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Top 3 Alexa Lights of 2018

Ever felt instantly happy walking into a room? Chances are it’s down to the lighting. The importance of good lighting has been known for centuries. But the big trend right now is ‘smart lighting’.

What am I on about? Smart lighting can encompass a lot of things. Think clapping your hands to switch off the lights or asking Alexa to dim the room for a romantic date night. It’s made possible by a seamless collaboration between Amazon or Google’s virtual assistants and your special smart lamps. All you need to do is hook up your lights to a smart device like your phone or tablet.

My go-to brand for smart lighting is Phillips. The reason? Their traditional lights are second to none and they’ve nailed the new technology.

Check out my three favorites for lighting up your home:

1) LPhilips Hue White and Color Ambiance BR30 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Flood Ligh

Overview

First up is the Hue dimmable bulb. This light specializes in creating millions of subtle color combinations to achieve the perfect ambience, every time. The colors are rich and will instantly transform your mood. You can control all your Hue lights from the comfort of your bedroom or even outside the house. All you need is a good wireless connection. Here’s the fun part! If you love listening to music, watching movies or gaming, you can actually sync your lights with your activity. Awesome, right!?

Installation is a breeze. Just insert the light as you would a traditional bulb. To make the most of the new features, you’ll need to download the Phillips Hue App. Also ensure that all your devices are paired correctly. Don’t worry, it’s all made easy and instructions are included.

These bulbs are on the pricier side, especially if you’re looking to replace all your lights. My tip is start with a few. See how they are in different rooms and gradually switch up all your lights.

My Verdict

Love vibrant colors? The Hue is for You. Use soft lighting for a relaxing ambience or turn your home into a full on disco. Be ready to encounter minor hiccups, especially if your light switches are very old. Philips provide outstanding support and don’t forget: All items are returnable. Hue bulbs are energy star certified, so you’ll be saving on your bills.

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2) Philips Hue Bloom Dimmable LED Smart Table Lamp

Overview

This is the humble table lamp re-invented for 2018. Wonderfully lightweight, the Hue Bloom dimmable smart lamp can be plugged in anywhere in your home. I love that the cover feels like beautiful, smooth porcelain. As with its brothers and sisters in the Hue range, it’s capable of producing millions of color variations. Use it to highlight the best features in your home. If you’re a movie buff or a gamer, you can sync your light with the rhythm of your entertainment. I was watching the game the other day and the light flared up every time my team scored. Result! The Hue Bloom can be controlled by voice through Alexa or through an app on your smartphone.

Something you should know: You really should get the Hue Bridge to make the most of this light. It’s sold separately, but worth it. Other brilliant accessories include the dimmer switch, Hue tap and the Hue Motion Sensor. But if you’re worried about bleeding money, start with the Bridge.

My Verdict

This light is pure fun. It can bring your surroundings to life with the most spectacular colors. However it’s not designed to be a very bright light. For example, it’s not the best for late night reading. Also you should prepare to spend extra money on the accessories. They really make it.

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3) Philips Hue Go White and Color Portable Dimmable LED Smart Light Table Lamp

Overview

The Philips Hue Go is a portable color changing light. Like the Hue Bloom, it’s a simple and durable design. There is an outlet to plug your light directly into a socket. Alternatively, unplug the light and take it with you anywhere. The light even has a small extension allowing you to place it at an angle. The Hue Go is beautifully bright, although the brightness decreases when it runs on battery life. If you love to paint your walls in a brilliant color, you will love this light. Or if you want to meditate or relax, check out some of the special modes including enchanted forest, cosy candle, night adventure…I’m sold!

Here’s another nice touch. The Phillips Hue Go can be used either with Alexa or Google Assistant, or manually from the base. That means you don’t necessarily have to buy all the trimmings (Hue Bridge etc). It also makes it easy to operate for both kids and adults.

The battery life lasts about 3-hours and re-charges fully in 1.5 hours. Honestly I wish it were longer, especially as I like to have my light on for hours. Also the power cord was a little tricky to maneuver.

My Verdict

Out of all of the Phillips smart lights I tested, this is probably my favorite. I mainly use the automatic light effects to fit my moods throughout the day. I just wish the battery life was better so I could get even more out of my smart light.

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