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Connected light bulb will enhance your daily routine from sunrise to sunset


Many of us as homeowners take our lighting for granted, especially when it comes to white light which is similar to natural daylight.

White light helps keep us more focused, more alert, and also helps us wind down for the evening after a long day.

If you are a homeowner who wants to enrich your daily routine with white light, then you will want to get your hands on the Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit.

The kit includes two A19 bulbs, a dimmer switch and a bridge that connects to your Wi-Fi router, as well as an Ethernet network cable and a power adaptor.

This new technology is quite amazing on many levels and offers an array of features that are specifically designed with all of your daily routines in mind.

The ‘wake up’ feature emulates sunrise as it gently increases in brightness that naturally wakes you up in the morning on time. The ‘go to sleep’ feature duplicates the sun setting as it gradually dims until it is off, preparing you for sleep.

Even better, the technology allows you to create striking and cool white light effects that will enhance the look of your home. So, if you have an open plan living and kitchen space, you can use the connected lights to subtly divide the space: choose for a sharp white light effect in the kitchen area and a cozy white light feel in the living room area, or visa-versa.

You can also change the feel of your hallway from ‘practical’ when arriving home to ‘welcoming’ when guests arrive instantly through a faint change in the tone of the white light.

From ‘cool daylight’ (6500k) to ‘warm white’ (2200k), this technology will have you feeling more rejuvenated during the day and relaxed when evening arrives.

And for homeowners with children who need to get up during the middle of the night, the ‘nightlight’ feature provides a very low level of light while lessening exposure to blue light, which means it won’t disturb you or your children’s sleep cycle.

Creating your own vibe at home is a cinch. With the click of a button you can enjoy different styles of lighting all year long: ‘crisp white light’ to match that spring breeze, ‘warm white light’ to coincide with the summer sun, or ‘ice cool daylight’ to accent winter.

You can control this technology with a smartphone or tablet through the Philips Hue app, and you can even add switches to your system to trigger the lights. You can set timers, notifications and alarms, to name just a few features, and in no time you will enjoy the experience of this cutting-edge product. The app also lets you control your lighting from wherever you are, and on the home automation front you can schedule the lights to make it seem like you are home when you are not. You can even set the lights to come on at pre-set times, so the lights will be on when you get home, and you can also set rooms to light up at different times.

The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit is compatible with the Apple HomeKit, so all you need to do is ask Siri to turn on or off the lights or set the lighting the way you want with a simple voice command. This technology also works with Nest, which means that you can connect your lights to the Nest Cam, Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect.

For those who prefer to control their lights without their smartphone or tablet, the wireless dimmer switch allows you to turn your lights on and off, alternates between four-pre-set light settings, and dims to the right brightness. Through the app you can also configure the switch and add your preferred light scenes. The dimmer switch is a breeze to install: you just attach it anywhere you want, using screws or the adhesive tape on its back plate.

The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit also connects with neat wearables of sorts like Apple Watch, Android Wear, Pebble and an array of popular fitness trackers through IFTTT (If This Then That), a free web-based service that lets you connect apps and devices you use every day, such as Fitbit and Jawbone.

The Philips Hue white ambiance starter kit retails for $129.99 and you can purchase it at [select home improvement stores].

Paul Fitzgerald is a freelance journalist in Toronto. He is a science and technology writer with

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