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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

Switchmate Review – The easiest IoT light upgrade ever

If embracing the smart home has a common first step, it's often remotely-controlled lights, but that can be an expensive, time-consuming, or technical upgrade. Wireless bulbs switch out for their dumb cousins, but equipping every lamp can get expensive; swapping dumb wall switches for wireless versions looks clean but requires screwdrivers and dealing with mains electricity, not to mention potentially incurring landlord wrath. Step forward Switchmate, then, with an alternative that's up and running in mere minutes.

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iDevices Socket gives incandescent bulbs an IoT upgrade

iDevices Socket gives incandescent bulbs an IoT upgrade

Upgrading existing lights to connected versions usually means choosing between fancy LED bulbs and those you already have, but iDevices is pitching a way to keep both. The new iDevices Socket screws into a regular bayonet light socket - whether a ceiling fixture, standalone lamp, or wall sconce - and has a ring of multicolor LEDs for mood lighting; however, you can also add your choice of existing bulb.

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Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Switchmate’s DIY-free wireless light upgrade hits stores in May

Renter-friendly ways for a smart home upgrade are few and far between, but lighting at least is getting a blast of the IoT, no screwdrivers required. Glowing from its successful crowdfunding campaign last year, Switchmate is finally bringing its Bluetooth-connected adapter for your existing light switches to market.

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Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Now Amazon Alexa can control Lutron Caséta lighting too

Amazon's Alexa is getting her claws into even more of your smart home, with the news that Lutron's Caséta Wireless lighting can now be controlled by voice. The company's Echo speaker - as well as the Amazon Tap, Fire TV, and Echo Dot - can all remotely operate the Caséta range of wirelessly-enabled dimmer switches, including turning them completely off or on, and adjusting brightness.

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R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

R2-D2 Architectural Desk Lamp is a droid for your studies

When the time rolls around to finish up some work or hit the books, you head to your desk, only something feels off. Your desk seems a bit too generic, a little too all-business-and-no-play. It's functional, yes, but sometimes you need something a more, just a touch of personality to carry you through those long evenings. What's better than an astromech droid illuminating your books?

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Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips Hue Ambience offers white light from warm to cool

Philips has a new Hue light set for smart home fans, and this time the connected bulbs aim to bring every shade of white light into your bedroom or living room. The Philips Hue White Ambience kit introduces a new bulb, which although only offering white light - rather than the colors Hue is perhaps best known for - can be adjusted in light temperature.

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Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

Zuli adds Hue support to presence-tracking IoT plugs: Hands-on

In the smartest Smart Home, everything plays nicely together, and IoT smartplug maker Zuli is further joining up its dots with the addition of Hue support. The Zuli smartplugs, which differentiate themselves by using Bluetooth to figure out when rooms are in use and adjust devices accordingly, can now command Philips' color-changing LED bulbs too.

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Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Star Wars BB-8 desk lamp shines at your touch

Need an adorable Star Wars droid in your life? Enter the BB-8 desktop lamp, a model of the BB-8 droid from The Force Awakens that functions as a reading light. The lamp has a trio of lighting modes suitable for different situations, and is made from high-quality aluminum, according to ThinkGeek. Even better, it’s available as of now. See it in action after the jump!

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ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

ZappLight LED bulb doubles as bug zapper

LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.

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