Berlin Smart Living #3 – Smart lighting with Philips Hue

Philips Hue. Isn’t it super annoying when you’re already in bed and you’ll have to turn off your light off (of course the switch is super far away). This bothered me so many times. All I wanted was to be able to control my lights via phone. Well, some of you may already know what the topic of the post is – smart lighting.

Due to my new position I’ve dived deeper into the whole topic of be it smart building and smart home. Of course, the one or other intelligent tool had to move in. Not only for the comfort but also for energy saving. The first smart items were the smart bulbs by Philips Hue, which wouldn’t be more handy. I’ve told all my friends about them and the one or other has already bought a starter set.

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Philips HUE review wohnen in berlin _ living in berlin - wardrobe inspiration cult furniture lamp

Mood and atmosphere through a genius light concept

I’ve realized how important a good light concept of a room is not only during my architecture studies but also while decorating our new flat. Light creates comfort and coziness or more concentration while sitting at your desk.

LEDs bulbs are much more energy saving compared to classic bulbs. The light of the energy saving bulbs were fin. As soon as we’ve installed the Philips Hue Color and White Ambiance in the corridor and kitchen you could already see the difference. The light was super pleasant.

Philips Hue offers a range of three types of intelligent bulbs in different sizes and types:

  • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance (shades of white 2.200–6.500 K)
  • Philips Hue White Ambiance (shades of white 2.200–6.500 K)
  • Philips Hue White (warm white light 2.700 K)

We have the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance and the Philips Hue White. I can definitely approve that the more expensive Ambiance models are so worth it. We have our bulbs already since the end of November.

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Personally, I’m a huge fan of colored light, which you can easy change via the app. For our house party I’ve paired the bulbs with another app and they changed the colors with the rhythm of the music.

  • Moreover: the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs also simulate a “natural” sunrise. This helped me a lot to get up easily during the winter. Those of you who have a day light alarm can approve this.
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Accessories MOTION SENSOR IN THE CORRIDOR

A highlight of the accessories is definitely the Motion Sensor, which we’ve installed in our corridor. At the beginning my roommates were a little bit skeptical and found it useless. Now we all love it. In the night you can also set up the night light in order you won’t be woken up by the strong light.

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And to conclude the question you’ll be asking yourself now: what does it all cost? In general you should always calculate Smart Home investments over a longer period of at least 5 years. Short term you’ll be shocked by the high investment costs. Also, you’ll be saving a lot of energy with the smart system which in the end will pay off the investment.

OUr Equipment for our 100m^2 apartment
  • Hue White and Color ambiance Starter-Kit, E27 (1x Bridge + 3 Philips HUE Color)
    3x E27 bulbs White and Color Ambiance
    1x Gateway
    1x Hue dimmer switch
    – 199,95€
  • 1x E27 Extension White and Color Ambiance – 34,95€
  • 1x E14 White and Color Ambiance – 59,95€
  • 3x E14 White – 29,95€
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    Total 324,80€

find all products here

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Last but not least, a picture of our fiasko in the corridor – team #nolamps. Either you buy lamps right away when moving in or you’ll leave it. I’m seeing it already coming that we’ll never be buying any lamps. On the other hands, our Philips Hue bulbs look pretty stylish.

And I can only repeat myself: I enjoy it every evening to be able to turn of my light via my phone.

What do you think about the whole smart home topic?

I wish you a wonderful day!

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