In a previous post, we have talked about Philips Hue and original ideas to use it. Today, we will review 2 products that we own in the Philips Hue LivingColors range : Bloom and Aura.
The 2 lights are provided with a remote control. With the remote, you can turn on and off the lights, choose or dim the lighting color and save 2 favorite colors with the 2 buttons at the bottom.
Philips also provides a smart switch called Philips Tap. Its 4 configurable buttons allow you to define scenes to control your Hue lights in your home. It is portable but you can mount it to the wall.
The Philips Hue Bridge is necessary if you want to control and program the Hue products from your smartphone or smart hub. A Bridge can support up to 50 bulbs and 12 Hue accessories. It is compatible with the Zigbee protocol, iOS and Android.
Philips Hue Bloom is small and white. It blends easily in your interior and can be used to highlight a wall or a furniture. Bloom can project up to 16 million colors. However, the light is a plug-based product and needs to be placed near a power socket.
Philips LivingColors Aura is bigger than Bloom and is available in white or black. Like Bloom, it isn’t wireless and needs to plugged in a power socket to work.
Installation & Setup
To install your Philips Hue light, you first have to plug your Philips Bridge and connect it to your router with an Ethernet cable.
Then, you need to install the Philips Hue app on your smartphone. Here we are using the Android app.
Open the app, it will automatically detect your Philips Hue Bridge.
Press on the button located at the center of your Bridge.
The bridge is then connected to the app. You will either be asked to update the Bridge or to accept the connection.
The app will then look for your Philips Hue lights. Turn on the lights for the Bridge to find them.
The Bridge has detected a Philips Bloom.
You will be asked to add the light to a room. Tap the + button to create a room.
Enter the room name and the room type.
App Interface & Settings
Now that everything is set up, you can start using your lights and adapt it to your way of living.
On the app, select your light to configure it : turn it on/off and change the colors.
In the Scenes tab, you can select different shades of colors (for example : savanna sunset is a mix of orange and yellow tones).
From the main menu, you can go in the Routines Tab to create your own routines.
Want to wake up with the sunrise? Define a wake up routine to turn your Philips Hue on.
Define the wake up time and the fade effect.
If you own other Philips Hue accessories (Hue Tap or Dimmer Switch), you can add them to the app.
We have integrated our Philips Hue in our smart home one year ago and we still love to play with it. We love the variety of colors it provides. It is easy to change the atmosphere in our home according to our mood. In front of a wall or behind our TV, the Philips Hue enhance our interior.
We have also integrated our Philips Hue with our alarm system. If our smart hub detects an intrusion in our home, the Philips Hue will turn red. It will go green if the alarm is disabled.
16 million colors
Easy to configure
Power plug needed
Difficulty to synchronize remote controls
Philips Hue are the perfect choice if you want to add smart lights to your smart home. You can easily integrate the lights in your smart system : they are easy to install and configure through the Hue app. The main weakness of Bloom and Aura is the fact that they need to be plugged in to work. If you are looking for a portable version, we would recommend Philips Hue Go, which is wireless.
Use them to create nice atmospheres : synchronize your Philips Hue with your music or increase the lights with your alarm to wake you up. You can also imagine connecting them to your weather station or alarm system to notify changes or to warn you.