I got excited a couple of months ago when Hue announced their line of home outdoor lighting products. I immediately started considering what kind of set up I’d like to use and try-out at home. You see, I’ve been using the Hue Smart lighting system for a couple years, and have been quite pleased to recommend it to my friends. And I was eager to add something new to my line up.
I waited patiently, until July, when the new products became available for purchase. As much as I’d love to try out every piece in the Hue outdoor lineup. I weighed my options and chose the Lucca Outdoor Wall Light. I chose this over the other options for three reasons: price, function and form. If the price wasn’t a variable I’d have chosen the Lily Outdoor spotlights kit(with any luck I may be able to review these in the future). I went with the Lucca because I like the modern design, and I was interested in using Hue’s timer and geo-fencing features.
Installation was a Breeze!
In the box was almost everything I needed to be up and running, and after a 5 minute trip to the hardware store, to pick up some silicone caulking, I was set! Check out my unboxing video to see what the fixture looks like and what comes in the box.
If you are going to install the Hue Lucca Outdoor Wall Light yourself make sure to play it safe, and take all the necessary safety precautions: Turn off power at the fuse box or circuit breaker; wear proper footwear to insulate yourself; use the right tools, screwdrivers, Allen keys, wire cutters and strippers.
Important note: the Lucca Outdoor Wall Light, as well as the rest of the Hue smart lights, are not designed to be used with a regular dimmer switch.
Once I had the fixture installed, cleaned up my mess and turned the power back on I was up and running. Light switch on and the Lucca comes on, light switch off . . . and well you get it. But this isn’t why you’d get a Hue light.
I turned the light on, opened the Hue app on my phone, and in a couple of minutes I was set up for the basic smart features. I could now turn on and off the light remotely and adjust its brightness. The brightness adjustment is actually a really nice feature to have. The bedroom window upstairs faces out front and when we leave the porch light on it can create some unnecessary and unwanted brightness in the bedroom. Now we can adjust that and when we want to leave the porch light on late or overnight we can set the brightness lower.
My Front Porch is Smarter Than Yours
Now my front porch can greet me or Bree when we get home late! It will turn on at dusk, shut off at dawn – or any other time I choose. I can set it to go dim at a certain time, and off at others. All of these smart features are the reason why I wanted to try out this product so much.
Greeting me at the door as I pull up into the driveway is my favourite feature. The Hue app and your phone use geofencing to mark a distance from your home. The light will come on when I enter this range. If I’m already within the range (ie. at home) then nothing changes. What this means is that when I’m driving home from work, the grocery store, or anywhere else the light come on for me.
If you take the time to explore Hue Labs within the app there are some cool additional geofencing tools you can set up – like turning on the front light for me when I arrive home from work even if Bree is already home.
I’ve got a timer set, actually I’ve got a few sets. When the sun sets at dusk I’ve got the lights set to come on and gradually get brighter. The light stays on at full brightness until a time that I’ve set – a little earlier on weeknights and a little later on weekend. And I can have it set to dim or completely shut off at that point.
Long-Term Use and Concerns
I haven’t had this particular light long enough to tell how it well it stands up to the test of time, but I’m not foreseeing any big issues. It has a water-tight enclosure. It is rated for both very high and very low temperatures so it should stand up during our -20C winters and +30C summers here in southern Ontario. The wifi range in it seems to be fine, and it will actually act as a range extender for other Hue outdoor lights in the future.
The only thing to do now is to wait and see how it actually holds up to rain and snow, hot and cold, and time. My other lights have been working fine for more than 2 years in an indoor setting, so I’m not feeling worried at all.
If you’re looking for an outdoor light that will work with your smart light options I’d gladly recommend the Hue Lucca Outdoor Wall Light.
But, if you’re just looking for a basic outdoor wall light, this has bells and whistles you’ll never use.
Have any of you used smart lighting outdoors or indoors? What have your experiences been? Did I miss something that would be helpful for you to make your own lighting decision?
Let us know in the comments below!