart plug, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the device itself isn’t suddenly smart. And by that I mean that it’s still the…

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