Philips Hue smart lights are pretty fantastic since you can control them with your phone through the Philips Hue app, a virtual assistant with voice commands (Alexa, Siri, or Google), or you can go with the official Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch. It works just like a normal light switch, except it's imbued with smart technology that, as it states in the name, allows for wireless dimming. Here are some accessories that can enhance your switch.
- Central hub: Philips Hue Bridge
- Track your remote: Tile Mate
- Portable light: Philips Hue Go
- More ambiance: Philips Hue Bloom
- Best overall bulb: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Bulb
- Basic and affordable lighting: Philips Hue White A19 2-pack Smart Bulb
- Alexa controlled: Echo Dot
- Helpful Google: Google Home Mini
- Strips of ambient lighting: Philips Hue LightStrip Plus
- Outdoor lighting: Philips Hue Inara Outdoor Wall Lantern
If you have a Smart Dimmer Switch, you're going to need the Philips Hue Bridge to make it work. The Bridge can connect up to 50 Philips Hue lights, so you can control them through your phone, voice controls, or with remotes like the Smart Dimmer Switch.
While you may keep the dimmer remote in its cradle most of the time, it's still a remote, so it may get replaced. With the Tile Mate, you can slap it onto the dimmer remote and track where it is in the house through your phone. If you can't find it, just make it ring and follow the noise!
The Philips Hue Go is a portable lamp that lasts between 2-3 hours on a single charge at 40 percent brightness, or you can leave it plugged in for 100 percent brightness (300 lumens). It features two white light options and five color presets that you can cycle through with a button on the lamp itself. You can also use the app to access 16 million colors and use the Smart Dimmer Switch to adjust the brightness to your liking.
If the Hue Go is a little too expensive, the Bloom is a decent alternative. It's another lamp, though slightly less portable (it's small but needs to be plugged in) and with less lumens (120), but provides excellent ambiance to a room. It's much cheaper, which is an important factor to keep in mind.
The standard Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs allow you to fill a room with either normal white or color mood lighting, depending on what you feel like having. These bulbs also have a lifespan of around 25,000 hours, so you won't need to replace them for a while.
Hue products do get pricey, but if you just want to get started with the Hue ecosystem, the basic Hue White A19 bulbs are reasonably priced. They're 60W in brightness and can be dimmed, making it perfect to go with your Smart Dimmer Switch.
Even though you have a remote to dim the Hue lights, sometimes it's just easier to use your voice. For those wanting to use Amazon's Alexa, Echo Dot is reasonably priced and quickly adds Alexa voice control to your home.
If you aren't too keen on Amazon's Alexa, then maybe you want to pick up a Google Home. It's fairly cheap for the starting version and can answer questions, play music, and control your smart home appliances for you, including Philips Hue.
Ambient lighting is a big thing with the Philips Hue ecosystem, so you may want to consider the LightStrip Plus. You can put these light stripes anywhere, such as underneath bars, bed frames, or cabinets, and trim to the desired length. These strips provide gorgeous displays of color and can be dimmed with the Smart Dimmer Remote.
The Inara Outdoor Wall Lantern is a beautiful and traditional outdoor light that works with the Smart Dimmer Switch. You can easily control your outdoor lighting's brightness with the remote, or even set schedules and geofencing options for the Inara through the app.
With all of these accessories, your Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch with Remote is bound to get a lot of use! Our personal favorite is the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Bulb, as these versatile bulbs provide excellent normal and ambient lighting for any mood you're in.
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