Hue White Ambiance Bulbs for Warm & Cool Light
Motivated by a lack of daylight in my home, I installed and am now enjoying 8 Philips Hue White Ambiance flood lights which I can tune between a daylight white during the day and a warmer color in the evenings. As someone obsessed with light, I love it.
They’re controlled with my Google Home, my phone, my wife’s phone and my traditional light switches.
I was hesitant for months because I thought that Smart Homes are gimmicky and weren’t worth the complication. I failed to understand that the lights work regardless of network connectivity, and just turn on to a default state. Further, the lights connect to radio frequency Hue bridge, not the Wifi directly, so there is only one additional network connected device.
I really thought that I’d program them to change automatically with the sun throughout the day, but I tried that and it’s easier to just change them manually.
Hue bulbs can emit shades of white between 2200K and 6500K with a maximum brightness of 680 lumens.
The graphic below shows the color temperature range from warm to cool. Too cool feels like a dentist, and too warm feels sleepy.
I wanted control to avoid jarring hospital cool in the evenings, and lazy warm light in the middle of the day.