I purchased the Google Home Mini – Google’s first “hockey puck” sized home assistant, directly competing with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot – for my wife for Christmas and we’ve been using it every day for the last month. Google’s offering almost one-up’s Amazon’s, utilising their massive technical capabilities/know-how to provide you with the best day-to-day assistant that you need in your home.
Smart lighting is an ever growing market and nowadays you have plenty of options/brands too choose from. I’ve personally used and reviewed Philips Hue, LIFX and TP-Link over the past 6 months and I’ve more brands to go (Hive, Osram etc.). Today though, I’m looking at the newest iteration of the standard colour LED bulb offered by LIFX – the A60 “Gen 3” – and comparing it to my existing “LIFX Colour 1000“.
The Philips Hue bulb ecosystem is ever expanding and so are the accessory options to go alongside. You’re no longer limited to a bulb that only fits in one type of light socket and controlling the bulbs has generally been restricted to requiring a smartphone in-hand in order to tweak brightness levels, colours and turning said bulbs on/off without using your main light switch.
The Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch aims to simplify that control, by providing you with fine-tuned brightness control, access to multiple scenes and basic on/off functionality, all from a slim, wireless, wall mounted, magnetic remote control!
Smart bulbs are getting better, brighter, quicker and easier to install and use. Having just moved into our new house, the first thing I did was rip out the “energy saving” bulbs (you know, the ones that take 15 minutes to “warm up” to mediocre brightness levels) and replace them with smart bulbs. I contemplated getting some more LIFX bulbs, or some more TP-Link bulbs – both of which I’ve used previously, but in the end I decided to jump on to the Philips Hue band-wagon to see what all the hype is about.