• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly simple to setup with spectacular results.

    Got this system for a small (about 12 x 12) home office. Have one bulb in the ceiling fan, one in a small lamp in the far corner of the room and one in an accent light behind my laptop while on its stand. Setup couldn't be easier... insert the bulbs and turn them all on, plug the signal unit into one of the open ethernet ports on your base station (cable included) and connect the AC adapter. Start the app up and press the button on the signal unit and you're all set. Bulbs at their highest setting are brighter than expected though still not as bright as conventional bulbs but that's to be expected. Really phenomenal option for people who work from home and want total control over the brightness of multiple lights to optimize their screen work. Price may seem steep but it is what it is. Though once you install it and use it you'll think it's worth every penny.

    295 of 315 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    I read an article and decided to purchase this product over a much more expensive home lighting system. One day later....Extremely Happy! Product was very easy and simple to set up...in Fact my six year old did all of the connections and i downloaded the app. The light output is as good or better than your normal light bulb and the color combination you see and get its just makes it that much better. I installed one on my sons room and tried the gradually dimming feature and it worked on the first try. If you are considering spending over 4K on a full house lighting system....make sure you spend the $199 starter kit and you will be Happy you did. I will be ordering more bulbs as they become available to change the entire house to this new system.

    236 of 269 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far So Good

    Very cool product. App could use some tweaking to make it a bit easier to use as there was a bit of a learning curve. All in all, set up was very easy (less than 3 minutes). I have the starter pack and 2 additional bulbs. I'll be ordering 10 more today to set up more rooms. Groups are a bit of a pain to set up as you have to create a scene and from what I can figure out so far can only set up colors in a group from an existing photo. Colors can be adjusted on an individual light but won't save unless in a scene. Could be I need to spend even more time on the app. Fade function didn't work in my first few trials but again I expect this to be me just taking more time to figure everything out. I also haven't been able to get a group programmed on my iphone to appear on the home ipad for others to use. Not sure if there's a way but will be a pain to set them up on multiple devices. Only a 2 year warranty even though they say the light is good for 15. Having stated all the learning issues, it's a very cool product, easy to get started and in my opinion completely replaces a crestron type lighting system. It is expensive but much less than a home lighting system would be. I will continue to hopefully replace every bulb in the house as various sizes are hopefully released.

    215 of 234 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You Don't Know How Bad You Need This..Until You Have It

    This product is unreal. I've been reading about it over the last few months thinking it was cool, but never planned to buy it. Then I started reading how tough it is to get, and positive reviews started rolling in so I was lucky enough to pick up the last one at my Apple Store...Setting up was as easy as any Apple product, literally 2-3 minutes. The App is incredibly easy and intuitive, you name your bulbs as you assign them to wherever...You can tilt the phone sideways to activate the App to control each bulb individually or use it in portrait and choose a "Scene" like Beach lighting, Concentrate, Sunset, Pencils, Greece....tons of preset mood lighting, or you can choose an existing picture you love and create lighting based on it!! INCREDIBLE. MUST GET.

    127 of 132 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW this is FUN!

    This product works just like you think it should. GREAT! The add on bulbs work great too! This is really neat, fun, and my wife loves it too!

    Get one!

    104 of 111 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    I set up a system with 7 bulbs today. It works nicely plugged into the AirPort, controlled well from an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 - both on WiFi and 4G.

    All in all, I like it so far!

    69 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Bought two starters to get enough bulbs. Found out that the bulbs will only ever work with bridge they are shipped with. Single bulbs, once paired with a bridge, are really hard to unpair. This means if your bridge ever dies, your original bulbs won't ever work again, and it will be a huge pain to use and single bulbs. This is what Philips people say when they are being their MOST optimistic. No easy reset.

    I plan on returning both my starter packs.

    For something to cost this much and be so limited is unacceptable.

    94 of 133 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Cool, Super Easy, Super Fun.

    I bought the starter pack and 5 additional bulbs so I could add more creative fun to the hallway where our family does lot of "kid stuff". It has 4 fixtures with 8 bulbs total.

    The fixtures have frosted glass with a tan tint and I was a little worried that would cause a lot of problems. In practice, it's noticeable in that with high brightness, the fixture does tend to get a little more "white" with brightness. I think in a recessed lighting situation, the color would be less white and obviously more true. Still, it's definitely not a deal breaker.

    These are expensive, but that's the early adopter, awesome product, limited supply, cool factor at work... plus the fact that they're amazing. ;-) For the price and the amount of time I expect to use these, they will be well worth the amount spent. (Including this winter where it's already dark and cold outside so early and the kids are inside playing a lot.)

    While I expect Hue to make its way into other rooms of the house, but slowly. The app is a little lacking in what I would call multi-room support. There are definitely ways to "make it work" -- still things like a default that you can set for in room switch-on/off are important and need to come soon.

    Still, when family asks what I want for the holidays this year... It's going to be hard not to say "more Hue bulbs, please"!

    I have to give this a five because it's truly great, beautiful and easy to use. This type of thing is truly future of lighting... Good bye incandescent... As the costs of this tech comes down, I finally do see your end.

    56 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Giddy Happy

    I am very happy with his new product - it's a brilliant idea. bright LED lighting that is controllable from your iPhone/ipad with the ability to change colors.

    Don't let some of the initial negative reviewers influence you. It's so amazing to be able to control the hue of a light over a huge range of colors. I use them in my color grading studio because they go to 6500K. No other LED light that I know runs up that high in the spectrum. The set up was quick and easy right out of the box. No fuss and no hassle. You have to download the app and familiarize yourself with it but that doesn't take long. The app is a LOT of fun to play with because you can use your finger to glide around the screen causing your lights to change colors. There are a ton of presets. It's like I like in a new home. Can't wait for the first party to show folks this.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Suspicious Reviews

    Lights good - App terrible!!! The reviews on this site are very suspicious. I found the app so bad I returned kit to the Apple Store. Looks like a lot of Philips marketing people are spamming this review blog.

    70 of 108 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs quality control!!

    I purchased one dozen single pack Hue light bulbs after falling in love with the starter kit. Much to my dismay, only half of the light bulbs "worked". Sure, they lit up, but they were not recognizable by the Philips Hue Hub. When they work - they are wonderful, but I wish that half of mine had not been DOA!

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Professional Reviews

    The reviews of these light bulbs are deeply suspicious. They read like product pimping to me. Who reviews a single bulb rather than the set that comes with the controller? Philips marketing people, I would say. I actually own the product. The bulbs themselves are indeed nice, but not worth $60 as a standalone product. It's the combination with the controller that matters. Read those reviews. As many people note there, the app is deeply flawed. It does indeed allow you to remotely change the bulb colors. That's cute, but hardly game changing. The really useful functionality - like being able to program an on/off schedule - is either non-existent or very poorly implemented. If you want a disco, fine; if you are looking for some home security, this product is not it.

    72 of 120 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Lights, Mediocre App

    First off, this is a really fun and amazing product -- and this is definitely the future of lighting. The ability to load a photograph and change the color of the room with that photograph remotely is nothing short of amazing. Everything works as advertised, but I agree with some of the criticism regarding the included FREE app. I would have given this five stars if the app had been fully thought-out. But hey, it's version 1.0 -- there's plenty of room and time to improve -- and I'm hopeful they will. There looks to be some fun 3rd party apps for the Hue system, but I've only tried the Disco one, which is ok (nothing mind-blowing).

    Set-up time was about 10-15 minutes -- I just put the bulbs in, turned the lights on, hooked up the bridge to my Wi-Fi router and followed the directions (you must push a button on the bridge at the prompt). It's pretty simple.

    I think the Hue App needs the following:
    - Ability to organize lights by room

    - Easier method of instantly changing individual light colors (the interface requires that you turn the device sideways to switch to a color picker)

    - Better pre-set management -- my kids have already created dozens of photo pre-sets and I'd really like to keep them separate from my own (more sophisticated) color preferences. If you hold your finger down on an icon, it jiggles like other icons in the iOS -- but it is very difficult to re-arrange and organize and there are no folders.

    - Overall, the interface could use some expert UI design work -- the hierarchy of information is a bit muddled and frustrating at first. I know there is always a learning curve to new apps, etc. -- but this app is a bit awkward.

    - The scheduling interface is blah -- could be much better.

    - One crit about the lights themselves: It seems to be difficult to get a perfect, rich blue -- it tends to go toward cool white or purple -- I haven't been able to achieve a perfect blue. Perhaps this could be remedied if we had access to actual color numeric values in the app? RGB = 0, 0, 255 for example.

    Otherwise, we are having immense fun with these lights. They really do change the mood instantly, and it's very useful for things like reading, concentrating, relaxing, etc.

    Yes, a bit pricey, but you will have a blast. I hope to replace all of the lights in our house with these over time.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Lights - Horrendous App - Even Worse Support

    Lights do exactly as advertised. Multiple colors, brightness, etc. App only works at home, useless. Cannot program more than one day at time. When on vacation, lights go per program one day (presuming App works, which frequently does not). After first day, need to go online to turn on and off.

    Now, online program is even worse than App. Can only turn all lights on or off, cannot select different lights to turn off or on at different time. All or nothing (even then lights don't work consistently).

    So, when you travel, you have to keep track of time zone difference, remember that difference every day, and (every day) turn all of your lights on or off.

    Best part, Phiilips really does not care. Absolutely no support, respond by cut and pasting FQA's to specific question. Answers have nothing to do with the questions. Useless would be a positive review of their support.

    Bottom line, cable companies have better systems (maybe not cool lights) but they can do what Philips could not care less to even try to do. BTW, can buy color lights for a lot less and get a lot more support from cable and security companies than Philips.

    We purchased 8 lights, they are all coming off line. Hate to see Mac sell and endorse such a bad product. If I could give negative stars, I would.

    41 of 64 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A product to love - in theory

    Whilst in general a very cool product (bulbs do exactly what they are supposed to do, such as creating very nice lighting scenes, dimmable, light up on arrival at home, etc.) I have encountered severe quality issues. Out of 9 bulbs in my home, a total of three have now died already (within 6 months). While they were eventually replaced (which took forever as you had to mail them to Philips), the app does not allow to delete any bulbs, so I have three defective (non-existing) light bulbs in all my scenes. Only way to fix is a complete reset, which completely deletes all you scenes and all shares. This is unacceptable for such expensive product.

    Philips really has great ideas for products, but is extremely bad in making reliable, well manufactured, enduring objects. Its a 60 bucks bulb that comes with an incredibly bad app and even worse quality.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Brace yourself for spending countless hours tinkering with the settings

    While I found the idea behind Philips Hue great, the software provided, as well as the Hue website are awful. Luckily 3rd party apps that make better use of these light's astounding capabilities are coming up. Still, get prepared to spend countless hours tinkering with the settings and your control over the lights failing just when you need it most. This is the second great Philips product I own that is impaired by substandard software.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but app needs improvement, and needs to be smarter

    The bulbs are great. Cool to the touch no matter how long they are on, crisp light, great scenes. I'm not sure if it actually affects me or if its a placebo effect, but I do find the light scenes built in work quite well.

    The only hinderance is the app. It isn't designed that well, especially on the iPhone. Colors are hard to get right with the app. And it would be a lot better if there was proximity using bluetooth or something. That way they would turn on when I enter the room with my phone.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great lamps, unusable software

    The lamps themselves are fantastic, save for the fact that some of them have a bit of an electric "whine" while they are turned off. However, the big issue is the software, which is just abysmal. Setting an alarm for e.g. "turn on 17:00 and turn off 23:00" sometimes works, sometimes not. If you actually turn the lamps on before 17:00, the software then turns them OFF at 17:00 instead of just letting them stay on. Another example of the quality of the software is that daylight savings time is not incorporated at all. You just have to erase all alarms twice a year and then create new ones. I could go on, but I won't. Stay clear until they release completely rewritten software for the lamps, as they are currently just super expensive LED bulbs that sometimes (quite randomly) do cool things.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hue is amazing beats other home automation for lighting

    Some say you cannot adjust individual lights (different themes) or set schedules on individual lights. This is incorrect. Just tap the theme, hit the pencil tip on the left. This lets you choose the individual bulbs and schedule for those.

    Other systems allow you to turn on/off and dim but these let you choose the exact color. it is very nice to be able to tune the white with soft color to give the rooms a very comfortable feel when you are watching tv, etc... The bright white is excellent for reading when needed.

    Just install the bulb, press find new bulbs. The bulb will flash so you know which one you are working with then you can give it a descriptive name. Now it is ready to use.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with setup

    Had some trouble getting the hub to recognize some of the Hue bulbs. also, there is no way to remove a bulb from the hub in the APP so if you want to remove a bulb from view, you have to completely start over from scratch and reset the hub so that was not thought out well as all programming of scenes are lost if you want to remove a single bulb from the system.

    Also, out of the 12 bulbs I purchased, only 7 of them we successfully recognized by the hub. the other 6 I tried to add manually via serial number but that failed as well so I had to return those. Only 6 of 7 the hub recognized were controlled properly by the APP and the other one while it was showing up in the APP, I was unable to control it and as I mentioned above, I'm unable to remove it now without having to start over from scratch.

    As I'm a lighting designer by trade and consider myself very technical, overall the system (once its working properly) is very cool but configuring it was not very flexible and needs a lot of improvement.

    10 of 11 people found this useful