Home automation can be easy if you plan ahead. There are several components to consider when planning your home automation scheme so you do not over-buy or purchase components that are incompatible with each other. You will first want to consider your long-term goals. Will you want simple home automation that just turns on lights at a certain time each day? Or will you want full voice controlled, motion detection, randomized tech nirvana? The steps below will explain how to get started on your quest.
No matter how crazy you want to get, you should at least start with a hub. While not necessary for the simple setup, a hub will provide you with the underpinning you need for future upgrades.
A popular hub that is compatible with most devices is the Philips Hue hub. You can control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Google Assistant or the Apple HomeKit. You can even pair it with a Samsung SmartThings system.
Recommended Home Automation Setup For The Philips Hue
If you just want to get started and not have to worry about anything, here is our recommended setup for home automation.
- Philips Hue Starter Kit
- Amazon Echo (at least one Echo, but you can also add the Echo Dot or multiple Echos).
- Additional Philips Hue lightbulbs (if you need more that the 4 from the starter kit).
Setup Home Automation Instructions for the Philip Hue
- To begin, plug your Philips hue into a wall outlet and use the Ethernet cord provided to plug into a switch or router on your network.
- Next, download the Philips Hue app from your Apple or Google Play store.
- Use the app to configure the rooms and rename the bulbs for that respective room. You will do this for all four bulbs.
- You will then need to integrate your Philips Hue with Alexa by launching the Alexa app and clicking on Skills.
- Search for the Philips Hue skill and install it.
- Next, go into the Smart Home section of the Alexa app and click on Add Device.
The Alexa app will then find the Philips hue hub and then all of the bulbs connected to the hub. You can now begin to ramp up your home automation by creating groups. For example, if you have two Philips hue bulbs in your Living Room, you can group them together as Living Room. Now, when you say “Alexa, turn lights on in the Living Room, both bulbs will come on together.
You can also use the Philips Hue app to control when lights turn on automatically. If you have a bulb in the fixture on the front porch, you can tell the hub to automatically turn the bulb on at sunset and automatically turn it off at sunrise. The hub knows your location, so it knows what time sunrise is in your geographical area.
Philips Hue Home Automation
Here’s what you can expect to find when you open the box:
- Philips Hue hub
- Four Philips bulbs
- Electrical cord
- Ethernet cable
This is just the beginning of what you can do with the Philips Hue starter kit. You can purchase additional Hue devices, such as a motion sensor that can set up to turn your bulbs on automatically when you walk into a room. But to get the full experience, consider adding an Alexa, Google or Apple home assistant that enables your to perform voice commands. Check out our other gadgets for additional high tech solutions.