• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good hardware, Beta level software

    • Written by from Kingston Upon Thames

    Good light intensity, nice colours. No blues as another reviewer mentioned. The closer to blue you can get with the standard bulbs is a blueish violet. Better blue comes from the Bloom light.

    The software is high on fluffy and low on actual basic functions. I bought the Hue system expecting a Sonos type experience, but you will have to wait for future update (I hope) for a proper experience.

    Issues I have with the software:
    - no grouping by rooms. You can setup profiles that would be only valid for one room, but the process could be so much easier with grouping options. Frankly I can't understand why this has not been included in the 1.0 version.
    - The extra lamp added (a Bloom for me) did not belong at the same level as the other lamps. All profiles needed to be manually visited on each control devices (iPhones, iPad) to add the new lamp.
    - the lamps may have 16 millions colours, but the fidelity of the colour reproduction is not great.
    - Not easy to simply turn one one lamp at the intensity and colour you want.
    - Remove a lamp. Why should this be a complicated process that remove all your settings?


    So, great concept but the usability is poor due to poor software. 4 stars for the hardware, and 1 star for the software. Total 2 stars because it is too expensive for an unfinished product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok

    • Written by from Esher

    A good product and one of the good ones in the market. However, the price is quite steep for three bulbs that can be controlled by a device.

    I think they need to reduce the price so more can take advantage of energy saving and lighting design.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Signs of greatness, but still in beta, just a toy

    • Written by from London

    Fantastic concept, easy to set up, and cost competitive if compared with quality LED light fittings and control hardware.

    But be aware that 1) the lights are relatively dim (as per the packaging, less than 60W equivalent), meaning that they offer decorative more than functional illumination and 2) the iPhone app, at time of review in January 2013, is pretty crude.

    It seems that there are active developer and hacker communities, so the second point may be addressed in one way or another. So future iterations of hardware and software might well be worth a look. For the time being though, this is fun as an expensive toy, but not the serious lighting product required by the price.

    29 of 36 people found this useful