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|Type of Bulb||LED|
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit (Older Model, 3 A19 bulbs and 1 Bridge, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
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- Choose between millions of colors and shades of white light to light your home, wirelessly control with your smartphone or tablet, and sync your light immersively to music, games, and movies.
- Including the Philips Hue Bridge for the full Hue experience, these bulbs fit standard-size table lamps.
- Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App.
- Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor. Pair it for automation with your existing Nest or SmartThings system.
- This box includes three Philips Hue color A19 standard light bulbs, a Hue Bridge with power adapter and ethernet cable, manual, and two-year warranty.
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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.
In an instant, you can set the perfect tone and enhance a moment with tunable white light and a full spectrum of color. The Hue starter kit includes three Hue A19 bulbs and a Hue bridge, allowing you to connect all of the Hue and Friends of Hue products throughout your home.
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 more pleasantly than an abrupt ring of an alarm – you can even create a scene from the image of a rising sun and turn Hue into your own personal sunrise.
If you're working late or out for the night, you can 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 throughout the week. You’ll never have to come back to a dark house again.
Control from your iOS, Android, and Kindle smart devices
Control your lights wirelessly from anywhere in your house. Your smart device can control any light connected to the bridge. Philips Hue is based on ZigBee, a low power, safe, and reliable technology to control your lights. The Hue system can be easily integrated with other ZigBee-based systems for additional home automation.
Choose from millions of colors
Great for creating mood lighting inside your home, Philips Hue offers millions of colors to choose from - a bright sunshine yellow to warm your soul, a romantic shade of red, or a pale leaf green color to ease you into the evening. It’s easy to save your favorite color scenes to use again and again.
Remote access when you’re away from home
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. The Hue portal (accessible through your web browser or Hue app) also enables you to save and share lighting scenes with other Hue users.
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 on in any combination. With a tap of your finger, you can now control any connected lighting in your home.
Relive a favorite moment
With Hue, any photo on your smartphone or tablet becomes a palette to paint with light, enabling you to bring back the memories of a vacation or capture the vibrancy of a summer day. Drag the picker across a photo to select a color within the image. Once you're happy with the scene, simply save and use again.
The Philips Hue app includes four preset Light Recipes that let you change the lighting for specific needs – relax, concentrate, energize, or read. You can even customize the settings of any Light Recipe so it's tuned perfectly for you.
Create alarms and timers
Use the Hue app and compatible apps to set your Hue light to gently notify you with alarms and timers. When you receive messages, social media updates, and other communications through your smart device, Hue can notify you with a subtle pulse of colored light.
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|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|
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This item Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit (Older Model, 3 A19 bulbs and 1 Bridge, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant)
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|Light Source Type||LED||LED||App Controlled||LED||LED|
|Additional Features||—||Extend your warranty at philips.com/RegisterMYLed, Commercial applications warranty is based off 12 hours a day, Zigbee HAN 1.2 Certified, Compatible with Alexa, Wink, Apple HomeKit, Siri, Samsung Smartthings, and others, Operating in completely closed fixtures may reduce lamp life||Adjustable||—||Dimmable|
|Wattage||8.5 watts||9.5||10 watts||10||10.5 watts|
Choose between millions of colors and shades of white light to light your home, wirelessly control with your smartphone or tablet, and sync your light immersively to music, games, and movies. Including the Philips Hue Bridge for the full Hue experience, these bulbs fit standard-size table lamps. Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor. Pair it for automation with your existing Nest or SmartThings system. This box includes three Philips Hue color A19 standard light bulbs, a Hue Bridge with power adapter and ethernet cable, manual, and two-year warranty.
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I'll start with the issues which may prevent you from running an LED bulb at all.
First - size and shape, as this is a major consideration if the bulbs are in an exposed fixture. These Hue are "A19" size, which is the same size classification as your "regular" US light bulb. These are slightly taller, by a half centimeter or 1/8 inch but they're still considered A19. They certainly look larger than that because of the cone shape. (I'm desperately waiting for Philips to offer GU10 sized bulbs in the US, as I have those, and some candelabra fixtures could easily convert to GU10 also)
Another word on fixture applicability: most (maybe all) LED bulbs instruct you to not mount them upside down or in a totally enclosed fixture. LED bulbs generate less heat than incandescent, but they still need to _shed_ that heat because they are electronics. This is hard for some folks to understand, especially if they are new to CFL or LED. That said, you are _probably_ OK mounting upside down or in a closed fixture if you keep in mind that you're violating the warranty and taking a risk the product may break. These are indoor rated bulbs, Philips has stated they're safe outdoors if shielded from water (but outdoor is not covered by warrantee).
You get a WIRED radio bridge which acts as the Hue controller. The bulbs themselves do not have Wi-Fi, but they do use a form of wireless networking (ZigBee, if you're curious). The controller accepts simple instructions from your smartphone (or the Hue website, if you configure that), which quickly relays those commands over the radio. By not having wifi in each bulb, the bulbs probably saved some cost, and also you can run up to 50 bulbs off one controller (using 1 IP address).
The actual intelligence for light fading and scene control is contained in your smartphone app, which may send a series of instructions to cause the light to fade between colors. The point to take away here is that different apps offer different features, and while I might suggest "Hue Disco" from the Apple Store, it could be true that in a year from now there is a better app. So stay on the lookout for cool apps.
Some folks have complained that the lights "forget" the color if you turn off the light switch then turn them back on. This is actually a deliberate safety feature, that someone without an app can use the light like it was a "normal" light. Remember, the controller apps are sending color information to the bulb. Once the bulb is powered off, the connection to the app os broken. If the bulb remembered the last color displayed, it could power on using dim-purple which has almost no visibility. The app I use to change bulbs with music will cycle through purple to dark to green, etc.
Color - this is where these bulbs shine! The light quality on this far exceeds what you would get with some cheap $10 chinese color LED bulb you found online. The Hue bulbs have more than just simple red green blue and white LEDs; they use a combination of white and color. The Hue is capable of representing all the shades of white, including reddish white that you get with a classic bulb. The Hue can also represent MOST solid colors well (remember my comment, these are not typical red+green+blue+white LEDs). When trying for solid colors, the only color which did not represent very well is green, and the result was a greenish-yellow. Because the green color is weak, I could not convincingly emulate a "traffic light" with all colors on, which obviously isn't a showstopper but it's a limitation worth noting.
Brightness - these equate to a 50-60 watt incandescent. I use 3 in a living room light stand, and that's my only living room lighting.
Dimming - These bulbs do not automatically translate lower AC voltage into some instruction to dim the bulb (unlike say, the Philips 423491 warm white bulb). Just know that if you try to dim, you may underpower the bulb and it will simply shut off. Keep in mind that these bulbs contain radio transceivers and microprocessors not found in other LED bulbs, so there are likely some design challenges to getting those components stable under lower voltage (dimming).
Additional bulbs can be introduced into your network using the Philips app. Before the latest Hue app update, this was difficult to do. Same thing with mixing bulbs from another Starter Pack (which you probably would only do if you were me, and wanted to take 1 bulb with the controller to work, and add the remaining bulbs to the home setup).
Geofencing means you can set this for lights on when the bulbs sense your smartphone entering the driveway. That's really a function of your smartphone app (again, any limitations we have with it now could someday go away. There are a few quirks).
I have not used the If This Then That (IFTTH) support, which is a cool technology for cause-effect relationships between different vendor products and websites. You could for example have a weather website control the color and intensity of your lights in the morning (to represent today's High Temp, Low Temp, and chance of rain). Blink if your favorite team scores, that kind of stuff. I expect someone will come out with a way to dim these lights using your TV remote (you need an infrared capable thing which can then talk to the bulbs... an Arduino could be assembled for this, though I'm not aware of anyone offering such a boxed product ready to use).
The neat do-it-yourself tricks works best with novelty accent lighting installations, and right now I'm using these as primary lighting, so I'll wait for more bulbs before I try them out.
There are some old complaints about these bulbs not supporting "grouping" (set different scenes for different groups). This is one of those software things which has improved. Philips have released a lot of free documentation and code for people to try out their own ideas and apps.
Efficiency - These are not the most efficient LED light bulbs you can buy, but you knew that because they do a lot more than other LED bulbs. These are still more efficient than compact florescent and incandescent.
(Somewhat related: If you want non-Hue bulbs which "match" bulb appearance, take a look at the Philips 423491 which is the bulb style same case but in a white bulb. Again, the 423491 has NOTHING in common with the Hue except for the shape. However if all your bulbs are exposed in clear fixtures, you might want all bulbs in a room to visually match.)
These aren't quite as bright as the hue bulbs but they have one huge difference (other than being standalone fixtures. Okay, two huge differences.)
These fixtures can handle all shades of blue and green. Vibrant green, light sky blue, deep blue with no purple...shades that just don't work with the standard hue bulbs. I guess there is a tradeoff between color range and brightness. These guys nail the absolute full color range while still being bright enough to wash a wall in ambient light. Bright green, light azure, or deep blue ambient light, plus everything else. And they look like jellyfish or sea creatures when unhidden.
Don't expect to be blinded but if you're going all in on the hue system, these lights are a great addition. My light scenes and other apps that draw on the full color palette are greatly enhanced by the expanded spectrum. They only miss five stars because of the steep price. Yet I'm probably going to order another.
Edit: I've added another of these to my life, and knocked off the negative price star. Yes, the system costs way more than I want to pay, but I also realize I'm loving it. I've bought some tech only to realize I'll never use it but, surprisingly to me, this isn't the case here. With apps like IFTTT and Espresso, I feel like I've only begun to explore the options.
Also, I think I underestimated the brightness by a bit. The color range is still incredible.
IMPORTANT COST JUSTIFICATION: We quickly realized these are enhancements to our home which are totally worth the price. Our expectations were far 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. We were sold this technology after only a month and will never go back, this is the future of lighting.
Update Oct 2014: We added two physical Hue Tap switches, now you don't have to use the iPad/iPhone! See how we use them below. Some of the outdated reviews here mention the lack of a physical switch a problem, that's now solved. Each Hue Tap can have 4 scenes programmed and NO battery! This means you can place the Tap anywhere, for instance, our bedroom tap is half way down the stairs on a ledge, the kitchen Tap is on a counter. Each of the 4 buttons can be any scene, even OFF. Everyone is amazed at the range the Tap has with NO battery!
Update Sep 2013: We added a Hue LightStrip over the fireplace lighting the wall only. And two more in a round window, WOW!
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.
* Control lights remotely from iPhones wherever we are. Turning them on for security or our pets, or off when we forgot.
* The geofencing feature turned on the lights as we drove into the driveway, even with the Hue app closed!
* If there is an intruder we can turn any/all lights on from bed using iPads or iPhones which are always at arms reach. UPDATE: We are using LightBow for this now, it strobes ALL lights in the house for 5 seconds then goes to bright white. Should panic most intruders to make noise!
* We replaced our dimmers ($45-60 each) and simplified wall wiring.
* My wife got the "disco" ball she always wanted in the kitchen (don't ask), but better, hue has strobe and other effects such as changing to music with additional apps.
* The kitchen Hue Tap switch allow us to quickly call up one of 4 scenes to override the times purple nightlife that comes on, and set it back!
* The bedroom Hue Tap switch allow us to quickly call up one of 4 scenes, bright, romantic colors, off, etc. to override timed red nightlite.
The bulbs replace a convention light bulb. They can display a range of colors and intensities, all controlled from an iPad, iPhone or iPod. I was very concerned to control something as critical as lights via wifi. I did not want to deal with issues for something that should always just work. Well, 17 months later and there have been no issues at all, even after power failures timers work perfectly.
The bulbs must have full AC power, they cannot be dimmed via wall dimmers. When powered off then on they are white, the Hue app controls everything after they are on. Always leave the wall switch on for most or all indoor bulbs. There may cases where you want them powered off then on with a wall switch. For instance, we use an iPad to control on/off of all 8 inside bulbs, but 3 bulbs on 2 outside decks are turned on/off via wall switches while iPad controls their colors, etc. ISSUE: We had problems with electronic dimmers even when set full on that required us to change them to simple switches. You have to learn not to turn off the lights when leaving a room, this is a hard habit to break.
If you plan to use Hue bulbs in rooms without iPhone/iPads you may want to just use timers or purchase a Hue Tap switch for the room(s). We were lucky to already have multiple iPads since we use them as A/V remote controllers and cordless phones. We can control any light in the house from any room with an app device.
We were surprised that when set to bright white they look brighter than 60 watt bulbs. The 3 in the kitchen are more than enough for normal activity but there are also spotlights over the sink and stove. Our decks are now much brighter than before.
Initial setup is very simple and quick, we had it up and running in about 6 minutes, deciding what you want and customizing the first three bulbs may take 10-15 minutes. Here are the steps:
1. Download and install the Hue app on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch from the iTunes App store, it's free.
2. Plug in the Hue Bridge into an ethernet connection with the included or other cable, No Wifi on the bridge. Most people will connect to a router but other devices connected to the router will work. In my case the Bridge is connected to an Airport Extreme in bridge mode which is connected to an ethernet switch on the other side of the house which is connected to a Zyxel router connected to DSL. If all that works with no changes then most of you should be fine.
3. Plug the Hue Bridge in the wall for power.
4. Once the bridge is active, screw one to more bulbs into sockets and power them up.
5. This step is needed for EACH iPad, etc. that has the Hue app installed: Start the app, then push the button on the Hue bridge.
6. Play with colors and intensities.
To allow syncing of scenes (as of 1.4 now syncs scene timers between IOS devices) between iPads, etc. devices OR use geofencing which will turn lights on as you get close to home (or auto turn them off as you leave) you must:
7. Setup a free ID at the meethue.com web site.
8. Go to the Hue app settings and login to the meet hue site. You can leave the app logged on all the time.
They can save energy when used as timed night lights, and eliminate the need to install dimmers.
* Geofencing only works with 1 device, you can't have 2 iPhones using geofencing at the same time. Hopefully, this will be fixed.
* The Hue app groups bulbs into "scenes" for 1 click operation, but multiple scenes for a room can't be grouped together into a folder to simplify organization. Customizing "scenes" is a little cumbersome and could be easier, but we picked it up quickly.
We purchased ours at Apple stores since it was easy to bring back quickly if we didn't like them.