Gadgetry: Philips Hue Smart Lighting for the Modern Smart Home

Albert Ornelas
By Albert Ornelas

Home lighting has moved beyond just flipping a switch on and off. Control your smart lighting with an app or a voice assistant to set a mood or transform a room.

The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit makes it possible for homeowners to bring limitless lighting possibilities to their modern smart homes with the Philips Hue app, which is available for download on Apple iOS and Android phones and on the Apple iPad and Android tablet. You can also use a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant. Once you have downloaded the app, the old world of switching lights either on or off is left behind and the next generation of control over your lighting is in the palm of your hand.

This Philips Hue system can be programmed to wake you up in the morning or to help you fall asleep at night by simulating the effects of ambient light at those times of day. For example, you can set the Wake Up Routine and be awakened when your bedroom fills with light resembling a sunrise rather than by the jarring sound of an alarm clock. Using the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance app, you can adjust your light settings from cool, energizing daylight to warm, relaxing white light that prepares you for a good night’s sleep.

You can also use your Philips Hue system for home automation, which includes scheduling lights to turn off when you leave home and to turn on in advance of your return, if you expect to arrive after dark. If you add the Location Aware feature in the Philips Hue app, it will “know” when you arrive, and you won’t need to lift a finger or touch a button to turn the lights on or off.

Once you are in control of your Philips Hue Smart Lighting, you can use it to choose from more than 50,000 shades of white light, from a warm, relaxing shade to a cooler, more energizing shade. You can use light to energize your body, help you stay focused on projects, or get lost in your favorite book.

And you can have fun at home by creating just the right mood, color, or ambiance for any moment. This Philips Hue system allows you to play with light and puts 16 million shades of color at your fingertips. Thanks to intelligent scene setting, you can read a story to the kids with the ambiance of a sunny day, a stormy night, or a visit to the ocean depths.

Because the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance system is interoperable with more than eight hundred apps, products, and platforms, you can use it to sync light strips and lamps to your music, television set, and games. You can use third-party apps to sync your favorite music with lighting to liven the party or to set the mood for a romantic dinner for two. And you can sync lighting with television and video games and become immersed in the action well beyond what is happening on the screen.

Light Strips and Lamp Options

While using the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit to control your home lighting is a good way to begin, you can bring your smart home to life by adding various light strips and lamp options.

Enhance the effects of your Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit by adding a LightStrip Plus with fortyinch extensions for larger surfaces. Shape it, attach it to any solid surface, and enjoy high-lumen output. By adding the LightStrip Plus to your Philips Hue system, you can create an immersive experience under bars or cabinets and behind entertainment systems. And you can extend or cut the LightStrip Plus to the length you need.

Then, there is the stylish Philips Hue Beyond suspension light LED pendant lamp that can be hung in a room to provide a range of illumination from mood lighting to task lighting. Once the Hue Beyond is connected to your home wireless network with your Hue Bridge (which is included with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit), you can control this stylish home lamp from your smart device.

Finally, add a Philips Hue Go with white and colored portable light to your system. The Go has an elegant design with a transparent casing. It is wireless, portable, and rechargeable for up to three hours. It can be controlled through the Hue system or via the on-product button. There is also the Philips Hue Bloom, which creates indirect ambient lighting to highlight furniture or architectural features in your home. It can be placed wherever a power socket is available.

The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit retails for about $199.99. Philips Hue products are available from, the Apple Store,, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Target, the Home Depot, and Walmart. To learn more about Philips Hue Smart Lighting, visit