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Philips - Hue Play White & Color Ambiance Smart LED Bar Light - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 88 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    perfect if you don't want to use the lightstrip

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    AlikR
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    If you don't want to use the light strip to light up your TV, this is the perfect solution. I bought the one that contains 2 light bars in one package. Setup was a breeze. Each on comes with two stands - one for vertical mount so you can stand them up on your TV stand and the second option is the stick-on mount of you want to attach them to the back of your TV. I used the vertical mounts and found just fine. The surprise was in the power module for these - it comes with three!!! output jacks, so you can power up three light bars without needing 3 outlets. Very thoughtful! Their brightness of 550 lumens was good enough to create a prefect ambiance and I truly enjoyed it. (Remember that 1st gen of hue light was rated only at 600 lumens) I am still thinking about buying the 3rd one and mount them on the back of my TV with the 3rd one in the middle but then it becomes a somewhat expensive solution, however offset by its versatility. As I said I bought for my TV but these compact bars can be used in place of Iris, Hue Go or any other accent lights throughout the house

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Beware of Philips Marketing

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unique ambient lighting solution for Gamers

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    Albee
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    Purchased 2 of these to sit behind a gaming monitor. The lights create an immersive experience and dynamically change color to match what is on the screen. The lights are bright and the colors they cast against the wall are vibrant. Reaction time is fast, and there is almost no noticeable lag between what happens on screen and the changing colors of the play bar. Besides immersion, the lights give the added bonus of making "IPS glow" in dark rooms less noticeable. I did not give 5 stars since they require the separate Hue Bridge, and there is no way to directly plug the product via usb to a PC or Mac. I think that would have been an obvious / elegant solution for those of using the product with our computer displays.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for gaming

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    laffer1
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    I purchased this to put on the back of my monitor on my gaming pc. I've got it stuck to the center using the enclosed 3m double sided tape. The windows software is reasonably easy to use. It syncs pretty well with the game or videos I'm playing. It's absolutely awesome for Overwatch. The bright pulses of light used in the game come alive with this. Very neat. The only issue I have with it is that when you've got the sync feature turned on, it kind of locks the lights on. You have to click several things to turn them off and voice control with google home or alexa can't do it on their own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better version of the Bloom

    Posted
    JohnCrichton
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    Title of the review is pretty much all there is to say. Blooms were good for ambient lighting, but had a limited color spectrum and were annoyingly white with a white cord. This is much brighter, has better color output, offers more mounting possibilities, and is a easier to hid because it's black. The expansion option to add 3 of these per power supply is a great touch as well. For the extra $10, I see very little reason to buy a Bloom over a Play. I do wish the two included mounting plates were combined into a single that used some sort of ball bearing for rotation, but other than that I have zero complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great ambiance

    Posted
    Mikeebeaverton
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    Great ambiance, nice app integration... only complaint i's limitation of stances for the lights... they should have a better cradling system. It's difficult to sit the bar in the cradle and have it sit without moving because of the weight of the cord... also you have to have it balanced perfectly in the middle or it falls off the cradle...NOW, I understand it's supposed to be screwed into the cradle in 1 of 2 configurations, but that completely limits this lights usage and the users ability to position it... something Philips could definitely work on... no bad on best buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Posted
    HDDude
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    I'm using this incredible light for a slightly different purpose. It illuminates my turntable. I installed in on the wall, just above where the turntable's dust cover extends when raised. It's perfect. I can dim it or brighten it by voice, of course, using Google Home. I usually keep it on very softy, kind of like a 25W bulb., But if I want full brightness, it's available. It looks phenomenal, and works absolutely perfectly. It's made my return to vinyl even more enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Install, works like a charm

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    techtoys
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I needed to extend my Hue light strip to a tiny countertop area between my pantry door and refrigerator where my espresso machine sits. I thought about drilling holes and spending two hours to go that route, then I decided to just install this light. Took me 5 minutes to install and it works perfectly for me. The only downside to the light strip is that its thick and drop past the bottom cabinet edge. Other than that - perfect!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Entertainment lighting

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    Matt37
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    I’m using these lights on my 55in Samsung T.V. And the lights truly do bring the Movies, games to a whole new level. It expands the surrounding area to the screen of my T.V. When watching a video/ concert footage it almost feels like I’m right there in the crowd with the help of my surround sound...truly a amazing experience and very easy to set up. I would definitely recommend these lights to anyone!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Hue Play light bar!

    Posted
    Kirsty
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    I already have multiple Hue color/white ambience bulbs and light strips scattered around my apartment, and was looking for a solution to put behind my computer monitor to act as a bias light. As with all of my other Hue products, this does not disappoint! The light bar definitely gets bright enough when I need it to, and I can of course change color temperature depending on what I'm working on. Easy to mount with the included hardware. Love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One is not enough

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    Bamm83
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    I wish these would be a bit brighter and have more of a range of light. For how much it is, it may make more sense to get a light strip rather than a play. For me, I have one of these as well as a strip behind my TV and it gives some good light combined. But for $69, I wish the play would be a bigger deal. It's good when combined with something, but to only get one is a waste of $. Might as well get two or a strip along with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    wookieelover
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    I absolutely love these hue lights. I have 4 set up for my entertainment area. I love the way they sync up with my computer to deliver a great light show to compliment gaming or watching movies. My only complaint is they don’t have a way to sync with a ps4 unless you are using the ps stream through a computer it lags too much for my taste.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Accent Piece

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    MM0671
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    I really like the color combinations but I wish that they better integrated with televisions, you will get the full effect of this product when using it on a computer. Using a computer and the accompanying app allows the display colors to extend to the lights but without the computer when just using a tv you can only set it to predefined or personnally created schemes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Only at Best Buy

    Posted
    lucius
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    These lights are really awesome and love playing with millions of colors. Only thing is wish the screw is a little bigger and also that I had to buy an additional one for $10 more and there was no more Extension/Add on to add with the 1 pack! Wish Best Buy will do better by adding more of these items

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for computer bias lighting

    Posted
    setitoff
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    Great light, easy set up and when paired with hue light sync behind a monitor it creates a great atmosphere to match what's on your screen. Only downside is the price but being able to get a second and third light cheaper and use only 1 power plug makes it a bit better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    bought this as an extension to previous 2-pack

    Posted
    Kiran1234
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    extension adds more lighting to existing 2-pack and adds more effect hue sync application. However had to buy with plug which is $10 more than just extension due to lack of availability of extension pack alone without plug. Now this product is available back in market from Feb 1, 2019 on amazon as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Won’t disappoint

    Posted
    CJays
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    This lighting looks great behind a television and will add that extra something to movie night. I have yet to use the full capability of this light with gaming systems but look forward to that. I plan on purchasing two more as it looks much better than I planned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice addition to my Hue environment

    Posted
    DigitalVisual
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    I purchased this to go behind my computer monitor. I really do like it. It syncs well with the Hue App on the computer. I also bought some for behind my TV, but just be aware, you will not be able to sync the lights with your TV unless you go through a computer. I still like them though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for accent lighting, not as bright as Hue Go

    Posted
    bberkowi
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    This is a good little lamp for accent lighting in a corner or against a wall, provided it's behind something and you're not looking at it straight-on (it's too bright otherwise). But I prefer the Hue Go for lighting a corner - little brighter yet less harsh at the same time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New favorite toy.

    Posted
    JohnnyH
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    Have two of these now and two color light bulbs. Love the effect of all of them but the Hue Play are great. I started with a different brand bulbs knowing I really wanted the Hue. Now I bought the Hue a much better setup. Let me save you money, buy the Hue.

    I would recommend this to a friend