Questions & Answers for Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack
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Officially, no. But I've found that it works fine IF the fitting cannot get wet.
- Answered by Bruce C
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Are the Philips hue bulbs available with a bayonet fitting
- Asked by Kon A from Melbourne
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No. Not in Australia as far as I know. Adapters are available, however they a difficult to find locally also. You can buy them internationally from that well known internet auction site and that is how I connected some of my bulbs,
- Answered by Steve J from Melbourne
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Can i connect two phones to one bridge?
I would like to be able to control the same bulbs from both my phone and my roommates phone. Is this possible or would i just have to buy another bridge (hub/starter kit)? From what I understand that would still not allow us to control the same bulbs because you cannot link a bulb to more than one bridge?
- Asked by Andrew S from Wayne
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Bulbs are linked to the bridge not the phone the phone just has to associate with the bridge. Multiple devices can control one bridge.
- Answered by Stuart H from Redhill
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What's the voltage rating on the Australian version? The store page says 110v but then they'd need a transformer to work here. Are they 220-240v?Answer
Someone will say it invalidates the warranty but I've been using the 110v ones in NZ for 18 months now. Each bulb actually contains a switching power supply that can cope with 110-240v as many in Europe will attest to. Just do a web search if you like, but note that by ordering here from Apple you are getting 220v certified ones - so no problem although my house measures in at 238v! They are great, big with confidence then look at related services such as IFTTT which can make them even more useful.
Can you connect two hubs to hue?
- Asked by Kathryn S
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Yes you can connect to Hub's to one network. They will behave as two different networks and some apps, including the Philips App, can support two bridges. However they will behave independently so to turn all lights off you would need to switch hubs. Each hub can support 50 lights so if you want everything in the house to act as a single lighting system you only need 1 hub.
However, as in my case, my son has his own large room with a Hue system and has it connected to IFTTT. The bridge can only connect to one IFTTT account so if you want independent control then two hub's become essential. He now has his lighting system, I have mine. All off on his iPhone does not turn off my lights and vs versa.
So in summary, it can be done, it needs to be done if you want independent My Hue/IFTTT accounts but doesn't need to be done if you want everything to act as one whole lighting system.
- Answered by John S
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With the Philips Hue, if I exceed the 50 bulb limit of the Bridge, can I use a 2nd Bridge to control bulb number 51 to 100?
I know that the maximum number of bulbs that a single Philips Hue Bridge can control is 50. If I exceed 50 bulbs, can I use a second Hue Bridge within the same wifi network to control bulbs number 51 to 100? If so, can I still control all 100 Hue bulbs (via the 2 Hue Bridges) with the same single iPhone App? And will my single iPhone App “see” or recognise the 100 bulbs directly as one group of 100? Or will the iPhone app “divide” them into 2 groups of 50 bulbs each (one for each Bridge)? Anyone out there know the answer to this? Would really appreciate your help. Thank you.
- Asked by Maria Lourdes V from Moraga
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You will need a second device iPhone / iPad to control the second bridge the bridges cannot be simultaneously managed from one app. However 100 bulbs = nearly 5K in bulbs if you're spending this kind of money go and see a Home automation specialist as there are many specialist products for this scale of application.
- Answered by Stuart H from Redhill
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I had the same problem before placing my order, I tried calling the Apple's call center and all of them have no idea about it, until one guy told me he's almost 100% sure that I'll get the right lights!!!!! I took my chance and placed the order and ...... The lights that I received were all 240V suitable for the UK market and I comfortably can tell you Apple web site is WRONG, and they'd simply copied the US site..
If you really need them, go ahead and order them and you'll get the right voltage " At least that what I got :)
- Answered by Wael A from Springfield Gardens
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I think these have been out for a year or more now. Has anyone got any insight in to how long the bulbs last. I like the idea, the reviews are fantastic and I think I would love to disco up my flat. But at £50 per bulb it's quite an expensive option, and I'd like to know I wasn't replacing the bulbs every year. Every 10 years might be OK :)
- Asked by Adrian B
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We've had them for way over a year with no issues. As far as I remember they are supposed to last up to 15 years.
- Answered by Anna S from Las Vegas
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How does this bulb differ from the one that's listed for $29.95?
- Asked by Karl M from Ithaca
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The cheaper bulb is just a single colour. This one is multicoloured.
- Answered by Sachin T
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Does this light bulb have an E26 connector?
- Asked by Justin H from Surprise
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bulbs will flash light when iphone ring or message ?
- Asked by Jody C from Blackbutt
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