• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the coolest things ever

    • Written by from Boston

    The house is getting smart. The smart house! Yet the technology is starting in our pockets and moving outwards instead of the other way around. Very cool.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Timer feature is not as advertised!

    • Written by from Huntington Beach

    One reason I bought this was to set the lights to go off and on to make it look like I'm home when I'm not, which seemed reasonable considering their advertising. It turns out that times can only be set for a single 24 hour period, which means I have to re-set the timers EVERY DAY! After multiple contacts with Phillips Tech Support over multiple days, I have been told that "when the SDK for Hue will be released then you will be able to create your own Apps for the Hue system. We apologise that there is nothing that we can do to help you further with your issue."

    Take this into consideration before buying this product.

    151 of 169 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic & Flawless

    • Written by from Buckeye

    Very, very impressive product with no flaws, only a recommendation to make web-based site features available in app. Otherwise, this is an amazing product.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Over Priced; overwhelmingly under performing

    • Written by from ORLANDO

    Cannot get timing function to work properly. Worked 2 times since install over 3 weeks ago. Absolute silence from Philips other than auto generated response saying they will be in contact. Save money unless you plan to turn on manually each day thru app or on line

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is good, software is limitted

    • Written by from Ottawa

    What's good - easy to install and easy to use. The lights themselves render excellent colours.

    What's not - software is very limited, especially in regards to setting timers. There isn't any mechanism to schedule re-occuring scenes (ie - turn on the lights every morning). All you can do is schedule a scene to turn on in the next 24 hours.

    Overall - great for setting lighting scenes to meet your every mood. But if you are looking at something to support home automation, the current version of the software (both the website and the ios app) is too limiting.

    43 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the Years best products

    • Written by from Evergreen Park

    I have no Idea why this product isn't being marketed better. I absolutely love it. Easiest setup, works exactly as it says. It also works great with the Android app. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Chelsea

    What am I missing? I'm a reasonably intelligent 65 year old who has been in the software
    Business for 40+ years (granted in sales). This system begs for a graphical, dashboard
    Interface. Never been so confused in my life. The most confusing interface concept I've seen.
    I'd love to buy a dozen bulbs but would rather walk on broken glass than try to manage
    This app. Hire 2 students ( a C+ grade average will do) from a reasonable college IT program
    And you will have a winner

    29 of 57 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    I tried this product for a few weeks then returned it. The bulbs themselves are very nice, and I had no issues with connectivity. It's the software that is horrible. Actually, it's not so much the implementation of the software (it works) as the conception (dumb idea). Philips has taken what could be a genuinely useful product and turned it into something cute. I really don't want a blue or red light on in my room. I could care less about matching the color of my shirt. I would like useful ability to control the lighting in my home remotely. The software implements that horribly. The timer function is ridiculous - no ability to set a schedule? What idiot decided that all has to be done manually every day? If Philips sorts out the software and implements a better timer / remote functionality, I may buy it again; in the meantime this is just an expensive and not particularly fun toy.

    107 of 128 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from El Paso

    this product is great i absolutely recommend for anyone thinking of buying.
    the only reason i don not git if 5 stars if because of the price and the app.
    the app needs work and more features, and 150 sounds more reasonable price.
    the bulb could also have a better price at 40dllrs

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Promising, Yet Disappointing

    • Written by from Dallas

    Hue- great idea. This is an amazing idea. Too bad Apple and Philips have placed this on the market before it's developed enough to do anything. This product WILL NOT create a lighting schedule OR recurring timer. If you're wanting automation, a wake-up alarm or light to come on automatically while on vacation, this is not the product- at least not yet.

    I was highly disappointed that the timer is only 24 hour. There are no daily or recurring schedule options. Also, this will not fully mimic a clear incandescent light bulb- it cannot match it, and it casts no shadows or depth you might be used to. Light bulbs are not "Cool to the Touch," gray plastic housing the electronics gets very warm.

    I fear the money we spent on this will be lost. If Philips continues to grow their App and offers the kind of custom options expected for lighting with this kind of technology, most of my worries will go away. If not, I see Hue quickly disappearing. DO NOT succumb to your impulses- wait it out and see if this goes somewhere or gets abandoned by its maker.

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This

    • Written by from South richmond Hill

    Just bought it an my local apple store. Took less than 2 mins to setup. Very easy to use. Parents loves it

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Its A Hit In The Home

    • Written by from Columbia

    The product is amazing. I eyeballed this everyday for 2 months online . It got to the point where my friends noticed. Long Story Short I received it as a holiday gift. Opened the box smiled and went right into configuring the system. Screwed bulbs in plugged power and ethernet cables to puck downloaded the app and i haven't stopped since. It took less than 3 mins from opening to light show. The longest part was downloading the app. It took awhile to find and actualy match the old bulbs color but other than that it has been a blast. I have even used HUE as a prankster also. Had the father-n-law over and mid coversation i opened the app and went full blue the look on his face priceless. I cant wait to add bulbs to the system. HUE IS A HIT

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting for the possibilities... App-Wise

    • Written by from ONTONAGON

    Way cool product! Now that we have addressable lighting...

    How about some extra functions in the way of applications for them!

    Fingers tapping....

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing short of amazing!

    • Written by from Miami

    The bulbs are awesome! The app needs a serious investment by Philips as far as user interface and ease of use. Repeating timers would be great... Overall, it's a fantastic product... Set-up is a breeze... 5 minutes and its all up and running. Totally worth the investment...

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome concept, takes some getting use to.

    • Written by from St. Louis Park

    So far everything worked right out of the box. I find the custom scenes are a little over powering on the eyes, but I'm sure I have a lot of tweaking to do. Bridge setup was a breeze, and I am amazed at the amount of colors these bulbs can produce! Not much in terms of instructions come, but everything was so simple. Will provide a more in-depth update with more use.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Tech, Wonderful Fun

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    I'm kind of nuts about this product. Bought the starter pack out of curiosity... within 24 hours I was scouring Apple stores for single packs. I'm now running 10 bulbs in my home and it is an absolute delight -- and more practical than I'd suspected it would be.

    Still trying to come up with pre-sets (or 'scenes') that work for my most common situations (like all the lights on in the living room and kitchen but not in the office or bedroom) -- but I'm getting there.

    It is by far my favorite new 'toy' in quite some time.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Chantilly

    This is a truly amazing product. It is very simple to install, and set up. It takes some trial and error to understand how to group lights into separate rooms so that you can control them room by room. The Phillips App is rudimentary, but improvements are clearly around the corner. Given the open architecture position that Phillips has taken, I found another APP call Hue Disco which is killer. Turns a group of lights into a multicolor disco lighting effect based on the music that your iPhone/iPad is listening to (not playing...you need a second source device). Even has a strobe light feature. This is beginning of a new era of home control.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So far a dud!

    • Written by from Nashville

    I wake Christmas morning to discover the coolest ever light bulbs only to discover the Bridge won't power on. What a disappointment...

    7 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    I can't think of any praise that hasn't already been given, so I'll speak to a couple of the criticisms here that a Philips engineer spoke to in a differrent forum. The lights don't go dimmer because that would change their color and Philips wants the colors to stay accurate at all brightnesses. The green is more of a lime green so it's not a true red/blue/green light. This was done to give the beautiful whites produced by the lights.

    The software is admittely "basic" but more functionality is on the way and there are already two third-party apps in the App Store with more to come. Developers are writing scripts and web-based apps that run from your Mac or PC to control the lights.

    Compared to "normal" high end LED lights, the price is over double but that's like comparing a butter knife to a food processor. All LED lights are very efficient and the amount of electricity costs you save from the moment you turn them on recoups the purchase price (how quickly depends on how much your electricity costs, but one estimate is saving $65US per year). Then multiply that times the 22 or more years they will last. And don't forget the cost of the incandescent bulbs that burn out. They are cheap but think of how many you will buy over 22 years. That alone chews up a majority of the cost of one of these LED bulbs.

    Can you tell I like them? :) The kids do too. They love changing the colors and I bought the disco app. It sounds excessive to change the lights, but being able to turn them on/off from another room and to dim them when we're watching a movie or crank them up when we're putting a puzzle together is very cool. Right now my daughter is pretending to sleep and all the lights are very dark/dim blue to simulate night.

    I wrote a little script that sets the lights to green and red (for the holidays). Every minute they change to the other color (alternating between green and red). Good silly fun.

    Anyway, enjoy!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This product rocks!

    • Written by from Cypress

    LED technology has changed our world and in the top inventions ever! The Philips Hue is no exception. The ap is a little quirky; to be expected for early adopters. On the plus side of the negative reviews, Starter Packs and Single Bulbs are easy to find at the Apple Stores.

    Already, there are two other IOS aps; Hue Disco and MagicHue, both ready for prime time. As others begin to see the incredible flexibility of this product, other aps will soon appear. For those instant gratification persons, keep taking your Hues back. Makes it easier to find!

    1 of 1 people found this useful