• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Can Only Get Better In The Future!

    • Written by from Canyon Country

    There are a lot of smart early adopters writing reviews for the HUE. I had the system running with three bulbs within about 15 minutes. The App can be improved but it is functional, very easy (for me) to program, and can be supplemented with the free QuickHue native OS X, Colors for Hue OS X, Magma Hue iOS 6, and others. I don't want to negate fellow reviewer's problems with HUE, but except for the interference issue that may affect connection stability, I believe that HUE is not ready for the general consumer market just yet, but the more technically involved of us appear to have little or no issues other than $60 per bulb. I installed multiple Apps on our iPhone 5 and 4S, and two MacBook Pros in a few minutes.

    Wait a couple of months and the App issues will be largely resolved. HOWEVER, many of us that do not work with electronic life expectancy forget that there are 8,760 hours in a year, and a high duty cycle will have the AVERAGE unit failing in a few years (do the math), making them VERY expensive. I'm guessing that this will really be a heat issue. I'm an old analog electronics engineer and without any testing I can tell that I have difficulty holding the base when it runs 'wide open,' which means it is about 160 degrees F (71 degrees C,) not as cool as our intuition might guess. Future fixtures will eventually target the cooling issue, as most are now designed for incandescent bulbs, which have an entirely different set of challenges. HUE CAN be repaired (search for disassembled HUE bulbs) but it is not economically worthwhile at this time. There is also an issue with colorimetry but this will improve in the future.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you are unsure, just go for it. You'll be glad you did!

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I just had to for these amazing lights. I've had my eye on these lights for a couple months, but I'm the kind of person who has to read reviews and watch the market before I spend over $100 on new, somewhat unprecedented technology.

    After reading the reviews here on the Apple page, I began to worry that my dreams of a multicolored luminescent lifestyle were dashed, but then I began to notice a theme:

    1) people expect way too much
    2) software issues seem to be due to impatience or incompetence, because the directions are VERY plain IF you take the time to read them

    They are wonderful, but they are just LED light bulbs. Don't buy them and expect to see a recreation of nature's most precious sunrise. It'll create any shades of orange you want, but its not magic, people. Also, I think people should remember that the software IS functional, and the software will develop, plus there are always third party applications to consider.

    I was amazed by the fun and functionality. They absolutely transform a room, and bring a touch of creativity to everyday life. Also, as a lifelong migraine sufferer, I am REALLY looking forward to designing softer light schemes so I don't have to choose between absolute darkness and harsh white light in the future.

    If you are unsure about buying these bulbs, just go for it. You'll be happy you did.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but needs better software

    • Written by from Dallas

    Purchased starter pack, plus two single bulbs.

    Cons:
    Turning off the light bulbs with a light switch, and then turning them on will default to bright white light. Prefer you could select the default or have the base station set the last setting when the bulbs connect.

    The app does not allow you to directly set a color. You must have a photo with the color you want to select. This was disapointing when you are trying to get a specific HUE. I had to use Photoshop on my Mac to save a photo to my phone with the color palette I wanted.

    Pros:
    Cool emerging technology that will only get better.

    66 of 94 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME! Bought the starter-set it up-ordered ten more bulbs!

    • Written by from Marblehead

    Fantastic! Put the first three bulbs into recessed lighting and fell in love. Easy set up, yea, the app could do more, but so relaxing! immediately bought ten more bulbs, I own an A-Frame home and this was a true delight. Read the reviews and was seriously concerned about brightness, not a problem at all! i actually had to dim some of the pre-sets. i cant wait until the rest arrive!

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A new approach to everyday lighting

    • Written by from Everett

    I'm impressed. Build quality looks superb. The bulbs are attractive, and importantly to me, the color rendering index (CRI) is > 90, far better than CFLs. That’s even better than most other LED bulbs. Tomatoes look red, not dull. I was delighted that these bulbs gracefully ramp up to full brightness when power is applied, and no warm up time like CFL. Brightness is indeed comparable to 50W incandescent in my testing, just right for my living room lamps. Color is stable through the entire dimming range.

    The iOS software works OK to get started, but leaves me wanting more. I expect it to improve along with 3rd party offerings. Already, I have enjoyed having the lights dim down to a cozy candlelight as my evening winds down, then to wake me up in the early morning with dawn simulation. Tuning the white balance of the lamps for study, reading, or relaxing is great. Other colors are fun, too, perhaps for accents or parties.

    Pricing? The main cost of these bulbs is the premium pure color high-efficiency LED chips and individual drivers. Philips did not skimp here. To bring the cost down and brightness up, they'd have to switch to white phosphor LEDs, which would defeat the purpose and reduce light quality. Remember, with each bulb, you are also getting a wireless network dimmer, on-board flash memory, and tunable color. Compare to other home automation kits paired with dimmable LEDs/CFLs.

    I hope Philips releases additional bulb formats, i.e. for track lighting and recessed cans. I'd also like to see ZigBee compatible accessories for control, such as wireless wall switches to flesh the system out. It’s great that Philips is using open standards for these bulbs and inviting developers to create new ideas.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad, but okay..

    • Written by from Aliso Viejo

    I had this product for literally, 30 minutes. I installed it; fiddled with the app; attempted to fix numerous problems; and fiddled with the horrendous app some more. The 'Add Lights' option hardly works, and is super finicky.

    19 of 61 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Washington

    Right, firstly the App could do with some work. Mostly intuitive but some basics like setting the timers are very unclear. Tip - you just need to double tap to reset the alarm.

    Other than that the product is awesome.

    Aside from the geekery of the thing I was most amazed is that almost no perceptible heat comes from the bulb. After an hour or so they are just slightly warm to the touch. They must be incredibly efficient.

    But above all this is totally cool. It may be a stretch to pay for them at $60 a bulb but I am sure costs will be recovered over time. But these are LED bulbs with wireless built in, how cool it that???!!!

    I find my self laughing every time I turn on and off the lights.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review for Geeks/Developers

    • Written by from Mijas

    I just purchased the starter pack. I wanted to test out the software and hardware before buying more bulbs. I will be back to the apple store to collect all the bulbs they have in stock! This product is amazing. The original iOS app is pretty boring and limiting. The graphical interface is rather simple and boring. It works as promised, and the timer function is running without problems.

    I quickly went on HUE's developer section to find documentation for the RESTful API. Works like a charm - I built my own interface in literally 10 minutes. I am now building HUE into my smart home. I cannot think of a more time and cost efficient solution. I can't wait to hook my Arduino board up with these bulbs!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    INCREDIBLE!

    • Written by from SAVANNAH

    I love these things ... not really sure what all of the complaints are about?! But that's okay, as I've had great luck with my order (starter kit and three extra bulbs)! The colors, the intensity, the mood setting, the movement, the illumination, and the app: all are TOP of the line for me! NO complaints here! Just follow the little wheel on the inside packaging for simple instructions to get 'em fired up!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great as an early adopter product

    • Written by from Foster City

    Yes, they are expensive, not as bright as one may like and the app has room for improvement. But its also a fantastic new concept not available anywhere else. I wired the living room with 10 lights and use a 3rd party app (Ambify) to make them pulse to music. The effect is awesome and great every time there is a party or a playdate in the house.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly horrible execution of a fantastic idea

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I jumped at the opportunity to purchase 10 of these bulbs and the accompanying "bridge" to control them. Eagerly set up all of the lights, layer with the fantastic array of color possibilities, set up schedules and then stood back waiting for my lights to come on and off, fading in and out, illuminating this room at this time and another room at another time...and then...reality smashed the dream. The software does not work as advertised. I does not hold the programs. The lights do not come on and off as programmed. The fade in and does not work. It takes forever t login remotely and turn the lights on and off from, whatever place you happen be in. DO NOT BUY THESE LIGHTS UNLESS YOU WANT TO WASTE TIME WITH THEM DAILY!

    28 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    infuriating

    • Written by from London

    the hardware is bulletproof and the lights are mind blowingly clever. the colours are amazing. however probably the worst software ever to go with it. have had to re-install the app 4 times this week, only way to make the lights re-connect. rage inducingly frustrating.

    so close philips, all you had to do was spend more then 3 minutes developing the app, i am returning my lights to the store today. what a shame. low rating reflects the app not the hardware

    41 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No fade in or fade out

    • Written by from Barcelona

    Overall the product isn't bad but it has 2 big problems:

    1 - It doesn't fade in / fade out. Simply switch on or off! To switch lights out and on a timer can do it for less money. The advertisement video clearly shows it, but after several attempts I couldn't do it.

    2 - doesn't memorize the alarm, you have to set it each day, again the timer does a better job that this system.

    I leave also a suggestion, integration with iCloud to avoid the double work of doing the same light scenes on several devices

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Hamburg

    The greatest thing to happen to the light bulb since Thomas Edison. Very easy to setup and use. I hope they last long.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wildcard!

    • Written by from Park Ridge

    Works sometimes... A nice novelty that you should never rely upon. Can't get it to work at all tonight but it is kind of cool the 40-50% of the time it actually connects with your network. Tonight it won't work for me, but when it does, it is almost worth the hundreds of $ I've spend on special bulbs! When it does actually work, when it chooses to on certain days...it is cool thought!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great New Electronic Product For My Home

    • Written by from BRANDON

    I heard Leo Laportte (The Tech Guy) talking about the Apple/Phillips Hue. Without delay, I read about it and the many tech reviews. In short, I purchased one from the Apple Store; drove to my local Apple Store in Madison, MS; installed it in less than 10 minutes; and the family loves it. My only minor problem was I did not have a spare LAN slot on my router (all four already in use. That was easy to solve. My home is "greener" than ever now.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    my HUE Review

    • Written by from milford

    purchased it at the novi apple mall bc it looked so cool, even though they are a few flaws (software only!) there is nothing better then being able to change a room to any color you want as well as the dim. the lights look awesome in the dark!

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very cool but timer feature is horrible

    • Written by from WEST HOLLYWOOD

    Overall this product is very cool. The colors and app are great and super fun. However, one reason why I bought this product was for the "security" feature they advertise. I wanted a timer to go on at 6pm and off in the morning. Working with their tech support, you have to MANUALLY enable the timer Every day. This is ridiculous.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    NEAT!

    • Written by from Tempe

    Great product, my European friends have had LED colored lights for years and was always envious.. now this is a step ahead of those. I do wish the app was more robust however.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, three issues...

    • Written by from Arlington

    This is another "great idea" product from a company I admire, however, after setting it all up, I'm a bit disappointed for a few reasons...

    1) Price is too high for quality of product. $200 for 3 bulbs and a LAN access point is quite high for adaptive lighting. See my reasoning in point number 2 below:
    2) Each bulb only produces 600 lumens. That's not a lot of light per bulb, the equivalent of about a 50 watt traditional light bulb. A 13-watt CFL bulb (60-watt equivalent) bulb on Amazon currently sells for $6.50 and produces 825 lumens. Compared to the standalone hue bulb price of $59, the equivalent CFL is more than 8x cheaper cost and a 38% brighter bulb.
    3) The hue iOS app needs a lot of work. The reviews are awful, and the app just isn't very user friendly and well thought out.

    For these reasons, I will probably have to return this product. I do like being able to control the on/off state of my light from my iPhone/iPad, but it's just not yet worth the money. Maybe in version 2 it will be worth it, but I would need an updated app and a minimum of 800 lumens (1,100 preferred) to justify buying this.

    25 of 32 people found this useful