Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge)

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Want to Go Green

Why people love it
  • Expect to just fall in love; everyone else uses that word to describe their relationship with Hue
  • Super easy to setup and use
  • Set the mood for any occasion

Your friend can control these lights from their Smartphone or tablet, but they can also get a couple of switches at an extra cost. It works over Wi-Fi through a bridge plugged into their router and comes with plenty of color options.

Sadly, they can’t add these bulbs to another hub; they only work with the Philips system. And, they’re not exactly cheap.  

Details

Meaningfulness: For a friend who wants to reduce their energy use, these smart lights are the perfect solution. The LED light bulbs provide the equivalent of 60-watts of light, using 20 percent of the energy! Your friend will get about 15,000 hours from the light bulb (roughly 4 years), and they can use their smartphone and/or tablet to adjust the brightness or hue of the bulb. They can use up to 50 Hue light bulbs with the same bridge (the controller device), and the starter pack is fully compatible with a number of home automation systems.

The lights work with the Philips Hue app, or Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, or Nest systems. The Philips Hue hub plugs into a Wi-Fi router, making it possible to connect to the lights from anywhere in the world. The lights deliver 800 lumens, more than bright enough for any home.

Originality: Not only will this gift allow your friend to go green, but they'll be able to automate their house. The HUE app makes it possible for them to remotely switch their lights on and off.

Price:  This is an excellent option for a friend who wants to cut energy use and make their home more "cutting edge"

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