• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly simple to setup with spectacular results.

    • Written by from Tempe

    Got this system for a small (about 12 x 12) home office. Have one bulb in the ceiling fan, one in a small lamp in the far corner of the room and one in an accent light behind my laptop while on its stand. Setup couldn't be easier... insert the bulbs and turn them all on, plug the signal unit into one of the open ethernet ports on your base station (cable included) and connect the AC adapter. Start the app up and press the button on the signal unit and you're all set. Bulbs at their highest setting are brighter than expected though still not as bright as conventional bulbs but that's to be expected. Really phenomenal option for people who work from home and want total control over the brightness of multiple lights to optimize their screen work. Price may seem steep but it is what it is. Though once you install it and use it you'll think it's worth every penny.

    287 of 303 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    • Written by from Miramar

    I read an article and decided to purchase this product over a much more expensive home lighting system. One day later....Extremely Happy! Product was very easy and simple to set up...in Fact my six year old did all of the connections and i downloaded the app. The light output is as good or better than your normal light bulb and the color combination you see and get its just makes it that much better. I installed one on my sons room and tried the gradually dimming feature and it worked on the first try. If you are considering spending over 4K on a full house lighting system....make sure you spend the $199 starter kit and you will be Happy you did. I will be ordering more bulbs as they become available to change the entire house to this new system.

    228 of 255 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You Don't Know How Bad You Need This..Until You Have It

    • Written by from Honolulu

    This product is unreal. I've been reading about it over the last few months thinking it was cool, but never planned to buy it. Then I started reading how tough it is to get, and positive reviews started rolling in so I was lucky enough to pick up the last one at my Apple Store...Setting up was as easy as any Apple product, literally 2-3 minutes. The App is incredibly easy and intuitive, you name your bulbs as you assign them to wherever...You can tilt the phone sideways to activate the App to control each bulb individually or use it in portrait and choose a "Scene" like Beach lighting, Concentrate, Sunset, Pencils, Greece....tons of preset mood lighting, or you can choose an existing picture you love and create lighting based on it!! INCREDIBLE. MUST GET.

    122 of 126 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW this is FUN!

    • Written by from Elm Grove

    This product works just like you think it should. GREAT! The add on bulbs work great too! This is really neat, fun, and my wife loves it too!

    Get one!

    104 of 109 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by from Ponte Vedra Beach

    I set up a system with 7 bulbs today. It works nicely plugged into the AirPort, controlled well from an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 - both on WiFi and 4G.

    All in all, I like it so far!

    68 of 71 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. Still, it's definitely not a deal breaker.

    These are expensive, but that's the early adopter, awesome product, limited supply, cool factor at work... 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, when family asks what I want for the holidays this year... It's going to be hard not to say "more Hue bulbs, please"!

    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.

    56 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Giddy Happy

    • Written by from Austin

    I am very happy with his new product - it's a brilliant idea. bright LED lighting that is controllable from your iPhone/ipad with the ability to change colors.

    Don't let some of the initial negative reviewers influence you. It's so amazing to be able to control the hue of a light over a huge range of colors. I use them in my color grading studio because they go to 6500K. No other LED light that I know runs up that high in the spectrum. The set up was quick and easy right out of the box. No fuss and no hassle. You have to download the app and familiarize yourself with it but that doesn't take long. The app is a LOT of fun to play with because you can use your finger to glide around the screen causing your lights to change colors. There are a ton of presets. It's like I like in a new home. Can't wait for the first party to show folks this.

    49 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue is amazing beats other home automation for lighting

    • Written by from Kirkland

    Some say you cannot adjust individual lights (different themes) or set schedules on individual lights. This is incorrect. Just tap the theme, hit the pencil tip on the left. This lets you choose the individual bulbs and schedule for those.

    Other systems allow you to turn on/off and dim but these let you choose the exact color. it is very nice to be able to tune the white with soft color to give the rooms a very comfortable feel when you are watching tv, etc... The bright white is excellent for reading when needed.

    Just install the bulb, press find new bulbs. The bulb will flash so you know which one you are working with then you can give it a descriptive name. Now it is ready to use.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Meet the 21st Century Lightbulb

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I have owned these bulbs for about 2 weeks, and I have to say that they are one of the coolest and most conventional purchases I have made in a long time! My only nit-picky thing is that I think they are marketing this product wrong. Phillips is putting a lot of emphasis on the color (which IS cool), but in reality, these are 21st century lightbulbs. Here's why:

    - LED Lightbulbs can last between 15-25 years! I won't have think about replacing one of these guys until 2027!

    - Consumes up to 80% less power than traditional lightbulbs.

    - Programmable luminosity, color, and on/off!

    Really guys, they are exactly like your lightbulbs you have right now. Just not at all like the lightbulbs you have right now. :) Great buy! Love them!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One limitation

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    I just got and have working my Philips Hue. The only limitation is that this system will not work with lights on existing dimmer switches. Some of the rooms that I have in mind have dimmer switches, which now will require a change out from the dimmers, and if an electrician is required that adds substantially to your project. Once installed the Philips Hue allows you to dim lights until your heart's content. Sigh.

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Soooooo cooool

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I just love it, I had problems with the extra bulbs and had to reset them with the living colors remote but now is smooth sailing. I use everything, the colors, timers, scenes, make my own you name it. Like the ipad, I didn't know I couldn't live without it until I had it.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch out for this flaw

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    the bulbs that come with the starter kit will only sync the the brain they came with. don't plan on running them with another brain. you have to buy individual bulbs to add any pieces to a set. most of the software is a little funky .. but there a few that are cool and have a future as great apps. I'm working on a couple of very cool mods to trip on.

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    te system does rock. don't listen bad reviews. work around the current flaws and get ready for the future of controlled environments.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Orange

    Put in our living room super easy to setup. Changed for parties to have fun. Relaxed mode at night and when we are all asleep on the couches I turn everything off from my phone which is great when your all comfortable. Can't wait to get more bulbs now.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fun and bright! ...despite its bugs.

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    The Hue and its network of bulbs is fun! The bulbs are also a LOT brighter than I thought they'd be. Who knew I'd spend more than 50 seconds a day thinking about how to turn my lights on? While it was easy to setup and to connect the various iOS devices to it, there are currently a couple of bugs with the software that will hopefully be fixed soon.

    1. The timer feature does not work for me. I bought this so certain lights in the house would turn on at scheduled times - but so far none of the commands/timers I've set have worked regardless of whether I'm in the room, or away from the house.

    2. There's currently no way to group light bulbs into separate rooms. You can control bulbs individually, but not group them; yet. I live in a house with other roommates and if more than one person wants control of this, it'd be nice if them changing their rooms wouldn't automatically change the mood of the entire house.

    3. There's no way to distinguish between ignore bulb, or turn bulb off. I currently have a number of sample settings that turn on all three bulbs. However, my one setting of changing my desk lamp to the reading color and turning the ceiling bulbs off doesn't work. I first have to turn all bulbs off, then turn on the desk setting. This may be a programming issue so my issue #2 above wouldn't get complaints of people turning lights off in other rooms all the time, but there should be an off command on top of an ignore command for more refined controls.

    Overall I would recommend it. Smart bulbs is definitely the future. No longer would I have to choose between sunlight white or a comfortable reading temperature for the bulbs - one can do them all, at a fraction of the electricity cost!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    OMG This thing ROCKS!

    • Written by from OAKLAND TOWNSHIP

    I just got this yesterday and now I know I can't live without it! I bought the starter and 6 more bulbs. Set up was a breeze what took so long is trying to configure what kind of light theme you want. But everything else was a breeze.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take control of your mood

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    So this was an experiment, but I'm glad I did it. The three lights in the starter pack were swapped out with compact flourescents in ceiling cans. Now my lights add status information to my day. Time to catch the train? Lights blink red/green a couple of times. Time to start wrapping up for the evening, move from blue white to warm white to orange twilight. While the App can (and does) leave a bit to be desired, the python API to talk to these things rocks.

    Next up is an app that silences all my phones and lets my lights tell me if there is somone trying to reach me by phone.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Aquarium

    • Written by from Fair Oaks Ranch

    Gee whiz, but incredible.

    The quality of the application and hardware is very high. The only "issue" we ever had was a loss of connection. The app told her to press the button -- she did -- and it was back in business. No brainer.

    We use two bulbs over an aquarium and I have to say it is nothing short of magical. No heat, low energy and natural lighting for the fishies. When we're watching we can enhance the colors of the coral and plants, as well as two rather boring white Angel fish that are now chameleons.

    If your rooms have white ceilings and light walls, you can create any atmosphere you want with no guessing. If your walls are painted colors, it takes more trial and error to get color/mood/experience you want.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Incredible

    • Written by from Littleton

    I don't usually write reviews on techie products, but rarely does a product come out that has such a WOW factor. We purchased these for the simple reason that we wanted to control our house lighting remotely, the color thing was interesting, but not a factor in our purchase.

    WOW, this product has simply changed our house entirely. The hues are so interesting and warm, the atmosphere these lights create can simply not be duplicated by any other means that doesn't cost thousands of dollars in custom lighting.

    The devices installed seamlessly, the applications are absolutely bug free and work intuitively. The ability to create scenes is nothing short of amazing.

    From the packaging, to the install to the creating a hue account online, this is one class product. My only advice is to count up the number of bulbs in your house and bite the bullet and order then with your initial purchase. We had them installed about 10 minutes before we went online and purchased more.

    WOW

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    • Written by from fitchburg

    The product setup is literally listed on the cover of the box.
    3 easy steps.
    1) Plug in the light bulbs
    2) Plug in the hue hub and connect it to your wifi router.
    3) Download the HUE app on your Iphone.


    It really was simple.

    I'm currently using this product for games and have screenshots of each zone on my list. When entering a new zone, i'll switch my scene in the HUE app and voila. Total immersion in the red mountains or the blue hills. This product is excellent!

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing.

    • Written by from Arlington

    I just picked up the starter kit and this thing is awesome. It works great and love the flexibility of being able to use it with my iPhone, iPad and through the web. So cool. I particularly like the fact that you can make it closer to incandescent bulbs.

    Great work Philips!

    5 of 8 people found this useful