|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.3 x 2.3 x 4.2 inches|
|Item model number||452714|
|Color||Lux Starter Kit|
|Style||Lux Starter Kit|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Type of Bulb||LED|
|Included Components||Led Personal Wireless Lighting Single Light Bulb, Hue Bridge|
|Warranty Description||Yes, please see packaging for more details.|
Philips 452714 Hue Lux Starter Kit, 2 Bulbs and 1 Bridge with Extensions, 9W (60-Watt) A19, 1st Generation, Works with Amazon Alexa
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- Works with Amazon Alexa to support dimming through voice control (hub required and included, Alexa device sold separately)
- This 9-Watt (60-Watt replacement) Hue bulb uses LED technology to deliver up to 80 percent energy savings and a long life of 25,000 hours (up to 22 years)
- Gives you total control over your lighting from your smart phone or tablet - even when you’re away from home
- Set timers and alarms, connect to a variety of apps, dim the light and more (cannot be used with conventional dimmers)
- Control up to 50 Hue products on a single Philips Hue bridge – also compatible with Zigbee certified and Wink home automation network products
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From the manufacturer
Set timers and alarms via the Hue app
The timer function allows you to set timers and alerts you can tailor to your lifestyle. Turn Lux into your morning wake up call - set your lights to gradually brighten over time, waking you up in a more gently than the abrupt ring of an alarm. At night, you can preset the timer to turn your lights off gradually to help you fall asleep naturally.
Safety & security - Remote access when you’re away from home
Easily control your home lighting while you’re on the go. Did you forget to turn your lights off before leaving home again? With Hue, that’s not a problem anymore. Simply control your lights remotely via the Hue portal, wherever in the world you might be.
Control from your iOS, Android, and Kindle smart devices
Your smart device can control any light connected to the bridge - Philips Hue is based on the ZigBee, a low power, safe, and reliable technology to control your lights. Compatible with other ZigBee-based systems for additional home automation.
Enjoy dynamic light effects synced to the moment
There is an ever growing number of applications being developed for Hue within this community. This has resulted in creative and dynamic lighting schemes opening possibilities of syncing your lights to your favorite music, to get the party kicking.
Expand your ecosystem
Connect up to 50 Hue products to your Philips Hue bridge. Simply begin with any of the available starter kits and add in any combination. Bring color into your home by adding the other Hue & Friends of Hue products.
|Hue||Hue Lux||Friends of Hue||Hue Go||Hue Beyond|
|Functional White Light||2200K - 6500K||2700K||2200K - 6500K||2200K - 6500K|
|Color Changing Light||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Special Features||Perfect dimming, timers, alarms, remote access, and geofencing.||Perfect dimming, timers, alarms, remote access, and geofencing.||Perfect dimming, timers, alarms, remote access, and geofencing.||Portable light, perfect dimming, timers, alarms, remote access, and geofencing.||All of the features you love about Hue with 2 independently controlled light sources.|
Philips Hue Lux provides a personal and interactive way to control lighting from a smart mobile device or tablet. It enables use of light in a variety of functionality such as timers, alarms, geo-fencing and soft security elements. The Hue Lux offers a soft white light similar to your regular household incandescent light bulb. This starter kit comes with two LED light bulbs in a familiar A-Shape size, a wireless bridge, power adapter and a 2-meter Ethernet network cable. Simply download the Hue app on your tablet or smartphone to start experiencing light in a new way. Use Philips connected LED lighting as a revolutionary way to light your home.
Top Customer Reviews
This was super simple to set up. I screwed the light bulbs into a three-light hanging fixture that we have in our kitchen/family room. (I just ordered a third bulb.) I turned the wall switch for the light on. I used the included Ethernet cable to connect the hub to my router. (Actually I plugged it into a Netgear 8 port gigabit switch because I didn't have an empty port on my router.) Next, I plugged the power cord into a powerstrip. I downloaded and installed the app to my iPad Mini. I pressed the button on top of the Hue hub. I followed the instructions on the app and added the lights on the app. I created a group called "Kitchen Light" and added the two lights to the group. I opened my Echo app and added the lights and group "Kitchen Lights". I told Alexa, "Turn on the kitchen light". She said, "Ok" as the light turned on. "Alexa, turn off the kitchen light." She turned it off. Then I had her dim it to 50%. Then to 80%. Then to 10%. She executed each command perfectly, saying "Ok" each time. The total setup took about 5 minutes and everything connected right away with no blips or burps. I love it!
You can set timers and alarms in the Hue app that do things like gradually turning up your lights in the morning to wake you up or to turn selected lights off after a designated amount of time. Alexa can't control the light alarms and timers (yet) and besides, she has her own alarms and timers with sound. But she does understand the voice commands for on, off and dimming to different percentages. I can switch between using the Hue apps and Alexa for those commands without any problem. I can use my Echo remote to speak to Alexa when I'm in another part of the house where she can't hear me. Since the Hue bulbs work over our WiFi network I don't need to have my phone or tablet turned on when I'm using Alexa for commands.
I've ordered another 3 bulbs to use in other parts of the house. (Up to 50 can be used with the hub.) It will be nice to turn the lights on in dark rooms by voice where the lamps are far from the door. This has always been a problem in our home office where there are a lot of things to trip over on the way to the lamp. That way we're always walking into a bright room. It will also add the dimming feature to those lamps which didn't dim before. And of course there is the advantage that these are LED bulbs which use a lot less electricity than the old fashioned incandescents, only 9 watts per bulb. (They use even less when they are dimmed.) The light is a warm white, I'll post updates when I've used them.
I think this partnership will be good for Hue and good for the Echo. And I feel like I live in a home of the future.
Update 4/23/15 - I received the 3 additional bulbs (that are presently grouped under this listing) and added them easily to Alexa's repertoire of bulbs to turn on and off and dim. She seems to be able to dim them to any percentage in multiples of 10 I've asked although I'm not sure I would be able to see a difference of 5% so not sure if she can do that too. The bulbs are plenty bright at 100%. We eliminated all the old incandescents years ago so I don't have any to compare 60 watts to, but the brightness seems to be at least that. One thing I really like is that she can turn them way down to 10% and they don't flicker or go out. I've struggled with different LED dimmer switches in the past that had trouble with the low dimming levels. There was always the flickering problem down at low levels of brightness. These bulbs don't have that problem at all and I avoid the extension cords with switches. These work in any lamp that takes an A19 base (almost all that are in my home) and turns them into a nicely behaved dimmable lamp. So now I can simply ask Alexa to play soft romantic music and dim the lights, and voila! Instant atmosphere, al controlled by voice, no getting out the iPhone or tablet to distract from the moment. Are you impressed yet?
Update 4/26/15 - I added a few more bulbs. The thing I like is that with the Hue app I can assign these same bulbs to different groups or scenes. For example, we have 3 lamps downstairs. They are a kitchen hanging lamp that uses 3 Hue bulbs that I have grouped as the Kitchen Light. I have a standing lamp with 1 bulb called the Family Room Light. Then we have a lamp in the living room called the Livingroom Light. I can ask Alexa to control each of these separately. But I have each assigned to a few other groups or "scenes" as well. I have each of these in a group called Downstairs Lights. I have the Family Room Light and the Kitchen Light in a group called the Great Room Lights. I can tell Alexa to turn on the Great Room Lights and the kitchen and family room lights will both come on. Then I could tell her to dim the Family Room Light to 50%. Or I could tell her to set the Downstairs Lights to 75%. You can see there are lots of possibilies and I can dim or turn off individual lights after I've turned them on as a group. All of this takes just minutes to set up in the Hue app.
Update 6/7/15 - After having these bulbs in our home for over a month I've become pretty spoiled. Turning lights all on and off all over the house and dimming them by simply speaking to Alexa doesn't seem unusual anymore. "Alexa, dim the upstairs lights to 20%." "Alexa, set the living room light to 80%." Now I am becoming spoiled and growing impatient with lamps or fixtures that don't use these bulbs. I wish Philips would come out with some LED tube lights that could replace some fluorescent bulbs and be compatible with the Amazon Echo.
Update 7/31/15 - We have a total of 12 bulbs working with this bridge now, a combination of Philips and GE Link. All are working well. Controlling our lights by voice command to Alexa now seems like an ordinary thing. We've set up several combinations of groups and individual lights. Led dimmable tube lights that can be controlled by the Echo are still on my wish list.
Amazon Echo supports the Hue Bridge and Hue or Lux lights. That's why I got the Hue Lux starter kit with 2 bulbs.
The Hue Z-Wave to LAN/WiFi Bridge works with the Echo when setup through the Amazon Echo App. Bulbs can be named and grouped - like the bulbs in my bedroom. This provides control by name for on/off and brightness control. The hue bridge and hue app will control other brands of compatible bulbs like my Cree Connected bulb. The Echo is more specific and at this time limited to Philips Hue and Lux bulbs: the Cree isn't recognized even though it uses my Hue Bridge.
Philips seems to have thought out the Hue system well and kept it an open system. I must applaud this decision. The Hue bridge works with various Z-Wave compatible bulbs besides the Philips ones like the Cree Connected bulb which is relatively very inexpensive at my local Home Depot and very lightweight compared to other LED A19 bulbs.
If you don't have or care about Amazon Echo I hope the parts of the review that don't concern the Echo will still be helpful.
IN THE BOX:
The Hue Lux Starter Kit came very nicely packaged with the Hue Bridge, dedicated power supply, LAN cable, two Hue Lux A19 bulbs and an instruction sheet with incredibly small print. The instructions were not very helpful, but go to meethue.com and there are step by step instructions there. download the App and it will help you though the setup process.
I downloaded the Philips Hue app from the iTunes App store for my iPhone6. It's also available for Android devices including Kindle Fire devices. Next I plugged the Hue Bridge into my LAN via the RJ45 plug and pressed the discover button in the middle. The app quickly discovered the bridge.
I put the two included bulbs into my bedroom ceiling fixture and in a few moments I could discover and name them as well (bedroom1 and bedroom2.
Using the Hue App I was able to turn them on or off and dim them independently and create a scene to save their settings. Easy Peasy and Nice!
ECHO APP and USE:
In voice commands I told the echo "discover devices" and it found the hue bridge and the Philips light bulbs. Could not have been easier. Note the Echo is on the same LAN (via WiFi) as the Hue Bridge. This is necessary for discovery.
Once discovered I opened the Echo App and setup a group for the two bulbs called Bedroom Light and saved it. By using the name Bedroom Light I was immediately able to control both Hue Lux bulbs by voice using the Echo. Mission Accomplished.
I next added in the Cree Connected bulb I got locally. Recognized and works perfectly by the Hue Bridge and App. No problems there, but the Echo and Echo App would not see the Cree.
Something to consider if you are thinking of using the Echo to control Hue Lights: it is limited (at the time of this review) to 18 devices. A Hue Bridge will support up to 50 devices/lights controllable by the Hue App. I expect this limit in the Echo will get raised before long. The Echo also supports some Belkin WeMo switch products.
My bulbs are installed in a switched light fixture which I do not recommend. If I turn the Hue Lux lights off via the switch and turn them back on they have a second or so of hesitation before they turn on, then come on at full brightness. They don't remember the previous setting across power loss. Not a big deal unless you expect otherwise.
This economical kit has two of the single color 2700K (warm white) Hue Lux bulbs, not the color changing Hue bulbs which cost 3X as much. They are rated at 9W and 750 lumen which seems OK but not awesome for light output per watt. It's quite acceptable to me.
The A19 format Philips Hue Lux bulbs are have a surprisingly omnidirectional light pattern. Most other LED bulbs I've purchased are rather directional making them very good for some applications and not so much for others. The Hue Lux bulbs are good at mimicking the lighting pattern of an old-school incandescent bulb and working well in applications where they would. This less directional coverage might be why they don't have a higher brightness rating.
The Hue Bridge does what I wanted simply and easily. Setup was very easy. It is a open system that works with at least some non-Philips Z-Wave bulbs. I could not find the Hue Bridge outside a starter kit. This Hue Lux 2 bulb starter kit is not expensive for what it is.
I got the kit mainly to get the bridge. What I got is a better starter than I expected with nice bulbs and a well thought out system. When Amazon added connected home functions to the Echo the Hue became irresistible for me. Because it's an open system I'm excited the possibilities are not limited to Philips products.
I've only had the Hue Lux starter for a little while and I'm still thrilled with both setup and use so I have to give it 5 stars.
Hope this helps someone.