First, the design. This thing looks like a slightly squarish mushroom. Don’t take that as a negative…it’s actually quite pleasing to look at. Another plus is its small draw of only 10 watts. It might “max out” at 800 lumens, but, with an estimated “thousand upon thousands” of shades of white, this thing is fantastic. Also, let’s not forget that the included LED bulb has an expected lifespan of approximately 25,000 hours. If you’re getting the idea that this thing is great…you’re on the right track.
Now, I realize spending $100 on a lamp is a lot of money (especially considering you also need to have, or purchase, a Hue Hub in order to use the lamp, but, when I say it’s well worth it, I mean it. Unlike some of Philip’s other Hue products, which have the ability to show numerous colors, this only shows white…but 50,000 shades of white, in almost every temperature you can think of. If you want a pure white, it can do that…if you want a bluish hue, it can do that…if you want an orangish hue, it can do that. for a “white only” LED lamp, its abilities are quite amazing.
I’ll be honest…I’ve written a few short reviews, and several very-lengthy reviews. Those long ones have been for very tech-heavy products, of which this is not. To make this short, sweet, and simple, I’ll just say that, on a 0-10 scale, I’d give this a 9-10 rating. I seriously like it that much. You control it from the app, and it just works. Best of all, you can toss out your “programmable” outlet timers to control your lamps when you’re away. With the app, you can program more advanced schedules that any of those timers could ever do. Even better, you can control the lamp from wherever you are in the world, giving an even greater impression that someone is home.
Let me put it to you another way. This is the first review I’ve done for a product I received free, specifically for the testing & reviewing of the product, that I will state in the review “I received this product free…not at a discount, but free”. I am telling you this for a very specific reason. I think the Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellness Dimmable LED Smart Table Lamp is so fantastic, I went and got three more. If that tell you how great I think this is, nothing will.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.