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Philips 431643 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting, Starter Pack, Frustration Free

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A19-Starter Pack
Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Starter pack includes hue bridge and three A19 bulbs
  • Control up to 50 bulbs of any type (A19 or BR30) on a single bridge. One bridge per household is sufficient.
  • Create lighting scenes based on your favorite photos
  • Controllable lighting from your smart phone or tablet
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Forbes Product of the Year 2012
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Product Information

Style Name: A19-Starter Pack | Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
Technical Details
Item Weight2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions12 x 5 x 10 inches
Item model number431643
SizeStarter Pack
StyleA19-Starter Pack
Voltage120 volts
Wattage8.5 watts
Item Package Quantity1
Type of BulbLED
Luminous Flux600 lm
Certificationcertified frustration-free
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #387 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 9, 2012

Product Description

Style: A19-Starter Pack | Product Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging


Meet hue and change the way you see light.

Philips hue is your personal wireless lighting. It enables you to create and control light using your smartphone or tablet. Bringing endless possibilities to help you get creative and help you personalize your lighting to suit your and your family's lifestyle. Hue can help you relax or concentrate, change the atmosphere of a room, help keep your house safe when you're out, and even remind you of that magical moment on vacation. The possibilities are endless.

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Starter pack includes three hue LED bulbs in Amazon certified frustration free package (view larger).

This starter pack includes three bulbs that simply screw into your existing lamps, and a bridge that you plug into your home Wi-Fi router. Simply download the hue app to start experiencing light in a completely new way. The included hue wireless bridge is required for controlling the hue lighting system -- up to 50 bulbs. You can add more bulbs to your system by purchasing this single-bulb package.

The LED technology inside every hue wireless LED bulb can display different tones of white light -- from warm yellow white to vibrant blue white. It can also recreate any color in the spectrum. And it couldn't be easier to install. Just pick the lights or lamps you want to give the hue makeover and screw the wireless bulbs in. Then turn the light switch on, so there's electricity running to the bulb.

With a quick download of the hue application, the system can be controlled from any iOS or Android device. From the app, you can remotely control your home lighting for added security, personalize your lighting experience with custom settings, or program timers to help manage daily schedules -- all through the convenience of your smartphone or tablet.

What Can hue Do for You?

In the morning... Use the timer option and turn hue into your morning wake up call. Set your lights to gradually brighten over time, waking you up in a rather more civilized fashion. Better still, you can create a scene from the image of a dawn sun and turn hue into your own personal sunrise.

Welcome home... If you're working late or maybe out for the night, you can simply turn your wireless lights on or off remotely. That way you can make it look like you're home, even when you're not. You can also set your lights to come on at a set time. Perfect if you're away on holiday but you want people to think you're still in. Or maybe just before you arrive home from work. That way you'll never come back to a dark house again.

Relive a favorite moment... With hue, any photo on your smartphone becomes a palette to paint with light, enabling you to bring back the memories of an epic vacation or capture the vibrancy of a summer day. Drag the picker across a photo to select a color within the image. Or use the white light scale to pick a perfect tone. Your selected wireless bulb will reflect that choice instantly. And once you're happy with the scene, simply save it to use again.

Light Recipes

Light Recipes let you change the lighting for specific needs -- to relax, concentrate, energize and read. Just select one of the options on the phone and see how hue can transform the space. And the way you feel. What's even better is you can still tweak the settings of any Light Recipe so it's tuned perfectly for you. The four built-in Light Recipe settings are:

Relax. Selected light bulbs change to a soft, soothing glow.

Concentrate. Tested in schools to a tone and brightness that'll help keep you focused and alert.

Energize. Bathe in a bright and vibrant light to give your energy levels a boost.

Reading. The perfect white light intensity for reading.

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The hue wireless bridge communicates to up to 50 hue bulbs (view larger).

The Brains of the Operation

The hue bridge provides the communication platform between your bulbs and your smartphone or tablet app, and it can link up to 50 bulbs at a time. To connect your bridge, first power up the bridge and then connect it to the back of your wireless router, using the network cables provided. The blue lights will turn on one by one. When all four lights stay on continuously, you're ready for action.

Power in the Palm of Your Hands

Smart lights need a smart controller, and you can control hue bulbs through free apps available for iOS devices and Android devices. To get started, just download the free app to your smartphone or tablet. The first time it opens it'll search for your bridge and connect to the lights. Once that's done, you can use the app to control your wireless bulbs. Additionally, after signing up for a hue account, you'll be able to access your wireless lamps from anywhere in the world through a Web browser.

The Technology Behind hue

LED lights offer far more flexibility in lighting than fluorescent, halogen and incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs, lighting can be digitized and integrated into electronic circuitry, which enables them to deliver unique light outputs on the command of electrical signals.

Each bulb has a unique Web address and hue uses the ZigBee LightLink standard, enabling bulbs to communicate with each other through the bridge. The standard also allows the system to use significantly less stand-by power than traditional Wi-Fi systems. The hue system is based on open standards and can be easily integrated with other ZigBee-based systems, such as motion sensors and home thermostats, for additional home automation.

What's in the Box

Three hue light bulbs; wireless bridge; power adapter; 2-meter Ethernet network cable; quick start guide


Concentrate Tested in schools to a tone and brightness that'll keep you focused and alert
Bulbs E26 contact medium screw base fitting, 9 watts; A19 form factor; 15,000 hours of lifetime use
Light output 16 million colors; all shades of white; dimming via RF to 5 percent (no external dimmer)
Lumen output 600 lm @ 4000K; 510 lm @ 3000K; 360 lm @ 2000K; 550 lm @ 6500K; 60 lm/W luminous efficacy @ 4000K
Bridge Supports 50 bulbs per bridge; ZigBee LightLink Protocol 1.0; 2400 - 2483.5 MHz frequency band; desktop or wall mount; measures 3.93 inches in diameter and 0.98 inches tall
Startup Less than 2 seconds from AC power; less than 0.5 seconds from standby
iOS support iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5); iPad (1, 2, 3rd generation, 4th generation); iPad mini; iPod touch (4th generation, 5th generation)
Android support Tested on Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Tablet 8.9, Galaxy Tablet 10.1, Sony Xperia X, HTC One X, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Warranty 2 years
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At a Glance

431643 hue Personal Wireless Lighting, Starter Pack
  • Great white light, 16 million colors, hassle free dimming
  • Simple to experience, controlled from your iOS or Android smart device
  • Wireless, provides remote access
  • LED technology delivers up to 80 percent energy savings and long life

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The hue Starter Pack includes three LED bulbs (view larger).

Installation Instructions

  1. Screw in your hue bulbs and turn on your wall light switches.
  2. Plug in the hue bridge and connect to your Wi-Fi router.
  3. Download the app and follow instructions.

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Easily change the color and mood of your room with free apps for iOS and Android (view larger).

Product Description

Philips hue is your personal wireless lighting. It enables you to create and control light using your smartphone or tablet. Bringing endless possibilities to help you get creative and help you personalize your lighting to suit your and your family's lifestyle.

Important Information

600 lm

Color Temperature
2000 Kelvin

8.5 Watts

Bulb Voltage
120 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

He is very pleased with the product and recommends it.
Sharon Konen
Overall, I am very happy (I bought the starter kit and 10 additional bulbs) and will eventually buy Hue bulbs for my entire house.
J. Adam Noah
Hue app as of 1.4 now syncs scene timers on the Hue app between IOS devices.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

702 of 750 people found the following review helpful By B. stephens on June 14, 2013
Style Name: A19-Starter PackProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging Verified Purchase
First off Hue is expensive and not something anybody really needs. However, it's one of those things that has a high cool factor and if your into gadgets whats $200 bucks. I am a gadget guy and had the $200 so I went for it. Hue arrived via Amazon, so he was right on time and a day early. I couldn't wait to get him out of the box and give him a test run. It was incredibly easy to set up. I mean really easy, so don't worry about that. First download the app on to your Ipad or Iphone from the Apple App Store. Secondly plug the Hue Bridge into your router with the included ethernet cable (you need an open port on your router) and screw the pricey bulbs into a fixture. Then push the button on the Hue Bridge and grab your device and start making rainbow colored rooms. Everything worked perfectly the first time, the router found the bulds and the app controlled the whole thing. Really very cool, it worked exactly as it should.

One other thing about Hue, it does not work with Dimmer switches. Hue has a built in dimmer system, so you need to switch out the dimmer switches or keep them on full power all the time. That is easier said than done as by habit you turn the lights off when leaving a room. Not having the switch turned on makes the light bulbs not respond, So you need to have all the lights switched on with power flowing. Hue then controls the power to the lights via the bulbs,

Living with HUE

Your whole life you are conditioned to turn off lights when you exit the room. You just flip the switch and its done. Same thing for turning on the lights, its easy and simple. Hue changes this simple everyday thing into a much more complicated process.
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151 of 164 people found the following review helpful By MMG on May 18, 2013
Style Name: A19-Starter PackProduct Packaging: Frustration-Free Packaging
At first, the only way to I could justify this $200 item for gadget junkies is to consider it a new fun "toy". Well, they are a TON OF FUN, especially if you add a couple of extra Hue apps. People love them and most buy their own set soon. However we quickly realized these are also enhancements to our home which are totally worth the price. Our expectations were exceeded and in 3 weeks we went from the 3 pack starter kit to 8 bulbs, yes 5 more bulbs at $60 each and we are totally happy with them.

Update Sep 2013: We added the Hue LightStrip over the fireplace, it's great at lighting the wall only. Hue app as of 1.4 now syncs scene timers on the Hue app between IOS devices.

Here's how we use them:
* Control lighting color/intensity for activities like watching TV (blue), entertaining (purple), cooking (various colors), etc.
* Automatically turn on Living Room (med/blue) and kitchen night lights (low purple) at 8:30 , bedroom night light at 11:00 (red). They all turn off 1:00am if we forget.
* No need to go to the wall dimmer to adjust lights as the evening changes, the iPad is also our universal remote (Roomie, which supports Hue) and our cordless phone (Bria) so one device controls everything.
* From bed, turn all the lights off with one tap, no more "who's getting up to turn off the lights".
* Multiple bulbs in a room on the same circuit are dimmed independently, much better than a single wall dimmer! Different areas of a room (doorway vs seating vs TV area) can have different intensities or colors. We have a deck with 2 bulbs, one near the door is brighter than one near seating.
* Use them as night lights since the bulbs maximum power draw is only 8.5 watts. When set low they draw about as much as a normal nitelight, 3-4 watts.
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98 of 121 people found the following review helpful By HelpMeBloody on January 5, 2013
Style Name: A19-Starter PackProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
I received this product from my girlfriend for Christmas, and I have to say that it is the most reliable wifi enabled device I own. Since we've installed them, we have had zero issues with the connectivity. Another nice aspect of the design is that you can control them from your computer as well. You can also get involved in the Phillips Hue community, and sample other members' scenes, or even share your own. It's incredibly easy to install.

Another thing to mention is that the lights can either be turned on wirelessly or by a conventional switch. This is great if you want to put these in your overhead fixtures, but still want the convenience of switching them on and off without your phone handy -- yet still have the ability to change their colors when you do. Extremely handy for lamps, especially those in different rooms, or areas of your home. And because they work remotely, you can check the app to make sure you didn't leave the lights on when you're away.

Don't listen to the poor reviews about them being to expensive, or how easy it would be to do it yourself. The ease and quality of this product alone makes the purchase worth the price. Controlling the lighting from multiple devices is a breeze, and being LED technology, these bulbs should last for well over 50 years. If you like gadgets and can afford this product, the hours of fun you will have will completely out weigh the price tag.
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127 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Sillers on November 13, 2012
Style Name: A19-Starter PackProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging
$200 bucks for 3 light bulbs? Hmmm... Well, all I can say is that if you are a techie and enjoy adjusting your environment (music, lighting, climate, etc) this is your gadget. One of the few things I have purchased that my wife is learning to use because she likes the impacts. The bulb over our infant in the kitchen gets a warm mellow glow while the 3 over her head get full blast energize. We have no regrets about buying the starter pack and 3 additional bulbs. It is not a need but if you can toss $300 bucks to the pile that is for having fun in life - get them. They perform well, software is great and got it working on three phones without issue. Even adding the extra bulbs was easy. Most fun I've had since the iPad came out.
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