The future is smart, particularly when it comes to outdoor lighting. It is truly phenomenal the rate at which technology is advancing. In recent years, so called smart home technology has become increasingly prevalent. From seeing who is at your front door with a smart door bell to taking complete control of the climate in your property with a smart theromstat, you can integrate smart technology throughout your home. As the inside of your property becomes smarter than ever before, what about your garden? Fear not, your garden can be smart too with the new range of Philips Hue smart outdoor lights.

Lighting your garden has never been such a pleasure! With the intuitive Philips Hue app, you can control your lights from the palm of your hand. No charge? No problem. If you have one, you can use a smart assistant such as Alexa, to whom you would say "turn on the garden lights". It's as simple as that! Until recently, the Hue range was focused on the internal lights in your property, the introduction of their outdoor lighting was a more recent development. From spotlights to lanterns, you are in for a treat, there is a style to complement any design.

Increase the security of your property

If you are security concious, then the integration of smart lighting into your garden's design may well put your anxieties at ease. When you are away from your property, you can deter potential intruders by putting your lights on a schedule. With the Hue app, you can create schedules, trigger the lights when the sun has set, or manually activate them at the click of a finger! So, wherever you are, whether it be a late night at the office or somewhere further afield, you can take complete control of your outdoor lights to give the impression that you are home.

Never arrive home to an unlit driveway again, you can sync your location with the Hue app and set the lights to trigger when you are around the corner. The level of control provided by Philips Hue is second to none, their lighting is definitely an investment for the future.

Reduce your energy consumption

In comparison to halogen based lights, the Philips Hue range is significantly more energy efficient. Hue uses light emitting diodes to reduce energy consumption without compromising on brightness. In the long run, implementing smart lighting in your garden will save you money; and you will be doing your bit to protect our fragile environment.

To further reduce your energy consumption, you can make use of the intuitive Hue app. If you schedule your lighting to activate only when you need it, that will definitely have an impact on your usage. For lighting a driveway or enterance to a property, you can install a sensor to detect movement, allowing your lights to be triggered only when somebody is there and it is dark outside. With Hue, the possibilities are pretty much endless!

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Control the ambiance in your garden

Lighting can be used to set the mood. If you use your garden to host friends and family, smart lighting can make a real difference. When the day is drawing to a close,  if you have adequate outdoor lighting, the party can go on and on. Philips claim that their Hue lights can be set to over 16 million colours. I don't know about you, but I'd be happy with 10 or so. For those of you who are hard to please, we are pretty sure that 16 million will suffice! As the sun is setting, you can complement it with a lovely orange hue, perfect for a romantic dinner.

Significantly longer lifespan

Outdoor lighting is not as expensive as you may think. Of course it is going to be a bigger investment than bog standard halogen lighting, but Philips pricing is very reasonable. If you decide to invest in this fantastic technology, you will be pleased to know that Hue is designed to withstand the test of time. Fiddling around trying to replace a blown bulb will be a distant memory. The average bulb tends to last for around 1,000 to 2,000 hours, whereas Philips state that Hue lasts for over 15,000 hours. I know which option I would choose!

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Should you install smart outdoor lighting at your property?

If you want to take your garden's design to the next level, then you should definitely consider Philips Hue. Not only will these lights enhance the security of your property, reduce your energy consumption, provide unrivalled control, they will prove to be an investment for the future. We can't say whether smart outdoor lighting is right for you and your garden, that really boils down to what you want to achieve with your space.

For those of you who are ready to move with the times, our landscape gardeners in Manchester are equipped to transform your garden. If you choose Philips Hue, you can call it a smart garden! To discuss the range of lighting options available for your garden, schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable landscape gardeners.