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Philips - Hue Play White & Color Ambiance Smart LED Bar Light (2-Pack) - Multicolor-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 295 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hue keeps getting better

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    VilePirate
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    We have a ton of Hue products. We have 7 of the regular color changing bulbs, a bloom and an LED indoor strip... now these. We had the indoor strip behind the TV, but the adhesive wore off, and half the strand displays another color than requested. Here enters my love for this product. These lights are perfect for behind the TV lighting and looks amazing. It gives way more light than the LED strand, and it’s way less maintenance than the adhesive issues we had with the strand. Each light has its own power cord, and the cord is about 5 feet long. It was plenty of length to get from the back of the TV to the floor. The lights have a pretty small footprint compared to the light strand too. Installation is simple... you have the option of letting them rest freely or you may attach them to mounts. We attached them to the included mounts, and then used the, also included, adhesive pads to attach it to the back of the TV. Let’s hope the adhesive is better than the strand - time will tell. Bottom line, this is about as good as it gets for ambient lighting behind a TV. I find with the ambient lighting my attention is more focused on the screen and my eyes wander less. Maybe because the image on the TV sticks out more depending on the level of contrast you have... just a thought. Anyway, I would highly recommend these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Hue Sync and wall washing

    Posted
    Graham
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    If you're familiar with Hue Sync (or other screen cap apps like Huestacean), and—more importantly—understand the limitations of Hue Sync, then these should be a nice addition to any screen-sync lighting setup. I have a Hue light strip around the back of my TV and a Play bar on either side pointing up at the wall. These work great as accents to the light strip and pick up everything happening on the peripheries of the screen (like color, brightness, darkness, flashes, etc.) And they're low-profile, so you can place them right next to the screen without visual interference. They don't get as bright or as dim as the light strip, but they do produce the full range of colors in a cohesive, diffuse output. If you don't already have a strip or other light behind your TV though, go for the Hue Play 3-pack so you have a light for the middle of the screen. 2 alone might be underwhelming for screen syncing. As wall washer lights, they're great for adding accent colors to scenes or just adding extra indirect brightness to a room for general lighting. I've even used them as impromptu fill-lights for taking some pictures since they're easy to move around. It's also nice that the lights come packaged with a few different mounting options like vertical stands and mounting strips. I ended up just laying them flat on the TV stand since the back of the Play lights are beveled, so they point toward and up the wall at a nice angle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I like them but,,,,,,,,

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    Keybeeetsss
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    Ok, so I have, in all, about 80 friends of hue, which include A19's, BR30's, GU10's, the little bitty bulbs, strips, Hue GO's, Blooms, Iris', White ambience, etc. These new PLAY lights, are more comparable to the 1st gen in terms of color. I have mostly 3rd gen bulbs & strips now, but still hadn't a few 1st & 2nd gen products. I replaced 1 spot where I had a bloom light, which was behind my TV, with a PLAY light, & while it does the job, the bloom color is much more distinctive, & the blooms are nowhere close to the HUE GO color, so that should give you some idea. The other thing, & this was confusing as Heck to me, was the different packages; you have the 1 light, then there's 1 light that says "extension", & then you have the 2 pack, which is what I bought. So the 1 light is the light & POWER CABLE; the 1 extension is ONLY a light, but no POWER cable. The 2 pack comes with 2 lights, but only ONE POWER CABLE, as you can connect 3 extensions on 1 PER POWER CABLE. I didn't realize what all of that was until I bought this 2 pack, & saw it was only 1 POWER CABLE, which wasn't my intent, because I hadn't planned on putting them close together, but had no choice, causing me to move my Bloom light. Personally, because I have them all, & know how the colors are, I probably won't by anymore of these, but that said, I like the pair I have...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Philips Hue product!

    Posted
    Izzy
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    I have invested a lot of effort into turning my condo into a smart home and I started with the lights. Since I have an Alexa, it was so much easier for me to turn on and off the lights without actually having to get up to the switch (lazy I know)! I researched Philips Hue since they are a reliable company and bought several different lights. I have a total of 16 Philips Hue lights including A19, BR30, and GU10. When I saw these, I wanted to add them to my collection since my bedroom does not have an overhead light. I have to depend on a floor lamp but there are parts of my bedroom that are still kind of dark. So I got these and put them on top of my tall dresser. Wow! At full power, they are very bright! I loved these so much, I got one more and put it on the other side of my bedroom. I grouped all the Hue Play lights together and I’m having a fun time making new scenes and experimenting with different colors. These were also easy to sync with the Alexa. One thing you should be careful about is that Philips says you can sync your TV and computer to the lights. Just be warned that your TV HAS to be connected to your computer for this to work! Philips Hue lights currently CANNOT be synced to streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, etc. I highly doubt people connect their TVs to their computers. I hope Philips will work with these companies so all their lights can sync with movies and tv shows. Luckily for me, I don’t really care about that. I just want lights that can fill up my room. I definitely recommend these!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Above my expectations.

    Posted
    Philip
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    I recently got into Hue products. I've been considering these light bars since they got announced in the summer. Originally I thought the light output would not be that great. But it is! What's in the box? You can either place it on your TV stand or mount it to your TV. It comes with: 1. Two TV stand mounts 2. Two TV mounts with double sided tape. 3. Power supply. You can connect up to 3 play bars to one power supply. Which helps if you don't have many outlets. Setup is a breeze as usual.with Hue products. Overall I'm incredibly taken back. Even for a big TV like mine, two bars is good enough to cover the wall. The price is a bit steep for Hue products. But they are truly all great products. They simply just work great. These do require a hue hub. So don't buy these if you don't have that. 5 stars all around from me.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love them. Even my non techy wife loves them..

    Posted
    Doug
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    I have a 75 inch TV in my home theater area that was burning my retinas out during viewing in a dark room. I have been looking at bias lighting strips, but decided on these lights after seeing some nice setups on the net. All the strips I saw would have required trimming and modification, and I prefer a simple installation process. I had these lights installed on the back of my TV along with the Hue Bridge and app in probably a half hour. The lighting control and color combinations are literally endless, and I noticed less eye fatigue almost immediately, which was my main goal all along. I like it so much I kind of want to add another pair to the bottom of the TV, but I'm going to play with this setup for a while before I make a decision. Highly recommend these lights! One thing of note. The cords are only a meter long. If you're mounting them high, you'll probably want the separate extension cords sold separately. I bought them but wound up not needing them as I had enough slack to run the wires through the wall into the power strip. Something to think about though!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beware of Philips Marketing

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    seanharmon1
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    The units themselves work great. The setup and pairing was easy. The colors are fantastic. Everything you would expect from a Philips Hue product. But... Do not be fooled by their marketing. They do not easily sync with the content on your TV. You'll need Philips Hue Sync running on a PC. Once this is installed, Philips expects you to either connect an HDMI cable or cast the content from your PC to your TV. Only then will the lights sync with your TV. In the age of the streaming device and smart TV, this is not a good solution. I'm still going to keep the units, as I hope Philips will introduce an installed application for my Fire TV or other smart device to provide better content sync. I've also had no luck getting these lights to sync with my Sonos home speakers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SO COOL!

    Posted
    MADDOG
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    I live in an apartment, and have these installed in my living room. I use the Hue Bridge (most current as of the day of this review) and on the Hue app on an Apple iPhone Xs running iOS 12.2. They are incorporated into Apple HomeKit. Regarding accessories, I use a Hue Tap Switch. I've owned these for a bit over a month. TOTALLY love them. I have both of them near a wall, pointed towards the ceiling, to provide diffused light into the room. Setup takes <1 minute, and work seamlessly and unproblematically like all other Hue products. They work perfectly with Siri. They work with other Hue light Scenes in the room that are pre-programmed, such as Savanna and Arctic. I made my own Scenes as well, to illuminate the room in different colors based on my mood and/or activities (relaxing, reading, tv, movies, gaming, meditating, etc.). Choosing the colors you want is SO much fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it.

    Posted
    Steve
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    A bit expensive and I wish they where longer but completely worth it. I've built my own addressable LED setups with Arduino before and it's totally possible to get the same look for cheaper but what makes this better is the functionality and compatibility with multiple different platforms and your not getting stuck doing all the heavy lifting in the form of integration because Philips constantly updates the devices with their own patch work. They are adding more 3rd party partners as well which is cool. The video mode through Windows is absolutely amazing if set up right as well. I would recommend these but also recommend Philips to MAKE A LARGER SET!!! lol

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing lights

    Posted
    Pdizzle15
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    These lights are amazing. I have the set up in my office for music, gaming, and movies and they don't disappoint. They work good with the Razer Chroma for music, but I think they work best when the chroma and lights work separately. I want a third since just 2 isn't enough to surround the colors for gaming and music. When playing a game or listening to music via the Hue Sync I thing that it's almost surround sound but with color. If I had a center and 2 forward left and right speakers it would better show whats on screen. With that being said, I would definitely recommend these speakers. I use them in a front room of my house and the neighbors always wonder whats going on. Very bright. It is a great investment to a game room, video room, or music room.....just remember that they are on, cause the app for your PC isn't great at turning them off when your done. Five stars!!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very flexible design

    Posted
    Kingsbridge
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    My local store didn't have this in stock so I went to another store to get this item as an impulse purchase. I had previously purchased a bridge when it was on sale and this was my first light purchase. You have multiple choices of how to install this, i.e. attached to the back of your TV, or you can use a vertical or horizontal stand. I used the easy to attach vertical stand and set up was very simple. I experimented with different positions and ended up with the two lights directly facing the wall and washing it with color. I found the unshaded led light too intense if any part of the light was facing me. I'm very happy with this. It is lightweight and very easy to move around and experiment with different positions as well as with different colors. I am controlling it both with my iPhone and with Alexa. I have since bought other Hue lights.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great ambient lighting!

    Posted
    RocknRide71
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    I bought these to have something to light up behind my TV. This works perfectly. I wish there was an app to download on my smart TV to get the lights to work w/ TV shows but, I assume that will come at a later date once more people buy these. The only way to get it to work is hooking up your laptop via HDMI just to get the background lighting to sync with whatever you're watching. Otherwise it would have gotten 5 stars. I own a house full of Hue bulbs and light strips. They work flawlessly and work w/ Amazon Echo. Can't go wrong. Pricey? Yes! I just wait for a sale or coupon code to pop up in my email. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressed so far

    Posted
    Mrgneissguy
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    I have had smart lighting in my house for a while through Samsung SmartThings. While I have been please overall, sometimes the lights connected get a little glitchy. With the deal that included the free Hue Hub, I purchased these Hue Play lights. Setup and connection to the hub was very easy, the colors are more striking that the bulbs I had been using, and so far they have been extremely reliable. My only complaint is that the Hue Sync requires connecting a pc to your television to work, and I cannot find a way to include a height element to the lights' positions. Other that, they are great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for TV Backlighting

    Posted
    Steve
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    I purchased these at the recommendation of an in-store associate. Originally, I was looking at the light strip to mount behind my TV. He pulled up the demo videos and I was sold. Integrated just as easily as any Hue lights and I have set them up with Harmony to change colors, depending on my activity. We mounted one on each side of the back of the TV (65") about halfway and they really produce the backlighting. Each is able to be set to its own color. Definitely sets an awesome mood for viewing and entertainment. I will be buying a single light next to place under the kitchen counter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great potential but limited

    Posted
    Bigo
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    A decent alternative to using a RGB strip, but are more expensive. It does include sticky tape to attach to tv, but you also have two different stands to use. Using them to match lighting on a movie or game is a nice feature. They can get very bright and have nice color saturation. What's holding this back is the match lighting is limited to the hue sync program that has to be installed on a PC. There are work around for PS4 by using remote play. If Phillips could get these to sync with the TV without the need for a PC they would appeal to a lot more people.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Deebeebee
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    I purchased 2 sets of these, one for my computer and one for my television and it works great on both. On the the PC I have it syncing with Hue Play to change colors based on what I am doing on the screen. The only thing I wish was that the bars would turn off when I turned my computer off. They’ll turn on with the computer, but won’t turn off. I won’t take a point off for that because it’s most likely something that was overlooked in software. Other than that the bars are very bright and 2 were enough to use as ambient lighting for a 65” television. For a larger television I’d probably go with 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Backlighting!

    Posted
    Gornak
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    Veteran Philips Hue owner, so setup was quick and easy. Just make sure that you have the Hue Sync App installed on your PC. Reminder, this does NOT work with over the air/cable content, it requires you to play videos or movies from your PC to work. That being said, I had already connected my bedroom PC to the living room TV via HDMI through the wall. Watched Star Trek Beyond last night, and I was amazed when the Enterprise was on red alert. The red pulses on the screen lit up the back wall as well, totally amazing!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very entertaining

    Posted
    Zaid
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    I’m so happy for having decided to buy this Hue Play lights. They are really nice and added a nicer look to my computer desk. Easy in set up and has great cycling colors. They only part that I didn’t like is when I shut down my PC light stay on until I turn them off from Hue app or and other Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. I hope Philips will release an update that allows light to turn off once PC is off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite Hue product!

    Posted
    Kyle
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    I’ve been a little obsessed with Hue lighting ever since I got my first couple of bulbs. These are far and beyond my favorite Hue product. I’m currently using them with my gaming PC setup, and also on shelves in our living room. If you were considering the light strip for anything, I would also consider these because I think they are far better for many situations. If you are on the fence, trust me, get these!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awsome! Makes your TV stand out totally cool

    Posted
    Amh87
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    They are awsome, easy to install and set up. I put mine on the back of the TV and TV stands out along with my other hue lights. They should sell the 3 pack since the 2 pack comes with only 1 charger and option for 3 lights. They are a little bit expensive but well worth it you wont regret it In regards to hue syc, yes u need a laptop/pc to sync color with movie or music.. I hope they soon release the mobile. Version for cell phones so then u can just mirrow the movie or change with music. But yes buy them!

    I would recommend this to a friend