• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Waste Your Time on this Product!

    • Written by from Milton

    I purchased the starter set with 2 extra bulbs. Like the other customers, hardware works great, but the App is horrible. It is not intuitive, unstable, not reliable, and when you try to sync across multiple devices, it gets even more complicated. The bottom line is that I was led to believe that I was purchasing a system, not just light bulbs.

    I spent two days trying to get this to work, and I will be returning them, with no support from Philips, after multiple requests.

    Really disappointed in this product. My opinion is to wait to see what their competition can do with this concept.

    20 of 32 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk ripoff

    • Written by from La Canada

    Bought a starter kit from an Apple Store. At first it worked great but now it can not properly run the last bulb in my bedroom. Stupid me. It tells me the bulbs are not reachable yet it will change color but will not turn the bulb completely off. The program was recently updated yet even using the "all off"" button no longer works. Rebooted my iPad and restarted the App and still would not work properly. Base unit I less than 24' away. Giant rip off. Kit is a terrible joke on me for trying to support what appeared to be a great effort. Don't waste your money.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue JUST GOT BETTER!

    • Written by from Woodhaven

    Now Hue owners can use IFTTT to control lighting in innovative new ways. Mine are set to turn blue as a notification of rain, strobe for rent day reminder, turn on and off upon arrival or departure from home. You can set many other alerts like changing to your fav sports team colors when ever they are about to play a game. Blink or change color when you get an email from selected email address. They can also respond to communications and photos posted on your Social media sites.
    IFTTT gives you a phone number upon free registration for SMS interaction with the hue bridge.
    My fave has got to be using the ifttt phone number to voice control the lights. " Siri to Tell "Edison #off, #on, #dim.
    Get this, love it run out and get more bulbs!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! Especially with new geofencing capability!

    • Written by from Cupertino

    We started with the starter kit 1 month ago and are now up to 7 bulbs. It was supposed to be a "toy" for us but wound up being very practical because:

    * Wonderful to control lighting color for various activities like TV, cooking, reading, etc.
    * Great to control lights remotely, turning them on (for our pets) or off when we forgot.
    * The new geofencing turned on the lights as we drove into the driveway, even with the Hue app closed! (You do have to start it at least once on your iPhone and logon to meet hue)
    * We can now go to bed and turn all the lights off, no more "who's getting up to do that".
    * Since they are so low in power, we can leave some dim as night lights. They max at 8.5 watts, a normal nitelight is 3-7 watts!
    * We replaced our high end dimmers ($45-60) and simplified wiring.
    * If you have multiple bulbs on a dimmer you can now dim each light in a room (or patio) independently!
    * We use timers to turn on Living Room at 8:30, kitchen night lights at 08:30, bedroom night lights at 11:00.
    * My wife finally got her "disco" ball she always wanted in the kitchen, she plays music loud while cooking and the hue has strobe effect with an additional app.

    You get the idea, I don't normally take the time to write reviews but this product far exceeded our expectations. And as for cost... well worth it, saves energy and no need to install dimmers. This is the future of lighting. For now it's hard to replace all lighting because there are no hardware controls for them, some rooms are impractical to run from IOS like a closet, bathroom, etc. However, when turned off/on they default to white. We use IOS to control on/off of all inside Hues, but patio switch controls on/off and IOS control color, etc. We were initially concerned about being only equivalent to a 50 watt bulb, they were plenty bright and if made white, they looked brighter than 60 watt bulbs. We purchased ours are Apple stores.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, great product

    • Written by from Fort McMurray

    I never write reviews but after reading the reviews here I was iffy about buying these but went ahead and did so anyways. They are Great. Yes they are pricey, but what from apple isn't? You buying something that is basically one-of-a-kind and that no one else sells. Stop whining. As for the app it is a touch non-user friendly, but for the complaints that I am seeing on here they are lies. There is a color selector (Not just picture matching), its not slow (its your wifi), and people talking about ONLY Apple compatible... Look at your URL. Your on the APPLE STORE. Sorry about the rant to everyone else.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A new way to light a room

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I recently bought this starter pack and was quite amazed. The Phillips Hue definately introduces a number of new options to light a room.

    The setup was a breeze - much easier than I expected. I had the whole thing up and running in a few minutes. The experience of creating your online account and tieing it to your home system could be made a bit more intuitive, but it is do-able.

    Really love the light options available, including the programming of the times and which lights.

    My only frustration with the system is it is very photo based. What I mean is that to create a scene (which is basically choosing which lights are used and what colours) you have to select a photo. I can understand why because they want to help you re-create a scene; however, if you are wanting to do something like have lights a certain group of colours for a party, etc., you first have to find a photo that has those colours in it. If you could simply choose, if you wanted, to see a RYG colour wheel and choose the colours that would make it easier to program too.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    fun but iOS app is lacking

    • Written by from Phoenix

    The lights themselves are pretty fun to play with. And the system is super easy to configure and works just great. That said, the iOS app is severely lacking some very major features (like turning all the lights on, there's one for "all off" but none for "all on" durrrr!!!! And the iPad app flakes out in navigating your photo collection.

    Also interesting to note ... Philips has said they are giving up on the consumer market ... and I'm not sure what this will mean for continued support. Also extra bulbs are extremely difficult to acquire (only available via the Apple Store if at all!).

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the Years best products

    • Written by from Evergreen Park

    I have no Idea why this product isn't being marketed better. I absolutely love it. Easiest setup, works exactly as it says. It also works great with the Android app. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is great...software needs work.

    • Written by from Toronto

    The lights themselves are great. They are pricey, but worth it--I bought 3 more bulbs less than a week after buying the starter pack! I wish they would dim a bit more as the dimmest setting seems bright when coming on in the morning. Wish they could do a bit deeper colours -- the red comes across a bit pink and the green a bit lime.

    The software is another story. It is a great start, but has a LONG way to go--I keep checking the app store hoping for a upgrade. As mentioned by several others, the lack of a multi-day scheduling system is a problem. The scheduling does not sync across multiple devices. For some reason the schedule seems to turn itself off on occasion randomly. I wish you could permanently group some bulbs, rather than need to do it on a Scene by scene basis -- I have two rooms with multiple bulbs and generally dont need my bedroom lights turning on when I change the scene in my living room. You can do it but it is a manual pain.

    Buy this product! I love it and want philips or another 3rd party developer to make the software to make it complete!

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Tough to find but worth the effort

    • Written by from Toronto

    Simply put, this is a must-have for every technophile/geek out there. Setup is ridiculously easy and fast. The app is pretty intuitive and works well. The only thing it lacks is the ability to set different timers for weekdays vs weekends, but that is a very minor concern. I've only had this a day and I can't imagine ever going back to regular light bulbs again.

    The only "bad" thing about it is the lack of availability. I finally managed to get my hands on a kit by calling Apple Stores repeatedly until I finally found one that had it in stock. But trust me, this is completely worth the effort of tracking it down. It's a fantastic product that simply does what is expected of it and does it well.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!!!

    • Written by from Horn lake

    I just purchased this product yesterday from the Apple Store. And it took less than 5 minutes to set up, and just let me tell you. I haven't stop playing with it since. Just unbelievable. It's a really AMAZING product. You must buy for yourself, and try it out. It was $199 in the store with taxes it was $219.48. Worth Every penny!!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I can't wait for the third party apps

    • Written by from Chicago

    The Hue so far has been even better than I anticipated. As my apartment doesn't get direct sunlight, it has been amazing to wake up to a sunrise or the Energize setting. I think these lights are going to be able to do some pretty amazing things once developers start making apps for them. And while each light bulb is expected to last up to 15 years, I think this little piece of home automation is well worth the money.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased!

    • Written by from Loma Linda

    Setup was so simple. The versatile nature of the lights will enhance any setting from family dinner time, to watching a great movie, to reading, to relaxing. I purchased the starter kit, one additional HUE bulb and the Friends of Hue Bloom lamp. Then I took it a step further and picked up some Belkin WeMo switches and pulled everything together with IF This Then That (IFTTT) and the results are nothing short of spectacular! Want to trigger a HUE sunset at sunset? No problem there's a IFTTT recipe for that. Want a repeating schedule for any light no matter if it's HUE or connected to a WeMo? No problem there's a IFTTT recipe for that. Want to geofence your lighting behaviors? WeMo's got you covered. I now control the lighting in every room of the house from my IOS device, and while I have HUE presently in our living area, I will certainly be expanding this in the very near future. Do not limit yourself by not taking advantage of the IFTTT abilities. Be warned it's all very addicting.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Darned Awesome

    • Written by from MONTEREY

    Although when I originally purchased this item I was quite upset by the fact that I could not use it to set a permanent program of on/off (when I travel it's important that home patterns not be interrupted), the latest software update fixed all that and I truly appreciate this product. Said latest update includes features such as "randomize" and also allows the user to set days as well as times for lighting. The incredible range of light "recipes" combined with the ability to set alarms (replacing those plug-in timers with vastly improved to-the-second reliability) makes this a worthy addition to one's home.

    I have, however, experienced issues whilst simultaneously using the app on both iPhone and iPad. Once I deleted the app on one device it was fine.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Bridge Found Error Message

    • Written by from La Verne

    My app keeps coming up with the message saying there is NO BRIDGE FOUND. It can not locate my bridge. I have everything connected the way it should be but nothing works. All of the lights on the bridge are lit and the globe looking one is now blinking. There is no number to call, I have submitted an email and no response.

    I will add that when this device did work, I had a blast with it and multiple friends have bought it since. It seems as though that the NEW APP UPDATE had something to do with this problem. Well I guess it is now time to sit and wait and pray that a new update comes out soon or I have just wasted $200. I hope this helps you and hope yours works if you purchase it and hope mine gets fixed because its cool when it works!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great New Electronic Product For My Home

    • Written by from BRANDON

    I heard Leo Laportte (The Tech Guy) talking about the Apple/Phillips Hue. Without delay, I read about it and the many tech reviews. In short, I purchased one from the Apple Store; drove to my local Apple Store in Madison, MS; installed it in less than 10 minutes; and the family loves it. My only minor problem was I did not have a spare LAN slot on my router (all four already in use. That was easy to solve. My home is "greener" than ever now.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Pleased Good value and performance!

    • Written by from BALTIMORE

    Not a problem at all. My house is super complex electronically. I have used home automation for 20 or so years. From X10) to ZWAVE . Many 2.4 devices with Zwave internet remote locks. It all works. If I was willing to replace all my new Lprize bulbs - it would really add to the lighting environment in my home. I will be happy with 3 or so bulbs for now. The price of the individual bulbs needs to be around $30.00 for it to become a success. This system uses the Zigbee protocol.

    There is another plus in that the internet control is free -- there is no monthly charge as is the case with many other systems - Philips does not charge for this. My 6 year old grandchild was able to access the more advanced featured of the app within 5 minutes of use on my Ipad without any adult help. It has great potential for advanced home or office lighting.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product 5*

    • Written by from New York

    I bought these bulbs. As soon as I got home I loved it so much I went and bought 3 more bulbs. I through a party and had the lights going crazy, it was a blast.

    6 of 6 people found this useful