• 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Can Only Get Better In The Future!

    • Written by from Canyon Country

    There are a lot of smart early adopters writing reviews for the HUE. I had the system running with three bulbs within about 15 minutes. The App can be improved but it is functional, very easy (for me) to program, and can be supplemented with the free QuickHue native OS X, Colors for Hue OS X, Magma Hue iOS 6, and others. I don't want to negate fellow reviewer's problems with HUE, but except for the interference issue that may affect connection stability, I believe that HUE is not ready for the general consumer market just yet, but the more technically involved of us appear to have little or no issues other than $60 per bulb. I installed multiple Apps on our iPhone 5 and 4S, and two MacBook Pros in a few minutes.

    Wait a couple of months and the App issues will be largely resolved. HOWEVER, many of us that do not work with electronic life expectancy forget that there are 8,760 hours in a year, and a high duty cycle will have the AVERAGE unit failing in a few years (do the math), making them VERY expensive. I'm guessing that this will really be a heat issue. I'm an old analog electronics engineer and without any testing I can tell that I have difficulty holding the base when it runs 'wide open,' which means it is about 160 degrees F (71 degrees C,) not as cool as our intuition might guess. Future fixtures will eventually target the cooling issue, as most are now designed for incandescent bulbs, which have an entirely different set of challenges. HUE CAN be repaired (search for disassembled HUE bulbs) but it is not economically worthwhile at this time. There is also an issue with colorimetry but this will improve in the future.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you are unsure, just go for it. You'll be glad you did!

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I rarely take the time to write reviews, but I just had to for these amazing lights. I've had my eye on these lights for a couple months, but I'm the kind of person who has to read reviews and watch the market before I spend over $100 on new, somewhat unprecedented technology.

    After reading the reviews here on the Apple page, I began to worry that my dreams of a multicolored luminescent lifestyle were dashed, but then I began to notice a theme:

    1) people expect way too much
    2) software issues seem to be due to impatience or incompetence, because the directions are VERY plain IF you take the time to read them

    They are wonderful, but they are just LED light bulbs. Don't buy them and expect to see a recreation of nature's most precious sunrise. It'll create any shades of orange you want, but its not magic, people. Also, I think people should remember that the software IS functional, and the software will develop, plus there are always third party applications to consider.

    I was amazed by the fun and functionality. They absolutely transform a room, and bring a touch of creativity to everyday life. Also, as a lifelong migraine sufferer, I am REALLY looking forward to designing softer light schemes so I don't have to choose between absolute darkness and harsh white light in the future.

    If you are unsure about buying these bulbs, just go for it. You'll be happy you did.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very cool but timer feature is horrible

    • Written by from WEST HOLLYWOOD

    Overall this product is very cool. The colors and app are great and super fun. However, one reason why I bought this product was for the "security" feature they advertise. I wanted a timer to go on at 6pm and off in the morning. Working with their tech support, you have to MANUALLY enable the timer Every day. This is ridiculous.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, room for significant improvement...

    • Written by from EDINA

    At its heart, the Hue lighting system is both a fundamentally good idea and has a lot of future potential. That said, in its current form, it feels mostly like a gimmick or party trick at best with some features that allow it some marginal usefulness in specific situations.

    First, in high use areas in your home, turning on/off the lights will become a bit of a pain. In order for the Hue lights to work remotely, the physical light 'switch' will need to be left on. Thus, when you leave the room, if you use the switch to turn the lights off, you will not be able to turn them on again using the app. Instead, you'll need to turn the lights off using the app, which is frankly a bit cumbersome and awkward for everyday use (leave room, pause, pull iPhone out, input password, open app, turn lights off, leave room... sheesh).

    The light switches will still work for everyday use, but if you happen to have physical dimmers on your light switches, they won't work at all. Dimming the bulbs has to be done via the app itself. Again, cumbersome for quick, everyday use.

    As far as changing colors goes, it's pretty cool in theory (we used them for an orange glow during Halloween), but not really useful in practice. Sitting around in blue or purple light is just a bit... weird. Sure, the various 'white' colors are nifty, but again - not a huge deal in practice.

    The biggest use I could find in its current iteration is the remote capabilities. Turning on/off my lights while my family is on vacation is nice, but not really a frequent usage model for me. Geo-fencing isn't implemented yet that I could tell and the timers didn't function as I had wanted either.

    All-in-all, this is a GREAT idea that just feels too early in its evolution to recommend to the average consumer. Further development, perhaps third party apps, etc. could all evolve the system into something special. For now, I'd recommend saving your money for something that you'll actually use. I bought the starter pack and 3 extra bulbs, played with it for a week, and returned everything without hesitation. I'll be willing to re-purchase it again as it matures with better features, functions, integration, and usability.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Beginning ...

    • Written by from Ventura

    I give the hardware 4.5 stars ... the only change I would like is to be able to make it ramp up to a full 1000 lumens. I give the software 3.5 stars ... totally useable and crash-free. However, it is definitely in it's infancy. I predict that this product will be a game-changer once the software evolves a little bit. Would like to see the software be able to seamlessly integrate with Indigo (already in alpha), Nest, and some kind of home security hardware/software.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept but far from viable - your paying to be a beta tester

    • Written by from Superior

    The general response from Phillips is
    --------
    Thank you fro your reply and for reporting all the issues you are experiencing.

    Indeed, when using the Hue system with multiple devices, there are issues we are aware of and that we will address in future updates, which we hope will be available shortly.

    We apologize for all the inconviniences.
    --------

    Scenes don't properly migrate to be shared between my devices. I have deleted scenes repeatedly on both my iPhone and iPad only to have then reappear. The website shows some scenes associated to one device but not another - even though they were created on the device that is not shown to be selected.

    I have deleted from the website too - but apparently some unwanted Scenes had already been copied back to one device or anther - so poof they still return. I should not have to put all devices in front of me and be on the website at the same time to delete everywhere at the same time and hope for the best.

    Alarm settings don't transfer when a Scene does get transferred - but adding them back doesn't appear to create a new Scene just an odd version on one device. No idea which Alarm then takes precedence as only one shows on each device and the Website. Not good. So much for making changes when away - but then again that's not reliable either.

    Remote operation when NOT in my network is anything but a certainty - it may work it may not. Logging in and out of the website portal for remote operation may or may not help - the login will report success and shoot you back to the app, but then the app fails when trying to adjust a Scene. Mere On or Off may work and often does - but this is not reliable or true remote operation.

    All in all a heck of a lot of money for a system that while fun, falls way way way short on expectations. Phillips Customer Service is worthless. Lots of try this or try that - and yet when I report back that the suggestion did not work it's just a canned response about how we are aware there are issues.

    If you have only one device and want to control only two bulbs maybe this will work for you - but if you have any desire to try and control multiple lights with multiple devices think again.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool but not ready for prime time

    • Written by from WASHINGTON

    The Hue is a brilliant concept, and the lights themselves are great and easy to hook up. The app, however, is disappointingly rudimentary, and until that is fixed, it renders this system little more than a gimmick. One example is that you have to set the timer each time you want the lights to come on -- there is no way to set daily, recurring times. Also, if you switch the lights off with a switch, they will default to their plain color, so you pretty much have to rely on the app -- and once the novelty of controlling lights with your phone wears off, that can get pretty old.

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bulb technology but...

    • Written by from Long Beach

    It is very neat that the bulbs can be set to various colors etc. But that effect wears off after 5 minutes use of ooo and ahhh.

    As others have indicated, setting automatic functions for regular home use is the key and this software has none(except a one time use timer).

    Unless you have a specific need to set various mode lighting scenarios on a regular basis to justify the purchase, I would recommend not purchasing this product untill the control software is vastly improved with programmed functions. Im considering returning it.

    Also, it is disappointing that have to pay for 3 bulbs as the base package. One bulb to start would be fine.

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  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Idea but very dim light

    • Written by from hartford

    Very easy to set up and initially really cool. At night they are not bright enough to light up a room. They are more of a toy rather than a practical improvement in your living space. I had them in for a week and took them out cause It is silly to have to swap out Hue bulb with real bulbs just so you can see.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, three issues...

    • Written by from Arlington

    This is another "great idea" product from a company I admire, however, after setting it all up, I'm a bit disappointed for a few reasons...

    1) Price is too high for quality of product. $200 for 3 bulbs and a LAN access point is quite high for adaptive lighting. See my reasoning in point number 2 below:
    2) Each bulb only produces 600 lumens. That's not a lot of light per bulb, the equivalent of about a 50 watt traditional light bulb. A 13-watt CFL bulb (60-watt equivalent) bulb on Amazon currently sells for $6.50 and produces 825 lumens. Compared to the standalone hue bulb price of $59, the equivalent CFL is more than 8x cheaper cost and a 38% brighter bulb.
    3) The hue iOS app needs a lot of work. The reviews are awful, and the app just isn't very user friendly and well thought out.

    For these reasons, I will probably have to return this product. I do like being able to control the on/off state of my light from my iPhone/iPad, but it's just not yet worth the money. Maybe in version 2 it will be worth it, but I would need an updated app and a minimum of 800 lumens (1,100 preferred) to justify buying this.

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  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of Money

    • Written by from Prince George

    Was so excited to get this and am so disappointed in it... The app works intermittently. Turn off all lights and one of them stays on. Can't make it go off; actually had to switch the lamp off! Depending on where you stand in the house, the light that will be controlled will be whichever room your in, not any of the others, regardless of how you have them labelled! I wanted the system to set timers for off and on; this doesn't work either. Can't seem to use different programs for each light. It's all or nothing. Contacted Philips Hue support by email and no response for the past week...:( I would like my $ back.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No support, can't bridge starter kits

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Easy to setup, however returned after 3 days. Read in blogs that starter kit bulbs are linked to bridge that came with it so can't buy additional kits and keeps second bridge if first one dies. Thius all linked bulbs to that bridge are useless. Blogs say there r ways of getting around this with a Phillips remote or a program but why all the trouble when $200 is spent. Tried face booking philips as no support regarding hue could be found. Even then no response.
    Also 50 watt bulbs so depending on room size will need a lot of bulbs!

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Idea, great product...

    • Written by from Jasper

    I've had the hue for about a week now and love it. Everything worked out of the box and had no issues with setup. The bulbs aren't super bright but are very energy efficient and barely get warm when they're on for hours. I like the fact you can set each bulb to be a different colour and brightness and control everything from an iPad or iPhone app.

    The app has a few bugs, it's a bit ugly, and missing some features but here's hoping it will evolve into something better in the near future.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need higher brightness for wake-up function to really work!

    • Written by from STATE COLLEGE

    600 lumen? It is only equivalent to about a 45 watt normal bulb. We need a new version with at less 1000 lumen. 1600 lumen (100 watt equivalent) would be ideal.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Review for Geeks/Developers

    • Written by from Mijas

    I just purchased the starter pack. I wanted to test out the software and hardware before buying more bulbs. I will be back to the apple store to collect all the bulbs they have in stock! This product is amazing. The original iOS app is pretty boring and limiting. The graphical interface is rather simple and boring. It works as promised, and the timer function is running without problems.

    I quickly went on HUE's developer section to find documentation for the RESTful API. Works like a charm - I built my own interface in literally 10 minutes. I am now building HUE into my smart home. I cannot think of a more time and cost efficient solution. I can't wait to hook my Arduino board up with these bulbs!

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Cool, Super Easy, Super Fun.

    • Written by from Lehigh Valley

    I bought the starter pack and 5 additional bulbs so I could add more creative fun to the hallway where our family does lot of "kid stuff". It has 4 fixtures with 8 bulbs total.

    The fixtures have frosted glass with a tan tint and I was a little worried that would cause a lot of problems. In practice, it's noticeable in that with high brightness, the fixture does tend to get a little more "white" with brightness. I think in a recessed lighting situation, the color would be less white and obviously more true.

    These are definitely expensive, but that's the early adopter, awesome product, cool factor... plus the fact that they're amazing. ;-) For the price and the amount of time I expect to use these, they will be well worth the amount spent. (Including this winter where it's already dark and cold outside so early and the kids are inside playing a lot.)

    While I expect Hue to make its way into other rooms of the house, but slowly. The app is a little lacking in what I would call multi-room support. There are definitely ways to "make it work" -- still things like a default that you can set for in room switch-on/off are important and need to come soon.

    Still, I have to give this a five because it's truly great, beautiful and easy to use. This type of thing is truly future of lighting... Good bye incandescent... As the costs of this tech comes down, I finally do see your end.

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