We’re not sure we need smart lighting in our homes, but Philips is giving it us anyway. In all seriousness, you can’t have a smart home without smart lighting, and the Hue White A19 Starter Kit is a step in that direction. Not only does it work well, but it’s also affordable, which is a trait you’d hardly expect from Wi-Fi-compatible home lighting.

A press on your smartphone will dim the lights, but not all of them

A smart lighting set for $70 on Amazon? What’s the catch? The reason for the low Philips Hue Starter Kit price is a simple one: only the bulbs that come with the set are affected, and the kit won’t allow you to connect your remaining home bulbs, which could very well number in the dozens, to your smartphone.

What this will mean is that you will likely feel compelled to rely on the lamps holding the smart A19 bulbs while ignoring all others. Needless to say, that’s not an appealing option if you’re satisfied with your home lighting system, and even less so if it’s a costly one that you’ve spent a good amount of time designing.

“But I can control them with my smartphone!”, said the keen customer. Yes, you can, and the controlling is pretty easy, too – not only will you be able to choose the lighting intensity according to your desires, but turning off the lights as you leave your home will be easier than you could have hoped for. Plus, you’ll get to brag to your friends about having a home with smart lighting – for many, that’s reason enough to get the Philips Hue Starter Kit. For others, it might simply serve as a hassle-free introduction into smart connectivity of home appliances.

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