What are the best Smart Lighting Solutions on the Market?
Comparison between Philips Hue Smart Bulbs and Insteon Light Bulbs!
Smart Lighting Solutions
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Convenience – Ambience – Style
… and jealous neighbours!
A short but true story: So I bought a SmartBulb. What a SmartBulb is? Let´s say: an intelligent source for various different Light-Settings. My Bulb even can communicate with it´s Brother- and Sister-Bulbs in the same room and change color.
My wife: As I told her what I bought, the first thing she said was: ‘And why do we need this?’ – so motivational! I come along with the latest mindblowing, awesome and amazing smart-technical-stuff and then this question! “Why does anybody need smart components for his SmartHome?” It is simple: Convenience, Recreation, Possibilities … Fun!
A Few Days Later: My wife and I are sitting on the couch watching a great movie on our (of course) Internet-connected, with gestures and Smartphone controllable TV. By the way, my wife loves this! … A Lovescene: My wife cuddles in my arms … we look at each other and we both feel these “vibrations” – I am sure (at least hope) you know what I mean. I shortly touch my smartphone and ALL the lights in our Living-Room dimm softly and even slightly change the color to a warmer tone. My wife has a broad grin … I look into her eyes and I whisper: ‘Now you know it!’
There you have your answer – Do you need SmartBulbs or other home tech for your Smarthome system? Perhaps not. – BUT – Do You Want them? ‘Oh my god yes!’
Smart Lighting Solutions
Which Smart Lights are the Best?
There are many different Smart Lighting Solutions on the market. At least a lot of them are a kind of “stand alone” solution, – just lighting. To create a future proof system for your home, you should choose something that easily connects with other home tech components and which you can upgrade and expand, when your system and your needs – go further. So here I have a comparison between two of the most popular lighting solutions:
Review Smart Lighting Solutions
Philips Lighting – Hue –
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Smart Lighting Solutions – One of the most popular is from Philips Lighting, the so called “Philips Hue”. The most impressive difference between the Philips Lighting and other solutions, is the integrated full color range ambient light. This feature, combined with the possibility to save individual light settings, gives you a whole new dimension of home ambiance lighting.
Installation – easy and frustration free! 100% real plug and play. Just change your existing bulbs with the Philips Hue bulbs, connect the Philips Hub to your router. Load the Philips-App and you are good to go!
Functionality / Possibilities – are really limitless. No other smart lighting system provides more possibilities. The unlimited color variety lets you always find a setup that matches your mood or situation. Brighter lights for better concentration during learning or studying; softer lights and colors for listening to music, relaxing or a cozy evening – just with a fingertip. For those of you who are into gaming or who like to watch movies on your Philips Smart TV with the Ambilight System – this is the perfect match! It can be synchronized with your Ambilight and the whole room will be bathed in the light of the actual scene or game. Believe me, a new dimension of watching movies. You even can take any picture, load it in the Philips-App and tap on any color in the photo – e.g. your room will be filled with the color of the warm light of the sunset from your last holiday – amazing. After the latest update it even is compatible to full voice control like our recommendation in the review of the Amazon Echo! You can even boost the variety if you use the ‘If This Than That’ (short IFTTT) – recipes which let you connect your Philips Hue to a lot of other Apps of your controlling device. We give a deep inside of the IFTTT – possibilities in the next days. If you want a sneak peak: https://ifttt.com/recipes.
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Conclusion – If you are looking for a possibility to improve your home ambient, the convenience and style – don´t search any further. We can fully recommend the Philips Lighting solution Hue. Not cheap but hands-down – worth its price. If you think you know a better solution – please leave a comment down below; if you have already made your own experiences with the Philips Hue – let us know what you think or if you have any tips to share – we appreciate this!
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Review – INSTEON Light Bulbs
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INSTEON – offers a lot of different possibilities for your home automation system. The components easily connect with each other and are easy to setup as well. But: They do not allow you to integrate them so easy with other protocols, or control them with other apps. This is much easier with the Philips Lighting Hue. At least if you decide to stick with INSTEON you get good products which will do what they should. Just the variety (from other companies) is a little more restricted!
Installation – was really easy. (you have to buy the Insteon Bulbs + the Insteon Hub. We bundled all you need to start down below). But … easy only if you use Insteon products for the first time! Important note: If you have already installed a few Insteon products and you buy a new hub – not all of them will work! We tried everything, but even after a complete new configuration not all items worked. The only solution was to keep both hubs connected and implement a second ‘home’ in the App – very disappointing. The Insteon-App itself is less easy to use and sometimes even quite confusing – Insteon already announced, that they are about to improve the software.
Possibilities / Functionality – are quite what you would expect. We missed the color change possibilities of the Hue system, but if you are seeking for good, normal smart bulbs these are fine. The light color is a real warm white (2500K), which is quite good compared to other ‘normal’ led bulbs in the market, which often make a slightly to cold light. Control them from wherever you want, dimm them and even use the IFTTT possibilities as described above; a special deep inside review about IFTTT will follow these days. This boosts your variety of possibilities.
If you want to see the Insteon bulbs in action – have a look here:
Conclusion – The Insteon system is great as an overall home automation system, but you should decide to use it and then stick to it. Combination with other, than Insteon products is not always easy. So if you do not need and want the color options of the Philips Hue Lighting system, the Insteon bulbs can be your choice. Simply Wi-Fi connected good warm white bulbs, to replace your traditional lighting. Of course though the bulbs are relatively cheap, the Insteon hub, needed to connect – is quite expensive. If you compare the same starter-set with 3 bulbs and the hub, you get the same price as the Philips Hue.
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Final Comparison – Both are easy to install and awesome to use! Both bring a real improvement to your all day living-quality! I am sure if you have used them once, you never want to miss them again. No getting off the couch or out of bed, no worrying when you are on a holiday trip – because no one will know as your scheduled lights turn on and off as if you are at home. And of course you can do all the awesome stuff like mixing them with other components to create:
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Review Philips Hue vs. Insteon Bulbs
Recommendation – We recommend the Philips Hue Lighting system, because of the enhanced color-change-functionality, the better Control-App and the ambience-possibilities! Even the combination with other home tech devices is a bit more easy. But: if you are just looking for an exchange for your normal lighting, the Insteon bulbs are fine, with a good warm white light – if you want to build a whole Insteon system – you can´t do anything wrong with these!
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