• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If I had only purchased HUE first (and not wasted $ on Lifx)

    • Written by from San Jose

    I am very pleased with my Hue starter kit. My only regret is that I wasted a ton of money purchasing Lifx bulbs prior to purchasing a Hue starter pack. Hue is everything that Lifx promised to be and unfortunately, Lifx failed to deliver! I use one Hue bulb on the porch, and have an "alarm" set for the bulb to turn on around dusk and turn off at dawn. In addition, I have the other two bulbs in my living room, which we use on a variety of settings depending on the activity (e.g., Relaxation mode, dimmed for movie night, reading mode, etc). I have the bulbs set up so that if it is after dark and the bulbs are not already on, they detect my arrival within the neighborhood and turn on the lights at home. With regard to setup, I had no difficulty setting up the bulbs and so far (after several months of use) I have not had any issues. In the future, I will purchase bulbs for other parts of the house as well. Thank you Hue!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing! Worth every dollar!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I actually held off buying Philips Hue due to the price. But after realizing that the bulbs last beyond a decade and that they actually do more than just light (it can be art, design, a conversation piece, etc - for those who take pride in having a nice home) your home. I bought the starter pack recently and a few of the light strips and other accessories... I had everything setup in under 30 minutes flawlessly, including linking to the iOS apps. I must say, I love these lights. Its effortless to use, creates amazing colours and scenes in your home; can help you relax after work or make a movie or music more exciting with connected lights. I love waking up to the sunrise scene in my bedroom, just one of many, many uses.

    If you do care about having a nice home and lighting plays a big part of that, I'd completely and totally recommend Hue. You won't regret it. I can't wait to see what they bring out next as part of the Hue line.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awsome!

    • Written by from Newport News

    Why spend just a few bucks less to get lights you can turn off remotely... but no colors or anything. Seriously. For 150 you can get three remote controllable outlets. but for 199 you get endless possibilities. For instant mood lighting these can't be beat. Ignore any bad reviews. They are easy to set up and there are plenty of good apps out there that are better than the free Philips one. I use one called Hue+ and could not be happier. I have preset modes for reading, movie watching, normal use and 'mood'.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just wonderful!

    • Written by from ROSEMERE

    Hue is a real winner! I have a total of 4 bulbs, 1 spotlight a 1 strip, and I can wait for the GU10 items to be on the north american market. So far, I love the results: colours are crisp, beautiful, and so easy to manage.

    Having multiple bulbs might be a bit tricky to manage on the apps as they overlap and they don't have a logical order (only the order in which they were linked to the Hue bridge). But this is minor compared to the results obtained.

    The only problem I see (and I hope that Philips could find a solution) is that after a power outage, all the lights come back on... Since I have a few power outages in my area once in a while, all my lamps can turn on in the middle of the night... A "power outage" detection system could be nice, e.g. after the outage, the lamps are brought back at their previous state.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best 'Smart Home' Product Out There

    • Written by from Rohnert Park

    We purchased the Philips Hue Starter Pack and fell in love! We connected them in our living room and found that these bulbs allow us to set the mood, dim the lights, turn off before bed, etc. all from our iPhone. A few months later I have them in almost every room of the house.

    This technology has really allowed us to turn our home into a smart home! Albeit, they are a bit pricey, but you are paying for convenience and so much more. The Hue App has also come a long way and offers much more than it did upon initial release. We also love the additional apps that control our Hue bulbs, such as Goldee and IFTTT.

    If you have $200, go grab a starter pack and play around. Well worth it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not just a gimmick

    • Written by from London

    Bought the pack of light to give them a try in our living room, 20 foot ceiling with pot lights, got the ladder and installed, plugged the hub in and downloaded the app, 5 mins, no looking for my server, no passwords, a true plug and play, the colours are vivid and bright, tried a music app, it's was a hit with my 14 year old, thought I was going to have a stroke.
    Now looking to buy more lights for the theatre room, will be a very nice touch, 15000hr life, hope I don't have to get the ladder in the house anytime soon

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Quite simply one of the best products I have ever purchased for my home. I absolutely love this light system. It is so easy to set up, so easy to use and creates wonderful lighting states for a variety of scenarios. I have already created different states on top of the ones already provided that suit how I use my lounge. I know some people have said they aren't bright enough and I appreciate each home is different. I certainly cannot agree with that. My lounge isn't huge, I would say standard, and I have one ceiling light and two lamps and they are far brighter and better than any other lights I have owned before.Most of the time I dim or turn off the ceiling as it's just not required or change it to a colour to add ambiance. I would recommend to anyone for whom it falls into their budget for sure.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dramatic

    • Written by from Sugar Land

    Great starter pack. Easy setup. Easy to create new scenes. I go thru several scenes each evening. When I know I will get home in the dark, I turn on the bulbs remotely, wherever I am. The different colors glowing behind the blinds look dramatic when I arrive. I plan to buy more bulbs to use in the other rooms.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it...

    • Written by from MIAMI BEACH

    Excellent idea, It's great, it's beautiful and mostly important: it works perfectly...

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Still loving mine, EVEN AFTER A YEAR!

    • Written by from St. George

    These bulbs are awesome! I use mine everyday. The color feature gets old after a while but with the right app (I use Simple Hue) these bulbs are the handiest things since sliced bread! Highly recommended.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded My Expectations

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I purchased these ahead of a house party we were having and although expensive, I am more than pleased with them! It was definitely a conversation piece, and the lights really set the mood whether we wanted to have fun or just relax. The stock app is fun to play with, but I came across an app called Goldee that controls and changes the color schemes dynamically. They have different themes, such as 'concentrate', 'relax', 'romantic', and the lights will subtly change colors from one to the other. It really transforms the room!

    It works flawlessly as well. As much as I've played with these lights, turned them off and on, changed colors, etc., I have not experienced any flaws in their operation. As long as my wifi is running, my lights can be controlled with my phone.

    My wife was a little adverse to the lights at first because you control them from your phone, but I explained to her she can turn the lightswitch off and on and it will behave like any normal lightbulb. I got her the app on her phone as well, and she can control and play with them too!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    so fun

    • Written by from bellmore

    the system is east to set up and is hella fun the play around with. i love the added functionally of IFTTT, its great to have my lights on when i get home.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lighting I would recommend.

    • Written by from Austin

    I've owned this starter pack for over a year now and I can confidently say that I would recommend this lighting to any of my buddies. I've used it for everyday use in my bedroom and while it has its quirks I'll list, it has been the best companion.

    First quirk is that if the power goes off the light come on full brightness when power is restored which is frustrating during some storms at night. Second is the companion app is much improved over when I first had it but its still not perfect with instant on but that might apse be due to my bridge being down stairs with the router.

    Other than those two issues that pop up rarely I've used these for at least a year if not longer and I have used them every single day in my bedroom and I've loved having the ability to control the lighting for my mood and controlling the brightness depending on my task at hand. Philips keeps up with the app on a fairly regular basis adding new features and fixing bugs which is nice to have continued support. The only feature I don't use is the geo location because I'd rather not have my lights turn on when I arrive home during the day which its not hard to pull out my phone.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    life changing

    • Written by from london

    no words to express how amazing these bulbs are. use them with the app IFTTT to create rules and they literally become life changing!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WORTH IT

    • Written by from Quincy

    At first I was very reluctant to buy these, maybe even after the first week. But after owning them for months I've grown to absolutely love them. The app is very simple, and with the Ambify app the lights go to your music quite well. I am looking to upgrade with an LED strip sometime soon, but if you are a gadget person these lights are a MUST HAVE. I can't even stand my bedroom light at night anymore, these set the perfect mood for any feeling.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product

    • Written by from Gilbert

    Never thought that lights would have such an impact. Coupled with IFTTT, this product rocks, especially after the latest updates, which improved some nagging issues like bulb startup. The update process can be a bit fiddly, but it works.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC product that has already come a long way

    • Written by from Fleet

    The Philips Hue lighting system is a great piece of kit. Yes, it is costly, but the second you have it you'll realise it was money well spent.

    The system was very easy to set up. I have very unreliable wifi and this is the one wifi based system in my house that has never cut out or disconnected. It is incredible how having slightly different hues of lighting can affect your mood or energy so much.

    The bulbs can go very bright, and creating setups to your preference is simple. A lot of the previous reviews here are based on the old app when it was still really in development. Since the new app update things are much more simple and intuitive. Once you start looking into things there are also great capabilities. For example:

    - Each morning I have it set so my bedroom lights come on slowly instead of my alarm, and on a setting that reflects daylight, so I wake up relaxed.

    - I had a party recently and I downloaded one of the many available third party apps, enabling my lights to change in time to the music. Searching "hue" on the App Store shows a huge variety of these apps.

    - I use the app "If This Then That" to create a series of rules, for example if it is going to rain my lights flash blue. If I leave my house the lights turn off behind me automatically. When it gets dark outside they come on automatically, using the sunset data from the weather app.

    Your home will instantly feel advanced and simple with these. It is great being able to set such a variety of moods from your iPhone. A must buy!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup & impressive phone app

    • Written by from Richardson

    Easy setup, great phone app and makes the heart of a gadget guy flutter. Awesome product!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Methuen

    A must have! Very easy to set up on Website, iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This is one of my favorite tech items. Setting up the lights just took a few minutes. The possibilities for this are endless. It is an expensive item, but the electrical savings will pay for itself down the road. You can have a lot of fun while reducing your carbon footprint. :-)

    There are plenty of third-party apps that work great with the Hue lights. My favorite right now is "Hue Lights." If you are a techie, you can also use the Hue API to create limitless schedules, events, and light shows from your own server.

    A lot of people posted YouTube videos, so you can see these in action. The Hue Lightstrips are a great addition to the Starter Pack. They can really transform a room!

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