Philips Hue Lighting | Lighting for Your Mood

At the beginning of the year we did a remodel of the sanctuary at our church and my husband and I were part of the team that made all the design and decorating decisions. Since we go to a small church with a small budget, after carefully researching our options, we decided to use Philips hue lighting in the sanctuary. We’ve had the lights in operation since April and we’ve loved having the ability to change the lighting with a tap of our smartphones.

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

With technology ever changing, I always like to be on the forefront trying and testing new things that hit the market. Because technology has a way of making life easier, I’m particularly fond of how I can use it at home.

There are many different products today designed so that we can experience a connected home. From a thermostat to security system, Best Buy offers products like Philips hue lighting, that gives consumers a more connected way to live.

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

Connected Home

To have a connected home you must first have WiFi. Without WiFi, having a connected home is impossible. We’ve been using a Netgear router for years, but just recently received a brand new Netgear router available exclusively at Best Buy that comes with one year of Geek Squad Protection. When customers purchase this router, they will receive an email that day sent to an email address they designated with set up instructions. If you’re not very tech savvy, the Geek Squad will help you get everything up and running via support over the phone or on the web. This eliminates the need for scheduling an appointment. Because, really, who has time to wait around anyways? Plus, if you have any concerns or questions within the first year, the Geek Squad will be available 24/7 for phone and web support. This is a brand new service provided by Best Buy to their customers.

With more homes using more connected devices, earlier model routers could only handle so much strain from having so many connected devices. The Netgear(R) Nighthawk DST Router is a high performance router built to support 10+ connected devices. The AC1900 comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator” adapter – to eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones in your home. Simply place it in an area where you get little or no reception to improve Wi-Fi access. It only comes with one, but additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones within your home.

Philips Hue Lighting

We received the Philips hue A19 Starter Kit and the Philips hue Go Wireless light and have been using them in our livingroom for the past several weeks. We just loved having them at church so much that we wanted some of our own at home. Having the Philips hue lights in our home is perfect for entertaining, relaxing, or just because.

The new Philips hue White and Color Ambiance Starter kit is a step up from the generation 1 kit. The A19 bulbs have been upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens, providing brighter light. It makes it easy to transform the way you use lighting by adjusting colors, timers, alerts and more… all from a phone or mobile device. The bulbs, accessory lights and bridge all work together with your Wi-Fi to let you create mood-setting color schemes, or create your own light settings. You can also maintain an automatic lighting schedule while you’re vacationing – so that it looks like you’re home. Home Alone, anyone?

While the A19 bulbs need to be installed into a lighting source, the Philips hue Go is a portable, completely wire free smart light that offers a lot of versatility for basically any lighting need. You can take it or put it anywhere – well almost anywhere – it’s not waterproof. The rechargeable battery offers three hours of battery life. Along with the A19 hue bulbs, hue Go can also be controlled via the hue app.

Philips hue App

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

The free Philips hue app allows you to easily manage hue lights from your smartphone or tablet. The iOS- and Android-compatible app gives you the capability to adjust colors, brightness and functions without leaving your seat. All you need to do is create a hue account to access your lights remotely by app or Web browser.

With the Philips hue app and other third-party apps, you can choose from preset light schemes or create your own with 16 million colors. Once you’ve created your favorite palettes, you can save those scenes for next time. In addition to creating custom light schemes, you can create custom schedules that will allow you to program your lights to match your routine.


Although all hue lights work together, they can be adjusted separately to create the custom look you want in your space. When you think about it like that, the possibilities are endless. Philips hue allows you to create the exact lighting scheme you want when you need it, right in the comfort of your own home.

We have three A19 bulbs (included in the starter kit) and one Go bulb. We have the three A19 bulbs in various lamps throughout our living room and we have the Go bulb sitting on the back of our sectional where it illuminates against the wall and a small bookshelf. I took three different pictures on different scenes so you could get an idea of what they look like.

What we use for normal everyday lighting:

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

Perfect for when we’re watching the Texans play:

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

When we need something a little funky:

Experience a connected home using Philips Hue lighting. With the tap of your smartphone, you can change the lighting to match your mood.

My camera didn’t do a great job of capturing it perfectly, but I think you get the idea. Philips hue lights are really just fun to have around and lets us customize our lighting when and how we want.

Adding Philips hue lighting to our connected home was just one more step to having a home that can almost completely be controlled with our smartphones. From our thermostat, to an alarm system, and now our lights, we are inching our way to a connected home fit for the 21st century.

Do you have a connected home? If so, what’s your favorite part about it?

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34 thoughts on “Philips Hue Lighting | Lighting for Your Mood”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I love this! Sometimes I want my lights dimmed down a bit, so this would come in handy.

  2. Jamie says:

    Wow – my son would love these!! I’ve heard a lot about these new lights and everyone seems to love them!

  3. Pam says:

    I’ve seen a lot about this lately! It’s really cool, I want to change the light color based on my mood!

  4. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Everything else in the world is “smart”. Why not lights, too? I think this is seriously cool.

  5. Michele says:

    This sounds intriguing. I will be stopping at Best Buy to find out more and see if I can get it with the equipment I already have!

  6. Catherine S says:


  7. Catherine S says:

    This sounds like a great product. I like the idea of being able to adjust it with my phone.

  8. Michelle F. says:

    Those are some really cool lights. I love how high tech they are.

  9. Marcie W. says:

    What a fun concept! I can only imagine how cool you could make a home look during parties, events and holidays too!

  10. Felicia says:

    These are seriously the coolest lights I have ever seen! I am going to have to let Matthew check this out for sure.

  11. Debbie Denny says:

    I just love this lighting effect. Very cool look for any room.

  12. Karen says:

    Being able to change your lighting so easily is a great idea.

  13. Chasing Joy says:

    I love these lights. I would love to use them to change the colors in my house.

  14. Toni | BoulderLocavore says:

    Oh my gosh, this is wild! What a unique idea. Makes it seems like you are in a club or swank hotel instead of your own living room!

  15. Cinny says:

    I think I have a connected home, lol, I just installed the Canary home security. I love the ambient lighting though, I feel as though it can promote calm and relaxation.

  16. Melissa says:

    This is just too fun! I love how the app lets you control it too.

  17. Candy o says:

    No our home isn’t too connected. I don’t think. I love the lights though. It’s very cool!

  18. Ryan Escat says:

    Cool! This is very unique and can easily used, in just want click you can change the light depending on what you want by means of connecting in our smartphones. Loving these light.

  19. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says:

    We’re putting a similar system in our home as well. My husband knows all about it (I don’t) and he says we’ll be able to adjust like colors and such from an app on our phone lol. I guess as long as he’s happy!

  20. Kristi says:

    How fun to change up the lighting in a room… and to able to adjust it with an APP. What they won’t think of next. Love technology and all the fun things we can do with it.

  21. Anita Fonte says:

    Wow! That is awesome how you can change the colors. I wish I lived in a smart home. Technology sure is advancing and this is proof of it. I like that you can control it through an app.

  22. rachel says:

    Oh this looks like such a fun light! Way to change things up a bit each day!

  23. JanetGoingCrazy says:

    Isn’t technology so much fun? I love all the lighting options!

  24. Chrystal | YUM eating says:

    I really want some of these lamps. Especially in my office. I need a much more zen space.

  25. Jeanine says:

    These are super cool and would be PERFECT for my oldests room. He wants his room painted a dark red, blue or black… so maybe a funky light will do the trick instead!

  26. Jennifer H says:

    We are loving our Hue lights! They offer a wide variety of colors, and the app is so simple to use!

  27. Christie says:

    My kids would go nuts for this kind of lighting in our house! I love that you can set the mood from movies to parties!

  28. Valerie Remy-Milora says:

    How fun! Boy technology just keeps getting better. My family would LOVE Hue lights. My girls would have so much fun with these!!

  29. Kelly Hutchinson says:

    Such cool technology from Philips. My kids would beg to have this in their bedrooms!

  30. Rachel Ferrucci says:

    These are so cool and I want them! It’s amazing what lights can do for your mood

  31. Jasmine says:

    very cool!! I bet this would be neat for parties as well

  32. Rosey says:

    That would be fun for parties too. I know guests who would get a kick out of it, and I would too.

  33. Debbie L. says:

    It is amazing how lighting can affect my mood. I am in the process of switching lights in our home.

  34. Debra says:

    I love this! I’m always amazed at how lighting can set a mood or feeling. My son likes to sleep with a red light on in his room – this would be great for him!

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