• 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Kathleen H from Superior Twp

    Just installed Phillips Starter kit . Love it. Hue App and Home app work fine. I only wish the bulbs were higher watts. they are only 60.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jason B from New Albany

    Would recommend. Setup is super easy. Also compatible with "IFTTT" allowing you to turn on lights when ISS is above house. So cool!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Philips Hue is a contender

    • Written by SJ G from Portland

    I began experimenting with smart home devices after purchasing the Echo Dot from Amazon on Prime Day. I have devices from Philips, TP-Link and iHome.

    The basic Philips starter kit comes with a hub, an Ethernet cable and two small light bulbs. The introductory bulbs are dimmable, but do not have features such as variations of light tones or color. The Philips bulbs work with either HomeKit or Echo,. You must use the bridge. (Having the same bulbs in both platforms can be confusing.)

    The Home app in iOS should recognize Philips smart bulbs and ask for a code from the device or its packaging as soon as you are connected to your home network. You scan the code with the camera on your phone or tablet. Setup takes place within the app. There is also a Hue app for discovery and adjustments. The bulbs have worked successfully with my iPhone 6S and iPad, latest generation. So far, the bulbs have not worked with Apple TV, fourth generation. Siri does not recognize them on my MacBook Air, either.

    What about the alternatives? TP-Link light bulbs and smart plugs are independent of a hub. The Wi-Fi technology is built into the bulb or smart plug. This makes the bulbs bigger and heavier. TP-Link gear works with Echo, but not with HomeKit. The iHome smart plug works with both HomeKit and Echo. It is a wall plug you connect the device to. A smart bulb, for example, is not required for on/off instructions.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    100% reccomnded

    • Written by Andrew B from Peterborough

    If you follow the steps to set this item up it works perfectly and we found it very easy to both set up ad use. We have since added a colour bulb and two more white bulbs for another room with plans to add more in the very near future. If you're thinking of trying this product out I highly recommend it, we are throroughly impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with the iPhone Home app and Philips HUE app

    • Written by David J from Sudbury

    Set up was straight forward with the Philips HUE app and the Apple HOME app. I can now control the lights from either app. I have several Apple devices and am able to have all the devices control the lights through either the HUE or HOME apps.
    FYI: The lights that come in the kit are each 9 watts, 840 lumens, 2700K (warm). This is equivalent to about a 60 watt "standard", filament bulb.

    64 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Dmitry S from Sunnyvale

    Works perfectly.
    I spent almost 30 minutes to set it up, mostly playing with Phillips Hue app settings, like Siri support and enabling different scenes.

    Easy to get to sleep and easy to wake up, so I don't used my alarm clock anymore.

    88 of 93 people found this useful