Best Philips Hue and Smart Home Deals for Prime Day UK 2019: Day 2’s Deals live now

Amazon Prime Day is here with its 48 hour special sale and you can find a number of deals across Philips Hue and other smart home products.

With so many smart home products to choose from our Best Amazon Prime Day Deals coverage, this is a great chance to stock up. We’ll bring you up to speed in no time on the gadgets you need to have.

Unfortunately, smart home products can be pretty expensive, especially when you’re setting out with the goal to fully kit out your home. And this can be a disincentive to really jumping in. Thankfully this year’s 48-hour spectacular Prime Day event is up and running, with a number of handy, price reducing deals across smart home devices.

Our coverage below is designed to help you get started, whether you are looking for a new Hue bulb or something more substantial.

With just about any appliance now able to transform into a smart functioning device, there doesn’t look to be a limit. Still, Philips Hue is an exciting and creative way to integrate smart home into your household with their colourful selection of bulbs.

Similarly, with smart plugs you can make your average lamp smart with remote control utilising smartphone apps, or even with voice commands when linking to other smart hubs like an Amazon Echo or Google Home. There are also a number of other smart products including smart thermostats, smart security cameras from the likes of Kasa, as well as smart doorbells from Ring.

Best Amazon Smart Home Deals – top offers available right now

Prime Day Philips Hue Play Bundle Deal

Philips Hue Play Colour Wall Entertainment Light, Double Pack, Black with Home Automation Smart Bridge 2.0

Great value for money as this bundle slips below the £100 price tag, accent your entertainment set-up or get creative with your smart lighting with the playful Philips Hue Play double pack with a Hue Bridge included.

Best Amazon Philips Hue Deals

Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Smart E27 Bulb Starter Kit

Get your smart home lighting system set up with ease with one of Philips Hues' starter kits. Including white and coloured bulbs, as well as a dimmer switch and Hue Bridge, this is ideal for beginners.

Save over 50% on this Philips Hue Starter Kit

Philips Hue Ambiance White and Color starter kit for just £69.99

Philips Hue bulbs don't come cheap, which makes this discount all the better. We're expecting this to be a very popular deal.

Hive Active Thermostat – Lowest Price Yet

Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat without Professional Installation - Works with Amazon Alexa

This Amazon Prime Day, you can bag yourself one of the best smart thermostats on the market for its lowest price yet. What better time to go green than with a massive discount attached?

Best Amazon Echo Deals

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen), Charcoal Fabric + Amazon Smart Plug

A great bundle to kickstart your smart home system, enjoy Alexa across both your Echo and Smart Plug, allowing you to turn on an appliance of your choosing.

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal Fabric

Not feeling the bundle? Well, enjoy this fantastic price cut from £89.99, down to £69.99 and have Alexa as your right hand woman for less.

Massive discounts on the Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal Fabric

One of the best smart speakers just got a huge discount

Best Echo Show (2nd Gen) Deals

All-New Echo Show (2nd Gen), Black + Free Philips Hue White Bulb E27

The Echo Show was always a great product but it was hindered by lacklustre design. Not anymore. The all-new second gen Echo Show features a larger screen and a gorgeous fabric cover to make it seamlessly blend in with the decor of your home. This bundle also includes a free Philips Hue White Bulb.

Echo Show (Black) + Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Who's knocking at your door? Find out with this fantastic smart bundle that doubles up as security tech. Buy an Echo Show with the Video Doorbell and whether or not you answer is up to you…

Amazon's super-sized Echo Plus (2nd Gen) just slashed its price - UK

Echo Plus (2nd Gen) – Premium sound with a built-in smart home hub - Charcoal fabric

The Echo Plus (2nd Gen) is one of the best smart speakers for audio quality

Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth speaker Prime Day deals

Ultimate Ears Megablast Bluetooth Speaker (Red version)

This huge discount sees this wireless speaker drop from £260 to under £100. It includes Alexa voice control, 16-hour battery life and 360 degree sound

Prime Day Deal

TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug

Compatible with Amazon's Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT, make any electronic or appliance in your home smart and control using an AI assistant device already integrated into your home or the Kasa smartphone app.

The Fire TV Stick 4K just had its price slashed

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with Alexa Voice Remote | streaming media player

The Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the best value ways to stream UHD, HDR content without spending a fortune

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How to Start a Smart Home? | Does Alexa Work with Nest? | Does Ring Security Work Without Internet? | What is Philips Hue? | Can you use Philips Hue bulbs with a light switch? | Which Products Are In The Philips Hue Range?What is the Hue Bridge? | Should I Buy An Indoor Or Outdoor Cameras? | What Happened Last Year? | What Smart Home Deals Can We Expect?

Everything You Want to Know About Smart Home Gadgets

What Happened Last Year?

If there’s one thing we love when it comes to Amazon and its range of smart home products, it’s a good bundle. Although a ploy to sell their own range, there’s no doubting they’re great value for money and allow you to more quickly expand your smart home ecosystem. With up to 50% off these bundles, last Prime Day saw able the likes of the Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Show thrown together, as well as the Echo Dot with TP-link’s very own smart plug.

What Smart Home Deals Can We Expect?

With smart home products proving to be increasingly more popular as consumers transition their homes, we’re predicting the usual suspects will be enjoying some Prime Day 2019 price cuts. Philips Hue starter kits are a must with a selection of white and ambience lights sure to get some juicy discounts. Wanting to up security, the Ring Video Doorbell might very well be a hot choice, as well as the selection of smart security cameras, such as Nest and Neos.

How to Start a Smart Home?

It may feel like a mammoth task, but it’s really not — especially if you find it easy to spend money. Depending on where your focus lies depends on where best to start. If you’re keen to control your lighting, you’ll need a Hue Bridge. The heart of your Philips Hue smart lighting set-up, the Hue Bridge is the very heart of the system, connecting your bulbs with the actions you can deliver through the Hue app or out loud.

However, for security, you’re best looking into Ring products, like their video doorbells and cameras. For heating, the Nest Learning Thermostat allows you to alter the temperature in your home with just your voice, or remotely via your smartphone. Wherever you choose to begin, you’ll have the components at your disposal to build from the ground up.

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Does Alexa Work with Nest?

Nest, a Google company, now has a number of products under its belt, from its thermostat and smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, to a variety of security cameras for both and in and outside your home. Able to link up to any smart heater, Alexa can of course be at your beck and call through one of the many Amazon Echo products. The perfect complimentary gadget to your smart home set-up, this compatibility allows you to control any of your Nest products simply by asking Alexa. Have the Echo Show? Ask Alexa to pull up the camera feed to one of your Nest Hello smart security cameras, or even ask Alexa to turn up the heating when it’s cold.

As Nest is a Google company there’s one potential limitation: you can’t answer the Nest Hello smart doorbell using an Echo Show smart display. If you have a Google Nest Hub (not sold by Amazon), when someone presses your Nest Hello, you can can see and talk to the person on your smart display, but this feature doesn’t work with the Echo Show. However, Ring Video Doorbells do work with the Echo Show. You get a notification that someone is at the door and then you can answer it using an Echo Show.

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Does Ring Security Work Without Internet?

The simple answer is no. The crucial element to a smart home system is a strong Wi-Fi connection that allows all the products fed into your system to be connected and able to send signals to one another. Ring products, from doorbells to security cameras, are no exception to the rule, so make sure your Internet is set up before you go about transitioning your household into the smart home age.

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What is Philips Hue?

If you’ve been living a smart home-less life you might not be aware of Philips Hue and its spectrum of products that will quite literally light up your life. Philips Hue are home to smart light bulbs you can function through its Hue Bridge, your smartphone or connect to Alexa or Google Assistant powered gadgets.

Let there be light remotely or with voice command and flick through over 16 million colour profiles, as well as 50,000 variants of white line alone. The ideal product for setting the mood, Philips Hue’s range expands into smart outdoor lighting, as well as their lighting strips to accent kitchen cabinets or even your entertainment system.

A great addition to your smart home ecosystem, it also goes without saying they’re a fun bit of tech. Philips Hue bulbs can even adapt to what is going on on your screen, or playing from your speaker, creating an even more immersive experience as you sit down to watch a movie, or bringing the party vibes to your social gathering.

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Can you use Philips Hue bulbs with a light switch?

Sometimes it’s just easier to use a light switch rather than relying on app or voice control. Given that Philips Hue uses smart light bulbs, a common question is about using them as standard lights. The good news is that you can do, but only with the bulb products; some of the lamps and the LED strip simply plug in.

When you turn your Hue lights off at a light switch and then turn them back on, they default to a base-level brightness and colour temperature, designed to mimic a traditional light bulb. This may be good enough for a lot of people that just want lights that they control as normal, but that they can control the colour, brightness and temperature using an app.

However, a relatively recent app update has added the feature that lets you set the default colour, brightness and colour temperature of your bulbs. This setting is used when you turn the bulbs on at the light switch. You could, for example, have your lights turn on green.

You can’t use the Hue bulbs with a dimmer, as they need full power in order to communicate with the Hue Bridge, and the dimming controls are built into the bulb.

We prefer to think of using a lightswitch as a backup option. For example, if the Hue Bridge failed for any reason, then you could still use your lights as normal bulbs turning them on and off at the switch without fear of breaking them. For everyday use, go with a Hue remote light switch instead, and use this to control your lights.

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Which Products Are In The Philips Hue Range?

Well, apart from the all-important bulbs, which allow you to alter colour and brightness, it also sells other fixtures to assimilate smart lighting easily and effectively into your home. The retailer’s light strips are perfect for accenting parts of your home, including under cabinets in the kitchen and illuminating your entertainment set-up.

You can also find a selection of lamps for in and outdoors. That’s right, smart lighting can transcend your four walls and ensure you’re always well lit. Find spotlight and wall fixtures, as well as lamps and ceiling lights for indoors.

Philips also has a range of sensors and controls to make its lights easier to use. Go for the Hue Dimmer Switch if you want to turn your lights on and control them from a physical switch. Choose to either have it function as a more traditional light switch by attaching to your wall, or detach and use it to alter your lights wherever you are. Ideal for if you don’t have an AI speaker, you can still change the lighting to suit you.

The motion sensor is a useful tool for automatically turning your lights on and off, and there’s now an outside motion sensor so that you can do the same thing, only for your outside lights.

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What is the Hue Bridge?

As well as great fixtures to really style it out, there are some great accessories to help the overall functioning of your smart lighting system. The Hue Bridge is the most important component in your Philips Hue set up. Very much the brains behind the operation, this is the product that connects your set-up together and links it from your router to the Hue app on your smartphone.

You can buy a Hue Kit without the Hue Bridge, but you can then only control the lights using the Dimmer Switch. With the Hue Bridge, you get complete app and voice assistant control, with support for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple Siri, too.

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Should I Buy An Indoor or Outdoor Camera?

Security cameras are a great way to protect your home. They can scare off would-be burglars simply by the presence, and they let you monitor what’s going on in your home when you’re out, with automatic notifications warning you when movement has been detected.

There are plenty of security camera options, but the main choice comes down to indoor or outdoor. Indoor cameras are easier to install and place, but they can only let you know what’s going on inside your home. Outdoor models are often harder to install but they let you keep an eye on what’s going on before someone breaks into your home and are our favourite choice.

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