80

conclusion:We like it

80

Welcome to the future. You may not be able to get a flying car, but you can now buy a lightbulb that you can program with your smartphone, that can change color at will, and that can last for five years. All for about $200 for a starter kit that includes 3 bulbs and the bridge that links them to your home WiFi network. Ars Technica calls Hue "awesome," and says that "Being able to control the color, brightness, and timing of your lights from your phone or computer—and tying the lights together with your own on/off schedule—is addictive." Of course, you don't necessarily need a smartphone-controlled, color-changing LED lighting system. And as AllThingsD points out, this is "definitely a first version of a product" with some bugs and limitations. However, as Ars says, "if you have the spare cash, they are worth buying. They're just too fun and too addictive to not own."

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Critic reviews

7.9
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User reviews

8.8
10 reviews
8.0
AllThingsD Nov 5, 2012

If you’ve got extra cash lying around and you’ve been looking for an iPhone-controlled lighting system, Philips Hue might do it for you.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 19, 2012

My recommendation is that if you have the spare cash, they are worth buying. They're just too fun and too addictive to not own.

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8.0
PC Mag Mar 27, 2013

The Philips Hue Connected Bulb system lets you wirelessly control the color and intensity of your home or office lighting, and while it's undeniably cool, the cost of entry could preclude many.

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8.0
Gizmodo Apr 11, 2013

Nearly $300 to start and another $90 a bulb after that is tough to swallow. But the Hue system is insanely cool and, in the hands of a skilled interior designer, could be used to turn every room in your house into a light-flooded canvas.

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8.0
CNET Sep 8, 2013

You might not have an obvious need for an Internet-connected, color-changing light bulb, but the Philips Hue Connected Bulb kit offers enough potential to justify its high price tag.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 14, 2014

The Philips Hue Connected Bulb system lets you wirelessly control the color and intensity of your home or office lighting, and while it's undeniably cool, the cost of entry could preclude many.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 13, 2012

You should see this as the future...that is bright and colourful, light and shiny. A future that once you get past the "let's make the room pink" moment, will actually become incredibly useful whether it is creating soft lighting for entertaining, or merely something bright enough to let you see...

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 7, 2012

Philips’ hue apps aren’t entirely refined, and the promise of third-party integration is yet to materialize, but hue is off to an excellent start where it counts: bringing the cost of color-changing lighting down to a more manageable price point.

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8.0
PC World Australia May 27, 2013

Entirely controlled over your smartphone or tablet’s Wi-Fi, they can be programmed to suit your daily habits. They’re not a perfect replacement for existing incandescent bulbs, and they’re definitely expensive, but the concept is laudable.

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7.0
MacLife Feb 26, 2013

If you can stomach the asking price and some limitations, the Philips Hue system is a wildly innovative new approach to home lighting.

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6.0
TechRadar Jan 14, 2013

And despite all the caveats, we can't deny that we're charmed by them, and it's possible that we won't be able to resist buying a set.

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8.0
Geek.com Oct 29, 2012

Selling people on expensive lighting is difficult, but selling them on a cool app and a system with some actual functionality should prove to be much easier. At this point Hue is as much tool as toy, but over time things could definitely improve.

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8.0
The Next Web Nov 22, 2012

As it stands, the Hue lamps are a luxury buy ... but with open standards and Philips dedicating resources to continue iterating the product (and welcoming developers), the product’s best times might yet be ahead of it.

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8.0
gomer43 gomer43

The Philips Hue system is a complete luxury item - cool, somewhat useful, but by no means a must-have device as far as improvement to your lifestyle. That being said, I've found that the lighting environments you can make do have an impact on mood and energy levels. Installation is a snap - take...

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8.0
falleninsea falleninsea

Overall I have I really like these lights but mostly for the geek factor than any practical need or use for them. They have been fun and easy to use and easy to get up and running. In my case I removed the bulbs in my office space and installed the 3 bulbs from the starter kit. My router is...

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9.0
GFitz GFitz

I initially purchased the starter kit for my home office. The fun / geek factor was amazing for a while, but I drove my family crazy with all the brightness and color changing I was doing. The real practical use came when I put them in our kitchen. We turn the lights to a bright white to work...

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9.0
Makanna Makanna

I am really happy with my Hue bulbs and I think more and more people will start getting them and installing at homes in 2014. Apart from the savings in energy consumption and the noticeable longer lifetime of Hue, I found a couple of really nice uses for it. There are a couple of other smart led...

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9.0
DDornerJr DDornerJr

It's a fantastic system. Creates multiple ambiances in a room. It is particularly good for a room which is multi-use. Allows you to create environments which cater to working, reading, or relaxing. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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9.0
DVDxR DVDxR

These are the Lamborghini of light bulbs: No body needs them but if you can afford them they are pretty cool. The starter set comes with a base station and three standard bulbs. A new starter kit is also available that includes three of the new BR30 downlight version of the bulbs. Setup is a...

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8.0
seekup78 seekup78

These bulbs are fun, they work really great, and with the hue app and IFTTT integration, you have a bunch of control options that make them really worth the steep price.

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