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Paint your wall using light with new Philips light bar, Hue Signe lamps

If you’ve never gotten around to repainting the living room, even though that task has been on your to-do list for years, you may want to try a different approach that doesn’t require any paintbrushes or color swatches. Signify has added two new Philips Hue lights that can project colors directly onto the walls of your home.

The first product is a Hue Signe lamp that can be placed strategically on either side of your television set. The lamp will utilize ambient lighting to brighten up the walls around the TV. Users can choose from either the table-top or floor versions. If you own a PC or Mac that you want to mirror colors from, the Hue Signe can help with that as long as you’ve downloaded the Hue Sync app. When you’re playing content, the lights will sync up to the action, which can bring your entertainment to life in a new way. The table version of the Hue Signe lamp will sell for $170, while the floor version will cost $270.

The second product is a Hue Play light strip, a short and rigid bar that can be placed either horizontally or vertically. If you have a small TV set, or your TV is mounted directly onto the wall, the light bar can even be placed behind the TV. The light strip, available in either black or white, can also be set up around entertainment consoles to allow the indirect lighting to create a more immersive gaming experience. Users can also set up the strips as accent lighting, use them to brighten up a dark area of the room, or even set the mood. A single Hue Play light bar will sell for $70, while the double pack will go for $130. The existing Philips Hue LightStrip, which is designed more for aesthetic purposes, is currently $86.

These products are the latest additions to Philips Hue’s efforts to move further into the lighting space, by offering lamps instead of just light bulbs. The Hue Signe lamps will be available in Europe and North America by September, while the Hue Play light bar will be available in mid-October.

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Getting started with building a smart home can be daunting. The benefits are sort of nebulous at first, and the up-front cost can be off-putting. There are a lot of ways to approach the idea of building out a smart home, but we contend that smart lights are the best first step on that journey.
You can start small
If you want to upgrade your home's entire lighting setup at once, you can, but that can be pricy. Luckily, you can buy a single smart bulb for $20 without a separate hub and enjoy the benefits right away, and then decide to expand. Mix and match brands one light at a time to find the combination of cost and value that works best for you, then go all-in with whatever lighting system you like best.
The benefits are visible

The benefits of many smart home devices aren't quite as palpable as a smart light's. A smart light changes the mood of your entire home and reinvents your relationship with a light switch. Meanwhile, smart speakers can amount to a spooky robot ghost lady that lives in your kitchen. A smart lock gives you a different way to fumble for your keys. A smart thermostat operates quietly in the background with the end result being a comfortable temperature. These benefits are harder to come to grips with than turning your living room purple whenever you want.
Smart lights are idiot-proof
Setup for smart lights is painfully easy. It's often little more than turning off the light, popping out the old bulb, putting in the new one, turning the light on, and pairing with your phone. It's hard to mess up. In a worst-case scenario, you'll need to reset the bulbs and pair again. In the vast majority of instances, you'll be dealing with the same standard size of socket, so not much chance of getting the wrong kind of bulb.
Your phone has great support
Smart lights are one of the product categories with the most consistent support for smart home platforms like Google Home and Apple HomeKit. These are well-integrated with the phone you already have, giving you an easy way to issue voice commands to your lights. These mechanisms are in addition to native Android and iOS apps that often provide home screen widgets and advanced functions you'll need to dip into anyway during setup.

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First and foremost, smart lights let you illuminate your whole home simultaneously. Being able to basically snap your fingers and go from on to off across every room at once saves a lot of cumulative switch flipping. Going to bed is equally easy. Every light can stay on while you're snuggled up nice and toasty in bed.

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2. Saving energy
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