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Philips Hue Go - a smart lamp so clever it's child's play

The Philips Hue Go is a portable smart lamp that promises more colours than you possibly ever knew existed – 16million to be precise.

People often joke that, if you want to know how to work a new device, you should ask a ten-year-old – so I did.

The challenge was, could my ten-year-old get the Philips Hue Go up and running and, if so, what would he think of it.

Simple steps to colour your home

Step one really was child’s play. Plug the lamp in, and it’s ready to go. Once fully charged the Philips Hue Go will give you up to eighteen hours of light anywhere you want and you can change the colour, to seven pre-set mood affects, at the touch of a button.

You can cycle through more colour options by holding the button in until you find the shade you’d like.

But to make your lamp smart you need a Philips Hue Bridge. You can buy this separately or as part of a starter kit

Light up your life

There are simple instructions to help you set up a Philips Hue Bridge at home but you can also find a number of easy to follow videos online.

Once connected, you can control your Philips Hue Go from a mobile phone, or tablet, or with voice control, via a compatible device like an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home.

On a mobile device you have a touch activated colour sphere you can scroll over to pick an exact shade, or there’s also an option to mimic tones from a favourite photograph.

Endless possibilities

Plugged in, the Philips Hue Go can colour wash your walls with light or add dramatic colour effects behind a TV. Unplugged, you can use it as a centre-piece on a table, or take it outside with you.

You can also sync light to your favourite music, or link it to your gaming, although we’ve not quite mastered either of those yet!

If you want a more gentle start to your day than a noisy alarm the Philips Hue Go can gradually increase light in the room, as long as it is plugged in or has enough charge to do so.

Apps can help you remotely check if you’ve forgotten to turn your lamp off at home, or to switch it on remotely if you’re late back, or away.

It’s definitely simple enough for a ten-year-old to get up and running, to match to their favourite football shirt colour and to programme to turn off after they’ve fallen asleep. And, if they’re awake too late on a school night, mum or dad can enforce ‘lights out’ without even setting foot in the bedroom!