Hue Personal Wireless Lighting (Starter Pack)by Philips

  • Hue Personal Wireless Lighting  (Starter Pack)
  • Hue Personal Wireless Lighting  (Starter Pack)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Hue system provides bulb-by-bulb customization options, including timers, geofencing, dimmers and use of color to create mood lighting.
  • Because Hue supports the Zigbee wireless protocol for home appliances, you have lots of expansion choices.
  • Most Hue bulbs fit in conventional fixtures, and the use of LEDs saves on energy costs.

CONS

  • The Hue system is pricey, with bulbs costing three or more times what you'd pay for conventional lighting.
  • Some reviewers complained that the bridge's range of coverage is too limited for a large home.
  • Philips Hue doesn't support Apple's HomeKit platform for smart homes, and you can't set up groups of lights to simplify control and customization operations.
The Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting system lets you control and customize settings for up to 50 LED light bulbs connected via the ZigBee wireless protocol to a bridge with a wired connection to your network router. Using free Hue mobile apps or a browser interface, you can set lights to go on and off at specific times, and use dimmers and color controls to create a mood. The starter kit comes with a bridge and three 60-watt replacement bulbs that you can use with most conventional fixtures, and you can add a growing assortment of Hue bulbs or any ZigBee-compliant fixtures.
NameHue Personal Wireless Lighting (Starter Pack)WeMo LED Lighting Starter SetC by GE Starter PackMagicLight Plus
ManufacturerPhilipsBelkinGEMagicLight
Techwalla Score
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List Price$200$99$50$31
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A big question is whether we could go back to a standard lighting setup again. And after two years using Hue, we would really miss it. There…

A big question is whether we could go back to a standard lighting setup again. And after two years using Hue, we would really miss it. There's no going back for us now.

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90%

The Philips Hue has been carefully developed to be a genuinely useful addition to the home. With a little exploration of its possibilities, …

The Philips Hue has been carefully developed to be a genuinely useful addition to the home. With a little exploration of its possibilities, and some of your own creativity to blend it with your home and lifestyle, it will literally light up your life.

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80%

For those looking for a polished remote control light with great app support, tons of automated functions and the option to set "mood lighti…

For those looking for a polished remote control light with great app support, tons of automated functions and the option to set "mood lighting," we can recommend Hue as the best product currently on the market.

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80%

You might not have an obvious need for an Internet-connected, color-changing light bulb, but the Philips Hue Connected Bulb kit offers enoug…

You might not have an obvious need for an Internet-connected, color-changing light bulb, but the Philips Hue Connected Bulb kit offers enough potential to justify its high price tag.

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80%

The Hue software is open source, which is great for encouraging third-party app development. Many of these apps can be found in the Apple Ap…

The Hue software is open source, which is great for encouraging third-party app development. Many of these apps can be found in the Apple App Store, like Hue Disco, which can synchronize your Hue bulbs to music playback.

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80%

There are rough edges to the Hue system, such as its current lack of HomeKit support and its reliance on the annoying bridge system, but it …

There are rough edges to the Hue system, such as its current lack of HomeKit support and its reliance on the annoying bridge system, but it still has an edge on most rivals.

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60%

Hue technically supports up to 50 bulbs on a hub, but getting them all within range of the bridge sounds functionally impossible.

Hue technically supports up to 50 bulbs on a hub, but getting them all within range of the bridge sounds functionally impossible.

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There's no escaping the fact that this is an intimidatingly expensive system, and though the LED bulbs' energy efficiency means running cost…

There's no escaping the fact that this is an intimidatingly expensive system, and though the LED bulbs' energy efficiency means running costs are good, they're only rated for about 15,000 hours of use.

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The Hue lights are pure fun, and the app is easy to use. I really liked the ability to pull photos from my smartphone’s camera roll to creat…

The Hue lights are pure fun, and the app is easy to use. I really liked the ability to pull photos from my smartphone’s camera roll to create scenes that mimic places I’ve actually been, like “Sunset in Florida” or “San Francisco Sky,” or even “Grand Central Terminal.”

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If you've got the money kicking around, Philips hue can dramatically change the atmosphere of your living space at the flick of a switch, bu…

If you've got the money kicking around, Philips hue can dramatically change the atmosphere of your living space at the flick of a switch, but don't try to fool yourself into thinking that this is anything more than a luxury purchase.

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Being able to control the color, brightness, and timing of your lights from your phone or computer—and tying the lights together with your o…

Being able to control the color, brightness, and timing of your lights from your phone or computer—and tying the lights together with your own on/off schedule—is addictive.

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One of the most impressive aspects of smart home tech is what it has done for lights. ... An early innovator in this area (and still a major…

One of the most impressive aspects of smart home tech is what it has done for lights. ... An early innovator in this area (and still a major player) is Philips, with its Hue line of products, which now work with Apple HomeKit.

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Positive Reviews
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Be like Tony Stark
If you've got extra money laying around, this is a great product to play around with. Control your lights with your phone (or even your voice!). The hub couldn't be easier to use and detects the bulbs right away. Pick up some color bulbs for some real fun!

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