Are Philips Hue Bulbs Dangerous?
No, Philips Hue Bulbs are definitely not dangerous in any way. Philips Hue Light is a well-trusted brand who delivers quality lighting.
Keep reading and learn why.
Is Philips Hue Light A Fire Hazard?
First of all No, Philips Hue Light is definitely not a fire hazard.
You could wonder if a technology which is always connected, always powered on and at all times receives a current could be a fire hazard over a longer period of time.
But this is in fact not the case. No Philips Hue Lights gets nearly hot enough to be a fire hazard in any way, but even the LED strips – I’ve tested this myself.
Unlike normal bulbs or LED strips, Hue Light is always powered on and connected so you can change the lighting in an instant with your smartphone or voice if connected to Alexa or Google Home.
But other than that it’s just normal and very tested electrical components like your computer, TV or router.
Your internet router is a pretty good comparison because that is also turned on 100% of the time, but doesn’t cause a fire hazard either.
It’s very tested technology which has fail-safes even when short-circuited.
Are the LED healthy for the eyes?
LED lighting is not seen as healthy for the eyes, but they aren’t unhealthy either. They do however come with some benefits.
Standard LED’s can in some cases seem stronger, especially in the blue light spectrum and can have more strain on the eyes.
But one huge pro to the Hue Lights is that you have full control over them.
This means that you can change the lighting depending on the environment and other lighting sources.
A great example is my own office. I have a Philips Hue Light Strip around the backside of my office table and a Hue Light Bulb in the ceiling.
This is great because I can then adjust the lighting around me depending on the brightness of my computer screen and the brightness coming in from the outside.
For example, if it’s night time and the screen seems bright and maybe straining my eyes, I can adjust the screen’s brightness to the Light Strips brightness, vice versa, so they have more or less the same brightness.
This makes the screen just fit in with everything else and makes it so easy to read and surf.
Another great pro to the Hue Light Bulbs is that you can set them to adjust automatically for when it’s evening and bedtime.
Over a couple of hours, it’ll remove all the blue light and make sure your brain doesn’t think it’s still daytime.
I use this very much and it’s easy to feel when all blue light is removed, but it isn’t annoying or anything, it’s actually quite nice.
And over time you’ll also notice getting more tired over the period where the blue light is getting removed.
You can also turn this logic around for daytime where you actually need the blue/white light to really shine.
The sun is shining a large amount of blue light, our brain interprets this as energy and awakeness like a cup of coffee.
If you make it gradually light more and more blue light when you are waking up, you’ll feel more fresh and awake.
Throughout the day it’s also a good idea to keep the blue light, just like outside giving you energy, the blue light from the light bulb will too.
Flicker from Hue Light causing a headache?
Some people are actually experiencing smaller headaches from Philips Hue Light Bulbs. So yes the flickering from LED Philips Hue Lights might actually cause headaches for some people.
This is because they actually turn off and on with a very high frequency.
It’s not enough to actually notice with the human eye, but if you have a bad bulb it can leave a headache to some.
It’s like a monitor or a tv screen, with very old CRT screens you can actually see it and in some cases hear it, it’ll sound like a high hissing noise.
The reason that you are probably able to detect the flickering of an old CRT screen is that it’s running on a much lower frequency of 30-60 Hz.
A LED light bulb is running on 100+ Hz frequency. This means the light bulbs turn on and off over 100 times each second, which is in most cases more than the human eyes can detect.
If the light bulb starts to flash and not flicker, so when you can actually see it clearly with your own eyes it’s broken and you should consider changing it because when you can start seeing it clearly it’ll most likely lead to headache over time.
My thoughts on Philips Hue Lights impact on human health
I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but I can speak from personal experience. Every lightbulb in my apartment has been Philips Hue Light for over 4 years now.
I’ve not changed a single bulb or LED, I have not had a single issue with the system ever and not seen any flickering or had any headaches.
I know there might also be some luck attributed to this, but my honest opinion is that Philips Hue Light is a solid product which contributes well to a healthy lifestyle.
My eyes are very sensitive due to over and poor usage of computers and smartphones.
It’s nice to have a product which can help you throughout the day with eye strain and focus.
This post was almost just a pure admiration to Philips Hue Light, but of cause, there are other competitors which are probably just as good and maybe cheaper.
Philips Hue Light is a relatively expensive product compared to it’s nearest competitors. My conclusion will be; having light which you can adjust to the environment is a life changer.
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Morten has been working with technology, IoT and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected into this blog to give you relevant and correct information.Read more...