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The new Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit

Smart homes are starting to have a high number of devices that will be very useful for owners. However, due to amount of devices that can be found in a smart home, users can easily get confused, because it’s not an easy mission to sort out what works with what. 

Well, with Philips Hue’s color-changing smart bulbs, this will not be a big problem, because it works with everything, including Amazon Echo, Samsung’s SmartThings, Google’s Nest Thermostat and IFTTT. Therefore, after releasing the new version of the Hue Bridge, this will also work with Apple HomeKit, which is great news for Apple users.

So, due to a set of smart-home protocols built into iPad and iPhone operating systems, users can access Siri to activate this smart bulb. The new Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit is available at the price of 200 dollars and comes with updated bulbs. This is a huge update, knowing the fact that the previous bulb didn’t shine any brighter than 600 lumens, while these new bulbs will go up to 800 lumens. This means that they finally hit 60-watt equivalence. 

Moreover, users will now have extra brightness at certain color temperatures. Unfortunately, the colors aren’t very special compared with the original bulbs, and come with some weak spots, like purplish blues and yellowy green tones. Probably, customers have hoped that the second-generation will bring some significant improvements to color, but unfortunately it does not. 

However, being able to control Philips Hue from Apple’s Homekit is a big improvement, and Apple users will probably be excited. Moreover, they can use Siri to control the lights, which is an interesting experience. Updating to the second generation, Philips Hue’s package comes with the same three bulbs and a bridge and it can be controlled with the same Philips Hue app on iOS and Android devices. In the end, except from the compatibility with HomeKit, there isn’t any other significant change.

After updating to the new Philips Hue 2.0, Siri will be able to program lighting changes. This means that when users will say “soft white,” the bulbs will turn to this color. 

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Eli Wads is one of our expert authors in technology and business fields.Currently living in San Marino, Eli has graduated at Southwestern Academy with a Bachelor Degree in business in 2008. Contact him by dropping him an e-mail at Eli.Wads@dailygossip.org

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