The frosted glass housings on both lamps do a great job of evenly distributing the light, and the Ambiance LED lumen output (~800 lm) is bright enough to light up even larger rooms. As far as specific tricks go, there's nothing here that current Hue users won't be familiar with. Once we set up the lamps, we had no trouble using Siri and Alexa to turn them on and off as well as call up specific scenes. The Hue app also lets you establish "wake up" and "go to sleep" routines to have the lamps gradually fade in (or out) at specific times. You can also choose to just have them pop on and off instantaneously at a given brightness and color temperature. Having the Wellness lamp gradually illuminate our bedroom in the morning was indeed a much more pleasant way to get up, when it got us up. Unfortunately, it's not as effective as a smartphone alarm. We slept through a couple artificial sunrises.