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Google Assistant and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands

In this post, we will configure Philips Hue for Google Assistant. Before we start, we have to say goodbye to multiple Philips Hue bridges and Philips Hue scenes. Finally Google Assistant (Version 1.2.8215) fixes the...
Who is best with Philips Hue? Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant

Assistant Showdown with Philips Hue: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Let's compare the strengths and weaknesses of our assistants in combination with Philips Hue. Since Google finally also supports Philips Hue room and scene import, and some smart home features have been added to...
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Assistant Showdown with Nanoleaf Aurora: Who will win, Siri, Alexa or Google?

Have you ever wondered, which of our assistants supports Nanoleaf Aurora better? Well, in this post we will examine the strengths and weaknesses of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant by comparing their configuration options,...
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Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT

Finally our Google Home supports Philips Hue scenes natively! Still, if this feature does not work for you, here's a workaround. Before we start, let me warn you that with this workaround you will need...
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Nanoleaf Aurora & Rhythm: See your Music in 14 Trillion Ways!

I can't believe it's December already! Let's plug our Nanoleaf Rhythm into the Aurora, download the Firefly scene (by SmartEnlight =), and listen to crackling wood and some weird tune. In case you are...

Alexa and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands

Let's set up Alexa to talk to your Philips Hue smart lighting. You will be surprised, how simple and effective Alexa supports your Philips Hue lights by importing your rooms and scenes, as well as...
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Introduction to Smart Lighting: A Very Brief History of Light

Just as light is a vital component of life, smart lighting is a cornerstone of our smart home. In this introduction post (thank you for the feedback, that we need such posts!), we will...

Siri and Philips Hue: Setup, Review and Voice Commands

With the Generation 2 bridge, Philips introduced HomeKit support for Philips Hue lights. The Philips Hue app manages to keep your lights and rooms configuration in sync between the Philips Hue app and Apples HomeKit,...

Google Home and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

Make sure you have installed Aurora according to “Nanoleaf Aurora – Smart Lighting, Living Paint or Smart Art?”. In this post, we will setup Google Assistant to talk to your Aurora. Preparation To support Alexa and...

Siri and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we are looking into the HomeKit and Siri support for the Nanoleaf Aurora. If you followed our post "Nanoleaf Aurora - Smart Lighting, Living Paint or Smart Art?" and Nanoleaf's "Get...
Siri Falling Asleep with Smart Lighting

Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting: Smarter “Go to Bed” and “Wake Up”

We spend 36% of our lives asleep, and while the average sleep period has decreased over the last 60 years, neuroscience is discovering more and more how important sleep is for our well-being. Can...

The Many Ways of Controlling Smart Lighting

Smart lighting offers various ways to be controlled. Some initially appear traditional, like a simple light switch, but the options we nowadays have to switch to our preferred lighting scenes, go way beyond only...
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Natural Smart Lighting: Feeling Better With Smart Light

We have already looked into the impact of light on our sleep in the "Sleeping Better with Smart Lighting" post. But what about the rest of the day? Can smart lighting help us to...
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Control Smart Lighting with Presence, Geo-fencing and Motion Sensors

You can control smart lighting in different ways through your presence, or even during your recreational absence. Motion sensor activated lighting is definitely not a novelty. Samuel Bagno invented the first motion sensor already...

Nanoleaf Aurora – Smart Lighting, Living Paint or Smart Art?

Nanoleaf Aurora provides a personal smart lighting experience which is indeed unlike anything I have seen before. It is a smart lighting device, consisting of triangular LED panels which you can plug together in...
Nanoleaf Aurora and Alexa

Alexa and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will set up Alexa to talk to your Aurora. If you have not already set up your Aurora in the Nanoleaf app, refer to our "Nanoleaf Aurora - Smart Lighting, Living...

Philips Hue – Smart Lighting needs a Smart Setup

Philips Hue is a personal wireless lighting system, enabling you to control and automate your lights from your smartphone and digital assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. There are many smart lighting vendors: Osram...