That’s not all, either: you can also use it as a radio, an alarm clock, mood light, sunset lamp or a Bluetooth speaker. The sound quality on this device is very high, and in addition to built-in sounds and FM radio, you can also connect it to your Bluetooth to listen to your own music or podcasts. To do so, you’ll need to use a separate, Bluetooth-based version of the Hue app on your Android or iOS device. Cut down that activity by reducing the need to touch them. A wake-up light that serves as a reading light is especially handy if you’re short on space, but it also appeals to anyone who prefers to pare down their possessions where possible. To operate the Light Stik, sunset projection lamp slowly wave it across the hard surface you’d like to disinfect for about 90 seconds. Its job is to act like a Zigbee-to-Wi-Fi translator for your home network and your lights. Speaking of the Hue Bridge, it also supports third-party Zigbee lights that aren’t made by Philips. Philips Hue White LED: A pretty standard, soft white, dimmable LED smart bulb that costs $15 each. One standout here is the 4-pack of 2-in-1 LITOM 12 LED Solar Landscape Spotlights for $39.43 shipped.
Light switches are one of the dirtiest surfaces in your home. Something else to watch for: A growing number of smart light switches designed to connect with Hue’s light bulbs, making it so your automations and voice controls will continue to work even when things are off at the wall (with a regular light switch, cutting the power makes it so your bulbs can’t receive signals from the Hue Bridge). That includes desks, doorknobs, handles, light switches and counters. A three-bulb starter kit that includes a smart button and the Hue Bridge costs $180. All of this happens in a fraction of a second, and since the connection to your router keeps your Hue Bridge connected to the cloud, it means you can control your lights from anywhere in the world where your phone can connect to the internet. You can make and save your own scenes in the Hue app, too, which lets you return to a custom mix of colors that you like with a single tap or voice command.
That connection to the cloud lets you control Hue’s lights from your phone, with a voice command via Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant, or by automating them to turn on and off at specific times or when other devices trigger them. On the Alexa front, Philips Hue also offers direct compatibility between its lights and the Amazon Echo Plus, an Alexa smart speaker with its own, built-in Zigbee radio. Many of Philips Hue’s bulbs and fixtures can change colors upon request (hence the “Hue” branding), but some are just basic bulbs that put out plain ol’ white light and nothing else. Philips Hue GU10 Spotlight LED: Hue spotlight bulbs designed to replace specialty halogen bulbs with dual-pronged bases. You can upload a favorite photo in the Govee app to customize your lighting to apply those colors to your Wi-Fi bulbs. OK, so tell me about those bulbs. The popular pop-up is known for using grass-fed, grass-finished beef smashed onto a pillowy potato bun. Once you do, you’ll control them via the Alexa or Google Home apps, and turn them on and off using Alexa and Google Assistant commands.
That could be a Google Home device, Amazon Echo speaker, or Apple HomePod with Siri on board. I had to draw a line somewhere for this story, so for the purposes of this product roundup, Amazon, Ring, Blink, Eero, Ecobee, Google and Nest-branded devices are out. The Tool Klean Anti-Microbial UVC Light Stik is a wand that pumps out ultraviolet light designed to destroy germs. It provides 10,000 lux of light intensity, which is about the same as an average day outside. A bit niche, and priced the same as the floodlights: $30 for a single White Ambiance bulb, $50 for a White Ambiance 2-pack, $50 for a single White and Color Ambiance bulb. If ever there was an autumn when things could be a bit brighter, this is it. That seems a bit unavoidable given how many variables there are to set, and the lack of app. The Hue app comes with a number of preset “scenes” that, when activated, will automatically change all of the lights in the room. Basic automations like those let you do things like schedule your lights to turn on automatically in the morning or at sunset, or even more creative use cases, like lights that blink whenever you receive an email from an important contact.