• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Philips Hue Hub connected to my Airport Express Extended Network router

    • Written by from Alachua

    My setup is a little different. Since I had no ethernet spots left on my airport extreme, I decided to plug it into my bedroom airport express (set to extended network). This setup seems to work fine.
    It was a little tricky to download new software. You have to close the app, restart the Hub and reopen the app. Then it does the software update.
    The APP takes a little time to master. But I think it works fine. You hit the top right + button to add pic's and recipe's. I also added Hue channel to my IFTTT station. So far so good. I am thinking about some of these Hue light strips that came out today!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Switching to LED,this is the way to go

    • Written by from Nepean

    In my experience no LED light bulbs are cheap.
    But if you have decided to swith,Hue,is the way to go.
    The starter kit gets you going in the right direction, more bulbs can be added as one sees fit, and control is easy either from your IPhone,IPad ,as you approach your home , manually or by a set timer/ alarm function.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue is a hit in my home!

    • Written by

    Very easy to set up. Make sure to test which one is the 1,2,3 lightbulb so you don't set them up around your house and realize they are in the wrong order. The app takes a little bit of time to master but once you figure it out it makes perfect sense. I love that you can create or modify existing light recipes to better suit your preferences. Sure your friends and family will look at you funny when you tell them you just bought 3 lightbulbs for $200, until they see them in action. Having the perfect lighting for every moment is amazing and I can't wait to add more.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept but far from viable - your paying to be a beta tester

    • Written by from Superior

    The general response from Phillips is
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    Thank you fro your reply and for reporting all the issues you are experiencing.

    Indeed, when using the Hue system with multiple devices, there are issues we are aware of and that we will address in future updates, which we hope will be available shortly.

    We apologize for all the inconviniences.
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    Scenes don't properly migrate to be shared between my devices. I have deleted scenes repeatedly on both my iPhone and iPad only to have then reappear. The website shows some scenes associated to one device but not another - even though they were created on the device that is not shown to be selected.

    I have deleted from the website too - but apparently some unwanted Scenes had already been copied back to one device or anther - so poof they still return. I should not have to put all devices in front of me and be on the website at the same time to delete everywhere at the same time and hope for the best.

    Alarm settings don't transfer when a Scene does get transferred - but adding them back doesn't appear to create a new Scene just an odd version on one device. No idea which Alarm then takes precedence as only one shows on each device and the Website. Not good. So much for making changes when away - but then again that's not reliable either.

    Remote operation when NOT in my network is anything but a certainty - it may work it may not. Logging in and out of the website portal for remote operation may or may not help - the login will report success and shoot you back to the app, but then the app fails when trying to adjust a Scene. Mere On or Off may work and often does - but this is not reliable or true remote operation.

    All in all a heck of a lot of money for a system that while fun, falls way way way short on expectations. Phillips Customer Service is worthless. Lots of try this or try that - and yet when I report back that the suggestion did not work it's just a canned response about how we are aware there are issues.

    If you have only one device and want to control only two bulbs maybe this will work for you - but if you have any desire to try and control multiple lights with multiple devices think again.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disastrously buggy software

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I actually really like this product. It's fun and useful. The hardware is great. The software is another story. It's so astoundingly buggy it's amazing it's actually a shipping product. Scenes edited on one device disappear on another device. Edits made on one device will update the bridge, but then won't synchronize to the other device. A scene started by an alarm will leave a bulb dark, whereas manually selecting the scene will turn it on. I just hit the "All Off" button on my iPhone, which not only turned off all the lights but also deleted the current scene off all my devices. Trying to restore it deleted all the OTHER scenes.

    So, even though this review has sort of a "Aside from the shooting, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" feel to it, hue really is a nice product (aside from the childishly inept software). Fortunately, it's easier to fix software problems in the field than hardware problems.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, Portal and Bridge Software are a Mess

    • Written by from La Grange

    Flawless local and remote control of these lights through my z-wave home automation system (Veralite controlled through Homewave App on iPhone). The lights themselves are flexible and produce high quality output.
    The Philips portal and bridge link software produces constant connection errors and doesn't work consistently for anything beyond playing around changing light colors. Philips color control through mousing over photos is bizarre.
    Don't buy these lights believing that Philips portal software will provide useful and reliable automation functions.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, poor execution...

    • Written by from HAYMARKET

    The system and app software are buggy and unreliable. Alarms and timers don't work reliably and lighting levels often don't engage to the same level each time a program executes. Philips has a great idea here but it's not ready for prime time, particularly at the current price tag. Bottom line--it's not a system that works reliably enough to augment your home security plan by having lights turn on and off reliably while traveling.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Darned Awesome

    • Written by from MONTEREY

    Although when I originally purchased this item I was quite upset by the fact that I could not use it to set a permanent program of on/off (when I travel it's important that home patterns not be interrupted), the latest software update fixed all that and I truly appreciate this product. Said latest update includes features such as "randomize" and also allows the user to set days as well as times for lighting. The incredible range of light "recipes" combined with the ability to set alarms (replacing those plug-in timers with vastly improved to-the-second reliability) makes this a worthy addition to one's home.

    I have, however, experienced issues whilst simultaneously using the app on both iPhone and iPad. Once I deleted the app on one device it was fine.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product — Software Needs Improvement—Obvious Capability Overlooked

    • Written by from Lake Worth

    Awesome Product in General:
    This product so intrigued me that I purchased it a few days after first seeing it in the Apple Store. I found set up quite easy and had purchased three additional bulbs for a six-light system. In general this is an awesome product but the software screams for improvement.

    Main Software Failing:
    The most obvious expected use—to light an environment and have it fade through various colors in sequence over time—has been completely overlooked in the app. It appears that this is supposed to be handled by the timers but when setting up a timer in a "scene" there's no provision to have it go to the next scene. This is made worse by the fact that the timers do not work anyway. (And I have downloaded the version 1.1 software update.)

    Application Suggestion:
    There should be a feature allowing multiple scenes to be arranged along a timeline and then saved like a movie. Running the timeline on a loop would create fade between scenes for constant color (and mood) shift within the environment. This capability is such a no-brainer that Philips software designers must be working on it for the next update. I'd be very surprised if they are not. Philips do you copy?

    Bugs and Nits:
    I agree with a number of the complaints in other reviews: script font is silly, deleted scenes reappear, scenes duplicate themselves, scene arrangement changes, frequent connection error messages, turning on and off at wall switch reverts lights to default, bulbs do not do blue very well, etc...

    On a positive note:
    Alarms do work and I have successfully set up a recurring daily lighting event.

    Commercial Potential:
    Let me reiterate that in general this is an awesome product with great potential. I am considering using it professionally to light a museum exhibit. It could be a great low-cost solution for dynamic lighting design with a few obviously needed software improvements.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Must HAVE!!!

    • Written by from Miami

    I love the simple functionality! I have different settings depending on what mood I want the house to be.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue lights up the room

    • Written by from Melbourne

    Replaced 3 halogen bulbs with the 3 Hue bulbs in the starter kit and I'm very impressed. Aside from the 30 minutes childish fun I had of using the pre-defined colour patterns, the ability to tune the colour was fantastic, especially in areas where a brighter more blue light is required, like when reading. I would replace alll of the bulbs in my house, but the cost of the bulbs is prohibitive.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea But, everyone that I know seems to have issues

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Only made for indoor use, and with a single day program not a full month or even week long program. (Meaning you will have to set the time each day) if you desire different timing each day. You can not program it for a 30-day duration.

    - Great Idea but not to much thought went into it.

    Bring it back. it's not worth the headache...

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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