Many people are familiar with the fancy new app controlled LED Hue lighting. At first glance, it seems like a nice party trick to be able to change the lights colors and turn them on and off with an app. In reality, there are some really great benefits to you family’s health, safety, and security.
Health - Studies show that blue light wavelengths increase wakefulness by suppressing melatonin production. Conversely, yellow/red hues allow melatonin production to ramp up, making us sleepy. At our house, using the hue app and a timer, we have the lights FADE on, with a blue hue, in our bedrooms over 15 minutes, to wake us up, and at night they automatically turn down to a yellow/red hue. This can all be programed to automagically happen throughout he hue app.
Safety - My wife is terrified of severe weather, but with the combination of Hue Lights and the IFTT app she can rest easy. When severe weather is imminent, the hall lights are automatically triggered to come on with a red hue warning of danger and protecting night vision in the event of a power outage.
Security - While you are away, timed lighting is a great addition to a monitored security alarm system. When we are out of town we schedule certain lights to come on at intervals throughout the morning and evening to give the appearance of occupancy. The fact that Hue lights are LED is a bonus here, because they burn very little power for the added security. If you forget to set everything up before you leave, you can control the hue lights remotely through the web portal and your security system through the Total Connect app on your iPhone/Android/Windows mobile device.
We’ve been very happy with our Hue systems, and hopefully with these ideas you can extract more value out of your system!