• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    I am just now getting into the smart home technology. These lights were my first to purchase. These products are great and responsive! I love that the light dims on and off instead of instant on and off. The only reason I did not give these a 4 star is for the color of the that emits. It is way warmer than I prefer. I could have done a little research and realized how warm the light was before purchase and probably would have changed my mind. I could also spend more money and buy ones that I can adjust the color, but they are very expensive. If these were just a little cooler, they would receive a 5-star rating. Other than that, it was a fairly easy setup process. Getting it connected to Apple Homekit was a little challenging. My Homekit app told me that there were no accessories but the Philips Hue app told me that it was connected to Homekit already. That was an easy fix though. Overall, I am satisfied.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor homekit conectivity

    Hue app works great, lights are awesome, but compatibility with homekit is awful. Half of the time lights are not responding when operated from Home app. IKEA has done it a lot better and has no such issues at lot lower price.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

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

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Philips Hue is a contender

    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.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    100% reccomnded

    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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with the iPhone Home app and Philips HUE app

    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.

    44 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    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.

    71 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work well enough yet to be sold by Apple

    I've had this for about a week, and despite numerous conversations with Philips, this new bridge does not work well enough yet. Whether it's a firmware, software, App, hardware or "back end" problem, I haven't been able to log into this bridge remotely with any consistency, and by that I mean, once in the last week from hundreds of attempts.
    It works fine around the home, dims the lights, brightens them, etc, and you can program routines. However, be warned that you cannot yet log in to the "my hue" section of the app. This product, in my opinion, has been launched far too early, before significant problems have been sorted out. I'm told by Apple that this is may be a server problem at their end, or possibly due to the time zone I live in - seriously, did they not think they were going to sell these in Australia?
    I'm returning mine in a few days time. It's not a faulty unit - the unit appears to be working by itself properly - but it is being let down dreadfully by Philips "back end".

    11 of 18 people found this useful