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Philips 456194 Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit, 3 A19 Bulbs and 1 Bridge, (Old Model, 2nd Generation), Works with Amazon Alexa

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  • Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and Philips hub sold separately)
  • Starter kit includes 3 color LED light bulbs and a bridge that wirelessly connects up to 50 lights
  • The bridge enables you to control your lights from your smart device via the Philips Hue App. Works with Apple HomeKit, Nest and SmartThings (hub required)
  • 2nd Generation starter kit comes with brighter bulbs (upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens) and more internal storage for lighting scenes.
  • Choose from 16 million colors and play with color. Sync your lights with your music, TV and games for an immersive effect
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit Hue White Starter Kit Hue Bridge Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Bulb
Dimmer Switch Included No No No No
Smart Control No; functionality available with purchase of bridge Yes, when used with bridge
Sync with music, movies and games No No No Yes, when used with bridge
Away-from-home control No; functionality available with purchase of bridge Yes, when used with bridge
Light schedules No; functionality available with purchase of bridge Yes, when used with bridge
Warm Dimming No Dependant on type of bulb that is controlled No; functionality available with purchase of bridge Yes, when used with bridge
Wake-Up Feature No No; functionality available with purchase of bridge Yes, when used with bridge
Color(s) 16 million colors and 50 thousand shades of white 50 thousand shades of white Soft White (2700K) Dependant on type of bulb that is controlled Soft White (2700K) 16 million colors and 50 thousand shades of white

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  • 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 personalize your lighting to suit your and your family's lifestyle.
  • Hue White and color :New and enhanced Hue white and color ambiance kit now upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens with increased internal storage for added functionality

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New and enhanced Hue white and color ambience kit now upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens with increased internal storage for added functionality.


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Update: Earlier today (12/16/2015) Philips reversed its decision to block third-party bulbs (h/t to Richard Brennan for leaving a comment letting us know).

I try to be honest and fair in my reviews on Amazon, and when a company does the right thing to correct a mistake and/or I discover new things good or bad about the product, I'll amend my review accordingly.

In this case, regarding the issue of blocking third party bulbs Philips heard its customers loud and clear. We don't need a big corporation to "protect us from ourselves". The vast majority of us will continue to buy Philips bulbs, but for the minority of us who still want to experiment and tinker we want that option as well and will accept whatever consequences arise. That's how an open system works.

I appreciate the fact that Philips is listening to its customers and doing the right thing. And so I'm happy to rescind what I said and once again recommend Philips Hue.

In addition to the things I wrote below about why I love Hue, probably the thing I love the most is that for years as authorities were banning incandescent bulbs it seems that our future was going to be relegated to a world of depressing CFL lighting. But LED technology changed all that, and Philips certainly made it accessible. One thing I love to do is to go into the OnSwitch app from time to time and turn on the "fluorescent bulb" light recipe and sit in the depressing world that might have been had LED not come along.

For me the colors was just a bonus. Hue literally changed our life--we'd originally wanted to paint our walls different colors, but we decided to paint them an off-white, neutral color so that with the click of a button we could effectively get a different paint job every day.
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I absolutely love these lights. Some things to warn you about:

1. Doesn't work well with Amazon Echo. I can turn them on and off, I can dim or brighten them, but I CANNOT change their color/temperature through Alexa. This is a disappointment and more of a comment on Alexa than the lightbulbs, but I felt it was important to mention since I personally bought these lights specifically to use with Alexa as my home automation setup. If you are interested in purchasing for that reason as well I felt it was important to say (will not affect my rating of the lights). P.S. There are skills you can add into Alexa to program presets with colors then command Alexa to "turn on (name of preset)" and that preset may be all blue lights or all red or whatever you decide.

2. I ordered using Amazon's frustration free packaging and one of the bulbs was broken. It ended up still working fine but there was just a couple cracks running down one end. Amazon refunded me the value of one bulb no problem.

3. The color blue isn't very visible unless you do a dark deep blue color. This probably has something to do with out atmosphere or our eyeballs and how we see color. I'm no scientist. Also I've found it difficult to get a deep green color to show. At night time when it's dark it's a lot easier to see these colors.

Ok now some suggestions after you purchase:

1. I replaced the official Philips Hue app on my phone with an app called Hue Pro by Benjamin Chevoor for Android (I haven't looked for an iOS version) which works far better and has way more features. He makes another app called Hue Pro Tasker which lets me program actions for lights when my phone receives an email from a specific person or a text or any kind of alert whatsoever.

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What can I say about these? We have 4 of them, two in the living room and two in the bedroom. They really turned out to be more useful than they are exciting (not that the Disco Party mode isn’t fun). I originally purchased these out of curiosity after seeing all of the themes, color combinations, and overall feature set. What I now realize after six months of owning them (Amazon order history ftw) is that they work really well – as lights.

The default control method for these lights is via smartphone or separate controllers that can be purchased through Phillips, but we use the Amazon Echo almost exclusively. You can do nifty things like set scenes (a fancy name for changing the brightness and color combinations) and timers through the application, or you can use IFTTT to set triggers that Echo understands. For instance, “Alexa, trigger movie” could change the light’s white balance and brightness to achieve a better image on your TV.

You can group the lights by room, function, or control them independently so this gives you a lot of flexibility in what you can command. Naming can be a little awkward, but I named the living room “lights” and the bedroom “bedroom.” This naming scheme allows “turn off the lights” as a command through Echo. The lights can also be dimmed by intervals of five percent through Echo or even more fine-tuned through the app.

Side note: there are tons of third-party apps for these lights.

Overall the real benefit here remains convenience. Instead of having to turn on two lamps separately in the living room (we have no overhead lighting) we can just tell Alexa to do it. This is especially convenient when you consider our hands are often filled with babies or food, two of our favorite things.
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