• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue starter pack - expensive but great

    • Written by from Newcastle

    There is a novelty value to buying these... lovely colours, etc. But for me the real value is waking up to a timed light alarm which wakes me up gently. Felt guilty about paying so much for these but I'm glad I did. Check out the most recent update of the app.. Geofencing and IFttt compatible makes it awesome. In summary.. if you just want some mad lightbulbs then OK, but the price is a bit steep. But if you are prepared to properly integrate these with your other apps then go for it.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC product that has already come a long way

    • Written by from Fleet

    The Philips Hue lighting system is a great piece of kit. Yes, it is costly, but the second you have it you'll realise it was money well spent.

    The system was very easy to set up. I have very unreliable wifi and this is the one wifi based system in my house that has never cut out or disconnected. It is incredible how having slightly different hues of lighting can affect your mood or energy so much.

    The bulbs can go very bright, and creating setups to your preference is simple. A lot of the previous reviews here are based on the old app when it was still really in development. Since the new app update things are much more simple and intuitive. Once you start looking into things there are also great capabilities. For example:

    - Each morning I have it set so my bedroom lights come on slowly instead of my alarm, and on a setting that reflects daylight, so I wake up relaxed.

    - I had a party recently and I downloaded one of the many available third party apps, enabling my lights to change in time to the music. Searching "hue" on the App Store shows a huge variety of these apps.

    - I use the app "If This Then That" to create a series of rules, for example if it is going to rain my lights flash blue. If I leave my house the lights turn off behind me automatically. When it gets dark outside they come on automatically, using the sunset data from the weather app.

    Your home will instantly feel advanced and simple with these. It is great being able to set such a variety of moods from your iPhone. A must buy!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but price could be a little bit less

    • Written by from OULU

    I'm quite happy of this starter set. Works as expecting and actually not so big price in my situation. I bought these mainly for dimming capability and daylight spectrum. I have no dimmer so other alternative would have been change dimmers and buy dimmable led daylight spectrum lights.
    Few thing I like to see in next version.
    - If I shut down lights from switch it does not remember my previous settings. Should at keast able to chose one setting that comes directly after switching light again.
    - Maximum brightness could be a little bit better but these are already very usable to be primary lights.
    - I'd like to be able to adjust based on color temperature
    Great product, will buy more when price will drop.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great product, a few tweaks needed

    • Written by from Blessington

    Recently bought this and i have to say we were impressed. there is a few things you need to consider.

    1. setup is a dream. one of those setups that work according to the tiny flier on setup delivered in the box. connecting the bulbs to the hub was simple and worked flawlessly for us.

    2. the remote login works well over 3g, about a 3-5 second delay which is pretty darn good IMHO.. the apps on the iphone work. the version on android is a little wobbly. the geowalling does not work with older iphone. my wife adores her 3s because of the shape but the geowalling is not supported on that version, she did not upgrade to the recent version for performance reasons. there is no geowalling on android at all and im running it on a nexus5 with the latest kitkat version.

    3. sometimes you do have to get the app to reconnent to the bridge or hub supplied, especially on android. its easy to do but you do need to reconnect to the meetme website and renew the security tokens. also works on ipads and android tablets, with the same limitations for android.

    4. i also have one of the backlighting options from philips. this is a light classified as a 'friend of hue'. it could be my ignorance but i cannot get that to automatically go on with all the other lights. perhaps its the friends of hue limitation. the app and bridge do recognise it, it just doesnt appear as an option to automatically turn the lights on when you group them together.

    5. the app is easy to use, the picture option for colours i personally think is more a marketing ploy than anything. it does work but i think it is a bit overkill.

    6. there are other apps appearing now, one activates on sound, XBMC (the home theatre app) is also working on one , i have not tried that yet.

    7. the colour array is huge. my better half loves the soft cream colour. honestly we must have spent about a 100 euro looking for a led light that is not some type of military quality searchlight. we didnt really find one until we came across this and the flexibility of colour change with something beside you always..namely a phone or tablet.

    8. i gave it 4 starts because i do think there is a the odd bug in the apps and honeslty philips...the price is stupidly expensive. you do get the feeling however that this is they way lighting should be and will be. if they made them even 30 euro per bulb we would replace the whole house but at 70 euro per bulb that aint happening. i personally am waiting for the competitor friends of hue products as they are sure to appear and that will drive the price down.

    9. overall, if you have the money, and lighting is something you like, it is worth getting...but it definitely falls into the category of 'wants' not 'needs'.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality *****

    • Written by from Accrington

    Superb, 5Star. easy config, Can not fault. If i had to say one bad thing, it would be price needs to come down.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous

    • Written by from Sheffield

    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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    life changing

    • Written by from london

    no words to express how amazing these bulbs are. use them with the app IFTTT to create rules and they literally become life changing!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Philips Hue

    • Written by from Norwich

    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?

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but could do better

    • Written by from London

    Good but could put much more effort into these

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling Product

    • Written by from Barston

    Apple should be ashamed of selling such an appalling product.

    Replacing existing low energy bulbs, the Hue bulbs (2 of 4) flickered continually, which makes being in the same room distracting.

    Periodically, at different frequencies, but at one point about once an hour, the bulbs switched themselves off and back on. Which would be annoying in any device, but stops a light being useful at all.

    Colours were OK, and the setup was as simple as promised, but the basic product is just useless and not fit for purpose.
    And expensive.

    21 of 60 people found this useful