5 reasons to use smart outdoor lighting

3 January 2019

Thoughtfully placing outdoor lights is an easy way to boost the aesthetics of your home’s back garden, patio, porch, balcony or other outdoor areas. But you shouldn’t restrict yourself to your local garden centre’s regular old outdoor light collection — open your home to the convenience and versatility of outdoor smart LED lighting.

Completely automate outdoor lights

The sun is down, so you’ve got to go and switch on the porch lights — but not if you have smart lighting. With smart outdoor lighting, you can set a routine that turns on your selected lights when you want them to go on. Use the Hue app to set your own personal routine: use the sunset as your guide, triggering your lights to switch on. If sunset comes too early for you, offset the routine’s timing or select a specific hour for your lights to come on.

You’ll never forget to switch them off, either, as automating your lights to turn off is just as simple. The routine allows you to set a time that the lights turn off in the same routine, making your outdoor lights completed automated. You’ll never have to flip a switch again!

Lights installed in bushes

Colour your outdoor events with smart light

Your back garden lights are often placed for function over form, giving all the aesthetics to the front of your home. With LED outdoor lights, you create the perfect ambiance without a whole lot of effort. Smart colour lights for the outdoors allow you to paint your garden with light, adding splashes of colour to your dining area, outdoor grill, play area, and more.

Colour smart LED lights also add an extra ‘oomph’ to events, no matter how casual. Your Friday night get-together becomes more special thanks to the simple addition of colour, while swanky soirees get an added touch of elegance with a subtle warm glow.

Outdoor dinner table with Hue Go placed on top

Set your smart outdoor lights to sense your presence

With Philips Hue, gone are the days of fumbling for your keys in the dark. Set your lights to greet you as you near home with the Location aware setting in the Home and Away routine. Simply open the Hue app and navigate to Routines > Home & Away to toggle Location aware on. This triggers the Coming home and Leaving home routines — automatically turning your lights on as you arrive home and turning them off as you leave.

Car parked in a driveway installed with bollard lights

Link your indoors to your outdoors with smart light

Regular outdoor lights are generally separate from your indoor lights, but not when you have smart outdoor lights. You can access all your smart lights within a single app, making it easy to set routines that link both your indoors and outdoors. When your porch lights come on at sundown, for example, you can set your living room lights to go on as well.

Tip: Use an Outdoor sensor to use to trigger both indoor and outdoor lights. When someone approaches your front door, for example, not only will your porch light come on, so will your entryway lights. It provides not only additional light but an added layer of security: if someone approaches your home in the middle of the night or while you're away, the light makes it seem as though someone is at home.

Perfectly match your home decor

hanks to an ever-expanding collection of stylish outdoor LED smart lighting fixtures, the Philips Hue outdoor ranges are sure to have the perfect complement to your home’s existing decor. From the sleek and stylish Fuzo range to the many other colour-capable options, the Hue outdoor selection has something for everyone. Use wall lights to illuminate the area around your front or back patio, path lighting to guide you through your garden, or spotlight to highlight your favourite outdoor area.

House exterior

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and colour ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness