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Smart lighting systems enable you to create lighting settings for relaxing or entertaining at home, and you can program the lights to switch on and off automatically throughout the day. Starter kits for Philips’ Hue system start at £60 (apple.co/1LBpv5v) and can be extended as your budget allows to control up to 50 individual lights possible. White and coloured bulbs are available, and there’s a HomeKit Upgrade Bridge (£50, apple.co/ 1LBq9zZ) for existing Hue users who want to control lights using Siri. Elgato’s Avea system (from £40, bit.ly/1OTCFFS) works in a similar way, with a whole range of bulbs and lights to pick from, including a wireless, rechargeable battery-powered light called the Avea Flare
Philips’ Hue system can control up to 50 lights around your home
(£90), which is suitable for outdoor use. All of them can be controlled using your iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch.
You can take charge of outdoor lighting, too. Netatmo Presence (£TBC, bit.ly/1LBt0Jl) is a light and a camera that can automatically illuminate the way to your door and keep an eye on visitors by sending live video to your iOS device. It can store its recordings on a MicroSD card or a personal server.
Some smart lighting lets you change its colour to suit your activity, whether that’s hosting a dinner party or watching a film.