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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 4691 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Lighting Solution for the Smart Home

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    cts383
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    I enjoy my gadgets, so for years I've wanted to achieve the "Smart Home." This past year the smart home has become much more attainable through products like the Hue lighting system. There are lighting alternatives, from wifi switches to lights without a hub, but none of them offer the blend of value, flexibility, and power of the Hue system. You do need the Hue hub to control the bulb, though it will simply turn off and on with a normal light switch. But, once paired to the hub you simply name the light in the Hue app on your phone or tablet and you have full control of it. Just leave your light switch on and control the light through the app. The real power comes when you integrate it with either Siri or, preferably, Alexa (through an Echo or Echo Dot). From there everything is controlled by voice. My usage: - 4 Bulbs in the Kitchen - 3 Bulbs in the Dining Room - 2 Bulbs in the Stairway - 2 Bulbs in the Entryway - 2 Bulbs in the Office - Additional Color bulbs in the master bedroom and living room Combined with my Echo I can walk into my house and say, "Turn on downstairs lights." And, voila, all the downstairs lights. Just as importantly I can ask Alexa to dim them to a certain percentage of light, which is particularly nice. Combined with third party apps I issue commands like, "Turn on Wait," and all the lights in the house turn off except my entryway. Or, my favorite, "Turn on Show Time." All the downstairs lights turn off except my living room lamps which dim to 40%. Sweet. If that seems like a lot of money to spend, keep in mind that these bulbs are LED and draw very little power and they designed to last over 20 years! They are more expensive than normal LED's, but you're paying for the functionality and smart bulbs without a hub are much spendier--if you're doing a whole house then these are the bulbs to get. I did almost dock a star for reliability, as I have had two bulbs fail quickly. I have not had to deal with Philips on these, but Best Buy's return policy was very easy to deal with. I do believe those two were an anomoly--these bulbs don't glitch, they don't do anything weird, they've been flawless. App integration across multiple programs is always interesting to set up, but these bulbs have been awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good bulbs

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    mrc73
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    I am pleasantly surprised by these bulbs. I was worried they would be too dim, but they are not. They integrate easily with my other lights, as you would expect. Of course, the price is high, but was still my choice to buy. One negative comment, I bought 10 of these to put around my house. So far, after only about 1 month, 1 of the 4 bulbs I have installed have died. Not a good ratio, but if the others all last as long as they are supposed to, all will be good. I'm still within the return window so hopefully Best Buy will just exchange for me, they are usually great about that kind of thing. One neutral comment, at least when it comes to these bulbs specifically, is that if you have a house with a lot of lights, and you intend to install these everywhere, pay attention to the limit of the hub. I'm nowhere near the limit yet, but if, over time, I install these in all lights, I would have to buy another hub, which is annoying. Hopefully this will get fixed, but likely they will just come out with a "new" version that supports more, requiring an upgrade. Overall, I would still recommend. I like the idea that if we are away from the house I can turn on and off the lights from the app. Only annoyance is that you have to make sure you keep the light switched on and turn on/off lights from the app or one of their wall switches (which are great and easy to install). If you turn off the switch, the bulbs won't get power and can't be controlled remotely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The future is here

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    lacey
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    These little gems really are awesome. I hooked these up to my Amazon Echo and now i can walk into my bedroom and say "alexa, turn on my overhead lights" or "alexa turn on my mood lights" (i have the color ones as well in various fixtures around the room and call them my mooood lights) and boom they come on. I can even say "alexa, set my bed lights to 50%" and they dim. Even without the echo they are still quite awesome. If I am away from my house for the night (or multiple nights) i can switch lights on and off from my phone so i looks like someone is home. I have it set to an alarm that has them turn on on weekdays at the same time my alarm goes off so that I have light as well as sound to wake me up (and because i get up when it is still dark out, i can see where i am going) It also has a function that when you walk into the house (basically when your phone connects to your home wifi) it will turn on your lights. I am sure there are many more uses and functions I have yet to discover... im still playing though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The basic Smart bulbs

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    JaWa
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    These are Philips basic smart bulbs and the ones you'll probably invest most heavily in. While the Ambiance bulbs offered by Philips lets you choose the precise hue of white you want a room, these are not stuck to just one. They have presets, or "scenes", to light a room. From Relax to Concentrate to Nightlight and named scenes such as "Savannah Sunset" and "Arctic Aurora" these bulbs offer good stock choices for lighting. Looking for something more personal? With the app, one can add a picture to the presets and a new scene will be set up. For example, I used a picture of a full moon in a dark night sky and the scene created (using two of these bulbs) did really well recreating the look of a moonlit sky. This process can be hit or miss but it works better than I had expected. The Hue app is a bit clunky to use so I suggest setting up your rooms slowly and deliberately within the app. Above all else, know where you're placing the lights so that you aren't switching them out as correcting this within the app later is a PAIN. These bulbs are the cheapest of the Hue collection and the ones you'll primarily use to set up smart rooms within your home. My suggestion is to purchase a starter kit with the Philips hub and the Ambiance bulbs (for accent lighting and lamps) and add these least expensive ones to major lighting in rooms. The hub can control up to sixty lights I think so slowly adding in lighting is easy. As long as you don't get your bulbs crossed between rooms (note my warning above) Siri and Alexa are great controls over your burgeoning smart home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice but not quite perfect

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    dstraw00
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    These are by far the best dimmable LED bulbs I've tried, but still not entirely perfect. I compared one to an incandescent in the same fixture, and Philips did an amazing job with the warming of the color. At fully dimmed, it was identical to the incandescent bulb I left in the fixture for comparison, really incredible. However, the dimming is no longer linear, so you can't mix with regular bulbs and get the same brightness through the dimming range. With these LEDs most of the dimming occurs in the top 1/3 of the slider of my Leviton dimmer, the next 3rd does pretty much nothing and then there is another noticeable drop in light output when fully dimmed. There is a slight delay before it dims as well. It's not really a problem, but there is room for improvement in the calibration. I also tested one in my nightstand touch lamp, and it only put out a dim light, with very minor level changes between the 3 settings. In fact, the brightest setting of the lamp was the dimmest of the bulb. Not sure when anyone will make an LED compatible with a touch lamp, but they aren't on enough to worry about it, until they stop making filament bulbs. Lastly, there is a very slight audible buzzing from these when you first dim them. It seems to less as they warm up, but if you really listen for it, you can hear it. Not enough to bother me, but if it's going to be close to your head, like a nightstand, it could be a problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I have many of these in my home and enjoy them

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    Labby
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    The Hue smart white bulbs are a great option in places where color and white temperature control are not important. I have 9 of these in my home. They have worked perfectly over the months I have had them. I have experienced no failures or unexpected behaviors. They get nice and bright when needed and the dimming control works without issue. The Hue app is pretty nice, with the ability to group lights into rooms, allowing for both individual and room control. I currently control these lights via a few different methods, including Smartthings automations, Stringify automations, Apple Homekit, Alexa voice control and Google Home voice control. Because of how they work directly with Alexa, if Smartthings is down for an update or any other reason, I can still control the Hue lights with Alexa, which is definitely convenient. I know there are some less expensive smart bulbs available, but I have been very happy with these Hue bulbs. I also own some other Hue bulbs/products, and have been quite satisfied. But, these ”plain” white bulbs were my introduction to Hue, and their good quality convinced me to choose more Hue products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent "Normal" Lights

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    TyBlackwing
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    Quick Summary WiFi connected lights that last longer than standard 60 watt bulbs, are cheaper to run, provide ample lighting, and are dimmable. Background I have a small number of color changing Philips Hue lights and I bought these lights to replace some standard 60 watt bulbs. I did not need or want to spend the extra money for the color changing Hue lights for these rooms but I did want to connect them to my existing Hue infrastructure. Features These are WiFi lights that are controlled through a smart phone app. They do not have the color spectrum that the other Hue lights have, but these are much cheaper. I use them to give me the lighting control that I have become accustomed to with other Hue products, but not necessarily needing ambient colors. For example, I use these in a bedroom or the kitchen where movies and media are not the focus and color effects are not really practical or necessary (let's be honest, they are never really necessary but it's way cool). These bulbs give me full control over all the lighting in each room from where ever I am in the house. They also allow for more control within a specific room. I have one room that has 6 light sockets on the ceiling and they used to be controlled with 3 different light switches (two bulbs per switch). With these lights, I can turn on each bulb separately or in any combination without having to rewire anything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great when it’s not frustrating

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    ReelVideoMan
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    I recently bought enough lights to do a number of rooms at my home. The experience is inconsistent in execution. Sometimes I tell Siri (on the HomePod) to turn lights on in said room and it does it with no hitch, other times it turns only some of them on. It is also frustrating when the iPhone and the HomePod jockey for control and they cancel the one you want to use out. The most infuriating thing is the leaving commands that it invariably screws up nine times out of ten. On the plus side set up of these lights is fairly simple. If I had to do this over I would have waited for the tech to be fully baked. My wife consistently messes up the system by manually shutting off lights and hates the system....which gives me a consistent headache. That said this is probably your safest bet on a light setup that will stick around. The Hue system is the dominate player in the market and it’s doubtful you will buy these and see them be bricked in a couple of years down the road. One tip I will give you is make sure you name the rooms in a fashion that everyone using them will remember. Also, if you are an Apple user I would suggest changing the generic leaving command to something you prefer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hue system is awesome

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    JStylze
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    I really like our Hue system. Although it's cool using the system as hands-free light control via voice recognizing devices like our Echo, I really like the automated scheduling and off-site light control features. Gone are the old days of clunky plug-in mechanical light timers that were not only absurdly predictable but could get completely thrown out of sync if a power outage occurred during your absence. Now, when I'm away from home, I can set several different times so lights appear as if they were being manually controlled. If a power outage occurs, it won't affect my lights at all when power returns. These lights are typical 60-watt brightness. They don't have a very bright or a white high color temperature but they get the job done. And when they go on sale like the bulbs I just purchased here at Best Buy, you can add extra remotely controlled bulbs all over the house. You only need one Hue bridge. Once you have it, you can add lights all over on different schedules and voice-commanded by different names. No complicated setup is required. I took the new bulbs home, inserted them into my lamps, powered them on, launched my Hue smartphone app, found the new bulbs in the app and added them to the bridge. That's it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overlooked

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    Joop
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    After filling up almost my entire home with the colored bulbs and strips, I realized about the only spots I had left didn't make sense to have color. The bathroom, hallway...spots where I just needed to see and not be in the dark... I started getting these A19's in combination with the Philips motion sensor. Now when I walk in the door, motion sensor detects me and turns the hallway light on. (Bright certain times of day and dim certain times of night) When I walk in my bathroom in the evening, the sensor detects me and turns the bathroom lights on (I have 5 in there) as bright as they will go.When motion in the bathroom is detected in the middle of the night, say 2am, the lights come on very dim, about like a nightlight, so I don't get waken up if I'm just going in for a sec. Then when I am getting ready in the mornings,I have my motion sensor in the bathroom turned off so that the lights don't time out. All this is in conjunction with the white A19's. I personally don't see how the colored bulbs make sense with the motion sensor. When you pair these 2 up they are as awesome as the colored bulbs are on their own. Very happy with these bulbs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Smart LED Light Bulb

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    Madmardegan
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    I have purchased quite a few of these bulbs for my home and am very satisfied with them. The app is easy to use and allows for both in-home and away functionality. The bulbs also work seamlessly with Google Home. Accessories such as the wireless dimming switch are also very nice and easy to set up. One word of caution. These bulbs will make a buzzing noise if placed into a light socket that is attached to an existing non-LED dimmer switch. You will need to upgrade your dimmer switch to support LED bulbs (which I have not yet confirmed eliminates the buzzing noise) or change to a good old fashioned On/Off switch (which I have confirmed eliminates the buzzing noise) and purchase the Phillips Hue dimmer switch which retails for $24.99 currently. The only other drawback is that Phillips, as far as I know, does not make an in-wall dimmer switch as some of the other manufacturers do. There are occasions where this would be useful as I'm sure you'll come to recognize if you are installing wireless lighting in your home. Also, these bulbs are not currently available in candelabra bases so you will need to purchase converters if you want to place them in light fixtures that require those.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only smart when you need it to be

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    EReynolds
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    I've been building out my smart home for some time now, and one thing that you quickly learn is that things you've never given thought to will now become something that you have to monitor. I own Nest's thermostats and smoke detectors, Philip's color Hue bulbs, Belkin's WeMo switches, as well as other items. Each of these was once just pieces of hardware that came with my home. Now that they have some intelligent software baked inside them, I have to troubleshoot them every now and then when there is a glitch. But with this bulb it just works like a normal bulb until I need it to be smart. When I flip the switch, it comes on. Period. Then, if I need it to flash in the kids rooms when they have their headphones on it can do that too. They easily tie into the smart home when you use apps such as IFTTT. They are not to steep on the wallet either. They may be much more expensive then than the normal incandescent light bulb; however, these last a long time. Each time a bulb goes out I replace with either these or the full-color version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great light at a more affordable price

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    joshrocker
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    If you're in the hue system you'll already know that the normal color bulbs are fairly expensive yet a really cool addition to your house. The problem with those bulbs is you really don't need color in every room of your house. If money is no object than your choice is easy. If you're trying to outfit your entire house with Hue bulbs but balk at spending $50 a bulb, these are your perfect solution. At around $15 a bulb you get all of the benefits of a "smart" light at a much reduced price. Of course the trade off is no color but I don't need color in my bathroom. Honestly color is really nothing more than a gimmick anyway. It's fun on occasion but 95% of the time my bulbs are in white mode anyway. I have the white only version in my bathroom, kitchen, and garage. The white is a fairly typical white and most people probably won't notice the difference between these and normal old fashioned bulbs. My only critique is they could be just a little bit brighter. They do fine but a higher brightness level would be nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent entry point into the Connected Home

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    Techgnostic
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    I rent; this limits a lot of what I can do to connect my home before my things start being called "fixtures" and my landlord tries to keep them, when I move. This was the best answer because of the impermanence to the home itself. Also, the conveniences of Hue Lux are many. You can set them up to turn on as you arrive home so you're never walking into an empty home. You can tell all lights to turn off after you leave a set "geofence," which is more or less a circle with your home at the center and a radius of your choosing. Great power saver. Finally, I love remote control of my lights. When I'm out of town,, I'll randomly turn on some lights each night to give the appearance I'm home. This is also useful for tricking your girlfriend into thinking your house is haunted. The lights are VERY responsive, and suddenly everything in your home becomes dimmable! I haven't tried any recessed lighting because this home is for sale and I have a spare BR30 which can replace the burnt out bulb in the kitchen I can't wait to see what they cook up next, especially with IFTTT in the mix.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works like a champ &e Easy to Setup, but expensive

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    jrmodelguy
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    The Philips - Hue White A19 Smart LED Bulbs are great and easy to set-up, They do require a Philips Hub and the Philips App to complete the set-up, It is probably best to buy a starter pack that includes the hub and then you can add new Philips bulbs using the same hub. The Philips App is free. The bulbs/hub can be integrated into your Google Home devices and that really makes them handy. This particular bulb is white only, but you can get Philips bulbs that will change to any color you want...for more bucks, of course, but nice to have. I got the color starter kit with the hub and have added a bunch of the white bulbs for areas where I just need a regular bulb. I'd have given a five star rating, except for the expense. I do recommend these bulbs for ease of set-up and so far they have been absolutely reliable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to Hue system

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    nickcal
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    I got this bulb to supplement my collection of Hue RGB bulbs. I placed this one with a second White HUE bulb in our hallway lighting receptacle. They have worked really well until recently. One of the white bulbs is functioning correctly, but this one is not responding in the Home app on my iPhone. If I tell Siri to turn on the Hallway, it responds and turns on or off, but if I try to select it in the app, it shows 'no response'. I think it's possible that a reset of the light bulb (removing it and adding it again) would probably do the trick to get it working properly again, but i wanted to note the error we were receiving here since I've used Hue bulbs for years and this is the first issue I've had like this. I do recommend this product as it works flawlessly (most of the time/in general) with Siri/HomeKit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive for an LED Bulb, but Still Smart

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    MadHatter
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    Overall, the price of the plain white A19 bulbs are not bad, though still expensive compared to the price of a conventional LED bulb these days. This bulb is much less expensive than the color bulb, so it is easier to purchase lots of them for around the house to make the house lighting interactive. The fade-in and fade-out feature does work, though it is not as smooth as the more expensive white or color version. As with any smart-lighting system, keeping the bulb powered is required for it to function. (All of the lights will turn on when power is restored after a power outage) Thus, some duct tape to cover the existing standard switch is a must, or those who are less familiar with your smart-home will power down the lights rendering them useless. (temporary, but still annoying) Look for bundled packages as the price per bulb will be better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart bulbs all the way

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    nickcal
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    I have around 28 smart bulbs in my home. I spent the last few years when I had extra money to spend buying them for my house. My wife thought I was crazy at first but now she uses Alexa and Siri to turn the lights on and off just as much as I do. I have used a few different brands of smart bulbs over the years but have found the Hue bulbs to be the best. They work with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's Siri. The Hue bulbs have given me a few headaches here and there but for the most part, they have been the best daily use bulbs I could ask for. The reason I picked up the White A19 Smart LED Bulb was for my closet. I did not think the extra cash needed for a color bulb made since using it in the closet to find pants and shirts to wear. The White A19 bulb has been as rock solid as the colored bulbs that I have everywhere else in the house. I have no complaints and I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into smart home tech.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple and Alexa make control easy

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    scharmer05
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    I started with the Hue White starter kit, adding BR30 (can lights) to my kitchen and now replacing every A19 in my apartment with these bulbs. I was able to buy on a sale for $10 each. This is the easiest way to add smart lighting to an apartment. Just screw in the bulbs, turn on the switch and leave them on and set up through the Hue app. I like that you can switch your light switch on and off quick and turn the bulbs onto 100% manually. I have an Amazon Alexa in my bedroom and my living room/kitchen and after setting up some scenes in Hue, I can easily control my lighting for the desired time a day. My lights even turn on as I come home. Only complaint is that the Hue app has some downfalls, like not being able to set scenes for multiple rooms, and having to manually reload new settings back into Amazon Alexa after any changes. Seems like a company like Philips, that is leading the smart lighting revolution IMO, could develop a better app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Hue bulbs!

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    Oldman
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    I needed a bulb to put in a downstairs lamp. I wanted to be able to light the path downstairs on my way from the garage through the downstairs to upstairs when I came in at night. I trigger the bulb with HomeKit when I come in at night to see through the downstairs. I then have it turn off couple of minutes after I arrive and get upstairs. It worked great. It was in a lamp with three bulb sockets. I have since put two more Hue bulbs in the lamp so that I can turn one or two or all bulbs on if I’m going to be downstairs for reading and etc. easily controlled with APPLE HomeKit. Can turn on as much as I need as well as dim them to a lower level. So easy to set up and Siri loves to control them as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend