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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 38 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Philips Have Nailed Outdoor Lighting!

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    Cupra
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    I've been using Philips Hue lights around the house for years now. The ability to voice control my lights is fantastic. This new addition to the Philips Hue range, the Lily Outdoor lights is a great extension to an already versatile line of lights and accessories. The lights, casing and cabling are all made to a high standard and appear to be very durable. The housings are black coated aluminum, the 3 cables are heavy-duty with 2 watertight 3-way connectors. I took the products out of the boxes and put them together. They come with either wall mountable bases (installed from the factory) or extended ground spikes. I assembled the two-piece ground spikes and removed the wall mountable bases. Plugged the lights into the wall and they turn on automatically. Next, you will need to open your Philips Hue app and connect them to your Philips Hue Hub (a hub is not included in this base kit). The user manual has little stickers on it with the serial no's of the three lights in the kit to make it a lot easier to connect the lights to the hub. When you add the light (by tapping on the 'add light' button in the app) you can choose to type in the serial no of each bulb as you add them. When they are added they flash to confirm they are connected. From there, you can adjust the color of each light individually. You can use the pre-determined scenes, or you can choose your own combination from 16 million colors. I chose to create 'Christmas' - with two green and one red light, 'Easter' - with two blue and one pink light, 'Halloween' - with two orange and one yellow, '4th of July' - with one red, one white and one blue, and finally 'Evil'(!) created by my 7 year old son - with two red and one orange light! The possibilities are endless with the color options, have fun with them! You can transition between your personal settings and the pre-determined scenes as well. I've also set up a dusk till dawn timer for them within the Philips Hue app, so that I never have to worry if they are on or off at the times I want them to be. That is a nice piece of mind feature within the app. I hadn't used that feature before as all of my previous Hue lights were simply and on or off state on demand, not a pre-set schedule. My only issue I had with the bulbs (hence the 4 stars and not 5) is that one of them sometimes had a mind of it's own, and would turn on in a color of it's choice, not the choice that I had set up or the pre-determined scene either. For example, 'Tropical Twilight' will show up with two peach colored lights and a purple, or my own 'Christmas' scene would show up with one white, one red and one green. Simply put, one of the bulbs would forget what color it was supposed to be. Resetting the bulb back to 'Bright' and then re-choosing the scene you wanted seemed to correct the issue most of the time. The connectivity of the app to the bridge to the bulbs outside, so far appears to be robust and works very well. I'm really pleased overall with the Philips Hue Lily lights and they are a great addition to the outside of my house. My neighbors have already commented on the new lights outside my house and aim to purchase some in the near future!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bright, Durable and Easy Install

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    TechTux
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    I was looking for a good outdoor lighting system that was energy efficient, easy to manage and easy to install. I decided to try out these new lights and was so glad that I made the investment. The kit itself is a little on the pricey side and without a "Hue Bridge" it would not be worth it. However if you do have a "Hue Bridge" then this purchase is completely worth it ! Pros: Cord Length, connectors and quality (double insulated) Light fixture / Metal Base Metal Yard Spike's Energy Efficient Light bulb lifespan (25k hours) Dust / Jetting water protection Cons: Starter Kit does NOT include Hue Bridge Bulbs themselves not replaceable (Have to replace whole fixture unit) Additional Cable is expensive Installation:: The install was extremely simple, the cables are very long, the connections are one way only so you cant connect them backwards and the connect / twist method ensures a water tight seal. My favorite was the light fixture itself had a metal base and metal spikes. They even greased the screws to prevent corrosion. That little extra showed me they really care about their product ! Plug it in and it turns on, no Hue Bridge is needed, however without one you loose 90% of the functionality. **(Hue Bridge Users)** For those who have a Hue Bridge, no need to worry about distance, the initial light can be up to 50ft away then every light after that bounces off the previous light in the chain. This way the Hue Bridge can see the farthest light without issue. I actually have the Hue Bridge on the opposite side of my house and it was still able to see all the lights. So if you worry about distance there is no need. They have amazingly long range. Functionality:: *Note Must have Hue Bridge* If you do not have one, you are limited to plug in to turn on and unplug to turn off. However if you have a Hue Bridge you are able to set a timer of when to have the lights go on at night / turn off in morning. You are also able to set which "Scene" or color ambient to have the light set to. My favorite is the ability to have GPS enabled on your phone so the light turns on when you get home. The added bonus is you are able to play with your lights even when not at home via the Phillips Hue app. Overall I would recommend this product if you with to have great energy efficient outdoor lights and wide range of control over them. The catch is you must have a Hue Bridge, otherwise they are just overpriced outdoor lights.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!!!!!1

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    Cbmabry

    The Hue outdoor lights are simply fantastic! I have hue lights throughout my home, and I love them. The ability to control the lights with your phone, Alexa, Siri, Google, ect is enough by itself to warrant a purchase. Throw in the fact that they can literally change to any color you can think of makes it a slam dunk! Our Halloween party was a smash! I have been waiting for the Hue Lilly to come out since early spring after getting an email from Hue announcing them. I am so pleased with them. It is great to have the house lit up, and the trees in the front yard. I love the functions that are capable; being able to dim them, set a timer for on and off, have them come on when you get home, change the color to light up the house for different occasions. They really are awesome! Do not hesitate to buy them! They are worth every penny, and much better than the boring ordinary low-voltage lights you see at Lowes, or another home improvement store. In fact you can have them look exactly like those if you want, or change it to any color variation you want! The one thing that I would like for everyone to be aware of is that the low-voltage cables that are used with these lights are not like the traditional cables for low-voltage. These cables are much thicker, and have a proprietary connection for Hue. I say all this to let you know you will most likely need extender cables if you plan on putting lights out by trees or on the other side of the house. The lights must be plugged into an extender cable (included) then into a splitter (included) connecting to the next light, and finally into the low-voltage box which plugs into an outdoor outlet. If you are going to put lights on the opposite side of the house you might be better off buying 2 sets of this package so you can get an extra low-voltage box. I bought an extra set for 2 reasons: I needed the extra lights, and I did not want to run the cable under the drive way. With the extra box I was able to just plug the left side of the house lights into it, and not worry with the hassle of burying under the drive way. I purchased a total of 6 lights, and to put them where I wanted them I needed 4 extra (not included) cable extenders. Just be prepared if you are trying to space the lights out. Overall, I am extremely pleased with these lights. I am so glad that Hue came out with an outdoor light! Buy them you will not be disappointed!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart lights in a smart package

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    Batlacit
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    I've started to lose track of how many times I've left reviews for Hue products where I enthusiastically endorse the system, but I know it's more than three and I'm running out of superlatives. As you might be able to guess from this decidedly first-world problem, the Lily spotlight kit has once again demonstrated the strength of Philips's approach to smart lighting. The biggest thing I was worried about getting these was the build quality. I’ve worked with lawn lights before and encountered innumerable woes with fragile wiring, cheap plastic parts, dirt-attracting lenses, and holes large enough to let bugs build nests inside them. The Lily lights, however, don’t appear to suffer from any of these flaws. The lights may be small but they’re surprisingly hefty, with a solid metal frame and a thick glass lens protecting the fragile LED element from the elements. Both the screw base and the included lawn spikes are solid metal, rendered in the same unobtrusive black as the spotlights rather than the weirdly easy to spot green that I’ve seen in other similar fixtures. And I can confirm that it is indeed able to stand up to the worst that local wildlife (in my case, a “helpful” wiener dog) can throw at it without difficulty. The build quality extends beyond the fixtures as well. Rather than hard-wiring everything into a single power supply, they’ve instead opted for a terminal system which allows you some flexibility in how you hook up the lights. You get two junctions and three extension cables to play with to set up the lights as needed, and they might be the beefiest cables I’ve encountered for outdoor lighting. While I haven’t found explicit confirmation of this yet, my guess is that they’re heavy duty enough to stand up to being buried for years to provide protection against any wandering lawnmowers that might do them harm. Screw terminals at each junction point provide a durable watertight seal (though given the expense of the units I’m very much tempted to add an additional layer of silicone just for paranoia’s sake.) And power is provided via a low voltage DC power supply intended to be plugged into an exterior outlet. It’s rated to drive a total of five of the spotlights, so there’s a bit of room for future expansion or a very comfortable cushion against wear and tear, depending on how you look at it. The control signal, like with all hue lights, is handled over the 2.4gHz band with each light capable of serving as a repeater to help make sure that the control signal makes it out to the furthest bulb. With all that being said, there are a few things you should watch out for. The biggest one is that control signal. The lights are next to useless if they can’t daisy chain their way back to the Hue bridge. And 2.4gHz signals can sometimes struggle to get through exterior walls depending on how they’re built. So before you commit to this particular system it might be a good idea to just do a quick check with your cell phone to make sure that your yard isn’t a complete dead zone. If it is, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to either exercise clever bulb positioning both inside and outside to get a clear signal through or install a Hue security light to keep the signal going. The other thing to be aware of is that unlike most of the Hue starter packs, this one does not come with the bridge needed to coordinate the smart functionality. So if this is going to be your first time using Hue lights, you’ll need to factor the cost of buying either a starter pack or a separate bridge into the overall package. All in all, the system is a great way to add a little extra color to your lawn or garden!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lighting Up the Yard

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    mikeheel
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    This is an impressive set of outdoor lighting! Of course, the Philips Hue lights are smart lights. You must have an existing Philips Hue Bridge in order to use them, but if you do, wirelessly connecting them to the Bridge is a snap. Once connected, you can control the lights via the Hue app on a phone or tablet, or you can control them with your voice via Google Assistant or Alexa. I used Google Assistant, and they integrated perfectly.  They have wide color gamut and do a good job of creating different atmospheres through the use of color. There are a few preset "scenes" (color combinations) you can use, but you can also easily create your own scene. You can set each light to a separate color or have them all the same. I'm really impressed. Construction is very durable aluminum. Each base can be mounted on a wall, can sit on a flat surface, or can be spiked into the ground with the included spike and mount. The cables are heavy-duty and allow you to daisy-chain the lights together so they get power. There is an included power converter that plugs into your outlet. All of it looks good and feels well-made.  Of course, since they are intended for outdoor use, they are waterproof (IP65 rated) and dustproof. Philips says the lights will last up to 25,000 hours of use. The angle of the lights can be adjusted manually.  From the manufacturer: Hue is your personal customizable wireless lighting system *With wireless control on your smartphone or tablet, choose the perfect light setting for any mood or activity, such as reading or relaxing, concentrating or energizing. Set timers for convenience *Have your Philips Hue lights turn on automatically by setting schedules or use sunset/sunrise routine. And of course, you can also turn off or dim your lights this way. Dimming and brightening features at your fingertips *Control your Philips Hue lights with the Philips Hue dimmer indoor switch for on/off and dimming functionalities. Paint your outdoors *Play with 16 million colors and all shades of white light to create the effect you want. Highlight objects, trees or pathways to make your space stand out. LED bulb technology *Designed to provide longer, more energy-efficient illumination. Control it your way *Connect your Philips Hue lights with the Bridge and start discovering the endless possibilities. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest products or Samsung SmartThings system. Control your lights with your voice *Philips Hue works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and the Google Assistant. Easy installation *Simply place the product in the desired location, connect it with the PSU, and plug and pair it to your hue hub. Weatherproof *This Philips Hue outdoor fixture is specially designed for use in outdoor environments and has undergone rigorous tests to ensure its performance. UL Wet Location rated. This means the product is suitable for use in wet locations. Requires a Philips Hue bridge *Connect your Philips Hue lights with the Bridge to control your lights from your smartphone or tablet via the Philips Hue app. These lights make a terrific addition to backyard activities. You can light a path, light a patio, or show off a favorite exterior feature with the use of creative lighting that you can control with your voice. Pretty cool.  I highly recommend these.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bring some color to your yard or balcony!

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    camdenk
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    Pros: - Nice design - Easy to setup - New easy-to-use app design Cons: - More cable length options - White color overpowering when compared to other colors I got these spotlights right before July 4th and they helped my family celebrate the holiday from our balcony – see the picture! These complemented and integrated with my existing Philips Hue system easily. The setup was straight forward and the wiring was a piece of cake – though I wish there were options for shorter cables as I had a lot of slack left over in my configuration. There are two options for mounting – either a flat base with screws which lets you secure them to a surface or a stake for putting them in a garden or yard. The enclosures of the lights are simple and understated – painted in a great looking matte black. All of the cables are weatherproof screw terminals and they are easy to configure. The kit comes with a single power supply that all the lights daisy chain into making for a straight forward setup. After plugging the lights in and going to the Hue app it found them immediately. Each of the lights has an output rated to 600 lumens – which I think is good enough for accenting plants or in my case, splashing light up the walls of my balcony. When you have the lights set to multiple colors including white – the white can be a little overpowering compared to the other colors in terms of brightness, though this can be fixed by turning the brightness down to even it out. It would be nice to see this more dialed in for a consistent look across all the lights. From the app I was able to setup a routine that turns the lights to a particular color palette at sunset and off at sunrise – there are also routines that turn the lights on and off based on your location, which makes it very easy to customize your experience. Overall, this is a great kit and it was super easy to setup. Easy to recommend to anybody who already has a Hue setup and it looking to move it to the outside! If you don’t have a hue setup and are looking for a new outdoor light system with easy setup and internet connected perks this will make a great choice.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice quality, easy installation, nice app features

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    allib
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    We just installed this set of 3 Hue outdoor spotlights near our pool. The quality of the lights themselves seems very nice and by appearance they look as though they will hold up to the outside elements well. The system is Wet Location rated so no fear of nearby sprinkler systems. This lighting system could be called "plug and play" since one simply has to connect the three spotlights together with the supplied cable and then plug into a power supply. To complete, then add each spotlight to the Hue bridge using the Hue app. We did need to process an update via the app for each of the spotlights which took a litlle bit of time fo process. There are a few things to note. One, consider where you are going to get your power supply to plug into since Philips does not recommend the use of extendsion cords. We added an outdoor rated receptable box near the point of use to minimize the sight of power cords. Philips instruction diagrams recommend indoor lights be within 32' of each other and outdoor lights be within 64' of each other to communicate with the Hue bridge. Each light is roughly 16' apart with the provided low voltage cable and one can buy additional 16' lengths of cable to exend this distance. We burtied all low voltage cable with the exception of the "T" connections that Philips advises not to bury. The Philips Hue app gives the user many options to control the led lights. One can set timers and routines for specific times or sunset to sunrise. The lights can be set for white or a very large selection of custom colors/scenes or to preset scenes provided in the app by Philips. It is a fun lighting system to change the environment to set it to the mood or the party atmosphere. The lights can be bright or dimmed for various effects. We are very happy with the results. My one suggestion to Philips would be to provide better, more detailed videos of how to use features in the Hue app. Also, one page on Phiips website had links to support videos that did not work. The link was no longer valid.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unlimited lightning possibilities with Phillips!

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    gonzaloejimenez
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    This is my first experience with Phillips Hue lights, I have had several outdoor lights in my backyard but over time the material started to deteriorate and look bad. So, these 3 lights exterior package was my beginning to start my journey into the “smart” way of lightning for my backyard and add additional functionality. First at all, the package comes with 3 Smart Spot lights for you to place on the supplied posts or hang them on the wall allowing the ability to point any specific place to create a warm, sunset or romantic scene you want, with the combination of 16 million colors you can set up and control using your smart phone. The kit includes 3 extension cords, 3 power distribution connectors blocks, so you can power one light after the other in series, 3 Spikes, 3 Smart Spot Lights (8watts each) that includes an interchangeable base, to turn into either pedestal or Ground post light, the cable length is 18 in, A 24Volt 1.6 amp Power Adapter (40 watts), which should support up to 5 lights 8 watts each, The cables from the light fixture is 18 inches, AC 24 volt transformer cable is 75 inches, and the 3 included extension cords are 200 inches. It has 60 feet range from the Hue Bridge to the Smart Light, and each light acts as a repeater, to further increase distance, this technology uses proprietary communication between Phillips lights that has an open python API. I tested in a range of to 35 feet no line sight with no problem at all. The cords are good flexible silicon base cord for outdoor use for each fixture with water resistant connectors, nice metal housing, and diffused lens. The light housing is primarily aluminum, appears to be very durable and weather resistant, with a mate black color. I was pleased to find that instead of one RGB LED there was an RGB LED plus White LED to allow better saturation of colors. The Hue platform gives you the option to manage, schedule, control the intensity and change colors, with the installation of the Hue app that can be found on the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Connectivity was very simple, from plugging the lights and installing the Hue onto your device. Simply add the light by entering the Serial Number of each light fixture into the Hue app, the light by default will show as Hue Outdoor Spot 1 then Hue Outdoor Spot 2 and so on for each of these fixtures. (the light name can be changed to suit your purpose.) For what I can see, there is not automatic discovery, and once you add that serial number in your Phillips account and you cannot add to a different account.So, you go to Settings-add light setup-add light-add serial number. Once you do that go to Room setup, create a room, (Put a name) save the config Next setup a room and assign the new fixtures to group them together allowing power on/off, intensity, color and predefined scenes to be set for that room or grouping. The Hue App and the fixtures are Apple home Kit and Amazon Echo compatible. Phillips Hue Bridge required for fixture control and connectivity, sold separately but it is very affordable from most vendors. I am very pleased with the performance and the practically unlimited options and settings these lights, the Phillips Hue Bridge and Hue APP are capable to do.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's nice to have an outdoor option from Hue

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    TechnicallyWell
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    I've been a Hue customer for years and while I've used the portable Hue Go outside in the past, it's not rated for outdoor use and I had to be careful not to get it wet. I'm happy to finally see some official outdoor options from Hue. The setup process for these lights are fairly straight-forward, but the IKEA-style instructions can be a little bit confusing as the numbered steps actually show two different mounting options. I decided to push them into the ground which involved removing the pre-installed wall brackets and hand screwing them into the pointed base and then sticking them in the ground. There are two 3-prong adapters included that allows you to run the power cord from either end. The heavy cords and metal construction appear very weather-resistant, but only time will tell. I've had a few thunderstorms come through since they've been in place and they are still working fine. Once I had the lights placed outside where I liked them, I connected the power cord to an outlet and opened up the Hue app on my phone. It took about 4 minutes for all 3 lights to be discovered by the app. I placed the new lights in a new "room" titled "outside" so I can tell Siri to simply, "Turn on the outside lights". I have the lights shining up the banisters and they do a great job illuminating my front porch at night. They get plenty bright and could probably serve as a spotlight to light up the yard if so desired. I actually dim them to about 25%-30% to get a comfortable evening glow. I set them to blue, red and white for the Fourth of July and they looked great for the holiday. I'm already planning color schemes to use for Halloween and Christmas. As with other Hue bulbs, the Hue app can be used to set different colors and scenes, as well as scheduling them to come on at a certain time each evening. Overall, I'm very happy with the look of these lights and I'm happy to have some Hue lighting options for outdoor use now.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the Hue lifestyle

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    nhtechie
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    These lights came in a box, where the weight said ‘these things are no joke.” Well, they aren’t. I was shocked to see that the weight was for all of the pieces that WERE NOT the lights; heavy duty transformer and thick AF cables. A quick glance into the lights showed so many LEDs that I expect some good color with accuracy to the wheel. I must say that my man card was revoked during the assembly, as I was forced to reference the documentation to connect all three lights together while testing in my home, prior to moving them outside. Once assembled, I applied power and went into the Hue App (which was already installed), as I already had fifteen lights (bulbs/strips/etc) before adding these into the mix. I searched for new lights and one-by-one, the new lights Hue Outdoor Spotlights 1-3 appeared. I created a new room “Deck” and added them to the room. Once added, I merged the lights into one (via the color wheel) and controlled them as a single color. I also gave the pre-configured scenes a whirl, and they tuned each spotlight as I’d expect (given so many colored Hue lights in the house already). Then, for the 4th, I lit them up Red White & Blue! Then, I popped over to my Google Home app and unlinked / relinked my Philips Hue app to allow Google to know about “Deck” and allow voice control. I interrupted Hirie and Eric Rachmany killing it in “Sun and Shine” and my Google Assistant powered JBL Link 20 (from Best Buy) responded. “Turn off Deck” I spoke and ‘poof’ I was in the dark; “turn on Deck” then allowed me to continue on with my messing around. So easy and so responsive; both the App and GH integration. After about 24-hours, an update was available for the lights & it took around 15 minutes; no issues encountered. If you want to add some outside mood lighting while entertaining, this is the way to go.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Philips Hue Lily Lights the way!

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    WesternSky
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    Let me start off by saying that I am avid gardener and consider myself an expert with the business of landscaping from A to Z. Enter the Philips Hue Lily Spot Base Kit. I was excited to add low voltage accent lighting to my garden, that was both energy efficient and cost effective to use. I had been utilizing spot lights in my garden (or should I say "hardly" using them) because each of my spot light bulbs were at least 110 to 150 watts each. I was using 5 bulbs which was absolutely driving my electric bills skyward. The Lily Spot contains three 640 lumen spot lights which are 8 watts each. Guess what direction your electric bill will be headed in. The supplied kit comes complete with everything you need for your garden install. Each spot light has a 5 meter cord, which translates into a15 foot reach. Fifteen feet of cord gives you a nice range of maneuvering your lights into that "exact" position. The kit has 3 spot lights, 3 cords, and a power supply, which is more than enough to light up a pretty good sized area. You will need a Hue Bridge to control and operate these lights, which is clearly indicated on the product box. This product allows you to change the colors of your spot lights into an infinite number of colors. You can operate these spot lights without a Hue Bridge, but you will have to manually plug and unplug the power supply when you wish to operate the lights. Also, you will not be able to fully appreciate the amazing array of colors these lights are capable of unless you have the Hue Bridge. The Hugh Bridge is an absolute must. If you don't have one, you have to purchase one. A few words on feel of the spot lights, power supply, and extensions. The spot lights have a solid feel and give me the impression that water will not penetrate the housing unit. The power unit seems well sealed and the supplied power cords seem to be manufactured to superior standards capable of lasting many years. Be prepared to update your Hugh Bridge software when your link this product, otherwise your Hugh Bridge will not operate your Spot Lights. My software update time lasted around 1 1/2 hours. I believe that the owners manual should have be more comprehensive and detailed. You all know the type, i.e. connect part "A" with "C" for example would be helpful to those consumers who have 2 "left hands". After my installation of the system, we had approximately an inch of rain. Good news, as the system worked perfectly during and after the rain storm. So far no complaints concerning using the item in a wet area. Each Lily Spot light throws a decent amount of light. You will be able to easily "light accent" areas in your garden with beautiful color combinations. I'm sure your going to be the envy of your neighbors once you position, bury the extension cables, and power up your new Philips Hue Lily. Get ready to light up your life!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The awesomeness of hue, now outdoors!

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    jsnkc28
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    I have been a big fan of the Hue lights for a while now and have lots of them throughout our house. So I jumped at the chance to try out this new outdoor set when they came out. Unboxing them was very simple. 3 lights in separate boxes and then there was another box with the power supply and connecting cables. Getting everything connected is very simple, I would think that most people would be able to connect them without any problem. Plug one end into the power cord, then run a cable to a T connector and plug one light into one side of the connector and run another cable to the next light and repeat till they are all hooked up. The lights and cables appear to be very heavy duty. I live in Wisconsin, and we experience both extremes of hot and cold with the weather. I have no doubt that I could leave these lights out year-round and not have any issues with them. Both the lights and the cables are black so its easy to run them and have the cables be pretty inconspicuous. For the lights themselves, they get very bright. I was expecting more of an accent light, but at full brightness, these things really put off some light. But you can, of course, dim them down to whatever brightness level you want to in the app. Which leads me to setting them up in the app. If you have an existing Hue setup, these integrate into that setup without any problems. My app saw the lights and I was able to connect them in seconds. Im sure the neighbors were wondering what was going on cause I was out there playing with them for at least an hour when I first set them up, changing the colors and brightness of them. These will be a great addition to our outdoor space and allow us to make some custom lighting depending on what we are doing outside. We pretty much always have them on a very dim setting to be an accent light, but then have different scenes set up for when we have parties and things going on. I would HIGHLY recommend these to anyone who already has a Hue setup in their house, or even people that don't and are just curious about it. They will be a very cool addition to any home and definitely get people to notice your house!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    About Time

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    Balthazar2k4
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    I have been using Philips Hue lights indoors for several years now and have been waiting patiently for Philips to make the venture outdoors. One of those new outdoor products is the Lily Spot. I received the three pack base kit and immediately set out to install the lighting on my deck. My house is a tad older and doesn't have much light on my back deck so this was just the ticket. The kit comes with three lights, adjustable stands, lawn spikes, 16' extension cables, two power distribution blocks, and power supply. I installed the lighting across my deck under the easement of the adjoining roof with each light pointed straight down. Total installation time was probably 30 minutes and I powered them up and quickly added them to my Hue Bridge. On a side note, a Hue Bridge is not included with the base kit and is required for operation. The lights put out a fairly significant amount of light as it is a spot light and I will caution that you don't want them pointing at people. I originally had them kicked out to provide more coverage across my deck, but realized that the output is simply too intense if you happen to glance up at one directly. So, I put them straight down and problem was solved. As these are Hue lights all of the typical bells and whistles come with that: multiple colors, varying degrees of white temperature, overall brightness control, scene control, and routine setup are a breeze. Just install the Hue app and go. They can also be controlled by Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Home. Overall fit and finish seems very good. The lights and stands are a powder coated aluminum and the housings are weather resistant (IP65) so they can be placed basically anywhere outside. The size of the canister is nice and compact to make it less intrusive. If you need more distance between lights you can buy additional extension cables too. If you already have a Hue system then this a no-brainer extension if you are looking to take it outside. The Lily Spot Base Kit is a great starter package and I will be looking to add additional lights to my backyard soon.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup With Minor Irritations

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    dharr18
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    Build quality is fantastic. They are hardly noticeable even in the open, a very minimalist design. The lights are bright and can be adjusted for color or brightness. Scenes can be set up along with timers and schedules. Really a simple setup and fairly straightforward. Probably the hardest part of the setup is getting the design right. I ended up doing a mock up a few times over with different configurations to get the best layout I could. Having only 3 lamps and 2 three way junctions limits your options, I wish there was one more lamp or at least one extra cable in the box. I went with the spike option to do ground lighting. The switch between bases is as easy as one could expect. The app configuration was simple once I spent a couple minutes to figure out why all the lamps were not being found. The app, at least the version I had when installing, only found one new lamp at a time. I had to search 3 times to find all the lamps. I also had to move the hub closer to the center of the house to reach all the lamps and bulbs installed. I ran into a slight issue where one lamp could not reach the hub. If you have mesh networking use the closest node to house the Hub. If you have a standard WiFi setup, maybe use a repeater as a way to get the hub closer to where you would have the best coverage. Connecting to a smart speaker system is easy as can be. BUT, do your HUE device renaming before syncing with the speaker. Just to save some time later. Like I said, minor irritations. WARNING: There is no Hue Hub included with the "Base Kit". I ended up running out and spending a little more to get a starter kit with two white bulbs and the hub. WARNING 2: If you are using a smart speaker like Home, it has a hard time understanding the word Garage for some reason. If you name these, go with Driveway or Walkway. Test the word before setting up. Just ask Home to spell the word.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Party-Worthy Lighting

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    NickAtWTF
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I've rigged up most of my home to have smart lighting. All of it is Phillips Hue, and I've long hoped for an exterior lighting kit from them. Upsides: - These light up a mid-sized area really well (at least 50x35). - Color depth, throw, and spread of light are awesome - The mix of the three lights can create some fantastic ambiance - The shells of the lights are rugged and seem reasonably water resistant. - The position adjustment is ratcheted (awesome) so they won't droop. - Communication to the base hub is routed through existing lights, so reaching lights outside is easier than it would seem. - The app is amazing and that these can be automated is even better. So why 4 stars instead of 5? Make no mistake about it: all outdoor lighting cabling is a disaster. There's good way to hide it, it's awkward to figure out multiple connections via T-Connectors, etc... these connectors are good quality, they lock together with a screw mechanism, and the coords are bulky. As far as outdoor lighting cable goes, it's not bad. Even so, Phillips Hue has made the stuff of magic with their other products. They specialize in stand-alone lighting that creates amazing atmosphere. The corded solution here seems clunky compared to Phillips' other solutions - the power brick to drive the LEDs is ridiculously large... why these aren't just a little larger and solar powered is the bigger question. I'd even take induction-powered lights that had to be recharged... I wish the installation necessities of these lights kept up with the pure magic that their other products have, but in terms of wifi/connected/app-driven outdoor lighting kits - this is a really, really good one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Add some color to your home exterior!

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    TechMatcher
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I love my Philips Hue lights! I was excited to get these Lily Spots installed and see how they worked! They were super easy to install and the wires/connectors worked great! I had ample length of cable to reach my outlet, as well as put some distance in between the lights as you can see from the pictures. I use the "Other Routine" function, and have all of my Hue lights come on at a specific time in the evening, and some shutoff around 1 AM while others - like the driveway lights - stay on all night. Very easy to build rooms and routines like this. For the Lily product, I decided to keep them shining up onto the rock pillars - again seen in the pics. My only wish is that they would come on to a preset color or maybe an option to come on based on the last color selected. Right now, they all come on in a white mode. I'll dig into that further. Otherwise - these are rock stars! I've received several compliments from my neighbors on them and probably sold a few sets. That seems to happen often with the technology I use. If you are looking to add outdoor lighting - these are so much better than the cheap solar lights and you can customize the colors at any time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of fun and do with this lightning system

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    GEJF
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The package comes with everything you need to set up your 3 Smart Spot light in your backyard or hang them on the wall pointing any specific place to create different scenarios, with the combination of 16 million colors you can set up and control them using your smart phone and the Philips app. The kit includes 3 extension cords (Measured 200 in), 3 power distribution connectors or bridge inter connectors, so you can power one light after the other in serial mode, 3 Spikes, 3 Smart Spot Lights (8watts each) that includes an interchangeable base, to turn into either pedestal or Ground post light, the cable length is 18 in, A 24Volt 1.6 amp Power Adapter (40 watts), which, according to my estimates, will support a maximum of 5 lights 8 watts each, the length of the power 24 volt cable is 75 inches. The cords are good silicon based construction for outdoor use with water resistant connectors, metal based design, diffused lens and mate color, which I like a lot. Range of 60f from the Hue Bridge to the Light But the cool part is that each light can act as a repeater for the next light, so you can increase the range accordingly. It makes a strong and white light when you power on, now, if you want to have the option to manage, schedule, control the intensity and change colors, you need to have the Phillips Hue Bridge, which is sold separately, as well as install the HUE app that can be found on Google play or Itunes. It seems to be a little pricey at the first sight, but when you see all that this lights are capable to do you will see that is worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Practical with a touch of whimsy

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    ladilyn
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    My main purpose for getting this was to be able to have lights up my driveway which weren't turned on constantly due to area animals tripping the motion sensors. This does the trick. I have been able to set it up so that each of the lights hits a different part of my driveway and, when I'm on my way home, I can easily turn on which light I want and then, easily turn them off when I get into the house. No more stumbling in the dark waiting for the motion sensor to kick in! This is very easy to connect to the Hue Hub, which is not included so you must buy one separately if you don't already have one, and then set it up the way you would like. You can place it on a timer or turn them on and off individually, which is what I prefer. There are scenes you can access to give your lights different colors. The lights come with stakes if you want to put them in dirt, a base that can be screwed to a fence or a deck, and an extension post if you want to make it higher from the base. You can buy additional lights but it appears each power base only handles 5 lights so if you want more you have to buy another power base. It works with Alexa so I can have her turn the lights on when I go out at night and set a timer for them to go off after I've left. They are very well made and I'm looking at buying another set for the front of my house so, again, I don't have to wait for the motion sensor to kick on the front porch light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hue Outdoors!

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    DaveG
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I've shared my love for all things Philips Hue multiple times. I think they build an excellent product and offer a great user experience. The products do cost a bit more, but it seems well worth it. Having been a Hue user for a number of years and also having a lot of landscape lights, I've often wondered when Philips would enter the outdoor space and when I saw an announcement earlier this spring, I was excited to try them out. If you're adding the Lily to an existing Hue system, it's extremely simple - connect the weatherpack connectors - which BTW are some of the nicest ones I've ever seen - plug in the power supply, open the app and select Light Setup/Add Light. The app will discover the new lights and that's it. I created a room called "Outdoors" because I lack the creative ability to come up with anything better. They function exactly like all other Hue products - pick your color and brightness levels. You can create scenes based on their recommendations or your own. We have ~12 "regular" low-voltage landscape lights in our yard. Because of the cost, I don't think I could replace all of them with the Lily, but they'll definitely enhance what we already have. I will say, the cabling is far more impressive than what is used in other lights. Having spent countless hours fixing connections on my old lights, maybe it would be worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile!

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    JustBeingHonest
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I received these lights at no cost for an honest review. This particular kit came with 3 spot lights, stakes, and brackets in case you want to hang them somewhere. Included were approx. 15 feet long cables to go between each light, and about 12 feet between wall and first light. If you already have the Philips Hue bridge, you will be familiar with this setup. The app lets you customize the light colors/brightness/dim level/timers/moods, etc. The app comes preloaded with 12 "scenes" depending on what you want your color scheme to be. For example: "relax," "savanah sunset," and "energize" are 3 of them. With over 16 million colors to choose from for each light, your possibilities are literally endless. The app actually has a palette from which you can choose the colors, and it's super easy to do. One cool feature is that if you allow the app your location, you can set up so that the lights automatically come on if you come home when it's past sunset (the app knows when sunset happens). Overall, I am impressed and if you have any kid of outdoor lights, this would pretty much be a huge upgrade and an extremely convenient setup. With 4th of July just over, I set up my lights to red, white, and blue, and I was impressed with the overall system. I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend