• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product! Mediocre Software

    • Written by

    Pros
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    Fast setup
    Easy to set alarms up
    Easy light recipe creation from photos
    Lots of customization if your iPhone is Jailbroken ( I can tap my home button twice to turn my lights on using HueHueHue and have all of my lights turn on )
    5 Hue lights = one light bulb. Lots of light for less $
    Remote Access via LTE/4G


    Cons
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    Expensive startup cost
    Hue application is pretty clunky and could be much more user friendly
    Lights are not nearly as ranged as they claim to be. Most dark colors do not exist in these lights ( Dark reds, greens, blues are very limited ) and is definitely not as advertised. Hopefully this will be changed with future updates if the lights have the capability?
    Dimmer or On/Off switch is mad expensive for what it is

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing

    • Written by from la coruña

    the light is just great

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    More interesting and fun than expected

    • Written by from 台北市

    I just got my starter pack a week ago and now I already added 6 extra bulbs in my house. The control via Philips Hue App worked just fine for me. It's easy for the bridge to recognize all my Hue bulbs and I have no problem selecting between scenes or color whatsoever. It is just wonderful now to come home after a long hard working day and see my living room lit up in my favorite relaxing color. It brushes off all my tiredness immediately and made me feel happy. Glad Hue did not disappoint me!

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Good and Great Wow Factor When Everything Works

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    As part of our effort to replace every lamp possible in our home with modern LEDs, we got the HUE system for the living room. Immediately added to the starter pack and now have 7 lamps, mostly in recessed cans. When first purchased they worked great with Ambify to turn the room into a disco -- not so much since subsequent updates of IOS or some other app on the phone, not sure what. I have not tried Philips support but I do find the startup app companies building businesses around it (Ambify, Goldee) slow to respond, if at all, to tech support questions posted on their web sites.

    I find it relatively easy to add bulbs though sometimes I have to move the bulb to a previously recognized (geographic) location for my bridge to recognize it. We have experienced frequent loss of bridge connectivity, where sometimes we have to turn off all the switches, turn them back on, reboot the bridge, fumble with the order of that, etc. Overall we love it though and the main inconvenience is the lack of a good simple wall controller so we don't always have to use the phone apps. Goldee is supposed to solve that but seems delayed getting to market. We tend to use mostly a few favorite saved and modified scenes (some based on photos of our own), and the default relax and concentrate settings. Dimming is what I've come to expect with LEDs: not very fine-grained, but it does work overall -- when things are working in general.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    These bulbs and the whole Hue system are a complete nightmare == a major Beta test that is not ready for primetime. The Hue app that you need to deal with these is a joke designed by a 10-year-old. The lights take forever to get right, and then they respond poorly to the reason I bought them -- to turn on in the AM and wake me up. In three weeks of tinkering I don't think they've worked as advertised once.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If there were zero stars, I would have selected that

    • Written by from Redlands

    Very very very (did I say very) disappointing. I NEVER write product reviews. But this product "takes the cake" requiring me to invest more time than I already have in order to spare my fellow consumers the same frustration that I experienced.

    No support. All puffery. Hardware buzzes. I guess they thought the buzzing sound would go better with the lights than my Sonos System. A complete waste of my time. Additional bulbs would not be added to the "bridge". Apparently, I need a masters in Information Technology to get the devices to work properly. Do not waste your time or money.

    I would encourage you to read more reviews. The only way I can possibly imagine they are keeping their ratings up is by paying others to create false positive reviews about their product.

    3 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A fun toy

    • Written by from Bonney Lake

    Got the starter set for Christmas. Didn't know if I'd like it. But I do. It makes the regular lights seem so limited.
    I started using two ceiling lights and a bloom in my bedroom to wake me up in the morning (4 AM). I set it on "3 minutes" so the lights would become bright yellow/red over a period of 3 minutes. Kind of like the sun coming up. Seems a lot easier to wake up.
    I watch TV with three ceiling bulbs on a low magenta color. Adds just enough ambient light to the room.
    I think of Vue lights as a "toy", but a very enjoyable toy. Have them in the den, the bedroom, and the living room. Just ordered two more bulbs!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Promised

    • Written by from Bronx

    I figured I better write a review here to counter some of the negative reviews. I have been using the Hue app, website and lights throughout my apartment as part of recent renovation where I am doing more techie stuff. The product works exactly like it should every time.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can no longer connect after app update

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Two updates ago I lost all of my scenes. With the newest update my scenes all came back but I can no longer connect to my bridge or even turn my lights on! For such expensive bulbs you'd think they'd have better support!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for public use

    • Written by from Bartlesville

    The app and the website are useless. The ability to control these lights is very difficult. Half the time the website or the app doesn't work.

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great lamps, unusable software

    • Written by from Basel

    The lamps themselves are fantastic, save for the fact that some of them have a bit of an electric "whine" while they are turned off. However, the big issue is the software, which is just abysmal. Setting an alarm for e.g. "turn on 17:00 and turn off 23:00" sometimes works, sometimes not. If you actually turn the lamps on before 17:00, the software then turns them OFF at 17:00 instead of just letting them stay on. Another example of the quality of the software is that daylight savings time is not incorporated at all. You just have to erase all alarms twice a year and then create new ones. I could go on, but I won't. Stay clear until they release completely rewritten software for the lamps, as they are currently just super expensive LED bulbs that sometimes (quite randomly) do cool things.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A product to love - in theory

    • Written by from Essen

    Whilst in general a very cool product (bulbs do exactly what they are supposed to do, such as creating very nice lighting scenes, dimmable, light up on arrival at home, etc.) I have encountered severe quality issues. Out of 9 bulbs in my home, a total of three have now died already (within 6 months). While they were eventually replaced (which took forever as you had to mail them to Philips), the app does not allow to delete any bulbs, so I have three defective (non-existing) light bulbs in all my scenes. Only way to fix is a complete reset, which completely deletes all you scenes and all shares. This is unacceptable for such expensive product.

    Philips really has great ideas for products, but is extremely bad in making reliable, well manufactured, enduring objects. Its a 60 bucks bulb that comes with an incredibly bad app and even worse quality.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great! After Initial Reservations, Love it!

    • Written by from WHITEHALL

    The lack of detailed instructions led me to give this product a mixed review. Let me state that it is fabulous and my working within the Meet Hue website and using my own photos, I was able to have all lights including the two extra bulbs plus the three in the starter pack work. As it comes, the starter pack ONLY works with the pre-loaded scenes with the 3 bulbs included and the extra two bulbs could only be adjusted by using the slider controls manually in the app. I noticed that the Meet Hue website that user scenes in the website worked with all my bulbs. I selected photos from my iPhone albums and dragged my lights onto them in the app and saved/named each one and perfect! All 5 Hue lamps work as expected! Love it!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow...Coolest Thing Ever!!

    • Written by from Woodstock

    I thought this would be an ok new and interesting product. It's so much better than I thought. The bulbs are a little expensive but I'm loving it!

    1 of 2 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

    Sweet!!!

    • Written by from Newark

    These are some really cool lights.. I plan on doing the whole house..

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast and easy to grow your Hue system

    • Written by from Woodinville

    Love it! Overall Hue is a really nice product and system, I can't get enough of these for my home fast enough!!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I really want to like this product, but mixed feelings

    • Written by from Dublin

    Good: It gives you minute control over the color of the bulbs, which currently is priceless especially if you want to reproduce an incandescent-like glow. PLUS, for when u get fancy, you can produce a rainbow of other colors. It is REALLY COOL to adjust the color of your room to whatever you're feeling!

    Bad: Unfortunately, they are not made to sit on a dimmer switch, which is really sad because all I wanted to do was to set a couple color schemes, and use my dimmer switch to do everything else. Unfortunately, that is not possible. There is also a slight buzzing sound.

    The ONLY way to dim the lights is through the app! Really inconvenient for anyone not holding your iPhone (namely everyone else!)

    If they were to fix the dimming and the buzzing, I'd be sold. I wouldn't even fret about dropping $60 a bulb.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with setup

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Had some trouble getting the hub to recognize some of the Hue bulbs. also, there is no way to remove a bulb from the hub in the APP so if you want to remove a bulb from view, you have to completely start over from scratch and reset the hub so that was not thought out well as all programming of scenes are lost if you want to remove a single bulb from the system.

    Also, out of the 12 bulbs I purchased, only 7 of them we successfully recognized by the hub. the other 6 I tried to add manually via serial number but that failed as well so I had to return those. Only 6 of 7 the hub recognized were controlled properly by the APP and the other one while it was showing up in the APP, I was unable to control it and as I mentioned above, I'm unable to remove it now without having to start over from scratch.

    As I'm a lighting designer by trade and consider myself very technical, overall the system (once its working properly) is very cool but configuring it was not very flexible and needs a lot of improvement.

    9 of 10 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