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Lately, I have had the urge to update my bedroom! With a small space, it was important to balance my style desires and also factor in what our lifestyle demanded.
As far as design, I knew I wanted to lighten up our small space (changing out the color palette of our sheets, pillows, curtains with a neutral tones and replacing pillows.) Done. Projects coming up on my agenda include; a DIY mosaic mirror and DIY bed frame with matching rustic decor nightstands. We also plan to wall mount our Smart TV for added dresser space.
What about our lifestyle needs for the space?
Truth. My spouse and I have very different sleeping patterns and with the cooler weather, our mornings have become even more of a challenge! He is an early to bed, early riser- who enjoys a gym session or lengthy run before work. I tend to watch tv in to the late evening and then have difficulty waking. Yes, I admit it, I am not a “morning person” until after several cups of coffee. 🙂
Sharing this space, with such different morning routines can prove a challenge in the AM. He loathes dressing in the dark and waking me up (I am a wee bit grouchy). How can we address this?
Our “Connected Home” Introduction – Personal Wireless Lighting
In consideration of our different morning personas and also (current and future) needs, we installed the hue A19 starter kit personal wireless lighting from Philips, including the Philips hue Go and upgraded our home router to the NETGEAR® Nighthawk™ AC1900 DST Router and DST Adapter.
Not at all.
It took us just over an hour from box to completing the install. PLUS the NETGEAR Nighthawk comes with Geek Squad 24/7 phone and web support PLUS link to a step-by-step video tutorial provided! This product is NEW and available exclusively at Best Buy.
We plugged the router into our home internet, as directed- turned on the computer and was seamlessly guided through the NETGEAR® genie set-up on our PC, and after a short registration process, we had our media streaming and home office MAC all connected. Success!
The NETGEAR® genie website and program, acts as a complete dashboard or control center for our Nighthawk™ DST and all our connected devices (in our case: two computers, two smartphones phones, a smart TV, Media streaming device and NOW our personal wireless lighting in the bedroom).
DID YOU KNOW? The average home today has 7 connected devices, when you add streaming and on-line gaming activity, it weighs on your WiFi performance and impacts the speed. This high-performance model supports up to 10 connected devices, allows your prioritize your streaming settings and is further expandable through the adapters!
The Nighthawk™ features dual broad band (up to 1900 Mbps), a dual Core 1 GHz processor, 700mW high power amplifiers, 3 external antennas and FastLane technology! PLUS!!!! It also includes one plug-in DST adapter (Dead Spot Terminator)- which extends your coverage and eliminates wireless “dead zones” with in your network!
The NETGEAR® Nighthawk™ AC1900 DST Router and DST Adapter allows our family, to add, future wireless devices and continue to become a “Connected Home” with lighting, and if desired, WiFi enabled thermostats and home security options! WOW!
Next, we installed the hue A19 starter kit personal wireless lighting from Philips, by simply installing the LED bulbs in our light fixtures and connecting the included bridge to our router. We charged the Philips hue Go (by plugging it in to the wall outlet) and then, downloaded the “Philips hue” app on our smartphones. After searching the network, the app easily identified our hue GO, added it to our collection and we were off the explore!
Now when I saw we, I mean, we. My children (under supervision) were able to control the lights. They enjoyed exploring the various themes (a favorite was “blue rain”). Then dad took over and in moments programmed and customized the “Sunset” theme to begin when our alarm sounds and gently increase intensity over a 15 minute period for me to wake (slowly), while he begins his morning routine! This led to a much less chaotic morning for both of us!
More about our Philips hue white and ambiance starter kit and hue Go
Customizing our morning routine is only one of the applications we can utilize with this innovative set and portable light! We now have the capability to sync our personal wireless lighting to music and movies! Plus other options like notifications, alarms, geofencing and more!It is also compatible with Apple HomeKit- so iOS users can use Siri voice command and additional HomeKit 3rd party apps!
The Philips hue product line is OpenHome certified, so we can begin our own home “ecosystem” and control the settings- even while on the go!
So did you forget to shut off your lights? No problem! Log on to Philips hue app and use your smartphone “as a remote” while away from home, to turn off the lights!
⇒ The A19 Philips hue starter kit contains (3) 800 lumen LED bulbs and a bridge. It offers individual, adjustable, brightness intensity and color saturation for each bulb. Choose from the pre-set options OR create your own with 16 million colors – so it is super easy to find and create YOUR favorites!
⇒ The hue Go is portable- and ideal for meditation, reading (or like me late night TV) it also make a perfect accent light! The hue Go features 5 patented themes: Cozy Candle, Sunday Coffee, Meditation, Enchanted Forest, and Night Adventure.
Be prepared to be impressed. The difference in brightness when switching from our standard (and ugly) HE bulbs was for us, was VERY noticeable. Each wire-free LED bulb is “instant on” and offers 25,000h. The hue Go has a 3 hr rechargeable battery life!
We are considered “moderate” technology users and we fared very well, with little instruction necessary. We are excited to explore the more advanced capabilities offered and continue our “Connected Home” expansion!
The Philips hue white & ambiance personal wireless starter kit & hue Go is technology we can continue grow into! Now that is a change in our home the WHOLE family appreciates!
I would love to show you the progress we continue to make on our space- so keep in touch!
Tell me, what would you like to automate in your own “Connected Home?”
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