Philips Hue Lux Gen 2 Kit (Refurbished)

  • Smartify your home with this hub and two bulbs
  • Control with Alexa, Siri, HomeKit, the Hue app, or your hands (in a pinch)
  • Yes it’s called “Hue” but no it doesn’t do colors – white light only
  • Get it while you can still impress your friends by turning on the lights with your voice
  • Model: 455287 (The six-digit all-numerical model number is like a black tux – elegant, timeless, and kinda boring)
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That Smarts

Dan tried to get up without disturbing the sleeping cat on his chest. Then he remembered.

“Alexa, turn off the living room lights."


He sighed contentedly and settled himself down to join the cat in a doze. When he first bought the Philips Hue Starter Kit he was worried it was a gimmick, that he wouldn’t actually use a “smart home.” But this small indulgence — turning the lights off without standing up — made it all worth it.

“What?!” Came a piercing voice from the bedroom.

“Nothing,” Dan said, trying not to disturb the cat whose annoyed claws he could begin to feel in his chest.

“What? I didn’t hear you.”

“Nothing! I just — ouch — was telling Alexa to turn off the lights."

“You told Alexa: Turn on the lights?!” The voice boomed.

“Okay,” Alexa chirped while the living room lights turned back on.

“No, turn off the lights. Alexa, turn OFF the lights.”


“What the hell, Dan. You just turned off the bedroom light! Alexa: Turn on the lights!"


“Alexa — ow!” The cats claws dug deeper.

“I’m sorry, I don’t know how to do that.”

“Alexa,” Dan said in a lower voice. “Turn off the living room lights.”


“What?! Speak up when you’re talking to me!” Came the voice.

“I wasn’t talking to you! I was talking to Alexa!”

“Speak louder!”

“OKAY!” Screamed Alexa, her volume now maxed out.

“Alexa: Lower your voice,” Dan said.


“Don’t tell me to lower my voice! I’m not yelling!!”

“I wasn’t TALKING to you — ow! — I was talking to Alexa.”

“You, too? I thought I was."

“U2 is not available on Prime Music. You can get Amazon Music Unlimited for just $7.99. Would you like to subscribe?"

“Don’t say yes!” Dan yelled. The cat clawed his face.

“I think you said ‘Yes,’ is that correct?”

“‘Yes’?!” The voiced called.

“Great. Your card has been charged.”

“Dammit, Alexa.”

Dan sighed discontentedly, feeling the first oozes of blood trickle down his face. “Turn off the living room lights.”


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