Get your existing lamps to work with your Philips Hue smart plug!

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Philips Hue isn’t a name you’d expect to hear in the area of the smart plug. The company is more known for making some of the best smart lights on the market right now. If you have a lamp that isn’t compatible with the existing smart light bulb types on the market. A smart plug is the simplest method to connect it to the internet and control it from your smartphone.

The Philips Hue Smart Plug allows you to do just that, but without the need for an extra app allowing you to control all of your home’s lights from a single location. It’s a modest, simple white plastic item with virtually no branding, like other smart plugs on the market.

When the Philips Hue smart plug is on. A subtle LED in the right-hand corner glows, and a power button on the top allows you to manage it manually.

This Philips Hue smart plug connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth allowing you to manage it with the Hue app while you’re nearby. If you wish to turn it on or off remotely, you’ll need to get a Hue Bridge. This links the smart plug to the internet and allows commands to be sent through Wi-Fi. The Hue Bridge also provides access to features like location tracking via your smartphone. This automatically turns on or off the light based on your position. This is in addition to Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings support.

Price and availability:

Price and availability of Philips Hue smart plug

One of the most costly smart plugs we have seen is the Philips Hue smart plug. It costs $29.99 / £29.99 / AU$64.95 and is available globally via Philips Hue as well as stores such as Amazon.

For $29.99 / £29.99 / AU$66.95, rival smart homemaker TP-Link offers the Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip, which contains three outlets in one gadget, as well as two USB ports – though these aren’t smart.

Design:

Design of Philips Hue smart plug

As previously stated, the Philips Hue smart plug is a low-profile smart home gadget. The rectangular US version measures 2 x 3 x 1 inch. Ensures that no electrical outlets below or above it are shut (h x w x d).

Because vertically aligned outlets aren’t popular in these countries, models in the UK and Australia are square in shape and measure 6.4 x 6 x 6cm. Both have a matte white plastic finish with a faint Philips logo on the top edge of the plug and a manual power button.

The smart plug’s front panel includes a single socket and a small LED the size of a pin-head. This glows green when the plug is set on, red when the plug is set off, and flashes while the plug is in setup mode.

Unless you already have a Hue Bridge installed, the plug connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth. The device then connects to the internet and may be operated even when you are not physically there.

Performance

Performance

The Philips Hue Smart Plug, like the majority of smart plugs on the market, is simple to set up. You just have to access the Philips Hue app after connecting to an outlet and you can be able to add the smart home device in only a few taps. You were able to rapidly attach the smart plug to a certain area or set of devices and then operate it via the app.

Because you had a Hue Bridge installed in your house, you are able to use Alexa to turn the Hue smart plug on or off using voice control. Such control is also available via Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri via HomeKit. We could also use the Bridge to activate a location function, which would automatically turn off the plug when we left the house, based on the position of our smartphone.

You are able to install the smart plug to turn on and off at specific times, and even randomly select the timings to use if we were away.

Application

Application of Philips Hue smart plug

The Philips Hue is simple and clear to use with each set of lights, with the plug displayed immediately after the app is started. Simply touch on a group to see and control the individual components. The Automations tab makes it simple to set up schedules and activate geofences.

The application also allows you to connect the smart plug to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. However, you won’t be able to set up automated processes with other smart home devices here; instead, you’ll need to use your voice assistant. Furthermore, as previously stated, energy monitoring is weak.

Conclusion

The Philips Hue Smart Plug is one of the better smart plugs that we have ever seen. In terms of design, it is compact enough to fit on a standard socket without blocking other plugs. But if you want an affordable Smart plug then it is not for you, it is very expensive in the category of Smart plug. The Philips Hue smart plug allows you to operate ordinary lights that do not include a Hue smart bulb. It is also good at performance and it has an application form which you can control the plug if you are not present there. Also, it has a feature that can track your location and if you are going out and forget to turn off your plug, it will detect you and automatically turn itself off.

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