• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware, Portal and Bridge Software are a Mess

    • Written by from La Grange

    Flawless local and remote control of these lights through my z-wave home automation system (Veralite controlled through Homewave App on iPhone). The lights themselves are flexible and produce high quality output.
    The Philips portal and bridge link software produces constant connection errors and doesn't work consistently for anything beyond playing around changing light colors. Philips color control through mousing over photos is bizarre.
    Don't buy these lights believing that Philips portal software will provide useful and reliable automation functions.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great as an early adopter product

    • Written by from Foster City

    Yes, they are expensive, not as bright as one may like and the app has room for improvement. But its also a fantastic new concept not available anywhere else. I wired the living room with 10 lights and use a 3rd party app (Ambify) to make them pulse to music. The effect is awesome and great every time there is a party or a playdate in the house.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wildcard!

    • Written by from Park Ridge

    Works sometimes... A nice novelty that you should never rely upon. Can't get it to work at all tonight but it is kind of cool the 40-50% of the time it actually connects with your network. Tonight it won't work for me, but when it does, it is almost worth the hundreds of $ I've spend on special bulbs! When it does actually work, when it chooses to on certain days...it is cool thought!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    NEAT!

    • Written by from Tempe

    Great product, my European friends have had LED colored lights for years and was always envious.. now this is a step ahead of those. I do wish the app was more robust however.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs recurring scene schedules

    • Written by from Smyrna

    Bought starter kit. Explored features. I don't have a need for colors, but I find different qualities of white to be useful. Would buy additional bulbs if schedules automatically recurred and could vary by weekday / weekend. I personally would prefer a list or grid format rather than individual icons for each scene / schedule.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, but not enough lumens

    • Written by from Billerica

    I installed these in my TV room (20x25') and they are just too dim to fill the space with enough light to, for example, simulate a bright sunny day on a beach, even at their brightest. Otherwise the product works as advertised. I will wait until 75W equivalent (or higher) bulbs become available before expanding my system.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best innovation since the lightbulb

    • Written by from Weehawken

    The HUE is the best innovation since the invention of the light bulb. Try this in your favorite room, set an atmosphere and almost immediately you feel the difference. Who knew that subtle lighting, both color and intensity, could have such an emotional impact? I am not saying that this is the same as therapy or a spa, but one does react with HUE more than I would have imagined. The light is also bright when you need it for specific tasks. Yes it seems pricy, but it is worth it. Other pluses are the bulb should last much longer than other light options, it uses less power, illuminates more and no harmful contents like mercury.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Bright Idea...

    • Written by from Cupertino

    Admittedly I was a skeptic about the value of Hue when it first appeared on the Apple Store shelves. At first it just seemed like another overpriced App Enabled accessory to line the shelves for consumers obsessed with the latest iOS device.

    But a couple persistent co-workers convinced me to take a closer look at Hue and I began to realize Hue was more than a cut above the clutter of other accessories. Hue actually impacted my day to day life!

    Like other home automation accessories I can set my lights on a timer or turn them on for security before I arrived home at night. But Hue took it a step further. I can customize my bedroom lighting to relax my tired eyes after a long day or energize me in the morning. As my mood changed I experimented with more light patterns.

    Overall its one of the best purchases I've made in a long time and worth the price. It will change the way you see light in your home.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Note on pairing bulbs

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Just a quick note ... to pair new bulbs or re-pair existing ones, you must have the bulb you want to pair in direct physical proximity to the controller. Within a foot is best. Only then will using the app to find new bulbs work. You may also have to press the button on the controller, although that seems to be hit or miss.

    Once you complete the pairing, you can move the newly paired bulb to the edges of your mesh network of bulbs.

    Just wanted to save anyone else trying to use these bulbs the confusion I went through.

    Great hardware, but the software and instructions need a lot of work.

    10 of 16 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disastrously buggy software

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I actually really like this product. It's fun and useful. The hardware is great. The software is another story. It's so astoundingly buggy it's amazing it's actually a shipping product. Scenes edited on one device disappear on another device. Edits made on one device will update the bridge, but then won't synchronize to the other device. A scene started by an alarm will leave a bulb dark, whereas manually selecting the scene will turn it on. I just hit the "All Off" button on my iPhone, which not only turned off all the lights but also deleted the current scene off all my devices. Trying to restore it deleted all the OTHER scenes.

    So, even though this review has sort of a "Aside from the shooting, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?" feel to it, hue really is a nice product (aside from the childishly inept software). Fortunately, it's easier to fix software problems in the field than hardware problems.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, poor execution...

    • Written by from HAYMARKET

    The system and app software are buggy and unreliable. Alarms and timers don't work reliably and lighting levels often don't engage to the same level each time a program executes. Philips has a great idea here but it's not ready for prime time, particularly at the current price tag. Bottom line--it's not a system that works reliably enough to augment your home security plan by having lights turn on and off reliably while traveling.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Product - Easy Set-up and Use!

    • Written by from Spokane

    The product worked perfectly with 5 minutes set-up. The iOS apps are fast and reliable. The lights are bright and operate at a cool temperature. The timed on and off feature via the Philips web site works equally well. It is possible to use two or more starter pack bulbs together for a total of 6 or more bulbs. Google for the small OSX program based on the Philips API. Impressive product!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Too much fun!

    • Written by from Billings

    Works as advertised right out of the box! Easy to learn & use in 2 minutes.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the coolest things ever

    • Written by from Boston

    The house is getting smart. The smart house! Yet the technology is starting in our pockets and moving outwards instead of the other way around. Very cool.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic & Flawless

    • Written by from Buckeye

    Very, very impressive product with no flaws, only a recommendation to make web-based site features available in app. Otherwise, this is an amazing product.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing short of amazing!

    • Written by from Miami

    The bulbs are awesome! The app needs a serious investment by Philips as far as user interface and ease of use. Repeating timers would be great... Overall, it's a fantastic product... Set-up is a breeze... 5 minutes and its all up and running. Totally worth the investment...

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome concept, takes some getting use to.

    • Written by from St. Louis Park

    So far everything worked right out of the box. I find the custom scenes are a little over powering on the eyes, but I'm sure I have a lot of tweaking to do. Bridge setup was a breeze, and I am amazed at the amount of colors these bulbs can produce! Not much in terms of instructions come, but everything was so simple. Will provide a more in-depth update with more use.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended

    • Written by from brooklyn

    I was very skeptical because I did my research and saw a few other products coming out in march 2013. But I knew Phillips made great LEDs that were bright with solid colors. After a short waiting period because in NYC this is selling out like crazy.. Lots of restraints and lounges owners are purchasing . When I purchased them I should have brought more single bulbs . This product is so cool yes the timer needs to be able to go over 24 hours but to be able to turn your lights on and off remotely is amazing and to change the colors I have this in my living room. I'm going to get another set for my basement and I can convert it to a party room just like that. Not sure why its only sold in the apple store but be warned its sold on amazing for way over the apple store price. Highly recommend product.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from Woodbury

    From a person whose eyes are very sensitive to light, just the fine control of white light is awesome. Initial installation is simple. The Web Portal (www.meethue.com) registration for remote operation was not as obvious as it should be in the instructions. The bulbs have a little problem with the transitional spectrum color of green especially darker and deeper green, purple and orange are very good. I am very happy but I am also in IT and did have to work a little harder than I thought I would have to. But once it is all set up it is great.

    4 of 5 people found this useful