Editors’ observe, Aug. eight, 2018: In late 2017, Philips added HomeKit assist for the Faucet, which helps you to use it to set off some other system or scene that works with Apple’s good dwelling platform. The value can also be now $50. The general rating has risen from eight.2 to eight.5 because of this, and you may learn extra about how the Faucet has solely gotten higher with age right here. The unique assessment from 2014 continues beneath in its entirety.

Colour-changing good bulbs are bundles of enjoyable, but it surely is not all the time sensible to fish your telephone out of your pocket so as to management them. Therein lies the attraction of the most recent Philips Hue accent, the Hue Faucet. Stick it up on the wall subsequent to the sunshine change, carry it round in your pocket or go away it sitting out with its remote-control brethren on the espresso desk — wherever it’s, you can toggle your good lights on the push of 1 its 4 buttons, no telephone essential. It additionally attracts kinetic power every time you employ it, so there are no batteries or wires to fret about.

That kind of practicality makes ample sense in complement to the clear novelty of a Philips Hue setup, and the Faucet’s kinetic-powered design provides in a novel cool issue of its personal. At $60 within the US and £50 within the UK, the Faucet is pricier than I would like, however I nonetheless assume it makes loads of sense for anybody who’s already utilizing Hue LEDs within the dwelling.

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Design and options

Designwise, the Hue Faucet matches in properly with the established white-and-gray Philips aesthetic. The spherical, minimalist construct lends somewhat futurism to the Faucet’s look, which could assist it mix in particularly properly in properties that includes fashionable decor. It could most likely stick out amid extra traditional furnishings, although.

The plastic-bodied Faucet can also be surprisingly gentle, weighing lower than 2.5 ounces (70 grams). That may sound flimsy for such a comparatively costly controller, but it surely’s largely a product of that kinetic powering mechanism. Lose the batteries, and also you lose a lot of the bulk, too.

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The Hue Faucet comes with a backing that you would be able to mount on the wall utilizing screws or sticky tape. The Faucet itself snaps into place, then twists again off everytime you need. That is a cool design contact, because it provides the Faucet a everlasting resting place, however nonetheless permits you to seize it and go.

The Faucet has three small buttons on its face, which is a big, fourth button in its personal proper. Due to the kinetic-powered design, you want to press the small buttons laborious sufficient to depress the massive button, too. This requires greater than a mere faucet, and takes somewhat getting used to.

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Including and customizing a Hue Faucet is simple to do.

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Inside the Hue app, obtainable for Android and iOS gadgets, you can add as many Faucets as you want, then customise what every button on each does. A button can flip a single bulb on, or it may well management a number of bulbs without delay. For those who’re utilizing a number of Faucets, you’ll be able to set each to manage completely different units of lights, which is a pleasant characteristic for those who’ve bought an elaborate, multiroom smart-lighting setup.

One key characteristic is absent, although, and that is integration with IFTTT, the favored automation service that permits you to join issues like Net companies, social networks and smart-home gadgetry utilizing “If This, Then That”-style recipes. Philips Hue LEDs have been among the many first linked gadgets to supply IFTTT integration, letting customers join their LEDs with different dwelling automation techniques, or automate their dwelling lighting primarily based on triggers like climate alerts or how shut they have been to dwelling.

The Hue Faucet provides no such integration, which is each a shock and a disgrace. The flexibility to make use of a kind of 4 buttons as a devoted “IFTTT button” able to triggering no matter recipe you need would have been particularly welcome, and would have probably made the Faucet exponentially extra helpful.

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