• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    buggy. Philips need to improve

    • Written by from Blackheath

    Setup timer to turn on two lights, but often only one will turn on. Also setup geo-location "My location" to turn on lights when approaching the house, but it doesn't work, and worse, while in the house, it thinks I have just arrived and randomly turns on the lights. I only needed two of the three bulbs in the startup pack, so not sure if only installing two of them is reason for my problems. I am using Hue V1.1.1.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun!

    • Written by from New York

    Great stuff. Easy set up and works like a charm.

    2 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but I can't use it.

    • Written by from QUEANBEYAN

    It's nice that these have arrived in Australian apple stores and are configured to use the power supply we have. What is not so useful is the bulb not being to be plugged in to any of my existing light fittings. While is seemed to come as a complete surprise the guy in the Apple store, light fittings that can accept Edison bulbs in Australia are an exception. That is because we use bayonet fittings - they are an Australian standard. Hopefully, the bulbs will soon be released with a fitting we can actually use.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Bridge Found Error Message

    • Written by from La Verne

    My app keeps coming up with the message saying there is NO BRIDGE FOUND. It can not locate my bridge. I have everything connected the way it should be but nothing works. All of the lights on the bridge are lit and the globe looking one is now blinking. There is no number to call, I have submitted an email and no response.

    I will add that when this device did work, I had a blast with it and multiple friends have bought it since. It seems as though that the NEW APP UPDATE had something to do with this problem. Well I guess it is now time to sit and wait and pray that a new update comes out soon or I have just wasted $200. I hope this helps you and hope yours works if you purchase it and hope mine gets fixed because its cool when it works!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Concept but not usable

    • Written by from Surry Hills

    This is a great idea but the technology is far too juvenile to be used in the home.
    I found it set up and did the job right out of the box as described BUT it seems there is a problem with the bridge as it stops working after about half an hour requiring a restart.
    The other problem is there does need to be a simple on/ off switch so you can turn the lits on or off with out having to fiddle with an iPhone log on with passwords etc.
    This means you cannot live with the system in your home on a daily basis.
    Otherwise brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Product

    • Written by from Calgary

    I highly recommend Hue to anyone who wants to control their lights from an iPhone, iPad or the WEB. Colors, brightness and auto on/off times by day of the week are awesome. The power savings from LED lighting is also phenomenal, these bulbs give off the light of a 60 watt bulb yet only consume 7.5 watts at max brightness, less if dimmed. I will be adding many more bulbs in the next few weeks.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue JUST GOT BETTER!

    • Written by from Woodhaven

    Now Hue owners can use IFTTT to control lighting in innovative new ways. Mine are set to turn blue as a notification of rain, strobe for rent day reminder, turn on and off upon arrival or departure from home. You can set many other alerts like changing to your fav sports team colors when ever they are about to play a game. Blink or change color when you get an email from selected email address. They can also respond to communications and photos posted on your Social media sites.
    IFTTT gives you a phone number upon free registration for SMS interaction with the hue bridge.
    My fave has got to be using the ifttt phone number to voice control the lights. " Siri to Tell "Edison #off, #on, #dim.
    Get this, love it run out and get more bulbs!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue starter pack - expensive but great

    • Written by from Newcastle

    There is a novelty value to buying these... lovely colours, etc. But for me the real value is waking up to a timed light alarm which wakes me up gently. Felt guilty about paying so much for these but I'm glad I did. Check out the most recent update of the app.. Geofencing and IFttt compatible makes it awesome. In summary.. if you just want some mad lightbulbs then OK, but the price is a bit steep. But if you are prepared to properly integrate these with your other apps then go for it.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! Especially with new geofencing capability!

    • Written by from Cupertino

    We started with the starter kit 1 month ago and are now up to 7 bulbs. It was supposed to be a "toy" for us but wound up being very practical because:

    * Wonderful to control lighting color for various activities like TV, cooking, reading, etc.
    * Great to control lights remotely, turning them on (for our pets) or off when we forgot.
    * The new geofencing turned on the lights as we drove into the driveway, even with the Hue app closed! (You do have to start it at least once on your iPhone and logon to meet hue)
    * We can now go to bed and turn all the lights off, no more "who's getting up to do that".
    * Since they are so low in power, we can leave some dim as night lights. They max at 8.5 watts, a normal nitelight is 3-7 watts!
    * We replaced our high end dimmers ($45-60) and simplified wiring.
    * If you have multiple bulbs on a dimmer you can now dim each light in a room (or patio) independently!
    * We use timers to turn on Living Room at 8:30, kitchen night lights at 08:30, bedroom night lights at 11:00.
    * My wife finally got her "disco" ball she always wanted in the kitchen, she plays music loud while cooking and the hue has strobe effect with an additional app.

    You get the idea, I don't normally take the time to write reviews but this product far exceeded our expectations. And as for cost... well worth it, saves energy and no need to install dimmers. This is the future of lighting. For now it's hard to replace all lighting because there are no hardware controls for them, some rooms are impractical to run from IOS like a closet, bathroom, etc. However, when turned off/on they default to white. We use IOS to control on/off of all inside Hues, but patio switch controls on/off and IOS control color, etc. We were initially concerned about being only equivalent to a 50 watt bulb, they were plenty bright and if made white, they looked brighter than 60 watt bulbs. We purchased ours are Apple stores.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cost

    • Written by from Pascoe Vale

    Why does this product costs 25% more in Australia ? Its costs 199.95 in America and a whopping 245 AUD in Australia? Hey which demented one did the math?

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Warrington

    I bought the starter set in December and installed all three lamps in my living room. One in a large white globe which sit in the floor, another under a frosted glass table that holds my computer and the last in a uptight standard lamp. The three lamp provide more than enough light for reading and general lighting needs but really come into their own when used for setting moods. We love them when watching movies, especially as I downloaded some cinema themes. They have been faultless in their operation, no issues at all. They don't flicker which one reviewer stated, so I can only assume there is some error in his setup. They use little energy and we live them.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling Product

    • Written by from Barston

    Apple should be ashamed of selling such an appalling product.

    Replacing existing low energy bulbs, the Hue bulbs (2 of 4) flickered continually, which makes being in the same room distracting.

    Periodically, at different frequencies, but at one point about once an hour, the bulbs switched themselves off and back on. Which would be annoying in any device, but stops a light being useful at all.

    Colours were OK, and the setup was as simple as promised, but the basic product is just useless and not fit for purpose.
    And expensive.

    21 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buckets of fun

    • Written by from Cinnaminson

    Make all your friends jealous and your neighbors curious.They are easy to install. Just install in the bulbs, plug in the bridge and hardwire it to your router, download the app and watch in awe as your whole room changes!The app is fairly easy to use (could be better). My husband and I are going to have light battles and scare the babysitter.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool but not ready for prime time

    • Written by from WASHINGTON

    The Hue is a brilliant concept, and the lights themselves are great and easy to hook up. The app, however, is disappointingly rudimentary, and until that is fixed, it renders this system little more than a gimmick. One example is that you have to set the timer each time you want the lights to come on -- there is no way to set daily, recurring times. Also, if you switch the lights off with a switch, they will default to their plain color, so you pretty much have to rely on the app -- and once the novelty of controlling lights with your phone wears off, that can get pretty old.

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    600 lumens is not such a bright idea

    • Written by from London

    If you predominantly use 60W bulbs in your house, then bear in mind that while those put out around 800 lumens, these Hue bulbs only manage 600 lumens, which is obviously a fair bit darker.

    So while these are great for use in rooms that never need to be brightly lit, they're not really suitable for kitchens or study areas.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Can Only Get Better In The Future!

    • Written by from Canyon Country

    There are a lot of smart early adopters writing reviews for the HUE. I had the system running with three bulbs within about 15 minutes. The App can be improved but it is functional, very easy (for me) to program, and can be supplemented with the free QuickHue native OS X, Colors for Hue OS X, Magma Hue iOS 6, and others. I don't want to negate fellow reviewer's problems with HUE, but except for the interference issue that may affect connection stability, I believe that HUE is not ready for the general consumer market just yet, but the more technically involved of us appear to have little or no issues other than $60 per bulb. I installed multiple Apps on our iPhone 5 and 4S, and two MacBook Pros in a few minutes.

    Wait a couple of months and the App issues will be largely resolved. HOWEVER, many of us that do not work with electronic life expectancy forget that there are 8,760 hours in a year, and a high duty cycle will have the AVERAGE unit failing in a few years (do the math), making them VERY expensive. I'm guessing that this will really be a heat issue. I'm an old analog electronics engineer and without any testing I can tell that I have difficulty holding the base when it runs 'wide open,' which means it is about 160 degrees F (71 degrees C,) not as cool as our intuition might guess. Future fixtures will eventually target the cooling issue, as most are now designed for incandescent bulbs, which have an entirely different set of challenges. HUE CAN be repaired (search for disassembled HUE bulbs) but it is not economically worthwhile at this time. There is also an issue with colorimetry but this will improve in the future.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue in Denmark

    • Written by from Gislev

    Words perfekt in my country, looking forward to the smaller bulbs, og the E14 bulb...
    My controllere is ipad 4 & iphone 5

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you are unsure, just go for it. You'll be glad you did!

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I just had to for these amazing lights. I've had my eye on these lights for a couple months, but I'm the kind of person who has to read reviews and watch the market before I spend over $100 on new, somewhat unprecedented technology.

    After reading the reviews here on the Apple page, I began to worry that my dreams of a multicolored luminescent lifestyle were dashed, but then I began to notice a theme:

    1) people expect way too much
    2) software issues seem to be due to impatience or incompetence, because the directions are VERY plain IF you take the time to read them

    They are wonderful, but they are just LED light bulbs. Don't buy them and expect to see a recreation of nature's most precious sunrise. It'll create any shades of orange you want, but its not magic, people. Also, I think people should remember that the software IS functional, and the software will develop, plus there are always third party applications to consider.

    I was amazed by the fun and functionality. They absolutely transform a room, and bring a touch of creativity to everyday life. Also, as a lifelong migraine sufferer, I am REALLY looking forward to designing softer light schemes so I don't have to choose between absolute darkness and harsh white light in the future.

    If you are unsure about buying these bulbs, just go for it. You'll be happy you did.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but needs better software

    • Written by from Dallas

    Purchased starter pack, plus two single bulbs.

    Cons:
    Turning off the light bulbs with a light switch, and then turning them on will default to bright white light. Prefer you could select the default or have the base station set the last setting when the bulbs connect.

    The app does not allow you to directly set a color. You must have a photo with the color you want to select. This was disapointing when you are trying to get a specific HUE. I had to use Photoshop on my Mac to save a photo to my phone with the color palette I wanted.

    Pros:
    Cool emerging technology that will only get better.

    66 of 94 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME! Bought the starter-set it up-ordered ten more bulbs!

    • Written by from Marblehead

    Fantastic! Put the first three bulbs into recessed lighting and fell in love. Easy set up, yea, the app could do more, but so relaxing! immediately bought ten more bulbs, I own an A-Frame home and this was a true delight. Read the reviews and was seriously concerned about brightness, not a problem at all! i actually had to dim some of the pre-sets. i cant wait until the rest arrive!

    9 of 13 people found this useful