Philips hue, lighting that you can control from iOS and IFTTT

Updated: Nov 27, 2019



Although it has been on the market for some time, we still had not been able to test the Philips hue lighting system live and direct. A system that in its basic kit includes everything we need to start coloring our lives and controlling lighting from the internet or an iOS device.

To the advantages of direct control from the application designed by Philips we can add the creation of rules and even its use in IFTTT channels, which allows us a whole world of possibilities. In this post we will see what it offers and what uses we can give it.



Philips kit with three LED lamps, contents of the box



Before opening the box and in the same store we can take a look at the contents of the Philips Basic kit hue. A detail, because even the basic kit is an important investment. Thus, we can see both the three LED lamps that compose it and the controller that we will need to control up to a maximum of 50 lighting units. And I say units because a strip of controllable LEDS has also recently come out with the same system.


In the box we also have the power adapter for the controller, and a network cable for connection to our router.


Another detail is that the configuration instructions are in the box on the inside, which we can see through a window while we rotate the wheel that is on the edge, which is changing the color of the lamp on the front of the box.



Phillips hue configuration



The configuration is really simple. We just have to connect the lamps to the power and ensure that they are on. Then we plug the controller's power adapter into the network and connect it to our router. the lights that indicate the status of our hue system will remain on.

Now is when we use our iOS device and download the Philips Hue app from the App Store. Thanks to it we can control all the lights that we have configured and program them, as we will see later. Make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network of your home. When installing the application you will ask us to create an account and press the button of the controller to activate it. It is done. We have our system configured and functioning.


Now we can start playing and see their possibilities. From the application we can select a series of scenes, which are images that we can use for the lamps to acquire the desired color. Thus, moving the icons of the different lamps that we have connected above the scene will modify the lighting. Thanks to this method we can choose between multiple scenes, which will modify the lighting of all the lamps at once, or choose some preprogrammed patterns from the application itself.


Thus, we can select a scene from the web, or turn off all the lamps of a single action. We can preview the scenes or download them from the internet.


What else can we do? We can schedule the lights to turn on when we're going to get home, using the location of the iPhone. Thus we will have a welcome colorful sea when entering the house. We can also program the switching on or off of all or each of the lamps separately at certain times.


The amount of light per lamp has surprised me a lot. I expected a much lower lighting per lamp, but the truth is that they give enough light. In the box figure that, for 8.5w of energy expenditure, we will get about 600 lm per lamp. What, according to Philips, would be equivalent to traditional light bulbs of about 50w each. Also the range of colors, since if we add a great chromatic variety to the possibility of reducing the brightness per lamp (or all together) we will achieve the desired environment easily. Another detail, the cap is heated a little, not so the surface of the glass that emits light, so we can screw it into the caps that we want without any problem.



IFTTT and Philips Hue, an excellent combination


If the application for iOS, as well as web browser control are quite interesting solutions, it is even more so if we use it with IFTTT. And is that being able to link up to 71 different services, such as Twitter, Facebook, SMS, email, ... with the control of lighting makes everything take on a different meaning.


So, we can make the lights turn on, turn off, change color, blink, ... with activate some activity on the internet, or date and time, or weather, to give some examples.


Thanks to IFTTT, lighting control no longer only depends on whether we light the lights manually or programmed, but they will respond to multiple events.



Rating of the three Philips Hue bulbs kit


With a price of 199.95 USD the kit of three bulbs with the controller (up to 50 bulbs) and 59.95 USD the individual bulb must be recognized that it is a very important investment. Once tested, I think that if we have the need to control a lighting system for home, or want to use it as a notification system, to put a couple of examples, will be well invested as it is a quality system and well designed.


Applications for mobile devices are available for iOS and for Android and are both free. There are other applications for hue control, both free and paid. For example, if we have a Philips TV with Ambilight we can increase the lighting of the television frame with the hue system.


Once tested, I think that if we have the need to control a lighting system for home, or want to use it as a notification system, to put a couple of examples, will be well invested as it is a quality system and well designed.


Applications for mobile devices are available for iOS and for Android and are both free. There are other applications for hue control, both free and paid. For example, if we have a Philips TV with Ambilight we can increase the lighting of the television frame with the hue system.

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