|Item weight||0.44 Kilograms|
|Included Components||Hive Light Cool to Warm White Smart Bulb with Hub GU10, 5.4 W-6 Pack|
Hive Light Cool to Warm White Smart Bulb with Hub GU10, 5.4 W-6 Pack
|Price:||+ $16.46 Delivery|
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|Light colour||Warm White|
About this item
- Easy to Control - Produces a cool to warm light that can be controlled via the Hive app
- Long-Lasting LED - A bright way of saving for the long-term with an A+ energy efficiency rating
- Easy Installation - Simply replace your existing spotlights and pair them with your Hive Hub
- Setting the Scene - Energise your morning with a crisp cool shade of white and ease into your evening with a warmer tone
- The Hive App - Our award-winning app puts your home in your hand and allows you to receive notifications and set smart schedules
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Hive Light Cool to Warm White Smart Bulb with Hub GU10, 5.4 W-6 Pack
- 6 x Hive active light bulb
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Then into the Alexa app. Enabled the Hive skills, and she found all my light bulbs straight away. In there I was able to create another custom group called "Lights" that let me switch all but one of my spotlights on with the command, "Alexa, lights on!" This is to allow the luddite members of the family to control them. They have been rolling on the floor laughing at me for my chosen name for Billy the light. Billy the parrot isn't speaking to me. "Alexa, turn Billy on.". Oh well, at least the single spotlight can be left at a very dim 5% as a nightlight for him separate from all the other lights on thet two way switch. The light switch should be left switched on for obvious reasons, but the lights will work if you turn the switch off and then on again. There are two fittings in my house that I won't be able to put a smart bulb in. One is my main living room pendant light which has a ceiling fan in it. The fan has two speeds and it reverses. It would be a pain in the rear end to have to start that on the pull switch every single time. I always leave the light switched off and start the fan with the light switch. The other is the bathroom which has an extractor fan that comes on with the lights. With a smart bulb in that fitting, I could have a motion sensor that put the light on in there which would be useful. But to do that I'd have to have the extract fan always on, which isn't going to happen. I have also set up voice commands through a google home mini, which was pretty simple to do - enabling the hive app through the google home app, and then adding the smart devices. It doesn't have the simple custom groups that Alexa does though. So she wins for ease of use for me. I can even whisper at my Alexa enabled kindle fire to control any light in the house from my bed. She will set colour warmth and brightness as well as switching on and off.
Overall the set up was much more painless than I thought it would be. It took me an hour from start to finish, and that was including directing a minion to install the bulbs. The spotlights will work in a bayonet fitting light if you use a B22 Bayonet Cap to GU10 Socket Base Converter. The system works well as long as you have some sort of voice address to use with it, and I'm loving the fact that finally I can have a single spotlight on at the dark end of the hall without having to have three unnecessary lights on at the bright end on a single two way switch. The down side is the prohibitive cost of the Hub. I doubt I would ever have shelled out for it. As a disabled person this system is a fantastic idea for me, and missing out on it permanently would have been a real shame. This is now on my 'top ten tech to make life with a disability easier' list. Basically this means having to haul myself into the wheelchair fewer times in the day. It is also safer for me as I can put certain lights on without having to get into the wheelchair and find switches. I used to have to use a torch. I'm delighted with this system. Now all I need is nine small profile B22 bayonet fitting Hub bulbs to fit the dining room candelabra and my wall lights. The standard Hub bulbs are still far too big; hopefully they'll bring small profile bulbs out in the future.
However, not everyone is tech-minded. So if you are easily frustrated and want everything instantly, then the Hive system is NOT for you.
Having installed it, we are having great fun with it. We have two of the bulbs in lamps on each of our bedside tables. We then have the other four bulbs in the corridor, landing and stairs.
The app allows us to control the bulbs individually through our phones. For example, we have set the stairs lights to come on at a certain time in the evening and then to go dimmer later on in the evening after we have gone to bed. The stairs lights stay dim throughout the night (acting as a night light) and then they go off entirely when it is morning. In contrast, our bedside lights go on dimly in the early evening and then get brighter when we are likely to be in bed reading; these lights then dim slowly to signal that we should probably be putting our books/tablets down and going to sleep!
Yes, this is not a "vital" purchase. Also, one downside is that you then have to use your phone/tablet app to control the lights - you can no longer switch them on/off using the physical household light switches.) But if you like fun and the geekery of being able to turn individual bulbs on and off (as well as to dim them), then I can highly recommend this.
Having said that, purchasing individual bulbs is not cheap. So you may want to bear in mind that it could be costly to wire up your entire home with wireless Hive bulbs. However, we had fun with this starter pack of 6 and we would seriously consider adding to our collection of wireless, app-controlled bulbs in the months to come.
What I am thrilled about with this product is the additional functionality it provides when you're going away. We'll be away over the summer and I do worry that the two very basic timer plugs we use are a very crude way of making the house look like it's being lived in (memories of Home Alone where the burglars are sitting in their van on the street pointing out which house lights come on at a particular time).
This kit comes with a Hub which connects very easily to your router. The bulbs then pair to the hub and are as easy as replacing a normal two pin spot plug. The only rooms we have this type of light fitting in are our bathroom and the kitchen. The kitchen is in the middle of our house and a real focal point of the building, the light fitting has 6 x 2 pin bulbs so it's the perfect room to test this product out.
Once the bulbs are in and paired you can use the app to control the lights coming on and off and the brightness. For us without having other gadgets in the house to get the full functionality such as voice recognition and with one eye on how expensive the replacement bulbs are we will just be using these as a security device. But what a bonus being able to set detailed timers via an app and change things up whilst you're away. It will certainly make the house seem a lot more lived in.
Given time we may well come to upgrade certain elements of our house to take advantage of the other features these lights have. But for now I'm reviewing them for the purpose I ordered them for and for ease of use and it's 5 stars all the way.
The Hive hub picks up new items when you add a new bulb, and Alexa likewise, so it’s very rapid to add new smart devices. The hub plugs straight into your router with an ethernet cable, which is provided.
I am planning to buy more bulbs and maybe some of the other Hive items.
The brightness of the bulbs is very good and you won't be upgrading tech and downgrading brightness as these LED's are very bright. You can change the hue of the whiteness by your voice too or use the app. Needless to say, this is a fairly good priced kit for what you get, most GU10 bulbs that are smart and any good are very expensive.