Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack

Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack

£179.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 32 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Create your personal wireless lighting environment with the Philips Hue connected bulbs and wireless bridge. And control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. You can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system, while using as much as 80% less energy than traditional bulbs.

    Each Hue light bulb delivers 600 lumens and produces all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of colour. Each bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb.

    It's easy to extend your lighting system with additional single bulbs. All you need is the bridge that comes with the Starter Pack.

  • Highlights

    • Create and control your personal lighting scheme from your iPhone or iPad
    • Wireless connectivity via easy-to-set-up bridge
    • Light bulbs are compatible with most sockets
    • Great quality of bright white light with tunable white and colours
    • Create light settings based on your favourite photos
    • Tune, dim, and control Hue from anywhere
    • Choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate
    • Set timers to help you wake up and pace your day
  • Did you notice?

    Each hue light bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb.
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  • What's in the Box?

    • Three Hue Light Bulbs
    • One Hue Bridge
    • Power supply for Hue Bridge
    • LAN cable to connect the Hue Bridge to your router
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • UPC or EAN No.: 8718291547778

    Warranty

    • Note: Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.

    Manufacturer Note

    • The Hue Bridge (included in the Starter Pack) is required for operation

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • 16 Million Colours. None of them blue.

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I picked up a set of these just after launch. I like them, but they're very much a 'beta' product. You might want to wait.
    The bi I picked up a set of these just after launch. I like them, but they're very much a 'beta' product. You might want to wait.
    The biggest issue I've found is a complete inability to render blue. Even shades shown in their own promotional material (and on the box!) are impossible to render, due to the choice of LEDs. I think that poor, especially at the price.
    On the plus side, they're easy to install and set up, and it's pretty cool to control lighting from an iPhone/iPad etc.
    On the negative side, aside from the colour rendition, the app is pretty clunky. Many features seem to be missing - proper control of rooms, grouping lights, easy set up of pre-set scenes. All obvious features. You can't even remove lamps, and as it auto-adds new lamps I have no clue what would happen if a neighbour also had the same system.
    On top of which, the bulbs are only available in what is one of the rarest fitting types in the UK with no word on anything else (so only a handful, if any, of your existing lamps can be fitted out).
    It's a good (if expensive) start, but they have a long way to go.

    • Written by from Biggleswade

    322 of 408 people found this useful

    Was this useful? 16 Million Colours. None of them blue.
  • Better than most LED lamps, even for 'normal' light.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    These are miles ahead of most LED lamps on the market - even when just being used to provide 'white' light in any colour temperatu These are miles ahead of most LED lamps on the market - even when just being used to provide 'white' light in any colour temperature from 2000K to 6500K.

    The sources within a Hue are not primary Red, Green and Blue as are used in other LED lighting products; The Red is a touch more 'orange', the Green is closer to a 'lime-green' and the Blue is closer to Violet. This enabled much better whites (see above) and subtle hues but it cannot achieve some colours although this is not a problem in it's intended application.

    The app itself isn't perfect - but it's a first version and will no doubt improve and for those who want a bit more control there's a simple HTTP API behind them.

    At the moment they are only available in an "E27" or "ES" base, aka 'screw fit', most UK light fittings are Bayonet ("BC" or "B22") so keep this in mind if you're planning on putting these in existing fittings although adapters are available they wont fit in all lamps.

    • Written by from Newton Mearns

    124 of 137 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Better than most LED lamps, even for 'normal' light.
  • Great LED lights with novelty features...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had remote controlled lights for a while now but I had been looking for an LED alternative. When I saw the Philips Hue lighti I've had remote controlled lights for a while now but I had been looking for an LED alternative. When I saw the Philips Hue lighting system I just had to get them. But I could not find information anywhere on the type of bulb or their sizes to make sure I could buy the correct sized light fitting.

    I blindly bought some downlight bulb holders (type E27 after a bit more research) from B&Q but I bought a large size as I still did not know the dimensions (which I now know to be 110mm long and 62mm diameter at the widest part).

    The bulbs and the iOS app work great for a light set-up. Colours are bright and the normal white light goes well for any room. I do admit the app needs a few tweaks but it still allows you to use the complete lighting set-up so I can't see why anyone could complain.
    Bulbs are numbered on the app and can be controlled individually so control of separate rooms should be managed easily with custom scenes.

    It definitely beats flicking an old fashioned light switch on and off! I'm looking forward to any future third party apps but I wouldn't like Hue any less if it stayed the way it was. Great!

    • Written by from Stafford

    120 of 140 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great LED lights with novelty features...
  • Great idea but needs work as some shortcomings and bugs.

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue is great in principle, letting me tailor the lighting in my house in colour and brightness, plus control it from an app. The s Hue is great in principle, letting me tailor the lighting in my house in colour and brightness, plus control it from an app. The system was easy to setup and get going, plugging the bridge into my router and following the steps on the app. The bulbs are nicely built and quite bright. Two light my lounge in the evenings nicely.

    APP:
    The controller app is garish in colour and needs to be improved, but overall it does the job. You get brightness and colour controls, though the latter are hard to use on an iphone's small screen, especially if you have lots of bulbs.

    A big focus in the app seems to be on picking colours from photos, but this feels gimmicky. I can't think of many occasions where I want my lounge the colours of photos I've taken.

    Programming presets is easy enough, though the app could be more intuitive here too. I still don't understand the difference between 'scenes' and 'light recipes' - seems a needless distinction. It's nice to have a slider to control the overall brightness of the scenes I have created though.

    The timer feature is great - it's swish to be able to fade a preset scene up over say 30 minutes in the evening. Having the app know when it was getting dark would be even better and would save me needing to adjust the timer every few weeks. This is actually something I thought I could do with the geofencing feature (lights coming on when you are near home) but sadly this doesn't work in practice for 2 reasons.

    Firstly because I want my lights to only come on when it's dark, and to do this you have to click the "sunset" option. But the apps determination of sunset can be quite different to the light levels outside.More importantly it doesn't take into account if I am already home or not. So I can have my lights turn on if I approach the house and it's dark, but if I am already home and then it gets dark the lights don't come on. This is because I've not crossed the geofence .

    Finally it's a bit of a pain to setup different rooms. E.g. if I want to go in the bedroom, I have to either press a few clicks to get to the bedroom slider which is a pain, or make 2 scenes such as "lounge on bedroom on" and "lounge on bedroom off". With more rooms you need more permutations of scenes which gets confusing. Other 3rd party apps try and overcome this with the concept of rooms, but I've not found one I like yet.

    ISSUES:
    I've had numerous issues with the system after 3-4 months use, which along with the high price and clunky app is the reasoning for the 3 stars.

    One big problem is that 2 of my 3 bulbs emit an irritating high pitched whine when turned off. It's loud enough that you can hear them from across the room. I'm being sent replacements, but reading the forums it looks like people often get sent more noisy bulbs in return.

    Also I have had the system lose 2 lamps. I've come home to find they've turned on by themselves to strange colours and show as not contactable in the app. I can search and add them back in, but they then show as new additional lamps, so my presets don't use them. Plus it leaves the old 'lost' bulbs in the app which is a pain as they get in the way. The only way to clear them out is to reset the whole system from the bridge, at which point you lose all your presets / alarms / settings... everything.

    So overall, nice idea, but for the price needs improvement.

    • Written by from London

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great idea but needs work as some shortcomings and bugs.
  • Fabulous

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite simply one of the best products I have ever purchased for my home. I absolutely love this light system. It is so easy to set Quite simply one of the best products I have ever purchased for my home. I absolutely love this light system. It is so easy to set up, so easy to use and creates wonderful lighting states for a variety of scenarios. I have already created different states on top of the ones already provided that suit how I use my lounge. I know some people have said they aren't bright enough and I appreciate each home is different. I certainly cannot agree with that. My lounge isn't huge, I would say standard, and I have one ceiling light and two lamps and they are far brighter and better than any other lights I have owned before.Most of the time I dim or turn off the ceiling as it's just not required or change it to a colour to add ambiance. I would recommend to anyone for whom it falls into their budget for sure.

    • Written by from Sheffield
    Was this useful? Fabulous
  • Philips Hue

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Installed and working in UK but would not connect at all from Portugal. On return to UK having great difficulty trying to get them Installed and working in UK but would not connect at all from Portugal. On return to UK having great difficulty trying to get them working again. Expensive toy which has not really been fully tested?

    • Written by from Norwich

    4 of 8 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Philips Hue

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