• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good not Great

    • Written by from Milton

    The concept of wifi-controlled lighting is amazing and the Philips Hue delivers. My issue is solely with the app. The timer functionality is poorly implemented. First off, they are not timers as they need to be reset/restarted EVERY SINGLE DAY. I want it to be setup once and be done with it. Let the system take care of itself. The timers I have created turn lights on and off and set the scene (such as a night light in my daughter's room); but it is useless, if I need re-enable them nightly. Additionally, timers are not (as far as I can tell) saved to the portal nor sync-ed to other controller apps. I suspect (but have no evidence) that the scenes are stored locally and when the SAVE button is pressed it is sync'ed across controllers. A central repository needs to be defined and self-managed (a la Sonos).

    Secondly, the picture-color selector is a neat gimmick, but it is just that; a gimmick. Give me a color wheel option as part of the "recipes".

    Thirdly, there is no indication that the iphone controller app is connected via the web portal or directly (other than the really bad lag). And there is no way to toggle between or retry wifi connection.Meaning, if I have fiddled with the app while outside of my home wifi, it switches itself to connect via the portal; once I return home, I need to kill the app to force it reconnect via wifi.

    Finally, the scenes view is a bit childish (I say that because my 6 year old loves to play with it). Eventually users want a screen that shows the lights (possibly grouped) with color and dimmer sliders.

    All these shortcomings are application-related and are easily fixed. Cheers to Philips for making my Christmas lighting really easy this year ;) One red, one green, one red...

    The only hardware problem that I see, is when the physical switch is turned off and on, the light reverts to regular light (rather than the last used lighting color strategy). I am okay with this, but would rather see an option in the app to control this behaviour. Case in point, you are on vacation and the power fails for a few moment; all the lights will be on until you return.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    cool bulbs, but the app is really awful

    • Written by from El Prado

    Easy to set up the hardware, but the app which controls the bulbs is a piece of junk. It's overly complex with cutesy scenes which allow you to pluck colors and assign them to bulbs. Big problems with basic functionality: the timers don't work reliably, the app forgets bulbs and color assignments you've made and supposedly saved, and on and on. The product really isn't ready for primetime with an app that's such a piece of garbage.

    81 of 85 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unique

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I bought the starter kit last week. I am using these above my kitchen cabinets as up lighting. Being able to change the color of the bulbs from white to any color I choose is great and being able to create custom settings is awesome. I am able to control it from my iPods and Ipads in the house. Very easy to setup took less then 5 minutes. Will be buying more bulbs soon to expand to other rooms.

    39 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great experience - design atmosphere in real time

    • Written by from darien

    To start, the packaging looked great: clean and cool, without the thick manuals, plastic to unwrap or hard-to-understand directions. I inserted the lamps, connected the bridge and downloaded the app; all in 5 minutes. Launched the app and pressed the button on the bridge. Voila, it worked. Spent the next hour trying out different designs of the light in my living room. Enjoyed playing with the impact of light on the atmosphere of the room. All in all a great experience….

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, but you should be aware of problems

    • Written by from West Palm Beach

    Hue arrives beautifully packaged in a truly Apple-worthy box and setup. Setup was easy and fast, and the control software runs smoothly.

    It's loads of fun playing with the free app, and producing lights based on your photos and art. The app is beautifully designed and appears free of bugs or crashes. It would be nice if you could program scene sequences and automatic switching over time. This may be possible to some extent, but it looks inflexible and limited. Fortunately, a public iOS API is planned and that should let us switch and shift to our heart's content.

    I knew this going in, but the bulbs are definitely not as bright as we might like. The full rating of 600 lumens is roughly the brightness of a 50 watt halogen bulb. I can believe this, for the white only. Alas, white is a combination of all colors, so individual colors are much dimmer. Logically, a red light can only be 1/3 as bright as the total red, green and blue. This is unavoidable, of course, but definitely disappointing for anyone wanting anything like the intensity of a 50 watt halogen.

    A related problem is that some colors are far, far superior to others. Hue seems to specialize in red, orange and purple. Even when sampling from bright green photos, I've had a hard time getting any form of deep, rich green. Instead, the green colors look nearly white. Blue seems somewhat better but still flaky in my testing. I hope this is a software problem which can be fixed, since mixed colors incorporating green or blue seem just fine.

    So if you want to create a Christmas display with red and green lights, as I did, you will find wonderful red and washed-out green – not what you're looking for!

    The bulbs are not meant for use in recessed fixtures, but in my testing they work just fine. However, the lack of reflector bulbs makes them even dimmer than you would expect from reading the above.

    Conclusion: Hue is a lot of fun and very well designed and thought out. But with Christmas coming, anyone looking for red and green decor will love the red but not the green. Hopefully a software update can fix this!

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice but consider this . . .

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    - FIRST you need to consider how you'll use these bulbs. Your control is thru the app. Do you really want to have to grab your device every time you want to turn the light on? These are great for 'atmospheric' lights, but not utility lights. So then is it worth the price?
    - Setup in the house was easy, but I'm still having trouble connecting my bridge to my online account. 2 emails to Philips over 2 days have gotten no response yet.
    - The bulbs are nice and bright, just the amount I need.
    - The pick a color via photo is a bit gimmicky. I'd be fine with just a color wheel.
    - Color range is huge.
    - It took me a while to figure out a real easy way to create my own settings.
    - The price is a major factor. The price will have to come down before I start to add more lights.

    15 of 16 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

  • 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.

    24 of 27 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.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Installs in minutes...works flawlessly.

    • Written by from Memphis

    No issues yet. I hear about it possibly not working remotely, but I personally don't even see the need to change my lighting while I am out of the house.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Our favorite smart phone deserved a smart bulb

    • Written by from Belmont sur Lausanne

    Luckily enough, I ordered mine as soon as it appeared on the store and got it within a couple of days. Now it takes many weeks to get one. The set up is as easy as if it was an Apple product. The user interface is great and the end result is definitely cool. Plus every bit of design (hardware as well as software as well as packaging. I nearly made a video of the unboxing) is neat and elegant. The downside? I play all the time with my iPhone/Remote and my daughters (8 and 4 years old) think I'm acting childish.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bulp not found

    • Written by from Bern

    i just receved my Starterkit (3 Bulp) and plus 3 Bulps extra.
    after setup HUE it is finding just the 3 extra Bulp but not the 3 Bulp's from starter kit.
    after 3 times reseting the bridge no better result.
    until yet no answer from the philips....

    25 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for mood, not for light

    • Written by from New York

    These lights are pretty nifty, but at 600 lumens don't really throw off enough light for much. They are an expensive, innovative way of decorating with light, just don't expect it to be a great reading light.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Awesomeness!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This product is awesome. It is a bit expensive but being able to control your lights via your iOS device and change the color of the light based on your mood is pure genius. Philips did a great job on designing this product!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    23 of 26 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but their cloud is a mess!

    • Written by from Fremont

    I bought a Starter Kit and 1 additional bulb.

    Pros:
    - solid, quality, dimmable LED bulbs.
    - very easy setup — bulbs which are included to the Starter Kit are already "paired" with bridge.
    - easy addition of new bulbs.
    - lamps will go to defaults (color, brightness) after turning off with wall switch — a safety feature!
    - local control through Wi-Fi using iPhone / iPad is fast and reliable.
    - you can control which scenes to sync to which devices from meethue.com website

    Cons:
    - There is no Candelabra bulbs, only standard E26 bulbs.
    - Philips cloud is a joke! I've got an enormous number of errors from Google App Engine while interacting with meethue.com website. Bulb status (on/off) is often different on website and in my room.
    - Each time when you register a new iPad/iPhone it will get a default scenes from Philips. When app will be (re)started next time on that device, it will ask you if you want to sync your scenes to other devices. If you answer "yes" then you'll get a default recipes on your other devices again. Very inconsistent user's experience.
    - Bulbs emit high-frequency noise in soft-off mode. My wife can't hear that noise but I can hear it. It shouldn't be a problem if you plan to place your bulbs to a floor lamp heading them to ceiling but I do not recommend using those bulbs in lamps on your desk. If you turn off your bulbs with a wall switch than that noise goes away.
    - There is no off button for scene, only off button for all bulbs. If you want to turn off particular set of bulbs off without touching other bulbs than you need to select any scene which include those bulbs and select "O" in submenu.
    - Non-existing support for now. All what you get is meethue.com with FAQ list.
    - On/off timers are buggy. I initially created a timer for turning my bulbs off and on and reached a limit very fast. After that I deleted default scenes including those ones with existing timers. Next morning when I tried create a turn-off timer, a first one for existing scenes, app complained that "You have reached the maximum number of active alarms, please deactivate another alarm and try again.". But I have no other alarm defined in my active scenes! Also there is no way to tell application "turn off that scene in 10 minutes from now" or "wake me up tomorrow at 6:30am using that scene" — you need to edit a scene and those changes will be permanent.
    - There is no alarm management or bulbs management within a scene through portal — it must be done using an app.
    - Delay while controlling scene through Internet is >10 seconds.
    - There is no way to determine an offline bulbs — those which were turned off using wall switch.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but VERY BUGGY!

    • Written by from CAMBRIDGE

    I really want to like these bulbs, and they generally work great if you just want to control the lights at home, however if you ever want to control these lights remotely, you're going to have a lot of TROUBLE! The servers that run the meet hue website is very buggy and they constantly go down or don't respond at all. It constantly asks you to reconnect and reconnect and you wait forever and nothing happens. If you want people to love this product, you're going to have to fix this Philips!

    29 of 29 people found this useful