• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If I had only purchased HUE first (and not wasted $ on Lifx)

    • Written by from San Jose

    I am very pleased with my Hue starter kit. My only regret is that I wasted a ton of money purchasing Lifx bulbs prior to purchasing a Hue starter pack. Hue is everything that Lifx promised to be and unfortunately, Lifx failed to deliver! I use one Hue bulb on the porch, and have an "alarm" set for the bulb to turn on around dusk and turn off at dawn. In addition, I have the other two bulbs in my living room, which we use on a variety of settings depending on the activity (e.g., Relaxation mode, dimmed for movie night, reading mode, etc). I have the bulbs set up so that if it is after dark and the bulbs are not already on, they detect my arrival within the neighborhood and turn on the lights at home. With regard to setup, I had no difficulty setting up the bulbs and so far (after several months of use) I have not had any issues. In the future, I will purchase bulbs for other parts of the house as well. Thank you Hue!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing! Worth every dollar!

    • Written by from Toronto

    I actually held off buying Philips Hue due to the price. But after realizing that the bulbs last beyond a decade and that they actually do more than just light (it can be art, design, a conversation piece, etc - for those who take pride in having a nice home) your home. I bought the starter pack recently and a few of the light strips and other accessories... I had everything setup in under 30 minutes flawlessly, including linking to the iOS apps. I must say, I love these lights. Its effortless to use, creates amazing colours and scenes in your home; can help you relax after work or make a movie or music more exciting with connected lights. I love waking up to the sunrise scene in my bedroom, just one of many, many uses.

    If you do care about having a nice home and lighting plays a big part of that, I'd completely and totally recommend Hue. You won't regret it. I can't wait to see what they bring out next as part of the Hue line.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive advertising, does not produce all colors

    • Written by from New York

    The bulbs have very poor available color space. They won't do royal blue, powder blue or forest green. The best approximations they can come up with are violet and lime green. White light is good, but there are cheaper alternatives on the market for that. I did not encounter loss of connection or other technical issues like those reported by many posters, but again I returned the product immediately. As far as I am concerned if I invest 400$ in 6 RGB bulbs they should have perfect color mapping and all the software issues should have been worked out.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but don't buy yet

    • Written by from SLIDELL

    Don't buy Hue Bulbs just yet. You will love them, but then they may develop a problem with no solution and you will have an expensive system that ultimately functions only as a much less expensive light bulb:

    Bought the Starter Pack a few weeks ago and liked it so much I bought extra bulbs at about $50 ea. A few days ago, my wife had trouble controlling the bulb on her night stand. Yesterday I had trouble controlling all lights on my iPhone and today, none of the lights were controllable from iPhones. They will switch on from the socket, but only at maximum intensity and white color.

    Problem is in the Bridge not recognizing the internet. Checked all the connections, disconnected and reconnected power, got a new LAN cable, tried different working LAN slots for other devices - problem NOT solved.

    Researched it on the internet and found this is an ongoing problem since February 2013 (and increasing in number as the year progressed) with little support and no solution from company to date, other than what I outlined above that did not work today. Should have read this before I bought - but it showed up when I Googled 'Phillips Hue Bridge Problems'. Luckily I bought the Starter Kit at the Apple Store less than 30 days ago and get some of my money back. However the other 2 bulbs are mine to keep. They function pretty decently as regular bulbs (but $50 ones!!!) Luckily due to the cost, I did not do the whole house but had planned to. They will remind me to research new technology better before I buy.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not necessary, but absolutely cool!

    • Written by from Emmen

    The Philips Hue bulbs are definitely not necessary, but absolutely cool. If you don't mind spending some extra money on light bulbs, buy these. They work very well, the app works nice, and with the Hue Tap that is coming out soon it will even be better! The different scenes really bring lighting to the next level. I'm really into gadgets, and this is the best i've bought in a while. I'm looking forward to testing them in the winter and use the timer for waking up with a sunrise.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awsome!

    • Written by from Newport News

    Why spend just a few bucks less to get lights you can turn off remotely... but no colors or anything. Seriously. For 150 you can get three remote controllable outlets. but for 199 you get endless possibilities. For instant mood lighting these can't be beat. Ignore any bad reviews. They are easy to set up and there are plenty of good apps out there that are better than the free Philips one. I use one called Hue+ and could not be happier. I have preset modes for reading, movie watching, normal use and 'mood'.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just wonderful!

    • Written by from ROSEMERE

    Hue is a real winner! I have a total of 4 bulbs, 1 spotlight a 1 strip, and I can wait for the GU10 items to be on the north american market. So far, I love the results: colours are crisp, beautiful, and so easy to manage.

    Having multiple bulbs might be a bit tricky to manage on the apps as they overlap and they don't have a logical order (only the order in which they were linked to the Hue bridge). But this is minor compared to the results obtained.

    The only problem I see (and I hope that Philips could find a solution) is that after a power outage, all the lights come back on... Since I have a few power outages in my area once in a while, all my lamps can turn on in the middle of the night... A "power outage" detection system could be nice, e.g. after the outage, the lamps are brought back at their previous state.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome when it works!

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I got this in Decemeber 2013, and it was hard to set up. I had a ton of issues. A few months later, this thing won't work. And, there's no support online. Avoid this product - it makes lighting way too complicated. Keep it simple!

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best 'Smart Home' Product Out There

    • Written by from Rohnert Park

    We purchased the Philips Hue Starter Pack and fell in love! We connected them in our living room and found that these bulbs allow us to set the mood, dim the lights, turn off before bed, etc. all from our iPhone. A few months later I have them in almost every room of the house.

    This technology has really allowed us to turn our home into a smart home! Albeit, they are a bit pricey, but you are paying for convenience and so much more. The Hue App has also come a long way and offers much more than it did upon initial release. We also love the additional apps that control our Hue bulbs, such as Goldee and IFTTT.

    If you have $200, go grab a starter pack and play around. Well worth it!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not just a gimmick

    • Written by from London

    Bought the pack of light to give them a try in our living room, 20 foot ceiling with pot lights, got the ladder and installed, plugged the hub in and downloaded the app, 5 mins, no looking for my server, no passwords, a true plug and play, the colours are vivid and bright, tried a music app, it's was a hit with my 14 year old, thought I was going to have a stroke.
    Now looking to buy more lights for the theatre room, will be a very nice touch, 15000hr life, hope I don't have to get the ladder in the house anytime soon

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dramatic

    • Written by from Sugar Land

    Great starter pack. Easy setup. Easy to create new scenes. I go thru several scenes each evening. When I know I will get home in the dark, I turn on the bulbs remotely, wherever I am. The different colors glowing behind the blinds look dramatic when I arrive. I plan to buy more bulbs to use in the other rooms.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It was great for awhile

    • Written by from Chicago

    They worked like a charm for about four months, no problems. Now, sometimes they don't turn on, sometimes they don't turn off. One day one won't connect, the next day another one won't connect. I've gone through the whole range of fixes, resetting the router, resetting the bridge, uninstalling and reinstalling the app, software updates, you name it. For $200, I want something that works not something that wastes my time and tries my patience.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue lights not reachable

    • Written by from WESTFIELD

    I constantly get this message especially if I don't use the app for a few days..when it works it's fun but lots of bugs

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it...

    • Written by from MIAMI BEACH

    Excellent idea, It's great, it's beautiful and mostly important: it works perfectly...

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Still loving mine, EVEN AFTER A YEAR!

    • Written by from St. George

    These bulbs are awesome! I use mine everyday. The color feature gets old after a while but with the right app (I use Simple Hue) these bulbs are the handiest things since sliced bread! Highly recommended.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Really Worth it....

    • Written by from Rancho Santa Margarita

    I bought the 3 bulb starter kit, LED strip at my local apple store. When I brought them home I was quickly disappointed. The lights themselves aren't very bright and barely lit up my rooms and walls as well as I thought they would. The LED strip was much shorter than I expected and also wasn't very bright considering it's a $90 dollar item. Also, when all of the lights were grouped the LED strip would not match the same color of the bulbs.

    The one thing that really bothered me was the blue color - I could not get that deep dark vibrant blue that I really like. The color picker on my iPhone shows you colors to choose from but the lights cannot produce all of them. The deep blue was more like a light blue/purple.

    On a positive note: The setup is really quick and easy, the warm colors are really nice - especially the red.

    I ended up returning these the next day because I just couldn't justify the cost/value. If you're willing to spend a lot of money for color bulbs LIFEX makes an amazing color light which is really bright and the blue is so deep you can almost make it like a black light. I may consider buying HUE bulbs in the future when they can produce a more powerful and color rich bulb. Its only a matter of time until these LED bulbs will get cheaper.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded My Expectations

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I purchased these ahead of a house party we were having and although expensive, I am more than pleased with them! It was definitely a conversation piece, and the lights really set the mood whether we wanted to have fun or just relax. The stock app is fun to play with, but I came across an app called Goldee that controls and changes the color schemes dynamically. They have different themes, such as 'concentrate', 'relax', 'romantic', and the lights will subtly change colors from one to the other. It really transforms the room!

    It works flawlessly as well. As much as I've played with these lights, turned them off and on, changed colors, etc., I have not experienced any flaws in their operation. As long as my wifi is running, my lights can be controlled with my phone.

    My wife was a little adverse to the lights at first because you control them from your phone, but I explained to her she can turn the lightswitch off and on and it will behave like any normal lightbulb. I got her the app on her phone as well, and she can control and play with them too!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    so fun

    • Written by from bellmore

    the system is east to set up and is hella fun the play around with. i love the added functionally of IFTTT, its great to have my lights on when i get home.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lighting I would recommend.

    • Written by from Austin

    I've owned this starter pack for over a year now and I can confidently say that I would recommend this lighting to any of my buddies. I've used it for everyday use in my bedroom and while it has its quirks I'll list, it has been the best companion.

    First quirk is that if the power goes off the light come on full brightness when power is restored which is frustrating during some storms at night. Second is the companion app is much improved over when I first had it but its still not perfect with instant on but that might apse be due to my bridge being down stairs with the router.

    Other than those two issues that pop up rarely I've used these for at least a year if not longer and I have used them every single day in my bedroom and I've loved having the ability to control the lighting for my mood and controlling the brightness depending on my task at hand. Philips keeps up with the app on a fairly regular basis adding new features and fixing bugs which is nice to have continued support. The only feature I don't use is the geo location because I'd rather not have my lights turn on when I arrive home during the day which its not hard to pull out my phone.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low lights not so low. Timers Fail.

    • Written by from RENO

    I've got 4 bulbs, two down lights and two blooms. I'd like to change the lighting every hour with a 9 minute fade. Too much to ask. There are always different bulbs that go out night-after-night instead of fading to the next scene. Sometimes they all go out. Sometimes this one or that one, I'll never know which will malfunction. When I tap the icon for what's supposed to be on, they all come on as expected, so it's not that the scene is not configured correctly. Checked and re-checked and all the timers are in place, all the bulbs selected for every day of the week. If it is something I'm doing wrong, someone needs to build a much better interface, but doesn't seem like an OE [operator error] at this point.

    I'd like some really low light for movie night on the order of low movie theater red lights to keep the pupil engaged. Can't get them low enough and when you try **BAM** they go out. Same when they come on. You can set a 9 minute fade-in all you want, the lights will noticeably bang on. Pretty irritating when you are trying for a pleasantly subtle fade-in.

    8 of 12 people found this useful