The lights are supported by all the major AI platforms, meaning you can turn on the lights just by saying a command such as "OK Google, turn on the bedroom lights", and you can adjust their brightness and colour with spoken commands such as "Hey Siri, dim the bedroom lights" or "Alexa, turn the bedroom lights to red", should things get really saucy.
You can also automate the lights using a Hue (or other brand) motion sensor, so that they automatically come on when you get home after dark, or when you walk downstairs to go to the loo at 2am.
Voice control and automation really are key to smart lighting. Yes, you can control your smart lights with apps on your smartphone, but in practice you're really only going to use the apps to set up the lights in the first place, to choose the dimming levels and colours you want, and for the occasional party trick.
Other than that, there's no real benefit to lighting apps on your phone. If you're going to have to hunt around for your phone every time you want to change the lighting, you may as well stick to old-fashioned light switches. At least you always know where they are.
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