• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet!!!

    • Written by from Newark

    These are some really cool lights.. I plan on doing the whole house..

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and easy to grow your Hue system

    • Written by from Woodinville

    Love it! Overall Hue is a really nice product and system, I can't get enough of these for my home fast enough!!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I really want to like this product, but mixed feelings

    • Written by from Dublin

    Good: It gives you minute control over the color of the bulbs, which currently is priceless especially if you want to reproduce an incandescent-like glow. PLUS, for when u get fancy, you can produce a rainbow of other colors. It is REALLY COOL to adjust the color of your room to whatever you're feeling!

    Bad: Unfortunately, they are not made to sit on a dimmer switch, which is really sad because all I wanted to do was to set a couple color schemes, and use my dimmer switch to do everything else. Unfortunately, that is not possible. There is also a slight buzzing sound.

    The ONLY way to dim the lights is through the app! Really inconvenient for anyone not holding your iPhone (namely everyone else!)

    If they were to fix the dimming and the buzzing, I'd be sold. I wouldn't even fret about dropping $60 a bulb.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with setup

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Had some trouble getting the hub to recognize some of the Hue bulbs. also, there is no way to remove a bulb from the hub in the APP so if you want to remove a bulb from view, you have to completely start over from scratch and reset the hub so that was not thought out well as all programming of scenes are lost if you want to remove a single bulb from the system.

    Also, out of the 12 bulbs I purchased, only 7 of them we successfully recognized by the hub. the other 6 I tried to add manually via serial number but that failed as well so I had to return those. Only 6 of 7 the hub recognized were controlled properly by the APP and the other one while it was showing up in the APP, I was unable to control it and as I mentioned above, I'm unable to remove it now without having to start over from scratch.

    As I'm a lighting designer by trade and consider myself very technical, overall the system (once its working properly) is very cool but configuring it was not very flexible and needs a lot of improvement.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Aquarium

    • Written by from Fair Oaks Ranch

    Gee whiz, but incredible.

    The quality of the application and hardware is very high. The only "issue" we ever had was a loss of connection. The app told her to press the button -- she did -- and it was back in business. No brainer.

    We use two bulbs over an aquarium and I have to say it is nothing short of magical. No heat, low energy and natural lighting for the fishies. When we're watching we can enhance the colors of the coral and plants, as well as two rather boring white Angel fish that are now chameleons.

    If your rooms have white ceilings and light walls, you can create any atmosphere you want with no guessing. If your walls are painted colors, it takes more trial and error to get color/mood/experience you want.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch out for this flaw

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    the bulbs that come with the starter kit will only sync the the brain they came with. don't plan on running them with another brain. you have to buy individual bulbs to add any pieces to a set. most of the software is a little funky .. but there a few that are cool and have a future as great apps. I'm working on a couple of very cool mods to trip on.

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    te system does rock. don't listen bad reviews. work around the current flaws and get ready for the future of controlled environments.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Lights - Horrendous App - Even Worse Support

    • Written by from ORLANDO

    Lights do exactly as advertised. Multiple colors, brightness, etc. App only works at home, useless. Cannot program more than one day at time. When on vacation, lights go per program one day (presuming App works, which frequently does not). After first day, need to go online to turn on and off.

    Now, online program is even worse than App. Can only turn all lights on or off, cannot select different lights to turn off or on at different time. All or nothing (even then lights don't work consistently).

    So, when you travel, you have to keep track of time zone difference, remember that difference every day, and (every day) turn all of your lights on or off.

    Best part, Phiilips really does not care. Absolutely no support, respond by cut and pasting FQA's to specific question. Answers have nothing to do with the questions. Useless would be a positive review of their support.

    Bottom line, cable companies have better systems (maybe not cool lights) but they can do what Philips could not care less to even try to do. BTW, can buy color lights for a lot less and get a lot more support from cable and security companies than Philips.

    We purchased 8 lights, they are all coming off line. Hate to see Mac sell and endorse such a bad product. If I could give negative stars, I would.

    39 of 61 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    • Written by from Troutdale

    I only gave it 3 stars as it's the average of 5 stars for the lights and set up. But, only one star for the app. I can only hope that Philips will improve the app over time. And, as new as it is....I'm sure they will. They will just need more feedback from real life users. In time, I'm sure I'll be able to give it 5 stars. Improve the UI. Organize the app by page....each page will be a different room/light. The opening page will be an "all lights" control. Then, organize each successive page by the user as to rooms or collections of lights. I've had this kit all of 2 hours....so, this review is based on my limited experiences as of today only.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Lights, Mediocre App

    • Written by from Stamford

    First off, this is a really fun and amazing product -- and this is definitely the future of lighting. The ability to load a photograph and change the color of the room with that photograph remotely is nothing short of amazing. Everything works as advertised, but I agree with some of the criticism regarding the included FREE app. I would have given this five stars if the app had been fully thought-out. But hey, it's version 1.0 -- there's plenty of room and time to improve -- and I'm hopeful they will. There looks to be some fun 3rd party apps for the Hue system, but I've only tried the Disco one, which is ok (nothing mind-blowing).

    Set-up time was about 10-15 minutes -- I just put the bulbs in, turned the lights on, hooked up the bridge to my Wi-Fi router and followed the directions (you must push a button on the bridge at the prompt). It's pretty simple.

    I think the Hue App needs the following:
    - Ability to organize lights by room

    - Easier method of instantly changing individual light colors (the interface requires that you turn the device sideways to switch to a color picker)

    - Better pre-set management -- my kids have already created dozens of photo pre-sets and I'd really like to keep them separate from my own (more sophisticated) color preferences. If you hold your finger down on an icon, it jiggles like other icons in the iOS -- but it is very difficult to re-arrange and organize and there are no folders.

    - Overall, the interface could use some expert UI design work -- the hierarchy of information is a bit muddled and frustrating at first. I know there is always a learning curve to new apps, etc. -- but this app is a bit awkward.

    - The scheduling interface is blah -- could be much better.

    - One crit about the lights themselves: It seems to be difficult to get a perfect, rich blue -- it tends to go toward cool white or purple -- I haven't been able to achieve a perfect blue. Perhaps this could be remedied if we had access to actual color numeric values in the app? RGB = 0, 0, 255 for example.

    Otherwise, we are having immense fun with these lights. They really do change the mood instantly, and it's very useful for things like reading, concentrating, relaxing, etc.

    Yes, a bit pricey, but you will have a blast. I hope to replace all of the lights in our house with these over time.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but app needs improvement, and needs to be smarter

    • Written by from Tewksbury

    The bulbs are great. Cool to the touch no matter how long they are on, crisp light, great scenes. I'm not sure if it actually affects me or if its a placebo effect, but I do find the light scenes built in work quite well.

    The only hinderance is the app. It isn't designed that well, especially on the iPhone. Colors are hard to get right with the app. And it would be a lot better if there was proximity using bluetooth or something. That way they would turn on when I enter the room with my phone.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Suspicious Reviews

    • Written by from Shoreham

    Lights good - App terrible!!! The reviews on this site are very suspicious. I found the app so bad I returned kit to the Apple Store. Looks like a lot of Philips marketing people are spamming this review blog.

    68 of 104 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Brace yourself for spending countless hours tinkering with the settings

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    While I found the idea behind Philips Hue great, the software provided, as well as the Hue website are awful. Luckily 3rd party apps that make better use of these light's astounding capabilities are coming up. Still, get prepared to spend countless hours tinkering with the settings and your control over the lights failing just when you need it most. This is the second great Philips product I own that is impaired by substandard software.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing hardware, software needs work.

    • Written by from Bay Minette

    I'd previously rated the starter pack 3 stars because of difficulties getting started with the iOS app. Now that I've customized recipes to my liking and gotten them syncing with the hub, it works reasonably well. The app still needs lots of work -- but the potential of the hardware is so great it's worth it.

    My other concern is with the light output of the bulbs -- only equivalent to about a 50w incandescent bulb. I've found that with a two-way bulb adapter, I can use two Hue bulbs in some floor lamps, which results in a really pleasing amount of light. I now have 5 bulbs in 3 lamps for a 100 sq. foot home office.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Lights of all time.

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    So I purchased a starter package, an impulse by really while I was at the Apple Store. I do not regret my purchase and I plan to put these bulbs everywhere. They are are awesome. The fact that I can control my lights from anywhere and I can put them on timers is pretty great.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Incredible

    • Written by from Littleton

    I don't usually write reviews on techie products, but rarely does a product come out that has such a WOW factor. We purchased these for the simple reason that we wanted to control our house lighting remotely, the color thing was interesting, but not a factor in our purchase.

    WOW, this product has simply changed our house entirely. The hues are so interesting and warm, the atmosphere these lights create can simply not be duplicated by any other means that doesn't cost thousands of dollars in custom lighting.

    The devices installed seamlessly, the applications are absolutely bug free and work intuitively. The ability to create scenes is nothing short of amazing.

    From the packaging, to the install to the creating a hue account online, this is one class product. My only advice is to count up the number of bulbs in your house and bite the bullet and order then with your initial purchase. We had them installed about 10 minutes before we went online and purchased more.

    WOW

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth would make this a 5

    • Written by from Guilford

    This product is easy to set up and works great right out of the box. My biggest request for the next generation of the Hue is that is has the option to use bluetooth and/or wifi. Great gift for anyone but especially for yourself. Stop reading this and go buy the starter set!

    4 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning

    • Written by from Sechelt

    Bought two starters to get enough bulbs. Found out that the bulbs will only ever work with bridge they are shipped with. Single bulbs, once paired with a bridge, are really hard to unpair. This means if your bridge ever dies, your original bulbs won't ever work again, and it will be a huge pain to use and single bulbs. This is what Philips people say when they are being their MOST optimistic. No easy reset.

    I plan on returning both my starter packs.

    For something to cost this much and be so limited is unacceptable.

    91 of 126 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic app and hardware integration - really well done!

    • Written by from Orlando

    Fantastic app and hardware integration. It is really hard to do it all this well. I have a few niggles with the online site/community but a huge "well done!" to the developers - simply a job well done.

    4 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Peacehaven

    These really do work, create beautiful lighting effects in your room, very pleased with them

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Technology

    • Written by from North Little Rock

    This a fine lighting product for those wishing to modernize their home. The lamps themselves are very high quality and emit very pleasing light. As other reviewers have mentioned, the partner app could use some work. Nonetheless, a great product.

    6 of 9 people found this useful