• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Signs of greatness, but still in beta, just a toy

    • Written by from London

    Fantastic concept, easy to set up, and cost competitive if compared with quality LED light fittings and control hardware.

    But be aware that 1) the lights are relatively dim (as per the packaging, less than 60W equivalent), meaning that they offer decorative more than functional illumination and 2) the iPhone app, at time of review in January 2013, is pretty crude.

    It seems that there are active developer and hacker communities, so the second point may be addressed in one way or another. So future iterations of hardware and software might well be worth a look. For the time being though, this is fun as an expensive toy, but not the serious lighting product required by the price.

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    I tried this product for a few weeks then returned it. The bulbs themselves are very nice, and I had no issues with connectivity. It's the software that is horrible. Actually, it's not so much the implementation of the software (it works) as the conception (dumb idea). Philips has taken what could be a genuinely useful product and turned it into something cute. I really don't want a blue or red light on in my room. I could care less about matching the color of my shirt. I would like useful ability to control the lighting in my home remotely. The software implements that horribly. The timer function is ridiculous - no ability to set a schedule? What idiot decided that all has to be done manually every day? If Philips sorts out the software and implements a better timer / remote functionality, I may buy it again; in the meantime this is just an expensive and not particularly fun toy.

    107 of 128 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from El Paso

    this product is great i absolutely recommend for anyone thinking of buying.
    the only reason i don not git if 5 stars if because of the price and the app.
    the app needs work and more features, and 150 sounds more reasonable price.
    the bulb could also have a better price at 40dllrs

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Promising, Yet Disappointing

    • Written by from Dallas

    Hue- great idea. This is an amazing idea. Too bad Apple and Philips have placed this on the market before it's developed enough to do anything. This product WILL NOT create a lighting schedule OR recurring timer. If you're wanting automation, a wake-up alarm or light to come on automatically while on vacation, this is not the product- at least not yet.

    I was highly disappointed that the timer is only 24 hour. There are no daily or recurring schedule options. Also, this will not fully mimic a clear incandescent light bulb- it cannot match it, and it casts no shadows or depth you might be used to. Light bulbs are not "Cool to the Touch," gray plastic housing the electronics gets very warm.

    I fear the money we spent on this will be lost. If Philips continues to grow their App and offers the kind of custom options expected for lighting with this kind of technology, most of my worries will go away. If not, I see Hue quickly disappearing. DO NOT succumb to your impulses- wait it out and see if this goes somewhere or gets abandoned by its maker.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This

    • Written by from South richmond Hill

    Just bought it an my local apple store. Took less than 2 mins to setup. Very easy to use. Parents loves it

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its A Hit In The Home

    • Written by from Columbia

    The product is amazing. I eyeballed this everyday for 2 months online . It got to the point where my friends noticed. Long Story Short I received it as a holiday gift. Opened the box smiled and went right into configuring the system. Screwed bulbs in plugged power and ethernet cables to puck downloaded the app and i haven't stopped since. It took less than 3 mins from opening to light show. The longest part was downloading the app. It took awhile to find and actualy match the old bulbs color but other than that it has been a blast. I have even used HUE as a prankster also. Had the father-n-law over and mid coversation i opened the app and went full blue the look on his face priceless. I cant wait to add bulbs to the system. HUE IS A HIT

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product!

    • Written by from Braintree

    I echo everyone elses comments apart from the guy from Biggleswade - clearly if your neighbour has the same system then it would make no difference to you whatsoever owing to the fact that it is connected to YOUR WiFi network. The only way you would get "neighbour interference" is if your neighbour was connecting to your WiFi??!!

    Seriously!!!

    19 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting for the possibilities... App-Wise

    • Written by from ONTONAGON

    Way cool product! Now that we have addressable lighting...

    How about some extra functions in the way of applications for them!

    Fingers tapping....

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun with lamps!

    • Written by from London

    I've already received my starter pack, ordered and received in December which is nice!

    The kit works well and is so simple to install, epitome of "plug and play"

    I already had 4 other Philips products that use the same "Smartlink / Zigbee" wireless technology; Gen2 LivingColor lamps, Gen3 LivingColour lamps and LivingWhites wall plug dimmers. All of these can be hooked up to the bridge after following instructions on the Hue website. I've got 7 device in total, even controlling my Christmas tree lights!

    The iOS app is definitely stronger than the Android app. The iOS app supports some great online features. You can download and submit colour schemes and set schedules/timers for your lights which is pretty awesome!

    The apps could do with some obvious improvements, mind. Duplicating scenes or creating scenes from the current light settings seem like they'd be trivial features to add.

    For the technically minded, it's possible to write your own apps to control the lights! I adapted my alarm clock app to turn the lights on! I'm looking forward to Philips opening their API so many more apps can control the lights!

    I'm really happy with the product, though there are some niggles:

    Colours are a bit pastel in tone. It's hard to make vibrant greens or blues but my biggest complaint is that the blue LEDs on the top of the bridge are a bit dazzling!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing short of amazing!

    • Written by from Miami

    The bulbs are awesome! The app needs a serious investment by Philips as far as user interface and ease of use. Repeating timers would be great... Overall, it's a fantastic product... Set-up is a breeze... 5 minutes and its all up and running. Totally worth the investment...

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome concept, takes some getting use to.

    • Written by from St. Louis Park

    So far everything worked right out of the box. I find the custom scenes are a little over powering on the eyes, but I'm sure I have a lot of tweaking to do. Bridge setup was a breeze, and I am amazed at the amount of colors these bulbs can produce! Not much in terms of instructions come, but everything was so simple. Will provide a more in-depth update with more use.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Tech, Wonderful Fun

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    I'm kind of nuts about this product. Bought the starter pack out of curiosity... within 24 hours I was scouring Apple stores for single packs. I'm now running 10 bulbs in my home and it is an absolute delight -- and more practical than I'd suspected it would be.

    Still trying to come up with pre-sets (or 'scenes') that work for my most common situations (like all the lights on in the living room and kitchen but not in the office or bedroom) -- but I'm getting there.

    It is by far my favorite new 'toy' in quite some time.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Chantilly

    This is a truly amazing product. It is very simple to install, and set up. It takes some trial and error to understand how to group lights into separate rooms so that you can control them room by room. The Phillips App is rudimentary, but improvements are clearly around the corner. Given the open architecture position that Phillips has taken, I found another APP call Hue Disco which is killer. Turns a group of lights into a multicolor disco lighting effect based on the music that your iPhone/iPad is listening to (not playing...you need a second source device). Even has a strobe light feature. This is beginning of a new era of home control.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So far a dud!

    • Written by from Nashville

    I wake Christmas morning to discover the coolest ever light bulbs only to discover the Bridge won't power on. What a disappointment...

    8 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    I can't think of any praise that hasn't already been given, so I'll speak to a couple of the criticisms here that a Philips engineer spoke to in a differrent forum. The lights don't go dimmer because that would change their color and Philips wants the colors to stay accurate at all brightnesses. The green is more of a lime green so it's not a true red/blue/green light. This was done to give the beautiful whites produced by the lights.

    The software is admittely "basic" but more functionality is on the way and there are already two third-party apps in the App Store with more to come. Developers are writing scripts and web-based apps that run from your Mac or PC to control the lights.

    Compared to "normal" high end LED lights, the price is over double but that's like comparing a butter knife to a food processor. All LED lights are very efficient and the amount of electricity costs you save from the moment you turn them on recoups the purchase price (how quickly depends on how much your electricity costs, but one estimate is saving $65US per year). Then multiply that times the 22 or more years they will last. And don't forget the cost of the incandescent bulbs that burn out. They are cheap but think of how many you will buy over 22 years. That alone chews up a majority of the cost of one of these LED bulbs.

    Can you tell I like them? :) The kids do too. They love changing the colors and I bought the disco app. It sounds excessive to change the lights, but being able to turn them on/off from another room and to dim them when we're watching a movie or crank them up when we're putting a puzzle together is very cool. Right now my daughter is pretending to sleep and all the lights are very dark/dim blue to simulate night.

    I wrote a little script that sets the lights to green and red (for the holidays). Every minute they change to the other color (alternating between green and red). Good silly fun.

    Anyway, enjoy!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This product rocks!

    • Written by from Cypress

    LED technology has changed our world and in the top inventions ever! The Philips Hue is no exception. The ap is a little quirky; to be expected for early adopters. On the plus side of the negative reviews, Starter Packs and Single Bulbs are easy to find at the Apple Stores.

    Already, there are two other IOS aps; Hue Disco and MagicHue, both ready for prime time. As others begin to see the incredible flexibility of this product, other aps will soon appear. For those instant gratification persons, keep taking your Hues back. Makes it easier to find!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, but not enough lumens

    • Written by from Billerica

    I installed these in my TV room (20x25') and they are just too dim to fill the space with enough light to, for example, simulate a bright sunny day on a beach, even at their brightest. Otherwise the product works as advertised. I will wait until 75W equivalent (or higher) bulbs become available before expanding my system.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended

    • Written by from brooklyn

    I was very skeptical because I did my research and saw a few other products coming out in march 2013. But I knew Phillips made great LEDs that were bright with solid colors. After a short waiting period because in NYC this is selling out like crazy.. Lots of restraints and lounges owners are purchasing . When I purchased them I should have brought more single bulbs . This product is so cool yes the timer needs to be able to go over 24 hours but to be able to turn your lights on and off remotely is amazing and to change the colors I have this in my living room. I'm going to get another set for my basement and I can convert it to a party room just like that. Not sure why its only sold in the apple store but be warned its sold on amazing for way over the apple store price. Highly recommend product.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is great...software needs work.

    • Written by from Toronto

    The lights themselves are great. They are pricey, but worth it--I bought 3 more bulbs less than a week after buying the starter pack! I wish they would dim a bit more as the dimmest setting seems bright when coming on in the morning. Wish they could do a bit deeper colours -- the red comes across a bit pink and the green a bit lime.

    The software is another story. It is a great start, but has a LONG way to go--I keep checking the app store hoping for a upgrade. As mentioned by several others, the lack of a multi-day scheduling system is a problem. The scheduling does not sync across multiple devices. For some reason the schedule seems to turn itself off on occasion randomly. I wish you could permanently group some bulbs, rather than need to do it on a Scene by scene basis -- I have two rooms with multiple bulbs and generally dont need my bedroom lights turning on when I change the scene in my living room. You can do it but it is a manual pain.

    Buy this product! I love it and want philips or another 3rd party developer to make the software to make it complete!

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best innovation since the lightbulb

    • Written by from Weehawken

    The HUE is the best innovation since the invention of the light bulb. Try this in your favorite room, set an atmosphere and almost immediately you feel the difference. Who knew that subtle lighting, both color and intensity, could have such an emotional impact? I am not saying that this is the same as therapy or a spa, but one does react with HUE more than I would have imagined. The light is also bright when you need it for specific tasks. Yes it seems pricy, but it is worth it. Other pluses are the bulb should last much longer than other light options, it uses less power, illuminates more and no harmful contents like mercury.

    6 of 8 people found this useful