Sunday, October 07, 2018

Philips Hue in Malaysia

Have you ever thought of having smart lights in your home? You know, ability to adjust different intensity and colour? Or, if you are like me, you have Amazon Alexa, then ability to tell Alexa to set different mood for you room.

I have been doing some research on Philips Hue and this is what I found:
1/ If you have Echo Plus which has a built in home automation hub, Philips Hue lights work with Echo Plus, without needing to buy the Philips Hue hub. That means, you can just buy the lights and Alexa will be able to discover the bulbs.

2/ The Philips Hue bulb come with E27 screws. That's the Thomas Edison standard screw size E27. If you owned a Ikea standing lights pictured here, you are in luck because will have the E27 plug base. You can buy the Philips Hue directly from their official store in Lazada. I envy you!

This Ikea floor lamp has E27 Edison Srew light plug

E27 Edison Screw

3/ However, if you are like me, and have the smaller sized plug, you will have the E14 size. Normally, for E14, you will need a bulb that looks like a candle. And if you only have E14 size, you are shit out of luck. The only way to buy Philips Hue E14 is from UK and they only launched this size in 2017. Here is the link to buy from UK or this amazon.co.uk link.

I took down the light bulb from my wall lamp and saw that I have a E14 Edison Screw. Sad panda.
4/ Some people tell me that Philips is too expensive and I should consider Xiaomi Yeelight. But these are also only available for E27 size and not E14. Grrr....

I am not sure what other option I have. Maybe I should wait for a few years until E14 come to LazMall in Malaysia. We'll see.

Update: can you setup Philips Hue standalone with Amazon Echo Plus with Built in Hub without needing Philips Hue hub?

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