Eyes-on with Philips Ambilight+Hue | Stuff


Philips’ light-up tellies now work with its web-ready bulbs – however do you really need your front room to seem like the within of a tropical fish tank? Sure, you do. And right here’s why…

Telly tech is the form of factor you don’t assume you want, however when you’ve tried it you’ll be able to by no means return. Watched something in standard-def lately? It’s like peering by means of an previous greenhouse lined with bubble wrap.

That’s why we’ve been dwelling at the hours of darkness recently, in anticipation of the arrival of Philips’ new Ambilight+Hue setup. You’ll already be aware of each as separate entities: Ambilight is Philips’ vary of tellies with light-up backsides, and Hue is its vary of lightbulbs that connect with your Wi-Fi for distant management through an app. Nicely now they work collectively.

Setup

Setup is easy. An Ambilight TV with Wi-Fi can now be hooked-up to the identical bridge that connects your Hue bulbs to your Wi-Fi community. From there it’s only a case of downloading the brand new Ambilight+Hue app (obtainable for each Android and iOS) and utilizing the top-down map to place your lights, a bit like arranging your encompass sound audio system, though with out the predetermined positions. Need the LightStrip to run alongside the underside of your couch? Go for it.

At this level we must always introduce you to some new members of Hue’s prolonged household. Becoming a member of the usual bulbs are two ‘Pals of Hue’: the LivingColors Bloom, a small uplighter with a silly title, and the LightStrip, a trimmable, tape measure of LEDs, a bit of like those which may illuminate the aisle of an aeroplane so you will discover the emergency exit within the occasion of a crash (each £80, meethue.com).

Blindingly good

Our take a look at lounge included Philips’ new 65PFL9708 4K Ambilight TV (not like our actual lounge, which doesn’t), two LivingColors Bloom uplighters to the suitable of it, a LightStrip to the left, a regular Hue bulb in a regular lamp behind us and a replica of Discovering Nemo within the Blu-ray participant, a movie so well-suited to displaying off Ambilight TVs that Pixar may as properly remaster it and substitute all of the fish with swimming lightbulbs.

It didn’t take lengthy to point out what it may do. The early coral reef scenes bathed the room in a soothing blue-green mild, whereas Nemo’s sprint inside a deep-red anemone turned the entire room the color of an overripe sea tomato (if such a factor exists, we’re not marine biologists). It’s brilliantly immersive, though we will’t think about it really works so properly on one thing like Zero Darkish Thirty, a movie that ends with roughly 25 minutes of blackness.

The Hue lamps and bulbs faucet into whichever Ambilight zone you’ve informed them they’re positioned nearest to, so the entire room may be splashed with a number of colors and shades. The brightness and the velocity at which the lights change may be altered, though we discovered it greatest to maintain the velocity pretty gradual, in any other case it feels a bit such as you’re in a nightclub full of sentimental furnishings. We had them set so that they modified a beat or two after the scene on-screen modified, which felt about proper. Flip off the Ambilight performance on the telly and your Hue bulbs return to doing no matter you had them setup for earlier than.

Earlier than lengthy it begins to really feel fully regular; as in the event you’ve at all times watched films like this. Flip it off and all the pieces out of the blue feels a bit flat. The truth is, we’ve taken to watching Police, Digital camera, Motion! with a flashing blue mild on prime of the telly and clutching a torch within the hope of recreating that Ambilight+Hue really feel.



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