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Sunday, March 31, 2019

1966. Philips Hue, and many, many more

I bought a new house, and I'd love to be able to have a switch next to my bed that can turn on and off some lights. But there's no switch there. I don't have the skills to wire a new switch. Is there some technology that would allow me to switch lights on and off remotely without a wired switch?

Funny about that because I just got a new house and I have lights on my bed and no switches to turn them on and off. It must be a question from me.

I've been researching this a lot lately and yes there is one solution that is to replace the light switches with some sort of smart switch but I didn't want to do that in this new house. Instead I was looking for some way to control the lights with my voice or with some other technology that wouldn't involve rewiring things and I think I found a good solution. There are lots of options in this area but using smart bulbs can somehow sometimes make things work better.

Certainly in my case for the lights by the bed what I really want is some way to say Alexa turn off the lights and have it turn off the lights and obviously Alexa, that is from Amazon is where I'll probably go. I've looked at several different technologies for the lights and I've ended up with Philips Hou that H U E for the light bulbs. They allow me to change colors or brightness and they are smart bulbs that can be connected to Alexa and other smart technologies and it's easy to manage them. No rewiring. It's all done magically wirelessly.

I'll be using Alexa and Phillips Hou bulbs to turn on and off lights in my new home.


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