• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    • Written by from Somerville

    Super easy to setup. Got the ok from the wife and was lucky enough to stumble on these at the apple store. Super easy to setup only had a hiccup with one bulb. Once that was taken care of now I have the wife asking me for more bulbs. The colors you get to set each room are amazing. Can't wait to have the entire house wired this way. Will make entertaining great and I'm sure to get compliments. These things are worth every penny.

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  • 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!

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Light Package

    • Written by from EAST STROUDSBURG

    Purchased the Starter Set yesterday. Set it up this evening and had everything running in a few minutes. Setup app on my Wife's phone, Son's phone and a couple of iPads. Even was able to share custom settings to all 5 controllers. It was very intuitive and not hard at all to setup. We made a custom "Halloween" setting and surprised our Granddaughter when she came upstairs from watching a movie. Can't wait to get more bulbs and do more "light" designing! I highly recommend this product. Lots of fun.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, software could use some work.

    • Written by from San Jose

    When I first saw this I wondered why Apple was selling light bulbs, but after I realized what it did I was pretty impressed. Love the fact that you can set various lighting scenes and turn them on and off when you aren't home. No surprise, my kids love playing with it too.

    The software is ok, but I wish it were better. Philips has done a nice job of updating and adding features over time but it still has some annoyances. For example, you can't turn on a scene that has a schedule attached to it remotely. You have to be on your home wifi to do that. In older versions of the software, scheduled events could not be repeated daily, but at least they have fixed this now. Seems to defeat the purpose of having scheduled scenes if you can't turn them on/off while away.

    Some really nice features:

    - Geo fenced so you can have scenes turn on when you arrive at home or off when you leave.
    - Scheduled scenes can be set to start/stop with some randomization of the actual time so it's not exactly the same every day. This is particularly good for when you are on vacation and want it to look like people are home.

    Looks like there are a bunch of 3rd party asp which can now also control the lights based on music that is playing. Seems interesting but I haven't tried it yet.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Believe It or Not, They're Worth It!

    • Written by from Portland

    So to be honest, the first time I saw these in the Apple Store I said out lout do my girlfriend "who would pay $200 for three light bulbs?". The answer? Me. After mulling over the idea and reading reviews for almost two months I finally broke down and bought the starter pack. Trust me, these things are awesome! They work nearly flawlessly, and the fact that the WiFi daisy-chains off each individual bulb is ingenious for placing bulbs in areas that would normally be out of range. The official Philips app could use a little polishing, and the geo-fence feature that turns our lights on and off when you get home could use a little a little as well. Living in the city my lights don't turn on or off if I stay within the city. I have to drive outside of the city to see any effect. Other than that, I highly recommend these!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    • Written by from Portland

    I bought a Hue starter pack at my local Apple Store thinking it would be geeky fun. I'm not going to lie: I like gadgets. Well, the toy aspect wore off after a day or so, but these lights have brought so much functionality to my home that I'm hooked.

    BETTER LIGHT.

    When I bought these things, it hadn't occurred to me that by adding a tiny bit of orange or red to my lights could make the room look more cozy and inviting. I'm not talking about red light. I'm just talking about the difference between a typical white light bulb and light that is mostly white with just a hint of orange or red. It just feels nicer.

    SMARTER LIGHT!

    The best thing about these lights, for me, has been the settings I created. Bright light for reading, ambiance lighting for when I have company. Mood light, night light... I even created a setting that only lights one bulb with a dim glow for when I'm watching movies and want the room dark but not pitch black. Set up your lights the way you want them. Save it as a preset. Done. Awesome!

    If you're like me, your iPhone sits by your bedside at night. It's so nice to be able to turn on the lights from bed if I want to get up for a glass of water at night. But, even better than that, it's great to be able to turn on lights with a night setting that is actually quite dim. Instead of going from darkness to bright light (ow!) you go from darkness to very low light that's just right for the middle of the night.

    THE API IS OPEN.

    If you're geeky like me, this means you can tinker with your lights in really neat ways. For example, I whipped up some Applescripts to turn my lights on and off with various settings, which means I have keyboard access to my lights. And thanks to BetterTouchTool, I programmed them into my Apple Remote.

    Even if you're not geeky the open API means other developers can make apps to add functionality to your lights. There's a free app called QuickHue for the Mac that puts your lights with your favorite settings in your menu bar. Very cool.

    I love these lights. They're not for everyone, but they've brought a huge improvement to my home.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Philips Hue Hub connected to my Airport Express Extended Network router

    • Written by from Alachua

    My setup is a little different. Since I had no ethernet spots left on my airport extreme, I decided to plug it into my bedroom airport express (set to extended network). This setup seems to work fine.
    It was a little tricky to download new software. You have to close the app, restart the Hub and reopen the app. Then it does the software update.
    The APP takes a little time to master. But I think it works fine. You hit the top right + button to add pic's and recipe's. I also added Hue channel to my IFTTT station. So far so good. I am thinking about some of these Hue light strips that came out today!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Switching to LED,this is the way to go

    • Written by from Nepean

    In my experience no LED light bulbs are cheap.
    But if you have decided to swith,Hue,is the way to go.
    The starter kit gets you going in the right direction, more bulbs can be added as one sees fit, and control is easy either from your IPhone,IPad ,as you approach your home , manually or by a set timer/ alarm function.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Hamburg

    The greatest thing to happen to the light bulb since Thomas Edison. Very easy to setup and use. I hope they last long.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Coquitlam

    Bought the starter kit for my son and his wife last week. They had the three bulbs up and running in less than 30 minutes and have been very enthusiastic about it since. They continue to find new ways to use the lighting and plan on adding more bulbs.

    My very decor-conservative, non-technical wife now wants to replace all our lights with these, which is a little scary!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting for the possibilities... App-Wise

    • Written by from ONTONAGON

    Way cool product! Now that we have addressable lighting...

    How about some extra functions in the way of applications for them!

    Fingers tapping....

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Concept works well

    • Written by from toronto

    Love the Hue, its cool and works well, creates good ambience and is an easy install, adding additional bulbs is even easier.Can set up timer to have bulbs come on/off automatically
    cons : The iphone app isnt 2 good, not very user friendly and is good for basic stuff, the timer has to be reset everyday and cannot be set up to reccur. The website is also not very easy to use and any additions you make is suppose to sync with your iphone and ipad, but it dosent.The website interface is not easily expalined and the customer support line are not 2 good at responding to emails.
    Overall product is good...they have to work on the user experience.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    Just moved and bought Hue to add a little fun to our new place and couldn't be happier with them. While I don't expect to change the colors that often, the variation of shades of white (warm to cool) is fantastic for different activities and times of the day. I particularly love how I can control them away from a computer or my iPhone too. I'll never wonder if I left a light on again and never walk into a dark house again.

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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

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