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12 days of technology, Day 6: Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Kit Gen 3

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This holiday season, MyITpros is doing all the shopping for you! Whether you’re technically savvy or not, we’ve got 12 awesome gadgets picked out that are sure to make you the gift-giving hit of the season!

What it is: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit – Gen 3 (richer Colors)

We know – a lighting set for a Christmas gift? That doesn’t sound very fun. But check out this kit from Philips and you’ll be singing a difference holiday tune.

The Gen 3 starter kit has over 16 million colors in its hue app, allowing you to do things like sync lights with movies, TV shows and music. You can choose from a range of natural white light as well, from cool daytime hues all the way to warm and soft evening light. The app also lets you choose custom hues for different activities to help you get energized, relax or read. You can even program the light to change at specific times based on your personal daily routine.

Do you hate the harsh wakeup of an alarm clock? The Philips Hue will gradually increase light intensity to help you wake up naturally. You can set the lights in any room to turn on and off either instantly or gradually at any time, making it seem like you’re home when you’re out or welcoming you home to a house all lit up and waiting for you.

What’s more, the Hue lets you control all your lights from your smartphone or tablet. Set timers and alarms, get notifications and switch everything on and off no matter where you are! The kit is also compatible with Amazon Alexa or Apple Homekit technology, so you can ask Siri to do the hard work for you!

How much it costs: $199.99

The Gen 3 retails on the Philips site for $199.99 and is also available for order or in-store purchase at major retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon. The starter kit comes with three color LED light bulbs and the Philips Hue Bridge.

Who to buy it for: The smart-home lover in your life

Smart-home automation is all the rage these days, and this lighting kit is easy to install and work – plus, it comes with the added bonuses of being compatible with other home automation systems, and there’s a wide range of accessories you can buy as add-ons. Anyone who’s working on turning their home into a cutting-edge relaxation space will love this Christmas gift!


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