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Smart Home Lighting: The Cons and Pros

Founder of Brilliant Lighting and member of CEDIA, Iain Shaw give us his view of the current state of play between the DIY and Professional smart home lighting markets… Smart Home Lighting Smart lighting has never been more accessible nor has it been more prominent.  What do the latest iterations of smart LED lamps tell us […]

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Video: SmartThings + Hue + the Logic for Kids Bedroom Night Lights

A quick new video from the CNET Smart Home on lighting for kids bedrooms. The aim is to help children make it to the bathroom during the night without the need to wake other members of the household and the team use SmartThings logic to control Philips Hue lighting… cnet.com  :  @cnetsmarthome Want More? – Follow us on Twitter, Like […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Dimmable Megaman 6 Watt GU10 LED Bulbs

You could spend days trawling on-line forums reading opinions on LED light bulbs. There’s such a vast range of quality, price and colours to look at, and that’s before you get into dimming performance. Some time ago I asked an installer friend to recommend a bulb for us to replace the halogen GU10’s in our kitchen. From his […]

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The Best Value Way to Start Your HomeKit Smart Home Setup

This Philips Hue kit currently costs £59.99 for 2 x Hue White LED bulbs plus the new v2 hub that supports Apple HomeKit. As the hub is normally £49.95 on it’s own that’s good value. You can buy more of these white 9w LED Hue bulbs at £14.99 and at that price there’s no need to even consider […]

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Ikea ‘NITTIO’ Bulbs Give Cool Edison Filament Look with 1.8w LED Efficiency

Wandering around the Ikea lighting department at the weekend I found these cool looking Edison style “NITTIO” bulbs. They cost £10 for the 12 cms polycarbonate globe, E27 version in the photos and there’s a slightly smaller 9 cm E14 version for £7 too. Available in either silver or copper finish. Both units use an LED luminous flux and […]

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SmartThings + Raspberry Pi & Homebridge = Siri HomeKit Controlled Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to get Siri controlling your Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue lighting and Sonos using a Raspberry Pi running Homebridge. Automated Home reader (and media producer) Paul Gale takes us through his step-by-step guide finishing up with a rather impressive seasonal smart home video. “Hey Siri, make it Christmas!” Or how to get Siri to control HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices […]

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Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 Brings Apple HomeKit Support & Siri Voice Control

Philips have revealed the new 2nd generation of their Hue Bridge. The new hub brings HomeKit compatibility and the sci-fi voice control of your home you’ve always dreamt of… Siri voice control – Using Siri and third-party apps, HomeKit-enabled devices across a home can interact to deliver dynamic new experiences in an easy and secure way. You can […]

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[Sponsor] Schneider Electric Marries Style and Functionality with Next Generation of Wall Switches

Schneider Electric’s new Saturn eDLT range builds on the success of the C-Bus DLT switch by taking it to a whole new level of sophistication, by allowing the user to control 16 devices by scrolling multiple pages with one sleek switch. With enhanced colour, control and functionality options, the Saturn eDLT range offers a huge […]

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KickStarter: Lucid Labs Cipher USB to DMX Lighting Interfaces

Here’s a new Kickstarter campagin to launch a simple to use USB to DMX lighting interface that works with free software allowing you to easily control DMX lighting systems. Two different Cipher Models will be available on kickstarter: the Cipher Lite and Cipher Pro. Both models allow the same precise control of a full 512 channel […]

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Video: New Philips Hue Go Portable ZigBee Light

Philips have announced the latest addition to their ZigBee controlled smart home lighting range. The Hue Go (Hugo?) is a lamp that can be detached from its mains charger to be taken anywhere around your home, inside or out. It takes around an hour and a half to charge and that will provide you with up to 3 hours […]

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