Range of bulb from base station

How far from the base station are the bulbs reachable. Will I need multiple starter packs to control multiple rooms in my home? How do the bulbs communicate? Bluetooth? 802.11?

Is there any kind of authentication or paring needed for the bulbs? I wonder what would happen if a neighbor bought a kit as well, would they be able to "take over" my lights?

Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack

Philips Hue Connected Bulb - Starter Pack

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    The frequency the system uses is 2.4Ghz. The actual system is called Zigbee, as long as one bulb is in range of the router, the other bulbs can connect to each other, forming a 'mesh network'. Every bulb does not have to be in range with the router.

    The bulbs 'authenticate' with the router, so a neighbour cannot take over your bulbs, they have to be paired. The three bulbs that come with the starter kit are already authenticated with the bridge.

  • The system works by wifi, so range depends on how well your wifi setup covers your home. Each bulb needs to be paired with the bridge. The bulbs in the starter pack are already paired upon purchase. New ones, once paired, are controlled only from the bridge they are paired with.