• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    love the bulbs, hate the app

    • Written by from Gastonia

    pros:
    good bulbs, easy setup, works as advertised.
    cons:
    Was it really necessary to use an additional WiFi router? I hope that thing is safe and is not an open access door to the rest of my network.
    I hate the App. Its about light bulbs. Give me some on and off switches on the first page, some color settings on the second page, some timers on the third page and I am happy. Make it easier to keep the light separated (I use them in different rooms). It is unnecessary to rested the settings inside the app anytime the iPhone sleeps. All the vacation photos are nice gadgets but not the main thing to control lights. Nest Thermostats did a way better job with their app.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from Leeuwarden

    The best Christmas present! It works great. The cons mentioned by others are surely true, but I am sure in future updates of the app there will be improvements e.g. more settings for time (on and of). Now limited.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product!

    • Written by from Lodi

    As a colorblind person I didn't know how much I would be able to appreciate this technology however I was blown away by how well it works and how much thought was put into the design of the controls. The app is amazing, the gateway works so quickly and effortlessly that you truly forget it's even there, and the bulbs are literally plug and play! I highly recommend this product and am eagerly anticipating purchasing more bulbs to add to the rest of our fixtures.

    My only point of criticism is that I wish I could enter the color temperature (in degrees K) for a given bulb. This makes it a very useful demonstration piece and would help me in explaning lighting technology to others.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but their cloud is a mess!

    • Written by from Fremont

    I bought a Starter Kit and 1 additional bulb.

    Pros:
    - solid, quality, dimmable LED bulbs.
    - very easy setup — bulbs which are included to the Starter Kit are already "paired" with bridge.
    - easy addition of new bulbs.
    - lamps will go to defaults (color, brightness) after turning off with wall switch — a safety feature!
    - local control through Wi-Fi using iPhone / iPad is fast and reliable.
    - you can control which scenes to sync to which devices from meethue.com website

    Cons:
    - There is no Candelabra bulbs, only standard E26 bulbs.
    - Philips cloud is a joke! I've got an enormous number of errors from Google App Engine while interacting with meethue.com website. Bulb status (on/off) is often different on website and in my room.
    - Each time when you register a new iPad/iPhone it will get a default scenes from Philips. When app will be (re)started next time on that device, it will ask you if you want to sync your scenes to other devices. If you answer "yes" then you'll get a default recipes on your other devices again. Very inconsistent user's experience.
    - Bulbs emit high-frequency noise in soft-off mode. My wife can't hear that noise but I can hear it. It shouldn't be a problem if you plan to place your bulbs to a floor lamp heading them to ceiling but I do not recommend using those bulbs in lamps on your desk. If you turn off your bulbs with a wall switch than that noise goes away.
    - There is no off button for scene, only off button for all bulbs. If you want to turn off particular set of bulbs off without touching other bulbs than you need to select any scene which include those bulbs and select "O" in submenu.
    - Non-existing support for now. All what you get is meethue.com with FAQ list.
    - On/off timers are buggy. I initially created a timer for turning my bulbs off and on and reached a limit very fast. After that I deleted default scenes including those ones with existing timers. Next morning when I tried create a turn-off timer, a first one for existing scenes, app complained that "You have reached the maximum number of active alarms, please deactivate another alarm and try again.". But I have no other alarm defined in my active scenes! Also there is no way to tell application "turn off that scene in 10 minutes from now" or "wake me up tomorrow at 6:30am using that scene" — you need to edit a scene and those changes will be permanent.
    - There is no alarm management or bulbs management within a scene through portal — it must be done using an app.
    - Delay while controlling scene through Internet is >10 seconds.
    - There is no way to determine an offline bulbs — those which were turned off using wall switch.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but VERY BUGGY!

    • Written by from CAMBRIDGE

    I really want to like these bulbs, and they generally work great if you just want to control the lights at home, however if you ever want to control these lights remotely, you're going to have a lot of TROUBLE! The servers that run the meet hue website is very buggy and they constantly go down or don't respond at all. It constantly asks you to reconnect and reconnect and you wait forever and nothing happens. If you want people to love this product, you're going to have to fix this Philips!

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Many problems with HUE

    • Written by from Tilburg

    After using the HUE system for a couple of days now i am not happy. especial the application is very buggy and does things i don't expect.
    I paid 200 euro's. I expect more from a Philips product that is "linked" to a "Apple audience".
    If Apple should release this product, i should NEVER BE released at all !!

    The lightbulb:
    Can't make the color blue

    Application:
    randomly craches, even when i'm doing nothing with it.
    Seems to be "busy" all the time (spinning indicator in the IOS bar on top of the screen)
    When i have the swipe panel (white panel) in the up state and swipe it down, the messages panel from IOS comes down. (active areas are to close to each other)

    Scenes:
    Scenes do random change position in the list or end up in a new page that i didn't create
    Scenes do sometimes disappear or suddenly re-appear. (in some cases the scene is in place but without an image)
    Scenes sometimes group up colour pickers into one picker ( i didn't create this)
    In one rare case i had 11 bulb markers in the beach scene. (i have only 3 bulbs)
    When dimming the group slider to almost zero (scene dimming) bulb 1 goes off and the other two stay on. I can only switch bulb 1 back on by selecting another scene.
    When selecting a scene the pencil (edit) button is relative small and does not respond directly when trying to touch

    Timers:
    The settings for timers are not user friendly. When i change the time, 2 error messages pop up that i have set the maximum amount of timers. (why? changing = replacing)
    Why are the timers called "alarm"?
    Why are some timer icons grey and only one is red. (i assume it's related to the active scene, but that isn't true)
    My current scene (relax scene) was switched off by a timer setting from another scene

    Internet (meethue.com site):
    A lot of error messages (little red bar) with server/communication error message or full white page with " internal server error" while changing scenes.
    Slow response of the website ( i have a 60Mbit internet connection and the Hue website takes up till 20 seconds to display )

    Another (small) thing: You talk about the low power consumption of the bulbs, also when in standby, but you not say anything about the base station. ( if you talk about 0.0x Watt, then you also mention the 5Watt from the base station)

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting and fun lighting system!

    • Written by from Norfolk

    I heard about this home automation system yesterday and decided to try out. My review is based on one night of setup and testing the capabilities, but I am impressed. The setup was simple, the automated control was smooth and worked as advertised. Me and a few friends had fun just playing with the lighting combinations. My neighbors probably thought we had a concert going on. Then we realized that there is an online community where you can share your light settings with others and download theirs. This added a new level of interest and amusement for us. I woke this morning to my lights ,set by timer, simulating a sunrise. Simply amazing! I will update his review if I find any negatives, besides the price, but so far the amount of enjoyment and amusement has made the price worth it.

    120 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A true "One more thing"

    • Written by from Rheinberg

    The Philips Hue product gave me this "One more thing" feeling again, getting something that I haven´t expected and genuinely surprised me for it´s innovation and quality.

    This product is gorgeous! It just works. It will make your home a bit more comfortable and more enjoyable.

    103 of 114 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly cool

    • Written by from SAN ANTONIO

    This product was extremely easy to set up and install. It changes the feel of a room pretty quickly. It is pricey, but to be able to control 50 bulbs is pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to our next movie night where I can match the lights to the mood of the movie.

    84 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These bulbs are way cool!

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I was first interested just in the ability to control my lighting remotely via my iPhone. I thought the idea of changing the colors of the bulbs seemed a bit of a gimmick, but it is actually very nice. It's nice to be able to control not only the temperature of the "white" color, but the actual hue of the lamps.

    The app is great and the degree of customization is amazing. Extremely easy to set up. Took me longer to put the 3 bulbs into the fixture than it did to set up the hub and the app.

    Wish the bulbs weren't so expensive. I'd put them everywhere in my house. Brightness is good mounted in recessed lighting cans in the ceiling. Would be nice if they were just a touch brighter, but they'll be fine.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and very cool

    • Written by from Stockton

    Web page says 1-2 month shipping but my nearest Apple Store had them in stock. It took <5min to install.

    For home automation fans, Indigo already has a plug-in available so the lights integrate flawlessly.

    Weekend's here... Put some lounge music on AirPlay, mix up some martinis, and set the lights.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I was really surprised at what a REALLY well put together product this turned out to be; the hardware and packaging is top notch. The iPhone and iPad app is ideal. I'm very pleased with this purchase. It's one of the coolest things I've bought in a long time. Philips really thought through usability in my opinion. I plan on expanding to many more bulbs. I have a three story townhome and I tested the bulbs on each level and they work flawlessly. I was worried about the distance between the bulbs/base, but it does not seem to be an issue. I have the base in my basement and the test bulb in the top level; works perfectly. I do hope the individual bulb prices come down a bit as i would love to have them all over the house. Given the order backlog, they must be pretty popular right now! I was hoping to order a set or two as Christmas gifts.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST BUY OF THE MONTH

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    These bulbs are great and I love them...took 5 minutes to set them up...very happy with the "investment"!!!

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    INCREDIBLE PRODUCT

    • Written by from Elm Grove

    Whoever came up with this is a genius! Basically you put in as many light sources as you want (anything that will take a standard bulb) plug in the base station to your router, then have incredible fun painting your room with light!

    I'm telling you this is awesome. Expensive...but awesome.

    You can program each light individually, gang some or all of them together, and create amazing light patterns in your home.

    The neatest feature, is you can select colors from your own photography! I used a picture of sushi from my honeymoon, and created an amazing light pattern! My wife loved it!

    It's also really easy to use multiple iphones / ipads to control it, so everyone in the family can participate!

    Seriously, this is expensive, but really worth it if you like having different light patterns in your home.

    75 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a really amazing product...

    • Written by from Sioux Falls

    I don't want to rehash all the positive reviews I've already read but it is an amazing 1.0 product. Some suggestions:

    - Integrate with Passbook so the app show's up on my screen when I'm at home
    - Sell further accessories. Maybe a wireless light switch to control them the old fashion way.

    Anyway, coolest product I've tried in a long time. Truly innovative and game changing in it's space.

    68 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love em

    • Written by from Fairfax

    Just got these and they are extremely cool. If you are a light person, who is extremely particular about your lighting, these are a must buy. If you just like cool gadgets, then they might be a bit pricey for you. The app works pretty good, although it's obviously lacking a few features and some features seem to be half broken, but it does everything you really need right out of the box, complete color control, saving presets, alarm timers. Expect improvements as they are releasing the SDK to be used by any developer.

    One of the most important features about these is they can be used as regular bulbs, if you switch the light off, then back on again, it resets to a default value that seems to mimic what I would consider a standard bulb, putting out plenty of light with a very slight yellow shade to it. No need to use your phone every time you need to turn the lights on and off.

    A feature which seemed like a gimmick at first but I've really fallen in love with is the ability to take a photo with your phone, then use the droppers to select colors for each of the lights from the photo. Seems kind of pointless at first, but once you have a preset named after your cat, that glows in his colors, or a preset of your house plant, it really starts to feel like magic.

    And the final thing to note, is how unbelievably easy the setup is. Plug everything in, download the app, press a button, and that's it.

    84 of 88 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice

    • Written by from Tucson

    Pleased with the brightness...50w is a reasonable estimate. .I did have to use the IP address, auto find did not work for me. One bulb turns on slower than others and seems to have a slightly different color (could be led color bin or a defect, I will replace under warranty...note: have four bulbs,,,the one that is different was in the starter pack, not the single purchase). Software issue with the fade on and off...just does not work, sure they will get it figured out. I did try many different ways...was looking for a work around or cause. I have not tried the Internet interface for the fade, only iPad app.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantasti product with huge potential. App needs some more features

    • Written by from Bloomington

    I got the starter pack and immediately popped them in. No issues with setup on either my local lan or remote access. Used multiple iOS devices without any issues. The light is very pleasing. Another 100-200 lumens would be very welcome, but they're good for accent lighting.

    A few nits or feature requests that are probably easy to add to the app down the road:

    - ability to set a regular schedule. I haven't tested this yet, but the website indicates that you can only schedule up to 24 hours out, then you have to set it again. Makes an alarm a bit difficult.

    - A default setting other than white.

    - Grouping is a bit confusing. An interface more akin to the way Sonos handles multiple speakers would be better.

    - The ability to do other gradual dimming or lighting in intervals other than 3 and 9 minutes.

    - The ability to define favorite colors to jump to when creating a lighting scheme or recipe. I realize recipes save state, but there i expect there will be times when I want to manually just move between a preset palette.

    - Alerts when a light has been left on for longer than a certain threshold during a certain window. (e.g. why is this light on when the sun rose two hours ago?)

    On the hardware side, a few more wishlist items:

    - More lightbulb sizes! I want these in sconces and fans!

    - A wall switch replacement that keeps the power on, but signals the shut off instead.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Technology

    • Written by from Housatonic

    Bought the starter kit today; have connected the bulbs and hub; truly a unique experience that leaves you with a sense of wonder. The app is a good start, though there needs to be a way to save custom light settings one creates manually without needing to point to a picture.

    Otherwise, great product!

    51 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very cool and fun!

    • Written by from Austin

    Yeah, it's a bit more expensive than I would like it to be, but when compared to similar products on the market, it's set at a reasonable price and has more features than other available products. The Hue is also much more attractive than competing products and the build quality is top notch. Our bedroom is always beautifully lit and I look forward to setting a great mood in the living room for halloween trick-or-treaters this year.

    The free iPhone app is easy to use and very robust. I've submitted new feature requests and the ones already hinted at in the press (proximity state changes esp) sound great. An open-source API to be released soon will make this the perfect geek toy. I look forward to the in-room ambience effects app authors will come up with.

    In summary: The Hue was well worth the cost and is highly recommended.

    54 of 56 people found this useful