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We recently just purchased our first home as you know and I am always on the look out for different things that will make my home look and feel amazing throughout the year!
I like to think of myself as having a “Smart Home”, our light switches even turn off automatically so I was super excited to test out these great lighting products from Philips!
The Philips Hue Go was the first light I tested out, it was super easy to set up, just plug it in and go! It has a range of different colors and with a quick touch of the button it will set the mood or environment in an instant!
When the battery is charged, you can remove the light from the charger and it will last up to 3 hours on it’s own!
I love that the Hue Go is portable, it means I can take it anywhere and don’t have to worry about plugging it in!
The Hue Go is also designed to withstand humidity, which is great for the hot summer months! The light can also be controlled by the Hue app which is another great way to have your home connected.
The Hue Go helps you to wake up fresh and energized in the morning with deep dimming. The gradually increasing light intensity gives you the feeling you are waking up from sunrise, gently and naturally, this I need in my life, about 30 minutes before the kids wake up!
It also works great as a night light, for reading, to brighten up a darker area or just to use outside on the porch to let a little light come your way.
The Hue Go offers 5 patented “natural dynamic effects” – Cozy Candle, Sunday Coffee, Meditation, Enchanted Forest, and Night Adventure.
Each dynamic effect has its own mix of colors to set the right mood for anywhere or any situation!
The Philips Hue White and Ambiance Starter Kit is the ultimate to have a connected lighting system in your home! It includes 3 light bulbs and a bride that helps connect the lights to the app and router.
The starter kit works with Apple HomeKit (iOS users) so you can control your lights with Siri voice control on your iPhone which I think is incredibly cool, I love controlling things with my phone, it makes me feel like a wizard.
I recently sprained my wrist and it’s been a little sore so the fact that I can control the lighting with my phone has made life just a tad easier. It’s open home certified so you can create your own ecosystem, I think this is pretty cool too!
The lights are also really easy to install and once the hue bridge is connected you can get full functionality of the Philips hue app when connected to the Hue Bridge, you can adjust colors, set timers, notifications, alarms, geofencing and more.
Here are a few more great features –
- Choose from preset light recipes or create your own with 16 million colors,create and save scenes using your favorite photos as palettes
- Choose from fine-tuned shades of white including the soothing “Relax” setting, the vibrant “Energize” setting and more – no need for buying different white bulbs
- Create custom schedules: program your lights to match your routine, from gradual sunrise every morning or automatically illuminate your entranceway at sundown, to movie night settings
A router is required to make the bridge connect to the lights and what’s more awesome than a Netgear Nighthawk! This is seriously the best router we have ever owned, it also seems to speed up my internet connection immensely plus keep it connected, you can tell I love it right?
This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices.
As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home, the average US household has 7 “connected devices”, from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the home’s network, especially the router.
Personally our home always has at least two phones, two smart TV’s, two laptops an xbox and other gaming consoles connected so with out old router everything was pretty slow, this has helped speed things up so much better and I now own my “Dream” router!
The router also includes a wi fi extender and awesome help and protection from the Geek Squad!
The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment.
Overall I am in love with my new lighting system, I love that they can be bright, dimmed, change colors, set the mood, wake me up happy and well they are just awesome and the router is my new obsession!
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