Line "Philips Hue”

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Proconductor: Philips
Category: Actuators / Sensori
Type: Controller, thelumination LEDs, presence sensors
Technology: Wi-Fi / ZigBee
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.2

Philips Hue - White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit with 3 Bulbs

- The line of home automation components "Philips Hue”Is simply one of the most well-known, widespread domotic solutions for thelumination internationally recognized as quality. This solution, in addition to the systems of thelumination, is composed - as we shall see - also of different accessory components designed to perfect the experience of using the line.

The whole ecosystem "Philips Hue"Is based on a single element, the"Philips Hue Bridge“, Which has the role of BRIDGE/Gateway, or "concentrator" for all devices in the line products. Essentially the "Philips Hue Bridge” is both a device Wi-Fi (able therefore to connect to our network Wi-Fi domestic, and from there to ours final management tools) That ZigBee, protocollo on which all the devices of this line are based.

Philips HUE Bridge
Philips HUE Bridge

To introduce the line "Philips Hue" in proenvironment is necessary to possess At least one Bridge (or more than one, based on the size of the environment itself and the arrangement of the rooms, eg presence of several floors) which acts, as mentioned, as a concentrator; once this element is implemented, it is immediately possible to add the components of the line in a simple and immediate way through theapp dedicated management (available for iOS e Android).

This need for a Bridge brought Philips to define a series of "started kits", pre-packaged packages at an advantageous cost which, in addition to the various components (however available individually), also contain, appanointed, at least un Bridge.

Theapp mobile management rappactually resists theHUB of management, that is the central of co-ordinatesnamemanagement and management of the Hue components present in the environment and connected to the “Philips Hue Bridge". this app allows not only the switching on, switching off and adjustment of light points and other accessories, but also to the definition of ad hoc scenarios: it is possible, for example, to define an ignition pattern for the reading which includes the switching off of all the lights except one, rather than a "party" scenario with all the lights on, perhaps with different color and white temperature settings for each point light, and so on.

To this proposito, Philips has recently made available a free software kit (for PC) Windows) called "Philips Hue Sync"Which allows you to manage dynamic lighting / adjustment scenarios based on music, video content and others.

Finally, it is possible use as a trigger (of switching on or off the light points) of the timer or dei presence sensors (to turn on / off in the absence / presence of a person in the environment), sensors that we will talk about later. All these configurations are always carried out by the aforementioned app phones.


"Philips Hue"Is a line products in constant evolution, therefore the following list is certainly partial although it provides an overall picture of the maximum available components.


Il hinge of the line "Philips Hue"Is certainly rappresent from bulbs. Substantially these elements are simultaneously of the actuators (turning on / off and, in some cases, intensity and color adjustment) and bulbs true e proprie: in fact it is sufficient screw them to the profirst lamp holder and, after a brief configuration, control them through theapp in the ways mentioned above.

This approccio rappsents a huge advantage in terms of accessibility: without the need of any modification to the electrical system, every light point can become intelligent, domotic, and enter fully into the profirst personal home automation.
Two instead the disadvantages: the first one, to abandon the use of any wall switches (the bulbs must be permanently energized, therefore any switches must be left on "on" - the light point is in fact controlled by itself app); the second, the need to replace the whole bulb (which in any case has a higher cost than a normal light bulb, even if not very high) in the face of failure.

The features that all these bulbs have in common are low consumption (they are all based on LEDs) and the low heat emission.

The most traditional and elementary elements of this line are the "Philips Hue White“, Which are available in two main formats: traditional light bulb E27 and spotlight spot G10,

The first is a standard light bulb E27 with issue lumiwith warm light (2700 degrees Kelvin), adjustable in intensity, which at the maximum setting delivers 800 lumens (equivalence of an incandescent bulb from 60 watt). The actual consumption is 9 watts.
The cost (for a pack from two pieces) and of approximately EUR 30.

The secondinstead, it is a traditional standard spotlight G10 with issue luminano white light with variable temperature (from 2200 to 6500 degrees Kelvin), adjustable in emission intensity, which at the maximum setting delivers 250 lumens (equivalence of an incandescent bulb from 35 watts). The actual consumption is 6 watts.
The cost per single spotlight is of approximately EUR 30, while for a pack from two pieces the price is around around the euro 50.

As for the E27 there are two other versions, the "Philips Hue White Ambiance"And"Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance"

The first is a light bulb with emission luminano white light with variable temperature (from 2200 to 6500 degrees Kelvin), adjustable in intensity, which at maximum regulation delivers 806 lumens (equivalence of an incandescent bulb from 60 watts). The actual consumption is 9,5 watts.
The cost per single piece is of approximately EUR 35, while for a pack from two pieces the price is around around the euro 55. There is also the E14 model, available at a price of approximately EUR 50 for two pieces.

The second it's a light bulb that you can adjust both in intensity (max 570 lumens at 3000 degrees Kelvin) than in terms of light color (16 million colors possible). The actual consumption is 10 watts.
The cost per single piece is of approximately EUR 50, while for a pack from two pieces the price is around around the euro 90.

Also in the "White and Color" series, there are also formats E14 e GU10:

La E14 is slightly less powerful than the E27 (max 470 lumen at 4000 degrees Kelvin) and has a cost, per single piece, of approximately EUR 45; The GU10 (max 230 lumen to 6500 degrees kelvin) has a cost, per single piece, of approximately EUR 60.

Finally it is important to mention the existence of a multicolored LED strip called "Philips White and Color LED LightStrip"

Philips White and Color LED LightStrip

which is sold in two lengths, one from one meter and one from two.
The cost for the two-meter version is confirmed around the euro 30.


In addition to bulbs, there are other solutions of theluminotecnica Hue which, in addition to theluminare, furnish.

An example is the "Philips Hue Sana"And"Philips Hue Iris“, Respectively a wall lamp and a desk lamp with the adjustment characteristics (color and intensity) described above. Also interesting "Philips Hue Go Portable LED Lamp“, A lamp that as the name suggests has the advantage of being, in addition to domotics, portable.

The solutions "Philips Hue"For thelumito furnish they are a lot.


The line also includes two remote controllers, a dimmer ("Philips Hue Lighting Dimmer Remote ControlSwitch") And a multi-switch ("Philips Lighting Tap"):

The first allows you to control one or more light points (obviously Hue) in terms of ignition and regulation; it can be mounted anywhere in the house, is battery powered and requires no wiring whatsoever. It costs around the euro 25.

The second has a similar function, but presents three different buttons that can be associated to different functions (switching on / off of specific light points or groups), but does not allow intensity adjustments luminosa. Like the dimmer, it can be mounted anywhere in the house, it is not battery powered (it is in fact a component capable of translating the mechanical movement of the profirst buttons, when pressed, in electricity) and does not require wiring of any kind. It costs around the euro 50.


Finally, the sector sensors.
"Philips Hue"In fact, it has two different sensors (one for internal use and one for external use) with the same function: that of detecting the presence of occupants in a given environment.

These sensors are called "Philips Hue Sensorand Movement from within" and "Philips Hue Sensorand of Movement from outside"

These two sensors essentially serve to pilot the switching on / off of the lights Hue based on the detection of occupant presence. Internal sensor costs around the euro 40, the external one around 50.


As anticipated at the beginning, as it is Hue a system based on BRIDGE/Gateway Zigbee↔︎TCP/IP, Philips has defined a set of kits which allow you to save something at the time of purchase.

There are di all the types.


In terms of compatibility the line "Philips Hue"Is compatible - very rare case - with all. Everything, in practice, with what we consider fundamental and indispensable on inDomus.

"Philips Hue"In fact it is compatible with AppHomeKit, but also with Amazon Alexa, with Google Assistant as well as the service IFTTT besides, of course, with the proman appmobile communication and the free suite "Philips Hue Sync"Cited above.

Moreover the system is more or less openly compatible with other light systems of other brands: it is the example of light bulbs (but also intelligent plugs) of the brand INNR, which - while costing less - can easily be used through BRIDGE Philips Hue.

A note: being a line based mainly on proProtocol ZigBee, the alternative to the adoption of BRIDGE/Gateway expected concentrator may be to use i gateway ZigBee of the Dresden Elektronik, or "RaspBee" and "ConBee"

Domotics integrability

As for the degree of home automation integrability, NEST is among the (many, by now) products that can be easily integrated into the major ones HUB personal.


"Philips Hue"Can be easily integrated with Home Assistant through an ad hoc platform, but unfortunately it is not possible to survey the well-known personal HUBall the components of the line products. This platform, in fact, allows only integration for now of all the light components but not motion sensors or controllers (dimmers and switches).


To integrate "Philips Hue"Is possible, but it makes no sense (since compatibility Apple HomeKit is already present in the factory) if not for the possibility of integrating - unlike Home Assistant – also motion sensors and controllers (dimmer and switch), providing those using the home automation system in the key Appa series of additional tools to define complex automation and scenarios.

Also openHAB e Domoticz they are not inferior, and allow a complete integration.


Philips HUE - Buy on AmazonThe line "Philips Hue"Certainly does not need the blessing of inDomus - or anyone else - to be what it is, or the line of prolearned for thelumination most versatile and known in the world.

The merit of Philips in having believed in advance - compared to many competitors - in home automation: the degree of maturity of this line products is such that the Dutch house can benamelook down on the strong market of a line of procomplete products that do not stop growing.

Of course, we must be able to afford it: "Philips Hue"It is certainly not given as a present, although the degree of constructive, functional and scalable quality is such as to justify a price certainly not very affordable, at least not for everyone.

If you are looking for a reliable system, fast to implement without the need for revolutions in the electrical system, then "Philips Hue"Is certainly the answer.

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