I bought a Nest Ther­mo­stat and Philips Hue lights. Are there ben­e­fits to sync­ing them?

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Nick Odantzis replies: Keep­ing Nest and Philips Hue apart is like sit­ting El­ton John and Tim Rice at the same pi­ano but not al­low­ing them to write to­gether. Or some­thing. The point is, yes there are ben­e­fits to mak­ing these gad­gets talk to one an­other. As you’ll know from the prod­uct blurb, Philips Hue smart LED lights can be fully au­to­mated, en­abling you to cre­ate a be­spoke light­ing rou­tine. When teamed with the Nest Ther­mo­stat, Hue light­ing can lower your elec­tric­ity bills.

How? Nest is a learn­ing ther­mo­stat, right? So when it recog­nises you’re away but the lights are still blaz­ing, it’ll switch off the Hue lights for you, sav­ing you elec­tric­ity. When you’re on hol­i­day, Nest and Hue can team up to switch the lights on and off at ran­dom times, mak­ing it seem like you’re home. You can also make it so that when Nest de­tects you’re com­ing home and starts heat­ing up, your Hue lights come on in cer­tain rooms.

As for the ben­e­fits of Nest Pro­tect work­ing with Philips Hue lights, when Pro­tect senses car­bon monox­ide or smoke it will tell the lights to blink red, warn­ing you that the air is dan­ger­ous. A po­ten­tially life-sav­ing ben­e­fit.

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