• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective Bridge

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I purchased this product along with bridge and three lights. I had to return the bridge and when I received the new bridge, my existing lights would not connect to the new bridge. There is a Java utility called Hue LampFinder that the technical folks from Philips will direct you to download. The process has been painful and I would avoid this product.

    My initial experience with my first bridge was characterized by the bridge losing connectivity. The only hope for this product is with iOS 8 and the Homekit, so save your money and stay clear of this line of products.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the extra money

    • Written by from SLIDELL

    After watching these for a year, and talking with an employee at the Apple store who owned them, I committed and bought the Starter Pack. Liked it so much, I have bought extra bulbs for the other lights in my house I want to control. At $60/bulb, this is expensive, but a good, similar non controllable LED bulb is about $30-40. I upgraded my architect desk lamp with one of these bulbs and really love being able to fine tune my light to the task at hand. They are also great in the living and bed rooms allowing light/color/intensity adjustment from very bright for reading etc, to very low for watching TV.

    PROs: Controllable intensity, warmth and color. Long lasting. No heat. Can program settings for individual and groups of bulbs for area and task. LEDs are truly and better than incandescent bulbs. Can be controlled from anywhere you are connected to the internet. Work like a regular bulb (on/off/full intensity) if no internet connection.

    CONs: Cost. Directions on use and programming minimal. One control app does not do all and they require multiple apps to realize all their functions. You need a good reliable home internet system to realize full potential of these bulbs (or any other internet controlled device).

    BEWARE of less expensive LED bulbs as there is a real electrocution hazard in them due to the way they are made. I have also removed all the CFL bulbs in my house as the mercury vapor released if they break can last up to a week and potentially hurt your nervous system. I also had a CFL who's base melted in the socket of my lamp. So, until LEDs came out, I have kept my incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately my supply of 100W incandescent bulbs are now exhausted, so I am being dragged into the future by the law, and learning the best options by trial and error. If you don't care about control of intensity, warmth and color, buy a good LED bulb at half the price and try to forget how inexpensive and reliable incandescents were.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Purchases of My Life

    • Written by from Cary

    We were looking to convert 2 mono-point down lights over the fireplace into extended track lighting for our family room. However, we only had one circuit controlled by a single wall-switch, and we wanted to control individual heads separately depending on the lighting need. I researched different types of track lights but could find nothing that would do this. Then I found Philips Hue. In reading about it, I was completely skeptical -- no way these would work like they said. Man, was I wrong. These things are FANTASTIC! They were easy to set-up and have been extremely reliable so far. Also, I am using my Android phone to control them, and the app has worked exactly as designed. But we will probably get an iPod as a permanent control device in the room. I firmly believe this represents a profound revolution in lighting (kinda like learning about The Matrix). Get these things TODAY!

    PROS: Infinite flexibility (colors, intensity, warmth, etc.), directly addressable, incredibly easy to set-up, produce beautiful light, controllable from anywhere -- simply a perfect solution for us.

    CONS: Still a little expensive, box looks great but poorly made (fell apart when removing bulbs), no GU10 in US yet (as of Feb. 2014), official app is a little limiting (but other apps are out there), only available through Apple Store right now.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly cool products

    • Written by from Elmhurst

    I first saw these lights and accessories just browsing the Apple store and thought they looked cool and too good to be true. I decided to order the BR30 starter kit and, after reading some of these reviews, I expected I would encounter problems with
    1. Using them on a dimmer switch
    2. Using them in recessed fixtures and
    3. Brightness of the bulbs not being sufficient for normal reading tasks etc…

    I am pleased to say I did not have any of these problems and I am enjoying my BR30s immensely. I have 2 lights on a dimmer switch that doesn't affect them at all and they are in recessed fixtures and do not reflect off cans and provide beautiful light with an expected brightness and have more than compensated for any output from the 2 x 75 watt incandescents I had in there previously.

    I have another 2 lights by the front entranceway and they give me plenty of brightness when I need it and atmosphere when I need that, all on customized setting and on timers…my wife and I can share our favorite settings via the portal and are having so much fun with these lights that i wanted to dispel any fears or trepidation about ordering them based on some previous reviews with (perhaps erroneously?) reported dimmer and brightness issues.

    I strongly recommend you try these lights and embrace this new and exciting lighting technology that is long overdue.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not plug and play forever

    • Written by from New York

    This product is NOT set it and forget it. Cool when it works, maddening when it doesn't. Which in my case is more than half the time.

    Be prepared to reset your bridge often - turn lights on and off manually and when it does work, you can't fade and change lighting by program, only jump from scene to scene.

    You could buy a bunch of colored incandescent bulbs and get the same effect AND use a dimmer (these bulbs do not work in fixtures with dimmers), for a lot less money.

    This type of system will be great at $59 in a year or two, at almost $200, my advice is to wait for the next iteration.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Fit

    • Written by from Riverview

    I wanted Hue for my Theater room but the bulbs were not right for the recessed can lights I was using. So when I found out they added these I was anxious to try them 4 recessed can above the seating. I hooked them up and I thought it would work with my dimmer at full bright, but that turned into a strobe light effect and I had to remove the dimmer switch and put back the normal switch and every thing was fine.

    The lights can be soft or harsh. I had not had HUE lights before and I had to learn the app. I have both android and IOS devices and found the Android app a little less frustrating then the IOS but soon found the Philips apps are just a starting point. I found my favorite mood/scene app on IOS is Goldee which allows you to group your bulbs and then use them in combination to create excellent scenes.

    I also got several of the regular bulbs and am enjoying those as well.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Bulbs

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I have to say that these bulbs have got to be some of the best spent money at an Apple Store. These bulbs are amazing for giving your room or home some nice accent lighting, or if you are like me, you have replaced all of your bulbs with them and with the help of the various Hue applications available on the App Store, and can turn your home into a night club type atmosphere.
    The best part of these lights however is the fact that you can turn them off either via a schedule on the Hue app or just by pressing a button on your iPhone or iPad. I am confined to a wheelchair and previously had to make sure all my lights were off before getting into bed. Now I can jump into bed, enjoy my lights and when I am ready to go to sleep I can hit the all off button and pass out. Or if I do the pass out part first, the schedule turns off all of my lights at 2am! We truly live in the future! People used to have to pay big money to get this kind of functionality, and now it's only $199!

    53 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustratingly close to perfect

    • Written by from WASHINGTON

    I was anxiously awaiting these as our house has tons of recessed fixtures. I picked up 4 from the local Apple Store as soon as they came out. They work as advertised in terms of color changing capability. Unfortunately these lights don't feel right in our living room for two reasons:

    1. They are not quite powerful enough to replace our existing 75-watt (850 lumen) bulbs.
    2. The diffused reflector creates a spread of light that feels hazy in the room (and annoyingly-bright at the source).

    It's hard to describe the exact difference in feel between these and traditional bulbs, but it is a bit like the difference in feel from incandescent to fluorescent. Note that I'm not talking about color temperature here... but the difference in the way the light is focused and fills the room. The end result is a 'pasty' feeling that isn't as comfortable or inviting as a standard bulb. Also, because the light comes out at a wide angle, it immediately bounces off the reflector cans, resulting in a harsh, bright reflection that is atypical of standard recessed bulbs.

    If Philips were to get just a bit more lumen output, and combine that with a narrower beam and/or a more traditional reflector these lights would be perfect. As it stands they are a fun toy, but for everyday light they don't quite fit our needs. Since we need them for daily living room use I think I'm going to have to return them and await a hopefully-improved version 2.

    146 of 156 people found this useful