Cool Way to Play with Philips Hue Play Light Bars

I bought the Philips Hue Play Light Bars end of last year and installed it behind my computer screen.  I was only using it for the engaging light effects when playing Forza Horizon 4 or watching Netflix.  Now I have found a new and cool way to “play” with Philips Hue Play Light Bars.

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Google “Philips Hue Play Light Bars” and you’ll get images of the accessories beside or behind a monitor or TV.  It’s always facing the wall.  After the novelty of using it with computer games, and movies with the Philips Hue Sync app wore out I started thinking of more creative applications of it.  This post covers a new way to play!

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The idea came up when I swapped the recessed ceiling light bulbs in my bedroom with Philips Hue bulbs and then realized that a shelf in the room uses a halogen bulb that can’t be automated.  I can change the light switch but as you can read in my previous article it wouldn’t be able to have much lighting control.

NEW IDEA : Vanity Mirror Lights that lights up a shelf too

The Light Bulb Moment can when I realized that the Philips Hue Play Light Bars can fix this problem.  By placing them on both sides of the vanity mirror it can serve as a light source for the shelf.  At the same time, my wife gets great lighting when she puts her makeup on in front of the mirror!   I Googled to see if anyone has thought about using the light bars facing the person, and I couldn’t find anything.

Mounting the Philips Play Light Bar

Setup was super easy, I didn’t use the mounts that came with the Play Light Bars as they are rather large disks.  Two 3M Command Strips works pretty well to secure the Play Light Bars to the side of the mirror.  I can also easily remove or move them in the future without damaging the mirror or the bulbs.

I attach the Philips Hue Play Light Bars to the side of the mirror using 3M Command Strips, and hid the cables behind the mirror for a clean look.

 

The mirror is about an inch in depth. The Light Bar sits pretty nicely at the sides of the mirror.  You can see a small part of the power cables peaking below the light bar.

 

This photo was taken without the main room lights on.

As I expected the light was bright enough to light up the shelf.  Since it’s a Hue bulb I dimmed it enough for a person to stand in front of the mirror and not get blinded.

Did my wife like it?

Her initial thought was that there wasn’t enough light on the shelf.  After doing some test it does cast enough light.  She did like the fact that she can now put on her makeup with a good light source!

Bonus for me is that I can now disable the recessed light for the shelf and keep the room’s light switch power on for the Hue Bulbs.  Win win!