• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love them. Hate them.

    • Written by from MARIETTA

    We have a love-hate relationship with our Hue system. The lights themselves (4 Hues plus a Bloom)-love them. Even my tech-averse wife likes what we can do with light "scenes." Ever the gadget freak, I enjoy the automation tricks via IFTTT. On the other hand, I loath the "bridge." It's frustratingly unreliable. Despite being located in an adjacent room, and being connected to the network via Ethernet cable, it frequently looses touch with the Hues. Once a week I find I need to reboot the Bridge. Today, being a holiday, I turned off last night the "morning alarm" that turns up 3 lights in our bedroom at 5:45 AM. One light, the one nearest my wife's side of the bed, did not get the memo. Not the first time this has happened I might add. Two weeks ago, all the lights went on strike, and did not wake us. Hopefully, Philips will work out the networking kinks. Until then, expect some annoyances.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product

    • Written by from Gilbert

    Never thought that lights would have such an impact. Coupled with IFTTT, this product rocks, especially after the latest updates, which improved some nagging issues like bulb startup. The update process can be a bit fiddly, but it works.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup & impressive phone app

    • Written by from Richardson

    Easy setup, great phone app and makes the heart of a gadget guy flutter. Awesome product!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Slick, easy-to-use, but not a true RGB bulb

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    I really liked Hue's easy smartphone control and reliable wireless operation. The bulbs were a disappointment to me because they are optimized for generating white light in different color temperatures. The result is washed-out very dim greens and blues rather than the bright saturated light in any color that a true RGB bulb would generate. However, reds are strong, and the white looks good and does warm and cool color temperatures perfectly, and as I mentioned before, the dimming, iOS app and wireless operation are very nice.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product. App is pretty powerful, despite what "they" say.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I bought Hue about four weeks ago. I figured I would wait a month before writing a review to see if there might be any stability issues. Everything has worked pretty much as well as the day I set the system up.

    Based on the reviews out there that I read before I bought my starter pack, I thought that my 2 cents worth might help those thinking of buying. I have so far been very impressed with this product. Like others here I did have some problems setting Hue up, but nothing that couldn’t be solved with a search of a forum and about half an hour. As mentioned in some other reviews, I was unable to access the alarm feature in the Philips app and got a message that the firmware on the bridge needed updating, yet the settings menu in the app showed the software was up to date. A forum post suggested disconnecting the power to the bridge and reconnecting after updating the iOS app and the bridge then updated automatically and everything worked fine after that. Initially I also had some lights showing off or out of range but that problem seems to have sorted itself out once the bulbs found each other. I understand that Hue bulbs create a mesh network so you only need one light in range of the wifi network and other bulbs will relay the signal to each other.

    There has been a lot of criticism of the Philips app which is in some ways justified, but I think is a little overwrought. Yes the user interface and user experience leave a lot to be desired, but think of what you are asking from the app. Most apps do one or two things and that’s it. Like catapulting an angry bird at a target, or telling you which way is north and if your desk is level, or does a bunch of things in a linear fashion. But think for a minute what you are asking the hue app to do. It can control up to 50 lights in any permutation or combination, in brightness settings of 1 to 100, in any one of 16 million colors (OK, realistically about oh, 10 distinguishable colors). I don’t really remember my high school statistics, but that is a lot of possible combinations - billions and billions? Added to which, you can set timers, alarms, use the app remotely if you set up an account on the Hue website, and control the lights via ifttt.com. All of which I have done with relative ease.

    OK, the app is not perfect, but take a few hours to determine its logic, patterns and functions and you will realize how powerful this set up is. I didn't give Hue five stars simply because individual bulbs are currently too expensive for me to consider buying enough bulbs to create a comprehensive lighting system in my home.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Methuen

    A must have! Very easy to set up on Website, iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Product!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This is one of my favorite tech items. Setting up the lights just took a few minutes. The possibilities for this are endless. It is an expensive item, but the electrical savings will pay for itself down the road. You can have a lot of fun while reducing your carbon footprint. :-)

    There are plenty of third-party apps that work great with the Hue lights. My favorite right now is "Hue Lights." If you are a techie, you can also use the Hue API to create limitless schedules, events, and light shows from your own server.

    A lot of people posted YouTube videos, so you can see these in action. The Hue Lightstrips are a great addition to the Starter Pack. They can really transform a room!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Design!!!

    • Written by from MILPITAS

    I purchased the Disney Storytime Light and the Light Strip plus the Bulbs all together. Everything works as expected.

    For some reason I mistakenly thought that the Bridge itself can use Wifi.. and it does have a wifi symbol on the unit, but there seems to be no configuration tool to attach it to Wifi... so I'm still using ethernet cable. I would rather have it use Wifi though.

    Took me 10mins to setup all units. Excellent if you guys purchase the $3 app called Hue Disco if you want the Philips bulbs to help with coloring your home party.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thrilled with this purchase

    • Written by from Austin

    I'm a semi-pro photographer and I've found it's awesome for adding an extra element to indoor shoots as well as adding general ambiance for a room.

    The Good:
    The system is a snap to set up.
    The array of colors is amazing
    The alarm function works great!
    Good value over the life of the bulbs
    The ability to create your own "scenes"

    The Bad:
    Large Initial investment
    The app is a little clumsy
    Not as bright as standard bulbs - but still sufficient

    That said, I'm happy enough with the system where I'm planning on picking up an additional bulb and a light strip.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, very handy product

    • Written by from Hyllykallio

    Installing the bulbs and the bridge is very easy. Aswell as controlling the lights via iPhone, internet or iPad. The only bad thing is, after a power cut the lights will turn on to their brightest mode regardless if you had the bulbs turned on or off.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product but Flawed App

    • Written by from WHITEHALL

    The Hue Starter pack of 3 bulbs and the bridge worked perfectly. The two extra bulbs were recognized by the app and were named etc, etc. However, when scenes were selected in the app, the two extra bulbs in the next room did not respond. They did respond to the slider controls in the app and did turn off and turn on using the slider controls. Curiously, the Philips Hue Community website (which can recognize one's Hue bridge/hardware) had scenes created by people which, when selected, worked perfectly with my bulbs. Therefore, the app is terrible and needs work but the Hue lighting system is wonderful and worth the money.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Bulbs, Terrible App

    • Written by from INDIANAPOLIS

    I think it's really nice that you can change the shade of the bulbs and the color (not that I really do much of that) and that you can do so from your iPad or iPhone.

    That said, that's about it.

    The app is terrible. It took me two days just to find out how to set up the app to automatically turn on when I come home. And then it didn't work.

    So then I thought I'd try out the alarm feature and wake up to light and not a beeping alarm. It didn't work either. (Good thing I set my regular alarm as back up.)

    Also my house is only about 1,500 square feet and I can only use the bulbs in the rooms that are less than one room away from my wifi set up (which the Hue's "bridge" needs to be connected to.)

    I was sold on the concept, and all the neat things that were promised. I even went out and bought 2 extra bulbs because I wanted all these options all over the house (which is when I found out I can't use them if I get too far away from the "bridge")

    But in the end what I ended up with was 5 $60 LED light bulbs - and the "bridge."

    Not sure if I'm having these problems because I try and operate the system from two different iPads and one iPhone, but if thee's a way to coordinate all those devices together it's buried so far down in the app that I'll probably never find it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't experience stability issues

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Received these as a present. Have had them for about 3 months. Initial set up was easy. Just follow the simple steps and you will get it all set up on your home wifi. Setting it up to access outside of your home wifi is not as obvious but easy once you figure it out (best way to do so for me was to disconnect my iPhone from my home wifi and follow the prompts in the Hue app after doing so).

    Once you get it set up it works great. All in all it must have taken me less than 15 min for the full setup. I also really like the fact that if you are away from your wifi and there is an internet or power outage, once everything comes back the Hue system restarts to work without you having to do anything (which has not been my experience with other systems). This is particularly useful when you are on vacation. The app is great to play with as well and the luminosity of the lamps is great!

    So, why only three stars? Because of a well documented issue with the bridge. After a few days the connection from the bridge to the internet stopped working. Wifi still worked, so I could control the lamps from inside my wifi but not from outside of it. This is well documented online with many potential solutions that I tried and did not work. In the end, after a very frustrating couple of days, only a hard reset did the trick (deleting application, closing account and opening new one with Hue portal, resetting router, modem and hue bridge).

    It has now been working without an issue for a while, but the fact that the issue I faced is still being documented and does not seem to have a clear solution is a major problem for me as it makes it hard to know when it may stop working again.

    I still have the hue and really like it, but this uncertainty warrants a deduction of 2 starts from me.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this, Love this

    • Written by from Burton

    I have had this 5 months and love it, Have 5 lights total. Works great, Access it from home network, another network or cellular just fine. It you love tech stuff like this, it is for you

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Product, A Few Caveats

    • Written by from Lake Zurich

    I've had a Hue starter pack for about a month now. The infinitely adjustable colors and ability to draw color schemes from photos, digital artwork, etc allows me to create unique illumination patterns, in addition to the pre-set ones on the app. Since I don't have smart home functionality yet, the ability to set timers, schedules and turn the lights on remotely for my greyhounds has been useful as well.

    The bulbs themselves are only rated at 600 lumens, which is adequate for rooms such as a bedroom or den but could be too dim if used in larger rooms or main living areas. My wireless router (previous-gen Airport Extreme base station, dual band N) seems to slow down when the Hue system is active (when an iOS device is connected to the Hue bridge). Multiple tests with Speedtest.net have confirmed this observed drop in speed. The "bridge" that controls the Hue lamps must also be connected to a wireless router via a network cable to function.

    Overall, the Hue system has been great for its novelty as well as practical features. I'll probably wait to add more bulbs until they're cheaper and at least 60w equivalents (800 lm) are offered.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eaxactly as advertised - the new way to light your home

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    Just came from the Apple store in Winnipeg. Bought this starter pack and literally installed it to my wi-fi in about 3-5 minutes tops. Simply Brilliant. The bulbs are very bright at 600 lumens and the rainbow of possibilities in lighting is endless. The free app by Philips is easy to use, good design and creates the perfect mood for any situation. I plan on buying more bulbs in the near future to eventually change all the lighting in my home. The perfect solution for energy efficiency as they use only 9 watts and the safety benefits speak for themselves. Thoroughly impressed. This is my first app enabled product and it didn't disappoint...

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from BLAINVILLE

    This is the best accessory for the iPhone by far. I hope Philips comes up with HUE LED Spotlights and that they keep improving the Hue App.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really cool lighting, but abysmal app on iPhone and iPad.

    • Written by from Windsor

    This is an ingenious product. We hold a house concert series and I got these for lighting the artists. Works perfectly and our guests (artists and guests) loved them. I probably sold 5 people on these. They were asking how and where to buy them.

    The only detraction is the application to control them. It needs help, it could be so cool. I'd give it a 5-star rating if the app was better.

    I downloaded a color wheel image and used that as my basis image for setting the light colors. Then it was a snap to dial in the desired mixture of reds and blues to make a nice "stage" setting.

    Expensive, but really, really cool product. I'll be buying more lights for other locations in the house.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Awesome!

    • Written by from West Covina

    First and foremost, it's easy to setup. I purchased the starter kit with 3 bulbs and the bridge at the Apple store. I followed the directions from the website and within minutes had my iPhones, 2-iPads, and iMac controlling the bridge. The bridge needed to be updated but an icon came up once I wanted to set an alarm to a light. The bulbs are bright enough, I replaced with 75w incandescent and just depends on HOW YOU SET UP YOUR SCENE, yes, you can setup hundreds of combinations per lamp if you want. As most of the electronics I purchase I read up on comments and ratings, there was a lot of haters for this product and almost didn't buy it. It was a youtube post that changed my mind. By the way, there was a post that they could only program for 7 days a week, um, yeah..... There is many ways to program each light, set up timers and even location so when you get home the lights turn on and off when you leave.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bright enough and app is horrible and not user friendly. Works Harmony

    • Written by from Dedham

    I purchased these yesterday from the Apple store and saw reviews about the brightness factor of these bulbs but ignored it. I switched out my 75 and 100 watt bulbs for these and noticed instantly that the room got darker and these bulbs are very dim. I want to say they are equivalent to 60 watt bulbs. The changing color modes is pretty cool and you can go from cool to warm and various colors and blends. The app on the iPhone is horrible and not user friendly in my eyes. It takes lots of stumbling around to find what you need and the timer settings keep telling me my bridge needs updating even though I am using the latest updates. The color blending is okay but unless you want your rooms to be red and blue etc, there is no usefulness to this. I have yet to try this turning lights on prior to coming home. The app keeps telling me I need to be connected to Wifi and kicks me over to the Phillips website. The one thing I do like is that this is configured to my Harmony Ultimate Remote. Using the remote I can set up activities to turn on with the lights at the same time plus I can adjust brightness and tone setting etc. That to me was great. However the bulbs are so very dim, not sure I can highly recommend this to anyone if they want to light up a large room. The email and Facebook and Instagram signaling via the bulbs was a pretty cool factor but I know I would never use it. In all these bulbs are just okay and need work to make them a brighter bulb for the consumer.

    5 of 6 people found this useful