• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works and Looks GREAT. Don't trust any poor reviews.

    • Written by from Raleigh

    Many of the poor reviews given to these bulbs are simply because people didn't take enough time (literally 5 minutes) to learn all of the features in the app.

    These bulbs are AWESOME. The setup was ridiculously easy, and it is really fun to individually control the light intensity and color of different bulbs all over the house.

    51 of 59 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but room for improvement

    • Written by from Royal Oak

    First, be aware that these bulbs are not for use outdoors or in enclosed light fixtures, even though the website clearly shows the bulb being used in an enclosed lamp. You won't discover these limitations until after you purchased the product and read the materials inside. No mention of this is made on Philips website. Setup was fairly easy for the main kit with 3 bulbs but I found adding another bulb took more time and the hub had difficulty finding the bulb and only did so after I installed it in the same room the hub was in and then I was able to move the bulb to another location. The app is fairly easy to use but needs improvement (ex. you can schedule lights to go on at a certain time but you can't pick specific days..it's 7 days a week or nothing). Hopefully minor things like this will be corrected. As far as selecting colors, you can't pick certain colors like blacks or greys or really dark colors. Biggest complaint is this...your light switch has to always be on for these to work. If you turn on the switch by hand, the lights default to bright white. If you turn the light switch off, the bulbs will not respond to the app. So basically you have to turn on the lights, let them go white, then turn them off with the app if you wish to control them outside of your home or from somewhere in your home away from the switch you use to turn them on at a later time. Also, the lights are not compatible with dimmer switches so every time you manually turn them on, they are BRIGHT WHITE and then you have to adjust the brightness with the app. Trying to adjust brightness with the dimmer only causes the lights to go out. For the cost of these bulbs, you would think these things would be addressed or noted so customers are aware of the limitations before spending the money. That being said, the colors can be fun but I think the novelty will wear off really quickly and it's hard to justify the cost solely based on novelty and especially based on the bulb limitations.

    163 of 225 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is amazing!

    • Written by from Saginaw

    Brought the starter pack. Set up complete in less than a minute. LIght controls are easy to use. Would definitely buy more bulbs... Hopefully will get cheaper.

    46 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    HUE is a WINNER!!!

    • Written by from Lexington

    Bought a starter kit plus 3 individual bulbs today. Took 10 minutes to set up. I had to convince the "geniuses" at the local Apple Store that HUE really existed. They went online, discovered it did, went in the back room, found and sold them. No one had asked about them before I walked in.

    They assured me I could return them in 14 days, so I decided to try them. Hue and the free App is amazing! Download your own pic. Touch it to turn on the lights. Group anyway you want, dim independently, color control independently.

    If you turn off the wall switch, the bulbs forget where they were. Turn the switch back on, and the bulbs turn on to default approx. 3000 degrees K. Then touch any mood you set up on the iPhone, and it instantly changes colors & intensity.

    We have a 50's Diner designed kitchen with black / white tile, red wall tile, red neon accents, so touch the 50's Diner photo, and 4 bulbs come on, 2 red and 2 whatever temp white you choose. Halloween? Orange no problem. Christmas? Red and Green.

    Positives:
    1-A must if you are really into home automation, home theatre, etc.
    2-Extremely high quality feel bulb design
    3-Bulbs run barely warm and draw 8.5 watts max
    4-Super easy to use
    5-No need to use your iPhone. Set the onboard timer function for on / off. Gives that lived in look, and no need to turn on / off every time.
    6-Full dimming capability
    7-Default to Warm White (looks like 3000 degree K) if power fails and comes back on
    8-No high frequency sound, no flicker, no RFI interference
    9-Instantly group able and groups can be changed instantly
    10-Philips is a leader in LED technology. I have over 100 Philips LED bulbs in service for over a year, with no failures. yet, Lights of America and other off brands have failed 100% in a year! The electronics fail, not the LED's themselves in the off brands.
    11-Touch a pic of the room to turn the lights on.
    12-Set a different background pic for every page of moods.
    13-Set a page up for every room. This groups the bulbs to a scene in that room by choosing the specific page on the iPhone.


    Complaints:
    1-Price
    2-Only medium Base available today. I need Candelabra base and need R30
    3-600 Lumen output is a little low but is OK

    These bulbs are NOT going back!!! Wife loves them, as do I. 'Nuff said!!!

    1446 of 1619 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite product since the original iPhone!

    • Written by

    I love this so very much! I had it wake me up this morning with a sunrise in my bedroom! This will forever improve my experience with the cold, sunless winter mornings!

    The only complaint that I could have is that there is a learning curve with the other lights... I accidentally changed the light settings in another room than the one that I was in. I figured it out by organizing the presets by which rooms they affect, but it took a bit.

    Overall it is amazing! Good job Philips and Apple! :D

    44 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, great colors

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Just picked this up tonight and had the system running in a few minutes.
    The only issue I had was that I was using my phone and I could not connect to the router. I had to disable cell service to "be on the same network" to recognize the system.

    We have many existing Philips LED lights but we prefer the color changing capabilities so we can get the "warm" light even at high light output!

    These are expensive but worth the price in a few areas of the house. I put ours in the Master bedroom.

    I am still learning the App, hoping that I can do grouping, scheduling and fading of lights.

    41 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have light choices now.

    • Written by from Royersford

    The Philips Hue is incredible. The video that is on the main site shows exactly what these marvels do in all their glory. I do have to contact Philips though as one bulb has malfunctioned OOB. Please don't let that stop you from purchasing as I will be adding more lights soon. The lights are very bright and will be an adequate replacement.

    57 of 61 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really cool! Love it!

    • Written by from LONDON

    Really easy to set up and it works really well.
    You can share scenes with other people and turn off/on, change the lights through their website at no extra cost.
    It would be good to have different size bulbs so I can use them in more places.

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but needs a bit more features

    • Written by from reseda

    Setup was quick and easy. Control is instant and the color and light output is great. The app takes a bit of learning, and is pretty basic right now. Looks like pairing of bulbs or areas together can only be done if you setup a preset that you program. Hard to figure out what bulb you are controlling outside of a preset, would be nice if you could just tap a bulb or bulbs then a preset, color or global control for them, as well as define pairs or groups ahead of time. My biggest disappointment is no way to set the default color and output when they are turned on with a switch, right now it resets and defaults to a very warm light. Would be awesome if you could program what setting they go to when powered on via switch, including an option for them to go to the last used. Other people in the house don't use an app to turn the lights on/off so when the switch is used it defaults back to the warm light and you have to power up the app and reset it back to what you want every time if a switch is used. Looking forward to some improvements in the control and what 3rd party developers come up with.

    74 of 81 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok got it working...

    • Written by from MILLINGTON

    Controlling lights from iPad and iPhone is neat. Colors work well. There is a slight learning curve..

    I recommend using all the lights on setup, this may have been problem for me since I screwed in only one bulb..

    Also I noted when you edit bulb name light flashes while in edit mode.

    This would have been a definite 5 star but unfortunately tech support is nonexistent except for email.

    600 of 743 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than a double rainbow!

    • Written by from cary

    Picked up the starter pack today. Had it running in 5 minutes. It is SOOO much cooler than I expected. The app is great and easy to use. Just wish I could afford lots more bulbs!

    624 of 763 people found this useful