You can add in other accessories to the Hue system, like remote dimmer switches (I use this most in the bedroom - I don't always feel like using voice commands when I'm tired) and motion sensors. I have a motion sensor set up in my downstairs loo and I love it; super simple to set up, and automatically turns off the light when no motion is detected so can potentially save energy - plus guests think it's really fun! The motion sensor is quite small in size so is really quite discreet, it can be placed on a shelf, attached to a wall or attached to a radiator or similar using the magnetic attachment supplied in the box. The dimmer switch sits on a magnetic plate and can be attached to walls or anything magnetic like a fridge. The central piece is detachable and works like a remote for times when you want to adjust lights but maybe don't want to use your phone or a voice command, like when watching a film for example. The remote switch only works in conjuction with the lights in one room though, so if you want to control the lights in several rooms via the remote switches, you'll need to buy multiple switches.
Dimmer Switch - RRP £17.99
Argos Link HERE
Currys Link HERE
Motion Sensor - RRP £34.99
Argos Link HERE
Currys Link HERE
Overall, I'm totally sold on the Philips Hue system and in time will expand it further throughout my home. Each bridge will manage up to 50 lights, which in theory should be enough for an average sized home unless your home has a fair few spotlights. I believe you can use mutiple bridges if you need to though (for example all upstairs lights on one bridge, downstairs on the other), but the app won't manage them all at once, you would need to switch from bridge to bridge in the app which could be annoying.
Just in the few weeks I've owned the system, new capabilities have been added to the app (beta versions) so I can only imagine that the system will be capable of even more in months to come and I think I've only just scratched the surface of what it can do so far. Having seen the difference lighting can truly make to a space, it's even made me reflect on decor decisions going forward to make sure lighting is considered as part of the design rather than just focusing on paint swatches. One thing I love about the system is no matter your interior design style, Hue can work for you - for example if you love contemporary decor then smart accessories simply look the part, but what if you like a traditional feel, or maybe a modern farmhouse style? - no problem, the lights just fit into your current fixtures and could be voice controlled with little voice assistants like the Amazon Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini which are small enough to hide behind a photo frame out of sight.
The only slight negative for me is price. I would absolutely love to expand the system even further through my home with more bulbs, accessories and maybe even some lightstrips (I have 10 bulbs in total right now) but at £50 each for a colour bulb, the price is somewhat prohibitive. The saving grace is that the bulbs are supposed to last for 25000 hours or 15 years, whichever comes first, but you can't get away from the high upfront cost. In time I will still expand the system as I love it, but will need to wait for deals and special offers (or maybe a lotto win!) before I do.
*All prices quoted correct at time of writing this post
*The Philips Hue Starter Kits, Dimmer Switch and Motion Sensor were bought by myself with my own money and this post is NOT sponsored in any way. This post however, like other pages on this site, does contain affliate links. This means should you make a purchase after clicking a link provided I may earn a very small fee, this does not cost you any more, in fact in some cases it may cost you less money than had you searched for the item independently.