• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun and bright! ...despite its bugs.

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    The Hue and its network of bulbs is fun! The bulbs are also a LOT brighter than I thought they'd be. Who knew I'd spend more than 50 seconds a day thinking about how to turn my lights on? While it was easy to setup and to connect the various iOS devices to it, there are currently a couple of bugs with the software that will hopefully be fixed soon.

    1. The timer feature does not work for me. I bought this so certain lights in the house would turn on at scheduled times - but so far none of the commands/timers I've set have worked regardless of whether I'm in the room, or away from the house.

    2. There's currently no way to group light bulbs into separate rooms. You can control bulbs individually, but not group them; yet. I live in a house with other roommates and if more than one person wants control of this, it'd be nice if them changing their rooms wouldn't automatically change the mood of the entire house.

    3. There's no way to distinguish between ignore bulb, or turn bulb off. I currently have a number of sample settings that turn on all three bulbs. However, my one setting of changing my desk lamp to the reading color and turning the ceiling bulbs off doesn't work. I first have to turn all bulbs off, then turn on the desk setting. This may be a programming issue so my issue #2 above wouldn't get complaints of people turning lights off in other rooms all the time, but there should be an off command on top of an ignore command for more refined controls.

    Overall I would recommend it. Smart bulbs is definitely the future. No longer would I have to choose between sunlight white or a comfortable reading temperature for the bulbs - one can do them all, at a fraction of the electricity cost!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Meet the 21st Century Lightbulb

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I have owned these bulbs for about 2 weeks, and I have to say that they are one of the coolest and most conventional purchases I have made in a long time! My only nit-picky thing is that I think they are marketing this product wrong. Phillips is putting a lot of emphasis on the color (which IS cool), but in reality, these are 21st century lightbulbs. Here's why:

    - LED Lightbulbs can last between 15-25 years! I won't have think about replacing one of these guys until 2027!

    - Consumes up to 80% less power than traditional lightbulbs.

    - Programmable luminosity, color, and on/off!

    Really guys, they are exactly like your lightbulbs you have right now. Just not at all like the lightbulbs you have right now. :) Great buy! Love them!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Great Product!!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This product is awesome. It is a bit expensive but being able to control your lights via your iOS device and change the color of the light based on your mood is pure genius. Philips did a great job on designing this product!

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Work as advertised

    • Written by from Manchester

    Easy setup. Take less than 5 minutes. Wicked cool lighting system.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool Product

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I have a large house with 22 recessed bulbs in the ceiling. So I just started off getting 4. I have them in the living room and they are great. Really cool. The only downside is the price. I wish they could be more affordable.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Giddy Happy

    • Written by from Austin

    I am very happy with his new product - it's a brilliant idea. bright LED lighting that is controllable from your iPhone/ipad with the ability to change colors.

    Don't let some of the initial negative reviewers influence you. It's so amazing to be able to control the hue of a light over a huge range of colors. I use them in my color grading studio because they go to 6500K. No other LED light that I know runs up that high in the spectrum. The set up was quick and easy right out of the box. No fuss and no hassle. You have to download the app and familiarize yourself with it but that doesn't take long. The app is a LOT of fun to play with because you can use your finger to glide around the screen causing your lights to change colors. There are a ton of presets. It's like I like in a new home. Can't wait for the first party to show folks this.

    49 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Cool, Super Easy, Super Fun.

    • Written by from Lehigh Valley

    I bought the starter pack and 5 additional bulbs so I could add more creative fun to the hallway where our family does lot of "kid stuff". It has 4 fixtures with 8 bulbs total.

    The fixtures have frosted glass with a tan tint and I was a little worried that would cause a lot of problems. In practice, it's noticeable in that with high brightness, the fixture does tend to get a little more "white" with brightness. I think in a recessed lighting situation, the color would be less white and obviously more true. Still, it's definitely not a deal breaker.

    These are expensive, but that's the early adopter, awesome product, limited supply, cool factor at work... plus the fact that they're amazing. ;-) For the price and the amount of time I expect to use these, they will be well worth the amount spent. (Including this winter where it's already dark and cold outside so early and the kids are inside playing a lot.)

    While I expect Hue to make its way into other rooms of the house, but slowly. The app is a little lacking in what I would call multi-room support. There are definitely ways to "make it work" -- still things like a default that you can set for in room switch-on/off are important and need to come soon.

    Still, when family asks what I want for the holidays this year... It's going to be hard not to say "more Hue bulbs, please"!

    I have to give this a five because it's truly great, beautiful and easy to use. This type of thing is truly future of lighting... Good bye incandescent... As the costs of this tech comes down, I finally do see your end.

    56 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the future!

    • Written by from Ljubljana

    Best thing lately. Congratulations,!

    33 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You Don't Know How Bad You Need This..Until You Have It

    • Written by from Honolulu

    This product is unreal. I've been reading about it over the last few months thinking it was cool, but never planned to buy it. Then I started reading how tough it is to get, and positive reviews started rolling in so I was lucky enough to pick up the last one at my Apple Store...Setting up was as easy as any Apple product, literally 2-3 minutes. The App is incredibly easy and intuitive, you name your bulbs as you assign them to wherever...You can tilt the phone sideways to activate the App to control each bulb individually or use it in portrait and choose a "Scene" like Beach lighting, Concentrate, Sunset, Pencils, Greece....tons of preset mood lighting, or you can choose an existing picture you love and create lighting based on it!! INCREDIBLE. MUST GET.

    122 of 126 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW this is FUN!

    • Written by from Elm Grove

    This product works just like you think it should. GREAT! The add on bulbs work great too! This is really neat, fun, and my wife loves it too!

    Get one!

    104 of 109 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    • Written by from Miramar

    I read an article and decided to purchase this product over a much more expensive home lighting system. One day later....Extremely Happy! Product was very easy and simple to set up...in Fact my six year old did all of the connections and i downloaded the app. The light output is as good or better than your normal light bulb and the color combination you see and get its just makes it that much better. I installed one on my sons room and tried the gradually dimming feature and it worked on the first try. If you are considering spending over 4K on a full house lighting system....make sure you spend the $199 starter kit and you will be Happy you did. I will be ordering more bulbs as they become available to change the entire house to this new system.

    230 of 257 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by from Ponte Vedra Beach

    I set up a system with 7 bulbs today. It works nicely plugged into the AirPort, controlled well from an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 - both on WiFi and 4G.

    All in all, I like it so far!

    68 of 71 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good

    • Written by from Cypress

    Very cool product. App could use some tweaking to make it a bit easier to use as there was a bit of a learning curve. All in all, set up was very easy (less than 3 minutes). I have the starter pack and 2 additional bulbs. I'll be ordering 10 more today to set up more rooms. Groups are a bit of a pain to set up as you have to create a scene and from what I can figure out so far can only set up colors in a group from an existing photo. Colors can be adjusted on an individual light but won't save unless in a scene. Could be I need to spend even more time on the app. Fade function didn't work in my first few trials but again I expect this to be me just taking more time to figure everything out. I also haven't been able to get a group programmed on my iphone to appear on the home ipad for others to use. Not sure if there's a way but will be a pain to set them up on multiple devices. Only a 2 year warranty even though they say the light is good for 15. Having stated all the learning issues, it's a very cool product, easy to get started and in my opinion completely replaces a crestron type lighting system. It is expensive but much less than a home lighting system would be. I will continue to hopefully replace every bulb in the house as various sizes are hopefully released.

    209 of 225 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly simple to setup with spectacular results.

    • Written by from Tempe

    Got this system for a small (about 12 x 12) home office. Have one bulb in the ceiling fan, one in a small lamp in the far corner of the room and one in an accent light behind my laptop while on its stand. Setup couldn't be easier... insert the bulbs and turn them all on, plug the signal unit into one of the open ethernet ports on your base station (cable included) and connect the AC adapter. Start the app up and press the button on the signal unit and you're all set. Bulbs at their highest setting are brighter than expected though still not as bright as conventional bulbs but that's to be expected. Really phenomenal option for people who work from home and want total control over the brightness of multiple lights to optimize their screen work. Price may seem steep but it is what it is. Though once you install it and use it you'll think it's worth every penny.

    288 of 305 people found this useful