One of the most widely available RGB-led solutions is probably the Philips Hue series. And that is for a reason. After years of reading reviews and articles about Hue, I’ve recently decided to jump in by buying a Philips Hue Starter Pack GU10.
It’s pretty simple. Philips created a line of high quality LED bulbs, capable of RGB. They build an ethernet-bridge which is capable of talking to the bulbs over the ZigBee protocol. And finally they launched a beautiful mobile application to the iOS and Android appstores. The result is the Hue ecosystem, which can be one of the most expensive ways for consumers to automate home lighting. But it works great. Oh, and it is open for developers via an SDK..
Not that I have any plans of replacing every light bulb in my home by Philips Hue, but I do wanted to try it for some time now. So that’s why I bought a Philips Hue Starter Pack GU10.
The start pack includes:
– 3x GU10 RGB bulbs (in fact it’s RGBW)
– bridge with ethernet connectivity
– ethernet cable
– power adapter
The price for this pack is about €169,-. One of the most expensive options, really if you compare it with the RGB led strips and other diy solutions that are available from China. But that is in no way comparable to the quality of the Philips bulbs, and the ease of use.
After installing the bridge and connecting it to the network using the ethernet cable, it’s just as easy as starting the mobile app and follow the simple steps to connect each bulb. When the setup is finished, the same app can be used to create groups, scenes, or just change the color of single bulbs. The mobile app is also capable of creating simple timers (‘turn lights off in 10 minutes and fade during last 2 minutes’) or recurring ones (‘turn lights on every weekday at a random time beween 18:00 and 19:00’).
More scenes and examples are available via the Philips Hue community at meethue.com