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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2496 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Getting in the smart home

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    jasvanek
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    I recently purchased a Google Home and was wanting to start with some home automation. First thought was with my lighting since Philips Hue is one that it is compatible with. I thought I would start with this and see if it was something that I would like. Setup was very simple. First, put the bulbs in whatever locations you want. For me that was simple since I have a small apartment and live by myself; living room and bedroom. Easy. Second connect the hub. Power and cat5 to my router. No brainer. Last downloaded the Hue app on my phone. Follow the quick start and everything is connected. Everything works on the first go. Brilliant! Note: there are two Hue apps. The 2nd generation allows you to set up rooms and gives you scenes out of the box that are useful. There are presets for full on, dimmed and nightlight for each light. The only downside is that the routines, like Home and Away, do not work properly. Sure you can use your phone as a remote, but I wanted it to turn my lights on when I get home and off when I leave. There is an option for setting a location but it doesn't work. Just do a quick internet search and you will see that. But there is the 1st generation app. The location settings and timers work perfectly! Location awareness turns my lights on when I pull into the complex and shuts them off when I leave. Just what I was wanting. Downside, the scenes are not very good, you can't set up lights as a room (easily) and the light controls are sliders which gets annoying. Fortunately you can use both apps simultaneously. So I setup routines using 1st gen and control the lights manually using 2nd gen. Works like a charm. Now I have exactly what I was wanting. I was so thrilled that I bought another bulb and a dimmer switch. Great for my bedside lamp. I setup a routine that turns all the lights off at bedtime except the bedside lamp. For that I have the dimmer so I'm not left in the dark. I also have setup up some recipes in IFTTT to blink the lights when it's bedtime and to automatically turn my lights off at midnight. Just in case I fell asleep with them on, of course. Integration with the Google Assistant is seamless. I can just say 'Ok Google, turn on (whatever)' or 'Ok Google, dim (whatever)' and it does it. Almost like having my own Javis. I admit it, I'm hooked. The only issue I've had was when I tried putting one in the kitchen it had an issue with connecting to the hub from time to time. Can't move the hub right now so I just removed it for the time being. Once I get a place of my own I will be adding more lights, some I plan on using the color and some the white ambiance. Another note, if you really want to get the most out of the automation part you really need to use a Google Home or Amazon Echo. The app is great but it is kind of a pain to have to use it. Much better to just use voice commands. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the issues with the 2nd gen app. Once the get that resolved it will be a perfect lighting solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Turns "dumb" lamps into smart ones

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    Pm222
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    I have several floor lamps that do not have three-way or dimmer switches, so without having them retrofitted, they were able to turn on or off, with no adjusting the light level. And of course it had to be done manually, which isn't a big deal. That is, until you don't have to do it manually anymore. After spending a while talking with the Best Buy sales associate, who knew a lot about the Hue products and was able to answer all my questions, I decided to buy the least expensive starter set. This comes with the hub and two of the basic bulbs. They are considered basic because they don't offer any changes in color or color temperature. You pay a lot more to get that, and for some people, it would be worth the extra money. Installing the bridge is simple. You attach it to your WiFi router using the ethernet cable that comes with the kit, then follow the instructions on the Hue app that you download to your iOS or Android phone. The app tells you when to install the bulbs and how to control them. The Hue system is also fully controllable using Apple's iOS Home app, which I find a bit more intuitive than the native Hue app. I also have the system integrated with my Amazon Echo Dots, so I can control the lamps using voice control. It's also controllable using Siri, so you should not need an Amazon device to use voice controls. So, what's the big difference between these and regular LED bulbs? Both last a long time, consume less energy, and give off *much* less heat than standard bulbs. But the Hue bulbs go way beyond that. I have them set up with IFTTT so that they automatically turn on at sunset, whether I'm home or not. I also have them set up to automatically start dimming and then turning off later in the evening. So if I am not home, they will turn on, then off. It's like having a timer without all the hassle of having a physical timer attached to the outlet. The iOS app gives you control over the lamps wherever you are, not just in your home. If you have internet access, you can see their status and you can turn them on or off or dim them. Besides the automation options, the dimming is really great, far superior to a 3-way lamp. So I went from having two lamps that were strictly on/off, to having two lamps that offer a spectrum of light, from very low to bright. That alone has made it worth it to me, but after living with the system for a couple of weeks, I'm going to expand it. I have another lamp that I have rarely used because the switch is difficult to turn, so I'll put a Hue basic bulb in that one, and I have an overhead fixture where I'll put two bulbs. I don't really see any "cons", though the highest lighting level could be a little bit higher. Also, the bulbs are not rated for outside use, especially in extreme temperatures, so while I had planned on installing them in porch and garage light fixtures, I'm going to wait. I have read reports from other Hue users who have used them outside and have had no problems, so I'm not ruing it out, just putting it on hold for now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Glitchy and Unreliable

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    PROFMCB
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    Having bought the Hue A19 Starter Kit from Best Buy just over a year ago, I cannot tell you how completely unreliable this product has been for us. First, the Hue app that is supposed to allow management of the “routines’ and setup of your A19 bulbs is glitch-ridden; I have had to delete and re-load this app probably 6 times over the last year because either it would not update the software; I have also had to re-configure the “sunset-sunrise” routine about the same number of times because it has failed completely (both lights DO NOT COME ON, or fails partially, with one of the two lights coming on. Sometimes the lights, or a single light, will STAY ON past sunrise, running up the electric bill. Secondly, the “updates” take forever and DO NOT UPDATE THE A19 BULBS. Apparently Philips does not think the bulbs need updates when the ‘hub” gets one. This may account for the continual frustration of failing “routines” and is why I am giving this product a single star: I want to have the peace of mind to leave home on a trip and feel secure that my lights are going to be coming on at sunset and stay on until dawn, which I DO NOT HAVE WITH PHILIPS HUE. I am going to make my Final Call to Customer Support tomorrow and ask for a refund for this unreliable, insecure, annoying product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's a "Starter" toy; so don't expect too much

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    jrcombo
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    Yes, it's a starter kit. So don't expect to much unless you are going to add more on this, like multiple color LED or white ambient LED. I had thought about buying Philips Hue with multiple color LED but I decided to buy starter kit with white light. However, White light is not actually white, which means it is not like daylight or something. It's yellowish and a little bit dim for people like me who have weak sight. So be aware of that. I don't think I need Multi-color LED. I'm not a college kid who throws parties every week or flirts someone by showing off my geek tendency. I think about expending the system for Need, so it's enough for me. One thing you should know about it is if you planning multiple controlling devices like Amazon echo, iPhone, Apple TV, and/or Google Home, then you need to choose which direction you want to go for you home automation system. For now there aren't many but going to flourish real soon. I use Google Home, Echo, and iPhone. I had to figure out how I could control homeautomation system with all device I have. So I came down to Philips hue starter kit for lights system because all of my gadget can control Philips thing. But if you collect different base systems from here and there, then you are going to face to use different controllers every single time and the base system consuming your real property soon. Next step I am going to add with Philips Hue is White Ambient LED, which is unfortunate that I couldn't find on Bestbuy store in my area. I wanted to see how bright it is. And the price, I guess, is reasonable compared to other multicolor LED - but I am looking for Thanksgiving day sale for those. Reasonable but still expensive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yes, and more please!!!!

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    arjay67
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    This was my first entry into the home automation market. So far, it’s been a very good experience. Setup was dead simple. I located the hub next to my Apple Time Capsule and Arlo router. Plug in the power, plug in the Ethernet, launch the app, press the button….done. Now, on to the bulbs. I unboxed them and swapped them in a lamp in my bedroom. Turn both sockets and they turn on by default. Launched the Hue app, and they were discovered immediately. So I created a room, assigned them and was adjusting the levels within about two minutes. The dimming adjustment makes a big difference. No longer do I have to blind myself by turning on a light in the middle of the night when I need just a little light to maneuver to the bathroom. Another reviewer stated that the bulbs don’t remember their previous settings. But I find the opposite to be true. When I turn them on (either with the Hue app, HomeKit, 3rd party app) they come back to their previous setting. Unless I use Siri or Google Assistant and specify what level to turn them on. Another neat part is the app. It allows for easy setup and assignments to various “rooms”. One more feature that sold me on these, was that from the Hue app I can copy all the setting over to Apple HomeKit. So now I can control them from the Hue app, my Google Home Mini or any Siri device. (iPad, iPhone, AppleTV) Yep, these are definitely keepers. When my brother-in-law asked what we could use for Christmas, our first response was more Hues! And I will likely be buying several more once I can wade through all the competing standards to decide what other home automation devices I should get. (e.g. wall outlets, switches, security monitoring, etc)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In a word---AMAZING!

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    StillaYankee
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    I've been thinking about buying into the Hue line for a while but de died I could do without. After de idling it would be convenient, and cool, to remotely control my floor lamp I first bought the Hue Wireless Dimmer and once I realized how nice that worked started salivating for real deal. I got this kit & 6 additional BR30 color changing bulbs for the kitchen & now I'm thinking about how I can put them in places I don't even have lights! Setup was simple & automatic for 7 of the 8 lights, though there was 1 that was stubborn & I had to manually enter the serial number but after that it's worked flawlessly. For the uninitiated, the official Hue app does have a bit of a learning curve but with practice it comes easy. There are plenty of other apps to choose from which are both free & paid. Siri, sadly, has issues but that's more of an Apple issue with voice recognition as I have no problems with voice recognition on my Samsung Edge+ phone. I haven't had any problems setting up the hub to work on any of my devices, even my Harmony Elite remote works great with it. Of course, this starter kit just includes the hub & 2 non-color changing bulbs & I'd say that $80 just for this kit is well worth the money but I bet you'll quickly crave color changing bulbs in other lamps. As a reminder, if you plan on installing these on a circuit that has a dimmer switch that switch must be compatible with LED lights or the bulbs on that circuit won't function properly or at all. Also, all the bulbs are at least as bright as the equivalent wattage incandescent and maybe even brighter. Finally, if you're debating whether these are worth it then stop knocking yourself out--they are well worth it IMHO so just go to your local BB & get them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Warm, responsive light!

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    Storyman53
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    I purchased this simple kit to allow me to turn on the living room light by voice command when coming in to my dark apartment with my hands full. There are a number of colorful and versatile/creative lighting/bulb choices but I was not sure how these would work, so, I chose one of the simpler kits to start out with. I use one light in the living room and one in the bedroom and now I no longer have to stumble in the dark after turning off the bedroom light (by the wall switch) and then find my way to the bed, tripping on things (or bumping into things) that I forgot were in the way. I keep my bedroom pitch black so it is disorienting when the lights go out. I also went back to BB and purchased a smart plug for a kitchen light and I am now planning to get more lights for my office and additional ones for the living room. With the variable color bulbs I can change the color of my walls and office to suit my mood without painting! Thoroughly pleased with this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product but keep your light switch always on

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    alex12
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    This is a product that is meant to make your life easier. You can connect up to 50 lights and each light acts as an extender for the bridge. You use your smartphone to get full customization or you can use just your voice if you have either a Google Home or an Amazon echo. There is one downside however and that is you can no longer use your physical light switch to turn off the lights, because if you do so then you won't be able to turn them back on with your phone or Google Home/Amazon Echo and it kills one of the biggest points of having these lights in the first place. So you have to use your smart device to turn the lights off and make sure you leave the physical light switch always on! This downside itself has nothing to do with hue so I'm not taking any points out of them for this since you're going to run into this problem with every single smart lighting system. The only way to get rid of this problem is to replace your outlets with smart outlets or replace your light switches with smart switches. Other than the downside that is not Hue's fault at all, I would give this product 5 stars but the app itself is a little flaky and could be better designed. Controlling lights using the app while away from home also seems to be a hit or miss and I haven't found out how to schedule the lights to go on and off at certain times yet. Overall I'd give this close to 4 stars. Redesign the app, fix the bugs and make it better and simpler to use and this would get a 5 star from me! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Will never go back!

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    DamianP
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    I purchased this starter pack (required, as you need the hub if you want to get these to work with Alexa) and discovered my love and need for internet connected lights! These things are great for all kinds of uses, and I have even purchased additional bulbs and a light strip. I have placed one in my hallway to use as a nightlight. The brightness can adjust from 1% - 100% from the app or via Alexa, and it's a great night light replacement. I prefer this light over a traditional nightlight due to the light that it emits over an entire area versus a small area against a wall. The lights are soft white, so not overpowering, but they're pretty bright. I have put the light strip behind my TV to add some color at night and its looks amazing, with more color choices then I'll ever be able to use. They look great and are a great addition to my smart home. Overall the setup of the hub is easy as you just have to plug it into your router and link it within the Philips Hue app. And it's even easier to set it up with Alexa! It's easy to then control your lights from your phone, through Alexa, Siri, and even Xfinity Home application if you have Home Security.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple, yet very effective

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    kamasai
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    I'm starting to transition to automating quite a few items around the house. I figured I would start small and begin with lights, especially since we've had to leave our lights on 24/7 while away for a week on our most recent vacation. After researching the Philips Hue, I went ahead and made the purchase. The installation instructions and process is extremely easy. Simply connect the base station, install lights, install the app, and away you go. The HUE app recognized the base station and lights very easily. There are some customizations you can do with the app, but I chose to download the IFTTT app for even more customization and integration with other products (e.g. Nest). I've been using this for well over a month now and the only issue I encountered (only once) was the outside light not being recognized. This is due to the distance of the basestation and internet router to the back of my house. No worries, as I installed a Wi-Fi extender and problem solved. Both front and back lights go on and off on schedule.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Know whether you want cool or warm tones first

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    Yoshi
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    I am a full time student and work full time. As such, I wake early and stay up way too late reading and my sleep schedules get thrown off like crazy. I decided to go on a room-by-room journey of hacking my natural melatonin production through the use of lighting controls. And I'll be honest, it's turned into an addiction. I love the hue line and can't say enough good things about them. OK so this particular starter kit, I returned because I wasn't quite sure at first what I was looking for. I started with my bedroom as my first room for smart lighting. I thought at first I only wanted warm tones (and to also save some money)... but it turned out I wanted cool tones too, because it was super helpful for "energizing" me out of bed in the morning. I use the cooler range to help lull me to sleep at night. There is absolutely nothing at all wrong with the white kit, it will save a bit of money if you're just getting started. Me personally, I like the range of the ambiance kit best but it does get pricey fast... and there's some places (like closets or a bedroom) where you don't need blue toned lights. So my advice, is really think about what you are trying to accomplish and use the bulbs in this kit in a room where you want warmer tones. You can always add on later if you like.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect setup for smart home

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    NYTech
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    There are so many "smart" lights, and devices out there, it gets confusing. This Phillips Hue hub works well, and seems to have been around long enough to have worked out most of the kinks. The set up includes 2 light bulbs and the hub. You need the hub to control the lights. Set up was pretty easy, plug in the hub to your router and screw in the light bulbs and pair them. You should know though that the hub most be plugged into the router with an actual CAT5 cable, you cannot connect the hub to your router via internet. That may be a limitation for some people. Once everything is plugged in, pairing is pretty seamless. You will need to download the app. I use this app on my iPhone and it works well with the app or with Apple Home. To really make this shine though, you should connect it to a smart home device. Amazon Echo in my case. You could just use the app, but nothing beats telling Alexa "turn off my living room lights" and having it done automatically.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lord of the Lights

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    Jr1465
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    My fear when purchasing this item mostly revolved around the fact that there was one hub, but multiple bulbs. I was scared that once I placed the bulbs, where I wanted them, then connected the hub to them, and finally connecting to Alexa, that one command for one light would control them all. Yet, my fears were calm after insulation and giving Alexa my first command to turn on one light in a particular room. That light only came on!!!! I give Alexa a command to activate one light as if I installed a switch (meaning insulation was a breeze). This product has been working great, with no problems, since Set-Up and I could not be more happy. I thought I would try this because it seem it might be easier then installing switches or plug-ins. I already have multiple wireless switches and multiple wireless plug-ins installed and connected to Alexa. I'm only stating this for those who might question if any issue's might come up if they already have wireless items in their home. I have not had any issue's with having multiple, different wireless items and yes, they are all connected to Alexa. The only down side I've learned so far, is at bedtime I must tell Alexa to cut off multiple lights, one at a time lol.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

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    Phillygodd
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    I have been interested in buying smart lighting for a while but I was concerned about being an early adopter. Too many times I buy something early only to have a competitor come out with a better version after I have invested money in the network i.e. Amazon Echo vs Google Home. I love that this is a reasonably priced option with only two bulbs. If they suck no big deal but if they are great I have the base and can keep adding to it. They turned out to be great! They have presets that are better than I thought. I use the nightlight feature in my kitchen so my dog can see his food and water. It has a preset that syncs with sunset and will gradually turn on the lights so my dog is not sitting in the dark until I get home or I have to leave a light on all day. I have integrated them with my Amazon Echo so when I am sitting watching tv with dog in my lap I can reduce the light to 40% with a voice command. I plan on getting the colored lights next and possibly the strips. I have do more research on them. I wish they made an outdoor version that I can have by my front door. I read that the LCD cannot be in the cold so these are not recommended outside. I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was looking for.

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    Jessa
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    I was looking for an automatic light system that I could control remotely from my mobile device. I am gone for a few days at a time for work & I'd had some issues with someone coming into my apartment while I was out of town. Presumably, someone who was around enough to notice I was gone & someone with key access- as no locks were ever tampered with. Anyway, I got everything I wanted in this device. Set up couldn't have been easier. I paired my Hue Bridge with my Echo Dot & the rest is history. The only flaw in the system is that occasionally, my front door light says 'unreachable' & will not work without me deleting the light in my app then re-adding it manually. I have to assume that it is like this because I had to change the adapter at the light because it didn't have the typical female light bulb adapter. This was easily done & no problems were had for a week or so before it started claiming 'unreachable'. It's only happened twice since I purchased my Hue, which is going on at least one month now. Ease of use from my mobile device when I'm out of town. Easy to set up on & off timers, along with dimmers. I have no complaints with the exception of the front door light, which as I said could be from user error in that I had to change the lights receiving adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loving the possibilities

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    Brad
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    I am so glad that I made this purchase. Our family is behind the curve on smart home lights and sound. We failed to get in on the good deals around Black Friday, but when I saw that this starter kit came with a free Echo Dot (as I said, we’re behind) I took a chance. I’m glad that I did. My wife hates getting out of bed to turn off the lights when she’s done reading. Problem solved. We don’t always want the full amount of light that our floor lamps put out, and now we can dim them. Setup was super easy. Plug everything in. Install the app. Let the bridge update. Start playing around. It really was that easy. We will not upgrade every single bulb in our house; some lights just need to be turned on when you enter the room. Flick the switch. Move on. But knowing that we can put certain lights on timers, create a mood, or change the color (the bulbs in this kit don’t change colors) or brightness of a room is pretty awesome. I’ll definitely keep the Philips Hue bulbs on my radar for future purchases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far they are working out great

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    SueC
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    I bought this kit along with an Amazon Echo Dot to replace an X10 system I was using for the lights in my bedroom that had stopped working consistently. Initially I had some trouble with the second light bulb being recognized in the Philips Hue app. I ended up having to remove everything and start over from scratch after physically moving both lamps closer to the bridge. After doing that and getting them set up, I was able to move the lamps back where I wanted them. Even though sometimes the lights show as "unreachable" in the Philips app, they still work fine by voice control. Perhaps I will experiment with re-positioning the the bridge. Despite the occasional "unreachable" status, it's been a little over a week and I have had no issues. Love being able to turn on and dim the lights from the bed with my voice and Alexa... even easier than reaching for the remote when I was using X10! I have since added a color bulb for another room. The color bulb is a fun novelty, but too expensive. I will be buying more of the white dimmable bulbs as I catch them on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bought the Philips on an impulse

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    Techywage15
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    We were in Best Buy shopping for another item and spotted the Philips smart bulbs starter kit so picked them up. We had been considering adding them or something similar. Installation was very simple, in fact after the log in it did it for us. The only reason I do not give it a 5 star is we cannot connect our Amazon Echo to it. But we are satisfied with operating these from our smart phones, tablet, etc. We get a kick out of our 2018 smart bulb in a 1940's old lamp, picture I have added. The lamp belonged to my grandmother and my husband rewired it. That's quite a different use in 2018 from 1940 , old meets techie. The other is in a rewired lamp from the 1930's. We enjoy the features, dimming, brighter, tones and hues as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as claimed!

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    ChatsworthMike

    I may not show as verified purchaser, but I did buy the starter kit at the nearby Best Buy store. So far, I have only the two lights in my man cave, and they are perfect for this. Using the convenient presets, I can switch them both on at whatever level I wish and brighten or dim as necessary for TV viewing or visiting. They may also be controlled individually, on or off and dimmed. Installation was simple and worked just right the first time. Be aware: The hub requires its own AC power and must be connected with the supplied cable to your wifi router. The app downloaded quickly and worked right away. I have a much more sophisticated voice capability on my Motorola Moto X than Siri, but haven't yet tried to connect this to Hue. You can rename each light or fixture to describe where it is in your setup. The lamps or fixtures may also be switched off and on with their own switches. If you switch it off, then back on, it comes on full bright. The switch must be left on for the phone app to work, of course. Love this kit and will look for ways to add more around the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT System!

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    MylesT
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    This starter kit is awesome! I was hesitant at first and was torn between this and the more expensive ambient starter kit. For half the price I figured I would go with this one to see how well the system worked before really investing a lot of money in the more expensive bulbs. I have to say that I'm so glad I went with this. The system was really easy to set up and I even went back and bought 4 more of the same white stand alone bulbs. I had read other reviews about these on other sites saying they weren't very bight but I completely disagree. At 100% brightness they are brighter than the CFC bulbs they replaced. They give off a warm light which I personally prefer over the bright white light. If your looking to start automating your home this is a great first step and the HomeKit integration is awesome! I love being able to just say "Hey Siri, Turn on my office light" and just like that its on. No delay really either. I highly recommend this kit and I'm really excited to start expanding and adding even more to my home.

    I would recommend this to a friend