Philips Hue's newest smart lighting kit won't break the bank
Kitchen & Household
This is a new one bulb, one switch combo from Phillips that's gonna put a Zigbee bulb and a Zigbee switch in your home.
And what that's gonna do is allow you to wirelessly control the light, turn it on and off and dim it using this little handy remote.
You can stick this switch plate up on your wall wherever you like, no wiring necessary.
And then from there take the remote out and use it to control the bulbs wherever you Now, this is a lot simpler than the typical Philips Hue product.
You're not gonna need the Philips Hue bridge.
You're not gonna need the Philips Hue app.
You can leave your phone in your pocket and just use the switch with the bulb directly.
If you want, you can add in a Philips Hue bridge, or if you already have one, and then make this bulb a lot smarter.
At that point, it'll work with all Philips Hues third-party integrations, If and the Nest, Amazon Echo, but out of the box just like this won't work with any of that.
You can't even schedule it to turn on in the morning or turn on at night.
You can't do any of that unless you have the bridge.
Still, I think the simple approach is pretty appealing.
The installation is especially nice.
You just take this little plastic tab out of the bottom of the remote there.
And just like that, it's paired up.
Took me about five seconds out of the box to get this thing up and running.
I also like that the bulb dims very well.
It goes down all the way down below 1% at that minimum setting and at maximum setting gives you over 800 lumens.
We clocked it right at 801 so it's very accurate in its claims, and a very nice bulb over all.
In terms of the specs.
What's also nice is that $40 price point.
Now, this won't change colors like a normal Phillips Hue bulb.
It doesn't have that novelty factor, but it is an accessible smart light.
A more affordable option than those $200 starter kits for the color changing varieties.
I like that if you're curious about smart lighting but don't wanna buy in on that level.
This is a nice way to sort of.
Different feet into those waters.
For more check out my full first take at CNET.com.
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