Philips Friends of hue LightStrip Luminaires 259499 Starter Kit: Trim, bend and attach these versatile strips to your fixtures and furniture to create mood lighting and draw attention to decorations. The wireless bridge allows you use your phone to change colors, schedule gradual dimming and more.
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Posted by: Roggabogga from: on
I've always been intrigued by the idea of network-connected smart lights. A year or so ago I tried out Belkin's WEMO system with a starter pack of two bulbs and a bridge. Unfortunately I ended up returning them after a few days because I had so many issues with them. They would lose connection with each other frequently, I would need to repair the devices with my network, and one bulb eventually refused to turn on at all. Perhaps I just received a rare defective product. Regardless, I was hesitant to try Smart Lights again.
Of course, I've read lots of great reviews and feedback on the Philips Hue system, so when the light strip starter kit was on sale I figured I'd try them out.
I could not believe how hassle-free setup was! Literally all I had to do was plug everything in and press a button. The system connected to the Hue app on my Android phone right away, and within minutes I was tinkering with different color schemes.
Speaking of apps, the official Philips app leaves a little to be desired. Thankfully, Philips has left the system open for programmers to tinker with, and there are a number of great free and paid apps available to give you greater control. The online service If This Then That (IFTT) adds a lot of great functions to Hue as well. For example, there's a setting on IFTT that will change the color of the lights to match the cover of the album you're listening to.
Adding new bulbs to the system has been a breeze. It's just been a matter of hooking the bulb up to a lamp, turning it on, and pressing a button on the bridge.
If you have Amazon Echo, you can turn the lights on and off by voice. You can even rename the lights (for example, Desktop Lamp instead of Light 1) and Echo will recognize it.
These light strips work great as accent lights. You won't be lighting your whole room with them, but they look great under countertops or along baseboards! The strips are lined with one long piece of tape so they will stick where you want them to.
A word of warning: the Hue system is a rabbit hole. Once you get one light, you'll want to fill your home with them! This can get rather expensive!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SeanBellevue from: on
The Hue system is a FAR superior system than the OSRAM/Belkin light strip kit. The Hue system was very easy to set up and took only a few minutes. I would have given it 5 stars but the basic hue app (extensive connection drops and extremely limited capabilities) leaves quite a bit to be desired. That said, other apps work MUCH better such as Hue Lights. With Hue lights, you have much more flexibility and options as well as 10000x better stability (no connection drops). You get 2 - 6ft LED light strips, the base, and an ethernet cable (only to plug into your router, not to plug into the lights).
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Pretty good, just a few negatives...
Posted by: tberneman from: Mason City, IA on
I like these lights but even on sale they are a bit pricey. It does include it;s own "router" with two strings of lights. There's a total of 3 plugins too, I wasn't expecting that. The other thing is the lights are either all on or all off, and one color. You can't make them "race" or have multiple colors at one time, like red at one end fading to green on the other. Despite these limitations, I like the lights.
One cool thing there is an "ambient" mode where the lights change color according to what is on the computer screen. So if you're watching a movie and they are under water and it's mostly blue, your lights are blue. If they cut to a scene that is mostly red, your lights turn red-ish.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Incredible ambient and mood lighting.
Posted by: noriega360 from: on
This starter kit has all that I needed ot start off with backlighting my 65" TV. Problem is I required two light strips in the starter kit itself to completely light up the back of the TV but I'll account that to the TV size and not the strips. BEWARE though, the pricing is NOT appealing enough for everyone to say "wow I want to try this" so read up and inform yourself before you commit. This lighting system IS a unique and interesting one. With plenty of way s to customize and entertain a crowd at your place on a social night. Deffientely a conversatoion starter and for amusement. Going for the Hue light bulbs next! Minus 2 stars just because the price doesnt really fit the product since you have to buy apps on your phone/ipad to have different ways to operate and amuse.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Forget WeMo. Get the Hue Strips
Posted by: the715 from: on
After returning my defunct WeMo light strips, I decided to try these.
It took a little while for them to be detected by the bridge and app, but they work fine now and look great. I receive compliments anytime people see them. If you're looking for little accent lighting strips, I'd recommend these.
My only criticism, and the reason they're getting 4 stars, is that you can't connect numerous strips like you can with the WeMo, and it's only one length. You can cut them to fit, but once you cut them you can't use the separate piece again and you're just out that section.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Perfect for under cabinet lighting!
Posted by: MplsGolpher from: on
Purchased this for under cabinet lighting, provides really cool ambiance! App is great, can set the lights to come on and off at certain times (as well as whatever color or brightness you want). Super easy to setup and install, now i'm looking for more places to apply in my house.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Bought on clearence
Posted by: Gamma from: on
This bundle includes the old model of hub and light strips. The light strips are dimmer than the new ones phillips came out with but were perfect for what I had in mind. The product was relatively easy to setup. The only negative thing I would say about it is that the app leaves a little to be desired and seemed rather gimmicky.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: kotzlindy from: muskego wi on
I have two of these. One is on the back of my flatscreen for ambient light and the other is on top of my kitchen cabinets..beautiful!!! Hue totally rocks and no, i don't work for Philips :-)
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Excellent lighting system
Posted by: PLeyava from: Orlando, FL on
I bought 3 Philips Hue rope lights and they are awesome! I can sync them up to all be 1 color or all different colors, even cascade through all colors together or pulse to the beat of music! Easy to install, easy to use! HIGHLY recommend these lights to give a professional look inside your home!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ply17410 from: Minneapolis, MN on
I am so glad Best Buy also sells (online) a starter kit for the LED strips. I initially thought I would have to buy one of the two 'bulb' styles offered in store when my main intent was to have strip lights above the kitchen cabinets. They are awesome!