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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not perfect

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    TheCritic
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    Bought this for Alexa integration. That part works flawlessly. I can also dim the lights with the phone app. That also works quite well. But here are where the good stops. So this Philips Hue bulbs (4) with bridge is a great starter way to get into home automation. Set up was fairly easy, though you would need to be close to your internet modem or wifi router/ network router to plug in the internet cable. This is where the WEMO switches have the upper hand, where they already have the wifi connection built in and all you have to do is connect them wirelessly to your wifi router. Yes, I understand that the bridge is there for expansion, as you can add quite a few more lights to the same bridge, so the bridge in itself is a separate, private wireless router. But it could be hard to install for some application as you have to be close to your home router and an AC outlet. Putting that aside, the connection stays pretty good. I have the lights in the basement, and the hue bridge in the basement and Alexa upstairs. Alexa more times than not, will detect and control the lights before I go down. When I am in the basement, my only control method is my app, which is also pretty responsive. It may sometimes take a couple of tries to get the right dim or for the light to show up in the app but most of the times it gets it right. The nice thing about is that you can set up scenes, for example if you are having a guest night you can have all of them set bright, and when it is movie time you press a button and they dim to your preset liking. I have mine set up to 1% dim on two of them and off on the other two to create a dark but not totally dark movie experience. All in all, it is pretty convenient and am thinking to add some more bulbs to lamps in the bedroom and livingroom. That is where the good things end. Here comes the 'bad things'. There is no way (haven't found it yet) to remote control the lights away from home. As your lights are on their own hue bridge / router, there is no way to tap into your home wifi from anywhere in the world and turn the lights on/ off or even see if they are turned on or off. This is where the WEMO switched do a much better job. there is a setting that detects when you are away from the lights via the cell phone app, to turn the lights off when you leave home and on when you return, but that part is pretty useless. Also, if you ever lose power or have a power surge, the lights turn on. So if you are away on vacation, your lights are on for the entire day. You can also set a preset program to turn the lights off at a certain time (mine are set to turn off at 1AM every day). But again, it would be nice to see if your lights are on or off. If they incorporate that, then it would be a much better experience. Also, unlike the WEMO which are actually wall switches, you have to leave your lights in the on position all the time. If you ever flick the switch by accident, your lights won't work. So it is best to use them for nightstand lamps in bedrooms and maybe living rooms. I wouldn't use them at point of entries where you need instant light, i.e. when entering your home. There, again, is where WEMO switches win, as you can operate them as normal on/off switches as well. OVERALL: These are pretty nice to set the mood in your room as you can dim them. The dimming feature is what sold me on them, as I needed some dimming lights in my basement. Other than that, it depends how you want to control your lights. Do you want convenience of turning lights on./off from your couch and don't want to get a screwdriver? Then this is for you. Are you a bit more handy and have no problem turning off the power to the house and install wifi switches, for a bit more control on your lights (minus the dimming feature)? Then get the WEMO switches or WEMO plugs. You do get a bit more with this package (4 bulbs and a bridge for about $100), but you get more control with WEMO, although $100 will get you about 2 switches (they are almost $50 each). .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Hue lighting is better than all the others.

    Posted
    Flynt
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    I have tried so many things and returned a few companies products i this learning curve. The HUE lights are highly addictive. At first their point seemed too high for my hobby project that my wife would not accept right off the bat. They’ve lowered the prices and a still pumping out great new products. They are very reliable and very customizable. I love them. I love them I love them. See below for another review I placed about the Google Assistant see just how well the lighting has melded into my wife’s Psyche!!!!! =============••= Yes, “them”. At first I bought one and I bought an Echo also. I kept my Google Home Assistant Speaker and returned the Exho. I have bought 2 of the original style and two of the minis for my home. Couple with my smart switches, outlets and bulbs and with both chromecast to 1 tv and the other to anextra monitor and then 2 of the audiocast to two diffferent high output audio speakers in larger rooms and without an Assistant in those particular my house is coming alive. It’s funny, at first my wife kind of put off and frustrated with me doing this. Now she’s fully onboard, so much that other morning after just awakening she hurting the living to fold some cloths she left on the couch the night beforehand. I was still I bed and I heard her say “Turn Living Room” af few moment later I head her say it again. And then I heard her say “Turn everything on” and I could tell by her voice she was frustrated and I could tell by looking the cracked door that no lights were so. So. I said, the ‘mini’ speaker in my bedroom, “Ok Google, Turn Everything On” and voila the living room, dining room, bed room, kitchen, breakfast, many lamps and the Christmas tree all lit up to the preintendes brightness values. I get up an go toward her and say “Whats Up?” I then say, you gotta say Hey Google or Ok Google first. She said well they came on and I told her I heard and and did it for her from the room. She was irritated that her voice sauce was not tuning on the Lights. I have slowly building my system for about 4 months now. During the period she has become so used to the Speakers and talking to command them that she even thought to just go and Flick a switch or button for any light. She’s used to bossing these rooms around I guess. It was truly very cute and funny. BUT the best part is the feedback. ALL the MUSIC from google play. We have a very extensive Apple iTunes Music Library I have compiled from about 4000 CD and then the stuff we purchase through Intunes. I was actually waiting for the new Apple speaker to show up and that why I don’t have one of the larger model Googles. Apple has not delivered I’m just stick to my Google. Any back to the music. Our purchased library is huge. GOOGLE PLAY is exponentially larger and it rocks. I can come home and say Hey Google play some cool Jazz from the 50 and she will begin to fill the room with all kinds of music and artist I would never even think of. I can ask her to Play Contemporay Christian and she’ll plank all out favorites and a bunch of new songs my local radio stations have not let me hear yet. Wi H google play mynacccount in Yourube is upgraded to Red status. That means no stupid you tube ads and I think higher quality definition. She’ll play YouTube to the assistant and Cast devices in audio and replay the contest on my monitors (better that that echo display) and she’ll play my Netflix, news cast and a ton of other stuff on to my chrome cast. In the morning she tell me about the weather, my travel time and my agenda and reads to me the top headlines. We use the one in the kitchen the most. It is usable from Kitchen Living Breakfast ans Dining room areas with how my house it laid out and where I placed it. A great resource she pull up recipes, set times, and does so much. And now, she able to make phone calls too. The call come from my number so my contact know to answer and still I can use her to call MY phone on those occasions it has misplaced itself. My wife, it know her voice from mine and she can do all the above for her preferences. What I really really really want and am waiting in creating calendar events that tie into my Gmail ( and Apple and Outlook) Account’s and the ability to send voice to text messages from her. And real large on my wants to read and create emails. She say something like, “i’m Sorry I can’t help with that yet”. Come on google. Give it to me. My family came for thanksgiving. They fell in love. On Black Friday I bought a bunch of products to get them for Christmas. They’ll be hooked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    No more light switches

    Posted
    SizeMatters
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    This starter kit gives you everything you need to change 4 lights in your home from lights that require physical flicks of the switch to ones that will be turned on and off with your smart phone. Setting up the physical devices is REALLY easy - plug 'em in and turn 'em on. The Hub (which comes with the kit and is required to operate the lights) can ONLY be connected to your home network (and MUST be connected to your home network) with a physical ethernet cable (not your wifi). The Hub then communicates with your light bulbs through your wifi router to the light bulbs. The light bulbs that come with THIS kit are only white - not capable of changing colors but they can be dimmed through the app from barely on to bright white. So a couple of things that you should know/consider before you go down this route: 1) Again, the Hub MUST be connected to your home network through by an ether net connection. 2) Your lightbulbs must be in a place that receives a wifi signal from your network. 3) You've got to shop around and sort through a handful or two of smart phone apps to figure out which one(s) you want to use .... it's a little painful doing that - I've only used free ones and they tend to be a little clunky and not necessarily straight forward but you'll figure it out. 5) The smartphone apps generally let you "program" your lights to turn an and off at certain times - they're all a little different so if that's an important feature for you check the individual app capabilities. 4) Perhaps the MOST important consideration and something I haven't seen discussed anywhere else. You can no longer use the switch to operate the lights ... you've got to leave the lights turned on and ONLY USE THE APP to turn the lights on and off. So if your spouse or kids or guests don't have the app and/or aren't connected to your network you will be turning the lights on and off. Also, imagine that your TV room has 8 recessed lights in the ceiling all operated by a single on/off switch and you want to be able to turn off the two that are right above the TV providing glare. The good news is that you can do this. The bad news is that the only way to do this is to replace all 8 light bulbs with these $50/each wifi bulbs and program (easy) a scenario that turns the front two off and gives you dim control of the remaining 6 or something light that ... again, the switch must be left on so turn the lights off you'll need to use your smart phone ... no more walking into the room and hitting the light switch to turn them on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pricey but very good. Apple HomeKit disappointing.

    Posted
    SmartHomeNewbie

    I’ve only had the lights for a few days but wanted to share initial impressions especially for set up while it was still fresh in my head. I purchased a starter kit with 4 standard white bulbs, an additional 4 bulbs and 4 flood lights for outside. Initial set up was easy with HUE. I started with 4 inside lights. Apple HomeKit set up with my iPhone was a not intuitive but I got it done. The four interior lamps worked perfectly and I could control the with Siri. I downloaded the HUE app to see what it could do. It said there was a firmware update so I did it. Everything stopped working. Apple HomeKit wouldn’t recognize any of the bulbs. I had to reset the HUE hub to factory and delete everything from my iPhone and start from scratch. But HomeKit still didn’t work. What finally resolved it was downloading the CORRECT HUE app. I apparently was using a 3rd party app not the Phillips HUE app. Once I did that I was able to set the bulbs up quickly thru the HUE app. It was much more intuitive and quicker than using HomeKit. And it synced itself to HomeKit so I could use Siri. I would recommend starting with the HUE app and then adding it to HomeKit. The app is also more reliable then HomeKit. I installed 4 more bulbs in outside lanterns around the garage doors. HomeKit kept saying connection to the bulbs was lost. I finally fired up the HUE app to see if I could reset something but the bulbs worked perfectly from HUE. Still adamant about using my iPhone and Siri, I did some research to see if I needed a WiFi extender to help bring the exterior bulbs in range. Apparently the Phillips HUE devices do not actually use the WiFi. They use a technology called ZigBee. They act as repeaters themselves via “ZigBee” built into the devices. Learning this, I then installed the outside floodlights which were between the HUE hub and the garage lights. The connection to the garage lights improved dramatically. But HomeKit was still throwing an occasional error while the HUE app was working flawlessly. I purchased HUE wanting to strictly use my iPhone but the more I used Homekit and the HUE app, the HUE app proved to be more reliable and easier to use. If you're an Apple user, don’t be hardheaded like I was initially about not wanting to use the HUE app. It works great. Fortunately it’s the interior lights that are consistently working with Siri which are the one I use voice control with. The outside lights are on a schedule via the HUE app and turn off and on their own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent but not the great guns its touted to be

    Posted
    Ashish
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    This is a decent product. Well reviewed and the starter kit gets you underway to "smarten up" your home. Having tried this starter kit for a few months, I am yet to see the practicality behind the huge marketing hoopla - sorry I just don't see it for the starter kit. The Hub setup is pretty straight-forward, but beyond switching them on/off (the starter kit does NOT have colored bulbs) there is little else to do. The brightness (aka lumens) is pretty low for an average sized room - unless you like it that way - you have to use at least 2. This is best suited for people who live in lofts, studios or small sized apartments. The only advantage I see is in the Hue app is that I can plug these bulbs in my driveway and have them switch on after sunset (using location geo-fencing) when I get back home. However, Philips forgot that I need to switch them off too, so I have to remember to get back inside and pull out my phone to switch them off - doesn't make sense! Most other app driven capabilities like (wake up routine - when lights go from 0% to 100% brightness gradually) and go to sleep routine (the opposite of wake up) are NOT supported on these bulbs! The app however allows you to dim the the bulbs to use as night-lamps in kid's rooms. To make things even more "interesting", during setup you have no way of identifying individual bulbs (they show up as 1,2,3,4, etc.) and post setup once the bulbs are recognized and registered on the Hub, God forbid if you want to move the bulb to another room/location - you spend an atrocious amount of time trying to figure out which one you moved (was it 1 or 3, no wait it was 4!). Overall the product is a decent/robust product. I have used these bulbs outdoors in my driveway and they work fine across all seasons. This review is meant to know the full length and breadth of the product. Made me certain that Hue Bulbs are not for me at their current price point. I have had better results using LED bulbs in conjunction with smart plugs/switches etc. like Wemo... and if you are into IoT, alternate options lend themselves much better to setting up routines using IFTTT, Flow, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bridge won’t connect to internet

    Posted
    Mike

    I bought a Philips hue starter kit on Thursday installed the lights, hooked up the bridge, and followed the instructions on the app to set it all up. By this point all is going well. I could control the lights from the app and from Siri on my iPhone. Ok so now it’s time to try to set up the hue bridge with the “out of home” feature. After many attempts it kept saying that now Philips hue bridge was not found on the network. After double checking and making sure that the bridge was connected to the router right, going into the router settings and making sure everything was set right, trying to contact Philips support several times with no luck, and then checking online forums for similar problems and solutions *which many people had the same issue*. I came to the conclusion that the bridge must be defective, today I took the starter kit back to Best Buy and exchanged it for a new kit. When I got home I immediately hooked everything up again, went into the app and set everything up, but yet again I couldn’t connect it to the out of home feature. So I tried again to get in touch with Philips hue support. Finally I got through to someone, they asked me what kind of internet connection I have, I told them I have AT&T. They came back on the line and told me that their technical department said the bridge will not work with ANY SATELLITE OR CELLULAR INTERNET!!! No where on the box does it say that is an issue, but I now have a $100 useless system. I do not recommend this product to anybody that doesn’t wish to deal with days of headaches trying to make it work, and just to get told that it doesn’t support your internet provider or your equipment. It’s useless and a hassle all well just taking your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great entry into the money pit that is HUE

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    BSaintRandy
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    I purchased this for a relative around Black Friday because at the time it cost just about as much as the two bulb starter kit I purchased almost a year ago. Even just the dimming bulbs in a ceiling fan make a world of difference and being able to adjust everything from your phone while you lazily lounge about is just the way to go. Add in the color and white ambiance bulbs and you have a million different options to really change the look of your place. Our boring white everything, cookie cutter apartment really comes alive with all the different configurations and colors and all the highlights and lowlights of different complementary colors interacting is just cool. The fact that its the most widely supported software wise means it will play nice with almost any other hardware or software you have and gives you the opportunity to do other cool things. For example, I have my Hue lights synced with my Logitech Harmony universal remote hub so when I watch a movie, the hub turns on my TV, receiver, and bluray player, swtiches to all the right inputs, and then dims all of the Hue lights in the livingroom. Then when I turn off the TV, the lights come back up. People may say there are practical uses such as light scheduling for security or whatever but they're just trying to justify their purchase which if it helps you sleep at night you can say the same but Hue is just a cool gimmick. There's no need to make excuses for it. If you've seen the pictures and videos of room setups with the Hue lights and all of the creative places to put them and you think its pretty awesome, then you'll enjoy them. And this is a great way to get started since you'll need the hub UNLESS you opt for, or already own the latest and greatest Amazon Echo which has the hub functionality built in but I can only really recommend that if you already own it as its not cost effective. But just a warning, when you make the plunge you'll be addicted and then all of your lights won't be good enough and you'll have to replace them all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exciting new experience ... first smart home purch

    Posted
    SlimJim
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    Very practical applications in my home. I bought the starter kit on Black Friday, and then bought light packs for more rooms on Cyber Monday. I have routines to help wake up the kids and myself at different times each weekday with a 15 minute fade-in. I still use my alarm in case I'm just too tied to get up, but the light fade-in works for me so much better. I have light routines for dusk and for dawn that control which lights turn on and at what brightness. My wife synced her Apple ID to the hub so she can control the lights by name with Siri. She uses her voice every night to turn off the Master lights even though all our smart lights are scheduled to turn off automatically at midnight anyway. When you setup the lights, its actually rather fun naming each light so you can uniquely control each one. My son's light name is Boy. My daughter's is Girl. Others include desk, sink, back door, garage door, his, hers, couch, mantle, landing, even monkey (for the light with a monkey shade). Lights can be grouped into rooms. We have Retreat, Office, Kitchen, Living Room, Master, Blue room, Pink room, etc. We now have an Echo Dot synced to the hub. I love using Alexa to control whole rooms or individual lights. I even created an Alexa voice control where lights in the living room are set to dim when my wife and I are ready to watch TV with our wine in hand. For my birthday in May, I'm going to ask for some Hue in-wall light switch controls to control selected ceiling lights and chandeliers. Thank you Best Buy for offering such an attractive holiday promo that got me to try this stuff out. Ordering online was easy and I was so glad I could pick up my purchase at my Store.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart Lights for a Smart Home

    Posted
    klbst710

    My husband and I purchased the Hue bulbs a little over a year ago to outfit our entire apartment. It started with a few bulbs here and there and then exploded into every fixture in our home. Now we own a house and have Hue bulbs in every fixture except in the unfinished side of our basement and two overhead lights in our living room and bedroom. We have an Apple ecosystem in our home, so everything "smart" that we own is compatible with our Apple HomePod and Apple HomeKit. It's very convenient to turn on the geo fencing settings so that all of the lights turn off when the last person has left the home. It is also very easy to just pull out your phone and change the color (if you have the color ambiance bulbs) or the brightness of any bulb. Each bulb in our house has its own unique name, but with HomeKit you can set up rooms. So all you have to say is 'Hey Siri, turn on the (blank room) lights'. It's super convenient when you have arms full of groceries and need to turn the lights on, or have the geo fencing have the lights turn on as soon as you pull into the driveway. Hue bulbs have changed our lives drastically and slashed our electric bills by a TON. I will say that the ONLY downside to the smart lights is when the WiFi goes down. You have no ability to change the lights or even turn them on. I highly suggest purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) or battery back up for your WiFi system if you're concerned about any power outages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    flawless performance

    Posted
    whistleface
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    I have been in the process of wiring the switches and fixtures in my house with Insteon's system, but that is a long term project, and the Phillips Hue system offered an immediate solution for automation in rooms I haven't converted. The lights perform exactly as advertised, whether controlling through my phone or using Alexa. I never imagined that using my voice to control lights would make much of a difference vs. flipping a manual switch in arms reach, but it actually does! I'm spoiled for life. The set up of the hub and the bulbs requires quite a few steps, but if you are even modestly tech savvy, the process is very straightforward if you take your time and follow the instructions. Be sure to write down the serial numbers, printed on the base of the bulbs, prior to screwing them in. There were several points in the set up process when it would have been handy to have that reference list. I also anticipate that having the serial numbers will expedite any future potential troubleshooting. The colored bulbs offer every possible choice, and the white bulbs emit a nicely balanced color tending towards the warm side. The dimming is very smooth and hub control dynamic is ultra responsive. I am happy that these bulbs are rated to draw less electricity than a halogen or incandescent equivalent. The trade off is, that since they are automated to certain routines I have set up, I tend to leave the lights on in more places and for longer periods of time. I think once I get over the fascination with their capability, our household will settled down in terms of their use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice lights for voice control

    Posted
    Tinkerman
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    So this kit was my first Hue lights purchase. They were easy to install but immediately the hub and bulbs each required an update which took a very long time (hours). It was kind of annoying that a brand new product required such an onerous update. I hope they don't need to be updated on a frequent basis. Installing the Hue app and getting basic functionality was fairly straightforward. Getting them set up with my Google Home mini was a bit more involved but eventually worked out. It required making an online account at meethue.com, giving the account access to my Hue components, and then giving Google access to the Hue account. I am somewhat concerned about having to give access to my network because of possible security vulnerabilities. I am considering moving all of my home automation stuff to a separate guest wifi network. I really wish Google Home could just access Hue locally and not have to go thru the internet. So having voice control over the lights throughout my house is very cool and works fine so far. If it continues to operate reliably and not require lots of maintenance, I may update this review to 5 stars. I chose to start with this basic white light starter kit because it was substantially cheaper than the color lights and really basic home lighting thru voice control was my first priority. The color lights look cool, but really they are kind of a novelty. If these basic white lights work out well, I will consider getting some of the fancier lights, when they go on sale!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Echo Dot

    Posted
    dstraw00
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    This system is just plain awesome!! I'm loving it. I don't need crazy colorful lights...I just like regular white light...and this fits the bill. Now, you may ask, why am I'm loving it? What's the difference in just getting a simple wifi smart plug and plugging your lamp in it? Well I love the dimm factor. These bulbs can dim on command via the Echo Dot. I can say, Alexa, Dim livingroom light 30%...and boom...it's done. You can program the lights to come on or off any day of the week or every day, at what ever time you want. The two best features I like are the gradual brightness and the gradual darkness. So, during the winter months when I wake up before the sun rises...I used to have hit the snooze on my alarm clock once if not twice....and even I wasn't really awake even after the second snooze...just plain groggy. Well, snooze no more for me. Yes, since I've set this up, I have not hit the snooze button once. When the alarm goes off, I'm awake without issues ready to go. How you ask? Simple, I have it set up at the time my alarm clock goes off...but the Hue system would gradually brighten 10 minutes before my alarm actually goes off. This tells your body it's day time and time to wake up. At night, I have a particular time I go to sleep...so 30 minutes before it's time for bed, the Hue system will gradually dim to till its completely off. You can control this system by turning the light on or off even while you're away from your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Control your lights without ever hitting a switch

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    TravisJ
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    This is a really neat way to control your home lighting. The box comes with 4 bulbs and a base station that is hard-wired into your router. Setup is pretty easy and the accompanying app is user friendly. Pros: Easy setup. Bulbs are bright and provide plenty of light. Bulbs can be used like regular bulbs using the switch, or if the power is left on, you can also use the app to turn on, off, or dim. This one is crazy, the app can be used to update your lightbulb.... yup that's right. Phillips keep the hub and bulbs bug free and secure with updates to both. You can use other apps such as Apple HomeKit to use Siri to turn on and off lights. Cons: Doesn't work with some dimmer switches. I have two different kind in my home, and the switch with an LED light built into the switch doesn't play nice with the LED bulbs. The other dimmer, with a slider to control the dim, works well. Bulbs are a little bit expensive, but claim they last 20+ years based on 3 hours a day usage. Time will tell on this one. Updating the bulbs are slow and can turn on or off while updating, which for some may be annoying. I haven't noticed this when updating mine though. Other thoughts: This is one of those things that no one probably really needs, but really neat to have. Being able to turn off all lights with a siri or alexa command, set lights on timers or geofencing, and being able to add devices whenever you want is pretty awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lights for a smart home

    Posted
    troyy
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    These are the first Hue lights I've installed in my home. The Hue bridge was relatively easy to set up. Once set up, you can add your lights to the bridge. I'm using 3 lights in my kitchen. One over my sink and two over an island. I really like the fact that I can turn on just the sink light or the island lights. Or I can turn them all on at one time. You really do have a lot of flexibility with them. I also put one in my living room in a floor lamp. I previously had a bright white bulb and this one is more of a soft white bulb. So pay attention to the bulb type before you put it in. If you are expecting bright white, this kit isn't it. I have the Amazon Echo Dot and hooked it up to Hue and now can turn the lights on and off with the Echo. This works for me nearly all the time. Every now and then I need to repeat myself, but not very often. It is also handy to be able to dim the lights. Just tell Alexa the percentage you want and she will adjust it. So the dimmer works great too. I have not set it up yet, but I plan on setting up some timers so it turns on and off automatically. I have not had any problems with my Hue lights since I set them up a couple weeks ago and would highly recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but worth it.

    Posted
    EddieJay
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    My wife and I decided to line our apartment with smart lights. It was more on a whim, and the final price tag was a little more than expected, but I've never been more pleased. The functionality has far surpassed any small description listed on the packaging. Some of the biggest advantages include: turning the lights on before I get out of the car (with take out in hand, groceries, packages, etc). No more fumbling around in the dark trying to find open space and then turning on the lights. Or, if I forget to start them from my phone, as soon as I walk in my Google Assistant turns them on with my voice. Turning off or on all the lights from bed in the morning or night. Inidividual light control for ambient lighting during movies. The list goes on and on. The dimming feature is also far more beneficial than I expected. To go from brightness while eating to a mood setting for movies is quite convenient.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup and really fun!

    Posted
    DigitalDaveyboy
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    After much research, I decided to try the Philips Hue lamps to solve a home security concern. Rather than continuing to use the old wall outlet lamp timers, I figured giving WiFi bulbs a try. The setup was easy, and creating the on/off schedules was fast an intuitive. My lamps now come on with just enough randomized difference to really create the appearance of someone being home. Problem solved way easier than I hoped! Now for the fun part. During the process I decided to splurge and try the colored Hue bulbs. Wow!! The family just loves them, and the ambience and color schemes are only limited by your imagination. I can't wait to install them outside and maybe a few of the LED ribbons. The only down side is the individual lamp firmware update that will run the first time you connect them. Each one can take an hour or more, so be prepared to wait a bit, but it's definitely worth it. A few weeks in and the system is running strong, and the bonus is being able to check the status from my phone. So I'm satisfied and will be replacing many more bulbs over the next year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product I'm hooked!

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    wrench
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    I bought these on a great black Friday deal for $60. normally $100. to try them out , I have been watching these for a while now. They were very easy to set up to my home WiFi network & then link with my Amazon echo dots. Now that I have them set up I can just tell Alexa what to do with them, on & off & you can set the brightness from 10% to 100% all with a voice command! I am disabled & this is a big thing for me not having to get up off the couch or chair just to turn on a light. eg: Alexa turn all lights on , Alexa dimm front door light to 25% etc, I see myself getting more smart home products in the near future. In all a great deal on a great product & yes they are as bright as or brighter then a 60 watt bulb @ 100% & they only use 9 watts @ 100%! You do need home WiFi in your home to link them with the hub & you don't need an Echo , Google etc. device ,you can use your smart phone app to control them. They also work away from home , on timers etc. its almost endless what you can do with these bulbs. I only wish I would have bought them sooner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lighting great, App/Software not so much

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    Michael
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    Overall I am very happy with the product although I have only had it installed for two days now. I have been using the product with Google Home and am very satisfied with using voice commands to operate the lighting. I have 8 lights assigned to various rooms/locations in the house. The bridge is communicating easily with each bulb in various locations in the house. The only bad part of this experience has been the App/Software. The App does not recognize/find the bridge. After a lot of work it finally recognized it for a short period only to lose contact again. This happened repeatedly. I knew it was not a matter of the bridge being too far from the bulbs because when I would get a bulb appropriately setup, it would continue to communicate with the bridge even though the App could not. I finally downloaded a third party App and it worked flawlessly. However, I spent a number of hours to make this all work trying to use the Phillips Hue App.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the only smart light system I really trust

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    Jimmy
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    So far Philips Hue has been great. I think having the bulbs on their own Zigbee network through the Hue bridge ends up working a bit better than having each bulb connect directly to the wifi router. I have over 20 bulbs now and the more you have the better they work. The bulbs create a mesh network, so you can essentially chain bulbs to cover long distances. For instance I had some lamps in one room connected with Wemo switches and they were often unresponsive as that room is farthest from my router. The Hue bulbs have no problem with this however. Hue bulbs in the ceiling of my hallway are likely the cause. I even have hue bulbs on the outside of my garage door now. Even without as direct a chain, they function without issue. On top of all this, in conjunction with Apple Homekit, the responsiveness of this system is superb. As I wrap up outfitting my own home with Hue bulbs, I've begun distributing starters kits to friends and family. Hue has emerged as a leader, and theyre continually updating/expanding while maintaining their existing lineup's compatibility.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    needs to be reset 8-10 times per week$400 lights

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    papajoe
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    after this system was setup, it worked for a day, then quit. my son told us we had to manually turn off and on every light, then push the hub reset. then wait and try again. it came back on, FOR 8 HOURS. down again, this repeated for 2 weeks until my son could come over, he tried to reset. came on less than an hour. customer service and best buy says my apple time capsule isn't strong enough wireless router, and i need to up grade it, ordered a new orbing 3 station wifi. installed it, and lights worked for 2-3 hours. got up this morning, "NO RESPONDS" MESSAGE ON EVERY LIGHT IN THE SYSTEM! this system is way more work than getting up and turning the switch on or off. when it works, you can change colors, big deal. $400 for lights, $300 for router, and lost my time capsule. what a bunch of JUNK!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend