Being outside is a big part of our family lifestyle. We love to explore new places but we also love to curl up at home and relax. So why should we stop enjoying the outdoors as soon as we come home from a day out, or when the sun goes down?
The garden has also been a major element of our home renovation, whereby we wanted to create an extension of the house, somewhere for the children to play and for us to relax. However we have been restricted by light – or the lack of it – in our case.
With this firmly at the front of our minds we have been busy creating a new outdoor garden space including installing new garden lighting. Now we can use our garden for longer than ever before, and not just during the longer sunny summer months, now we can also enjoy the garden when the nights start drawing in.
To accompany their indoor range of smart lighting, Philips Hue have now developed a new outdoor smart lighting range, Hue Outdoor, which is suitable for all of your outdoor spaces. We have picked some of the products from their range, which fit perfectly into our new outdoor garden space.
What Lighting Have We Chosen?
As you can see in the picture above, we have installed two of the Philips Hue Lucca Wall lights above each of the external doors on our house. This has provided not only enough light to illuminate the seating area, but they also light up the steps and door areas, so we don’t trip over in the dark.
These have been installed directly onto a mains supply but as all the Philips Hue bulbs are WiFi controlled you can access these easily through various controls (via the Hue app, or your favourite voice assistant, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Siri).
We have placed two Philips Lucca Pedestal Lights by the step on our patio leading the lawned area of our garden. This has provided us with a fantastic amount of light further down the patio and lights up the step perfectly.
The electrician commented on how easy the lights were to install and each item came with installation instructions. Again these lights are wired into a mains supply.
Being able to add spot lights into the garden area has instantly turned the garden into a really modern and inviting space. We have installed five Lily Spot lights into the flower beds on either side of the garden.
These are very easy to install, so you can do this by yourself without the help of an electrician. The Lily lights are plugged into a weatherproof outdoor socket and then placed anywhere in your garden. We have them placed discreetly in the flower beds to light up foliage and trees. They’re even bright enough to light up areas in the garden like the play area meaning the kids can now play happily in the garden for longer in the evenings.
The power supply is plugged into the socket along with a PSU pack which then runs off the lighting. You can have five lights connected to one power supply. These lights are easily connected using the extension cables supplied and snap and screw connectors.
You can either install them with a spike in the ground or a screw plate to attach to a surface, both of which come supplied with the spotlights.
How To Control The Philips Hue Smart Outdoor Range
Smart products are becoming more and more popular in our homes and I am really enjoying being able to synchronize my home to work with us. Along with the Philips Hue Bridge you can control your lights in so many ways.
- Switches (such as the Hue Tap)
- Voice control
The app allows you to have so much control over all your lights from both home and away, allowing you to create timers and routines suited to your preferences.
You can install switches on the walls if you prefer a more traditional way of controlling your lights. You can even use your favourite voice assistant to tell your lights to turn on or off!
OK Google turn off the garden lights
Or simply turn them off using your phone!
Colour Changing Options
This is where the fun part comes in! I love how flexible the Philips Hue lights are when it comes to lighting up your garden. As you can see from my pictures we have really enjoyed playing around to explore with an array of colours. The Philips Hue Lily Spotlights gives you 16 million colour variations to choose from, including pre-set themes with vibrant colour combinations already available. We don’t use the colour all the time and the Lily also allows us to choose from various shades of white light, which is great for when we want a calmer evening!
The Lucca wall and pedestal lights come in warm white, so whilst you might not get all the colour of the rainbow, you can still control the brightness of them from your phone, which is great for lazy evening, chilling out on the patio. Changing from dimmed to bright light, it really does make a difference on how much it lights up the space.
Using the Philips Hue Labs on your smartphone you can set them to cycle through colours and have them changing by themselves. You can see from this picture how fantastic they look, and this is only a tiny snippet of what colours you can have.
There are also great additional apps which work with the Philips Hue. The kids favourite one is Hue Disco. You’re able to set the lights to synchronize with your favourite music, creating a disco in the garden!
One of the main security recommendations for keeping your home safe is lighting. Lighting up spaces to make them safer is a great function of the Philips Hue Outdoor lighting range. We have installed this lighting in our back garden but you can install this lighting in any of your outdoor spaces, including the front of your house. Lighting up path ways, door ways and any dark areas around your house.
With the Philips Hue geofencing feature the lights will even detect when you’re approaching your home and automatically turn the lights on for you. So no struggling to find your keys in the dark or coming home to a dark house late at night. Also how many times do you forget to turn off the light? Well the feature also detects when your leave the house too and will turn them off for you. All of this is can be customised to people, times and what lights to control too.
How Has The Outdoor Lights Changed Our Family Life?
It sounds silly but it really has enhanced our lives. We have spent every evening sat outside together since the lights have been installed.
The children have loved playing in the garden with the lights on. They make it much more exciting and as the evenings become darker but not necessarily colder they’re going to be able to enjoy our outdoor space so much more. Being able to play or even snuggle up on the sofa outside reading a book.
We love to have BBQ’s so being able to sit and eat outside is great but not when you can’t see your dinner! So having the Lily Spot lights installed around an eating area gives us more than enough light.
My husband and I have been able to sit outside snuggled up on the sofa until late. Before we would have gone to bed or watched TV, being with each other but not chatting as much. Being outside has taken us away from modern distractions and spent quality time together.
Even the dog loves the new lights! He’s often found snuggling up in front of them!
Price Of Philips Hue Outdoor Range
When it comes to lighting there is always an endless range of lighting to choose from and a huge difference in price. However the Philips Hue outdoor range is priced at a really reasonable price.
- Philips Hue Starter Pack with 3 Lily Spot Lights and the power supply pack RRP £274.99
- Philips Hue Lily Spot Light RRP £79.99
- Philips Hue Lucca Pedestal Light RRP £89.99
- Philips Hue Lucca Wall Light RRP £64.99
To have so much control over your lighting is amazing and I think my garden has the WOW factor now!
*Commissioned Post * I received the Philips Hue smart home lighting range for the purpose of this review. However all words and opinions are honest and of my own. *Post Contains Affiliate Links