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Alexa and Philips Hue: Setup, Voice Commands and New Tips and Tricks!

Illustration of Alexa and Philips Hue - Setup and Voice Commands

In this post, we will teach Alexa to talk to your Philips Hue lights. You will find all the voice commands to control your lights just by voice! And we’ve also added the Philips Hue Zones (beta) feature, which works now nicely with Alexa and added some brand new Alexa smart light tips and tricks.

Philips Hue – The Smart Setup for Your Smart Lights

In this post, we will shed some light on the basic principles of smart lighting and the Philips Hue product family and generations. We will look into efficiently setting up – just a couple and also many – lights with the Philips Hue app and prepare a setup which we can easily integrate with our voice assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google.

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

Illustration of Philips Hue Reflections with Siri, Alexa and Google

Let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses of Siri, Alexa, and Google by comparing their configuration options, voice commands, and smart home features for our Philips Hue lights. The world leader in lighting and the smart assistants of the biggest tech companies, can it get more “smart home” exciting than this?

Nanoleaf Remote Setup – The Shape of the Universe?

Photo of Nanoleaf Remote - Dodecahedron - The Shape of the Universe

Don’t get me wrong, this post is about how to set up your Nanoleaf Remote! But the very first aspect which will catch your eye, way before you realize that this is a glowing remote control, is its shape. It’s a regular dodecahedron, a sphere of 12 pentagons.  And since the Nanoleaf Remote is a … Read more

Siri and Nanoleaf Aurora: Setup and Voice Commands

Illustration of Siri as Batman and Nanoleaf Aurora as Superman

Let’s introduce our Nanoleaf Aurora to Siri, HomeKit and Shortcuts. We will look into the basic steps and additional tricks to get the most out of our setup. Good news: if you’ve followed our post “Nanoleaf Aurora How To – Setup and Configuration to the Muks!”, you might have mastered the first steps already.

Nanoleaf Aurora and the Rhythm Module: Visualize Your Music

Photo of Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm

It’s been a while since we have looked into the Nanoleaf Rhythm module for our Nanoleaf Aurora. The Nanoleaf app has meanwhile received a major update and the Rhythm section has a bunch of new visualizations for our music. Time for an update … What is the Nanoleaf Rhythm Module? In our post Nanoleaf Aurora How … Read more

Nanoleaf Aurora How To – Setup and Configuration to the Muks!

Photo Nano Hulk Muks

It’s been quite a while since we’ve looked into the setup and configuration of our Nanoleaf Aurora. Meanwhile, Nanoloeaf renamed the Aurora into “Light Panels”, redesigned the  Nanoleaf app, added new features and we’ve extended our setup to the max set of panels. We call it Nano Muks. The Nanoleaf Aurora is quite different from … Read more

Workaround: Philips Hue Scenes in Google Assistant through IFTTT

Drawing of Google Assistant using IFTTT to talk to Philips Hue

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 to configure every scene manually. It is a terrible workaround, but if you are new to IFTTT, you might find … Read more

Introduction to Smart Lighting: A Very Brief History of Light

Siri and Alexa in their cave. Google Assistant explores the surroundings.

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 shed some light on the history and evolution of lighting and how it comes that smart lamps can enlight our home … Read more

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

Siri Falling Asleep with Smart Lighting

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 smart lighting help us to sleep better and wake up more energized? For a general introduction to smart lighting, please see Introduction … Read more

The Many Ways of Controlling Smart Lighting

We have many options to control our smart lights. Some might appear traditional, like a simple light switch, but the possibilities we have nowadays to switch to our preferred lighting scenes, go way beyond only turning lights on and off. For a general introduction to smart lighting, please see Introduction to Smart Lighting: A Very Brief … Read more

Natural Smart Lighting: Feeling Better With Smart Light

Natural Smart LIghting

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 “feel better”, maybe by resembling natural light? For a general introduction to smart lighting, please see Introduction to Smart Lighting: A Very … Read more

Control Smart Lighting with Presence, Geo-fencing and Motion Sensors

controlling smart lighting presence geo-fencing motion sensors

We can control smart lighting in different ways, through our presence, or even during our recreational absence. Motion sensor activated lighting is definitely not a novelty. Samuel Bagno invented the first motion sensor already back in the early 1950s, but today’s options go way beyond switching our lights simply on or off. For a general … Read more

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

Please note, we have upgraded our Nanoleaf Aurora setup and updated this post here: Nanoleaf Aurora How To: Setup and Configuration to the Muks! 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 … Read more