• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A true "One more thing"

    • Written by from Rheinberg

    The Philips Hue product gave me this "One more thing" feeling again, getting something that I haven´t expected and genuinely surprised me for it´s innovation and quality.

    This product is gorgeous! It just works. It will make your home a bit more comfortable and more enjoyable.

    108 of 119 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly cool

    • Written by from SAN ANTONIO

    This product was extremely easy to set up and install. It changes the feel of a room pretty quickly. It is pricey, but to be able to control 50 bulbs is pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to our next movie night where I can match the lights to the mood of the movie.

    88 of 96 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These bulbs are way cool!

    • Written by from Melbourne

    I was first interested just in the ability to control my lighting remotely via my iPhone. I thought the idea of changing the colors of the bulbs seemed a bit of a gimmick, but it is actually very nice. It's nice to be able to control not only the temperature of the "white" color, but the actual hue of the lamps.

    The app is great and the degree of customization is amazing. Extremely easy to set up. Took me longer to put the 3 bulbs into the fixture than it did to set up the hub and the app.

    Wish the bulbs weren't so expensive. I'd put them everywhere in my house. Brightness is good mounted in recessed lighting cans in the ceiling. Would be nice if they were just a touch brighter, but they'll be fine.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and very cool

    • Written by from Stockton

    Web page says 1-2 month shipping but my nearest Apple Store had them in stock. It took <5min to install.

    For home automation fans, Indigo already has a plug-in available so the lights integrate flawlessly.

    Weekend's here... Put some lounge music on AirPlay, mix up some martinis, and set the lights.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I was really surprised at what a REALLY well put together product this turned out to be; the hardware and packaging is top notch. The iPhone and iPad app is ideal. I'm very pleased with this purchase. It's one of the coolest things I've bought in a long time. Philips really thought through usability in my opinion. I plan on expanding to many more bulbs. I have a three story townhome and I tested the bulbs on each level and they work flawlessly. I was worried about the distance between the bulbs/base, but it does not seem to be an issue. I have the base in my basement and the test bulb in the top level; works perfectly. I do hope the individual bulb prices come down a bit as i would love to have them all over the house. Given the order backlog, they must be pretty popular right now! I was hoping to order a set or two as Christmas gifts.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    These bulbs are great and I love them...took 5 minutes to set them up...very happy with the "investment"!!!

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Elm Grove

    Whoever came up with this is a genius! Basically you put in as many light sources as you want (anything that will take a standard bulb) plug in the base station to your router, then have incredible fun painting your room with light!

    I'm telling you this is awesome. Expensive...but awesome.

    You can program each light individually, gang some or all of them together, and create amazing light patterns in your home.

    The neatest feature, is you can select colors from your own photography! I used a picture of sushi from my honeymoon, and created an amazing light pattern! My wife loved it!

    It's also really easy to use multiple iphones / ipads to control it, so everyone in the family can participate!

    Seriously, this is expensive, but really worth it if you like having different light patterns in your home.

    78 of 85 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a really amazing product...

    • Written by from Sioux Falls

    I don't want to rehash all the positive reviews I've already read but it is an amazing 1.0 product. Some suggestions:

    - Integrate with Passbook so the app show's up on my screen when I'm at home
    - Sell further accessories. Maybe a wireless light switch to control them the old fashion way.

    Anyway, coolest product I've tried in a long time. Truly innovative and game changing in it's space.

    70 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love em

    • Written by from Fairfax

    Just got these and they are extremely cool. If you are a light person, who is extremely particular about your lighting, these are a must buy. If you just like cool gadgets, then they might be a bit pricey for you. The app works pretty good, although it's obviously lacking a few features and some features seem to be half broken, but it does everything you really need right out of the box, complete color control, saving presets, alarm timers. Expect improvements as they are releasing the SDK to be used by any developer.

    One of the most important features about these is they can be used as regular bulbs, if you switch the light off, then back on again, it resets to a default value that seems to mimic what I would consider a standard bulb, putting out plenty of light with a very slight yellow shade to it. No need to use your phone every time you need to turn the lights on and off.

    A feature which seemed like a gimmick at first but I've really fallen in love with is the ability to take a photo with your phone, then use the droppers to select colors for each of the lights from the photo. Seems kind of pointless at first, but once you have a preset named after your cat, that glows in his colors, or a preset of your house plant, it really starts to feel like magic.

    And the final thing to note, is how unbelievably easy the setup is. Plug everything in, download the app, press a button, and that's it.

    88 of 92 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Tucson

    Pleased with the brightness...50w is a reasonable estimate. .I did have to use the IP address, auto find did not work for me. One bulb turns on slower than others and seems to have a slightly different color (could be led color bin or a defect, I will replace under warranty...note: have four bulbs,,,the one that is different was in the starter pack, not the single purchase). Software issue with the fade on and off...just does not work, sure they will get it figured out. I did try many different ways...was looking for a work around or cause. I have not tried the Internet interface for the fade, only iPad app.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantasti product with huge potential. App needs some more features

    • Written by from Bloomington

    I got the starter pack and immediately popped them in. No issues with setup on either my local lan or remote access. Used multiple iOS devices without any issues. The light is very pleasing. Another 100-200 lumens would be very welcome, but they're good for accent lighting.

    A few nits or feature requests that are probably easy to add to the app down the road:

    - ability to set a regular schedule. I haven't tested this yet, but the website indicates that you can only schedule up to 24 hours out, then you have to set it again. Makes an alarm a bit difficult.

    - A default setting other than white.

    - Grouping is a bit confusing. An interface more akin to the way Sonos handles multiple speakers would be better.

    - The ability to do other gradual dimming or lighting in intervals other than 3 and 9 minutes.

    - The ability to define favorite colors to jump to when creating a lighting scheme or recipe. I realize recipes save state, but there i expect there will be times when I want to manually just move between a preset palette.

    - Alerts when a light has been left on for longer than a certain threshold during a certain window. (e.g. why is this light on when the sun rose two hours ago?)

    On the hardware side, a few more wishlist items:

    - More lightbulb sizes! I want these in sconces and fans!

    - A wall switch replacement that keeps the power on, but signals the shut off instead.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Technology

    • Written by from Housatonic

    Bought the starter kit today; have connected the bulbs and hub; truly a unique experience that leaves you with a sense of wonder. The app is a good start, though there needs to be a way to save custom light settings one creates manually without needing to point to a picture.

    Otherwise, great product!

    52 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very cool and fun!

    • Written by from Austin

    Yeah, it's a bit more expensive than I would like it to be, but when compared to similar products on the market, it's set at a reasonable price and has more features than other available products. The Hue is also much more attractive than competing products and the build quality is top notch. Our bedroom is always beautifully lit and I look forward to setting a great mood in the living room for halloween trick-or-treaters this year.

    The free iPhone app is easy to use and very robust. I've submitted new feature requests and the ones already hinted at in the press (proximity state changes esp) sound great. An open-source API to be released soon will make this the perfect geek toy. I look forward to the in-room ambience effects app authors will come up with.

    In summary: The Hue was well worth the cost and is highly recommended.

    56 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great BUT Beware

    • Written by from Elk Grove

    I bought two starter packs thinking that the two packs would give me six lights to control and if my bridge ever went out, an extra bridge. I was wrong. The starter packs control ONLY the lights in the starter pack and the additional individual hue lights. I must now wait for stock to be available at Apple Store to return the extra starter pack and get the three individual lights. I love the functionality of the application. I tried connecting my bridge to the online account and it failed over 15 times to connect; I gave up. I guess I won't be waking up to a simulated sunrise in my future. I called Philips and was told that some of the features don't work yet and it wasn't tested very thoroughly before being released as well as the training to handle issues wasn't administered. I will limp along using two bridges in one app while I wait on stock to arrive, but I would have loved to have known about this BEFORE I spent the time and money to buy a product that wasn't compatible. That I blame on Philips.

    178 of 189 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works and Looks GREAT. Don't trust any poor reviews.

    • Written by from Raleigh

    Many of the poor reviews given to these bulbs are simply because people didn't take enough time (literally 5 minutes) to learn all of the features in the app.

    These bulbs are AWESOME. The setup was ridiculously easy, and it is really fun to individually control the light intensity and color of different bulbs all over the house.

    52 of 60 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but room for improvement

    • Written by from Royal Oak

    First, be aware that these bulbs are not for use outdoors or in enclosed light fixtures, even though the website clearly shows the bulb being used in an enclosed lamp. You won't discover these limitations until after you purchased the product and read the materials inside. No mention of this is made on Philips website. Setup was fairly easy for the main kit with 3 bulbs but I found adding another bulb took more time and the hub had difficulty finding the bulb and only did so after I installed it in the same room the hub was in and then I was able to move the bulb to another location. The app is fairly easy to use but needs improvement (ex. you can schedule lights to go on at a certain time but you can't pick specific days..it's 7 days a week or nothing). Hopefully minor things like this will be corrected. As far as selecting colors, you can't pick certain colors like blacks or greys or really dark colors. Biggest complaint is this...your light switch has to always be on for these to work. If you turn on the switch by hand, the lights default to bright white. If you turn the light switch off, the bulbs will not respond to the app. So basically you have to turn on the lights, let them go white, then turn them off with the app if you wish to control them outside of your home or from somewhere in your home away from the switch you use to turn them on at a later time. Also, the lights are not compatible with dimmer switches so every time you manually turn them on, they are BRIGHT WHITE and then you have to adjust the brightness with the app. Trying to adjust brightness with the dimmer only causes the lights to go out. For the cost of these bulbs, you would think these things would be addressed or noted so customers are aware of the limitations before spending the money. That being said, the colors can be fun but I think the novelty will wear off really quickly and it's hard to justify the cost solely based on novelty and especially based on the bulb limitations.

    169 of 234 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is amazing!

    • Written by from Saginaw

    Brought the starter pack. Set up complete in less than a minute. LIght controls are easy to use. Would definitely buy more bulbs... Hopefully will get cheaper.

    47 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    HUE is a WINNER!!!

    • Written by from Lexington

    Bought a starter kit plus 3 individual bulbs today. Took 10 minutes to set up. I had to convince the "geniuses" at the local Apple Store that HUE really existed. They went online, discovered it did, went in the back room, found and sold them. No one had asked about them before I walked in.

    They assured me I could return them in 14 days, so I decided to try them. Hue and the free App is amazing! Download your own pic. Touch it to turn on the lights. Group anyway you want, dim independently, color control independently.

    If you turn off the wall switch, the bulbs forget where they were. Turn the switch back on, and the bulbs turn on to default approx. 3000 degrees K. Then touch any mood you set up on the iPhone, and it instantly changes colors & intensity.

    We have a 50's Diner designed kitchen with black / white tile, red wall tile, red neon accents, so touch the 50's Diner photo, and 4 bulbs come on, 2 red and 2 whatever temp white you choose. Halloween? Orange no problem. Christmas? Red and Green.

    1-A must if you are really into home automation, home theatre, etc.
    2-Extremely high quality feel bulb design
    3-Bulbs run barely warm and draw 8.5 watts max
    4-Super easy to use
    5-No need to use your iPhone. Set the onboard timer function for on / off. Gives that lived in look, and no need to turn on / off every time.
    6-Full dimming capability
    7-Default to Warm White (looks like 3000 degree K) if power fails and comes back on
    8-No high frequency sound, no flicker, no RFI interference
    9-Instantly group able and groups can be changed instantly
    10-Philips is a leader in LED technology. I have over 100 Philips LED bulbs in service for over a year, with no failures. yet, Lights of America and other off brands have failed 100% in a year! The electronics fail, not the LED's themselves in the off brands.
    11-Touch a pic of the room to turn the lights on.
    12-Set a different background pic for every page of moods.
    13-Set a page up for every room. This groups the bulbs to a scene in that room by choosing the specific page on the iPhone.

    2-Only medium Base available today. I need Candelabra base and need R30
    3-600 Lumen output is a little low but is OK

    These bulbs are NOT going back!!! Wife loves them, as do I. 'Nuff said!!!

    1517 of 1699 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite product since the original iPhone!

    • Written by

    I love this so very much! I had it wake me up this morning with a sunrise in my bedroom! This will forever improve my experience with the cold, sunless winter mornings!

    The only complaint that I could have is that there is a learning curve with the other lights... I accidentally changed the light settings in another room than the one that I was in. I figured it out by organizing the presets by which rooms they affect, but it took a bit.

    Overall it is amazing! Good job Philips and Apple! :D

    45 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, great colors

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Just picked this up tonight and had the system running in a few minutes.
    The only issue I had was that I was using my phone and I could not connect to the router. I had to disable cell service to "be on the same network" to recognize the system.

    We have many existing Philips LED lights but we prefer the color changing capabilities so we can get the "warm" light even at high light output!

    These are expensive but worth the price in a few areas of the house. I put ours in the Master bedroom.

    I am still learning the App, hoping that I can do grouping, scheduling and fading of lights.

    42 of 42 people found this useful