Philips - Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Bulb - Multicolor

Set a beautiful mood with this Philips hue white and color ambiance bulb that works with your existing hue system. The soft flattering colors set a tone, and you can sync your lights depending on your activities through the corresponding app. This Philips hue white and color ambiance bulb offers 16 million choices in both warm and cool for versatility.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Owner's manual
    • Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Bulb

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2594 out of 2648)

    Features


    Hue is your personal, customizable wireless lighting system

    With wireless control on your smartphone or tablet, choose the perfect light setting for any mood or activity such as reading or relaxing, concentrating, or energizing.

    Pair with Hue Bridge for streamlined customization

    Requiring the Hue Bridge (sold separately) for the full Hue experience, this bulb fits standard-size table lamps.

    Dimming and brightening features at your fingertips

    Variable lumen output lets you adjust light's output without having to adjust the dimmer switch.

    Quick, easy installation

    Install the LED light as you would install ordinary bulbs, pairing them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App.

    LED light bulb

    Designed to provide longer, more energy-efficient illumination.

    Add Hue products to unlock enhanced lighting experiences

    Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.

    Pair it for automation with your existing Nest or SmartThings system.


    Customer rating

    4.8
    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.8

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I Got Almost 5 On It

      Posted
      JahvaScript
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      I love the bulbs themselves and the idea of smart lighting, when they standalone. However, the manner of practical application, in regards to smart home technology by the electronics industry, irks me a little. Mostly I take issue with the fact that us early adopters are essentially subsidizing R&D in a smart home tech race for these companies while simultaneously providing them free marketing for their products when we show them off or talk them up to our friends, family, and neighbors. After much analysis, review, and consideration I think the price is not justified. There must be a non-supply cost related reason for such inflated product prices. I've taken these apart, hub and bulbs; what's inside of them is not expensive and mostly cheap imports. All of this fragmented smart home tech cost a ton of money for little cross-compatibility, few customizations without third-party hard or software solutions, slow (risk-adverse, cost safe) industry development, and no guarantee of support or longevity for these products. We buy these items assuming much risk ourselves and some of these companies act as if we should be forever grateful for the most basic ROI they deliver us. But after the awe factor wears off, the moment you stop caring about impressing people by telling your Echo or Siri to change your living room lights to varying colors, you realize you're getting very little beyond promises and gimmicks in return for the high dollar-tag on much of the offerings within this tech sector. In addition, I find that the 3rd generation Hue Bulbs most obviously offers more colors. By this, I mean blues and greens are finally ACTUALLY blue and green...to the user's eye. Whereas the 2nd gen bulb's "blue" is more akin to purple and looks like a black light at night and the 2nd gen bulb's "green" is an ugly yellow-green color. However, by playing semantics by referring to arbitrary color spectrums not defined by true human sight/perception on the packaging of those bulbs and also by upselling a "more diverse spectrum than previous generation bulbs," I feel like I was slightly duped by Philips into buying those bulbs. I settled on them begrudgingly, knowing there are few worthy alternatives, only to find a few months later my preliminary concerns became a self-fulfilling prophecy in that I had to go buy 20 new bulbs for $49.99 each if I wanted matching colors in my rooms and in general to have the blue & green color options at all. There are no Philips-owned or sponsored programs currently to allow for discounted upgrades for early adopters, trade-ins, or any other pragmatic solutions benefiting both the return consumer and the company in terms of continued loyalty. Again, I understand the economy and how business works. Sony isn't going to just give me a new console every time they upgrade their products, same with Apple or Samsung and it's mobile devices. Albeit, Sony and Apple also have defined releases so consumers can choose which upgrades they participate in and what features they can and cannot live without. This also helps ease the pocketbook burden of buying generational tech that is constantly evolving on an exponential curve every 1-2 years. All in all, the bulbs are nice but companies like Philips can do better on setting their prices more fairly, offering some type of upgrade program or loyalty discounts, and increasing the product's native functionality, native customization options, as well as its industry-compatibility. Do this and you'll make even the most hypercritical buyers much more happy than your current model.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fully addicted

      Posted
      Merlin
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      So I started my Hue adventure with a couple of white bulbs in select fixtures of my basement. This quickly escalated to a full-blown addiction and I have since purchased over 30 colored bulbs and replaced every fixture in my basement with a colored hue bulb. The colors from these bulbs are rich in dynamic. I also like some of the pre-programmed scenes. I purchased these to use along with an echo dot. While I rave about these bulbs I am not completely pleased with the overall integration of the Hue app and other lighting apps. For example in its current state I cannot change the color of the bulbs with the echo dot without a fair amount of app programming with non-native third-party apps. I use Yonomi to set up scenes and then find those with the echo to trigger the scene change. The problem with this at the time is that the app only has predetermined colors and is quite a bit of work when you have a basement full of these lights. To set up scenes and then find those with the echo to trigger the scene change. The problem with this at the time is that the app only has predetermined colors and is quite a bit of work when you have a basement full of these lights. However I can easily control the color of the lights with my iPhone. At some point I'm sure the iPhone/HomeKit integration will be streamlined into the echo or some similar functionality but at this time that type of control is a bit clunky. Another app I like to use is an app called Thorlight. This app can set up animation with the lights as well as other cool tricks like strobe lights. The kids love it but again you cannot trigger these effects through the echo. Overall I couldn't be happy with these bulbs and continue to replace other fixtures in my home with them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A bit pricey, but oh so fun

      Posted
      Steve
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      I bought the regular bulb starter kit on Black Friday and decided to pick up one of these also given they were on sale. I put it in a cheap floor lamp and I was not all that impressed with it and almost returned it. I decided to try in a regular table lamp, with a shade and liked it much better. When I saw they were even cheaper on Cyber Monday I picked up another. SO this is what I have noticed makes the experience better.. These bulbs look great in lamps with a shade, preferably white, like the bedroom They work better in pairs- 2 bulbs in a room to evenly distribute light. Not as bright as the regular $15 bulbs- so these are better for ambiance or accent lighting, not the main light source in a room. I really like the color of the “nightlight” much better than the regular bulbs. Its fun to change the colors… but its not really useful..You would need a few to light up a room in color for a party.. Red seems to be the only color bright enough to reach across the whole room. Blue is the only other color that “looks good.” Most of the others seem to have a lot of “white” in them. I feel the 2 pack white ambiance for $50 is much better and practical than 1 of these for $50. The shades of white are worth the extra $10, not sure if colors are worth $25 on top of that. For roughly $30 sale price these are pretty cool and I am thinking about putting them in some funky Ikea lamps and replacing the ones in the bedroom with the white ambiance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Addition to Starter Kit White & Multi Color

      Posted
      Rich
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      After purchasing the starter kit for my home which included 4 light bulbs, I had decided it was not enough. I had to go back and purchase another for another room. Due to the ability to control brightness and type of colors including various white degrees, one bulb can "light up a room where it may take two, possibly three, (depending on your room make up and wattage) based on the setting and light gradient you want at that time. I am happy and the hue lighting system continues to pleasantly surprise me. As a side note, I have my system synced with google home so as a "shortcut" I have discovered that if I am locating in a room and there is no need to change a location name, I can tell google home to "sync all devices" and it will add it into the automation so I do not have to go through the beginning setup when I originally set up my starter kit. Adding additional lights is just like changing regular light bulbs. The price is reasonable and the value makes it's a great buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cool, but not as useful as you'd want

      Posted
      tobias
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      For the most part, smart lights are for dummies. The problem with these type of lights is the control. If you use this in place of a light with a wall switch (like overhead lighting) then you'll have to have your cell phone handy all the time, connect to Alexa or Google Home, or shell out more cash for battery powered and wall mounted Philips switch to put on the wall next to the old switch. if you switch the light off, goodbye smart bulb. You have to switch the light back on, wait for the bulb to boot up and then control it with the above mentioned stuff. Plus, you'll need to buy a Philips Hue Hub to control this (even with Alexa or whatnot). So, if you plan to do your whole house with these lights, don't. Not to mention that at over $30 per bulb, you'd go broke fitting a whole house with these. That being said, these can be cool accessories to spruce up your place with a splash of color. I use this as ambient light behind my TV. I don't need it to see and it won't get switched off by someone leaving the room or whatnot. It have it connected to my Harmony Hub so it will turn on Red when I am using Nintendo, Blue with PS4, Green with Xbox, Purple with Roku and so on. It's a cool effect. I was given a Philips Hub or else I wouldn't have bothered, but it's nice. For the right use, worth it. For practical lighting uses, don't get it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The future of lighting

      Posted
      ShaneWayne
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      These lights are absolutely amazing. I debated getting them for some time since they are obviously a bit pricey in relation to other traditional lighting. The demonstration they have set up in Best Buy made the lights appealing, but after moving into the 1st home I've owned last year which has a modern theme to it, I'd say these lights are the biggest game changer I've purchased. They completely change the entire mood to your living spaces, and there seems to be a setting no matter what activity you are doing or what mood you are feeling. You can control the brightness and color of the lights for each individual light, but also group together lights labeled under an entire room. You can control the lights through an app on your phone (and there are several additional apps for Hue that are great extensions; such as "Hue Fireworks") although there is the option to purchase a dimmer switch and a switch with presets. Probably the coolest feature is linking these lights with personal assistant devices such as Google Home or Alexa, where you can then have complete command over every individual light/ room/ entire lighting throughout your house with voice control. Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla would be thrilled by this unique, convenient, exciting, and genius invention.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Generation Yet

      Posted
      VanishingHope
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      As many others have stated, these Gen 3 Hue bulbs are producing much richer colors than the Gen 2 bulbs which I started with! In my opinion, a $5 cost savings to buy Gen 2 bulbs is not worth the savings with the added color production you get out of Gen 3. There are a few things I would want for this to be a perfect bulb. 1) Default Color Setting -- the ability to set a default color / warmth / brightness for every time the light is turned on without using a Routine. While you can set these if you create a Routine in the Hue app, I'd prefer a default that, when someone uses the wall switch, the light would turn on with. Ideally this would be fixed with a Hue app/bridge software update. 2) Dimmable Bulbs -- these bulbs are not dimmable via standard techniques. They are only dimmable via RF such as via the Hue app, the Hue wall switch or automated home hub (ie. SmartThings). Buying a GE z-wave wall switch or even a standard wall switch with dimming will not work with these. Hoping Gen 4 would allow for this functionality OR have a Hue-based switch that isn't as unsightly as the current. Here's my setup if it helps with understanding my review. 10 Hue Gen 3 color ambiance bulbs 4 Hue Gen 2 color ambiance 4 Hue Gen 2 white ambiance bulbs, 2 Hue white bulbs, Hue Hub (Gen 2), SmartThings Hub (Gen 2) 2x GE z-wave wall switches with dimming (not for Hue-bulbs), 4x GE z-wave in-wall receptacles various SmartThings sensors

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pricey but fun

      Posted
      Tone
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      What can I say? We are getting spoiled with technology today. Before you buy these bulbs, you’ll need to buy a starter kit that includes a hue connecting hub, or buy a hub separately. Once everything is synced, the fun begins. I have a Google Home device and 4 Hue lights throughout the house. I like that you can control every light in a room at once (with Home or the Hue app) or individually. For example, my wife and I have two lights above our headboard in the bedroom. One light carries my name and the other my wife’s. My wife usually nods off before me so we turn hers off and dim mine to a nice 20%. I also like to set the living room light to a Hue that matches the mood of the tv show or movie we are watching. Watching Stranger Things? Set it to a deep red, of course. Seahawks game? Lime green. Google Home and the Hue app alone only take you so far. Download the IFTTT app and you can configure your lights to do a lot more. My lights now flash when it starts to rain. I yell, “Hey Google, Sea!” and she responds with “Hawks!” while turning the lights green. Good fun. Anyway, if you’re on the fence about buying them, just indulge. They are convenient, fun and easy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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