Welcome you to our Philips Hue review and guide, where you can figure out whether this is the smart light system for you before Amazon Prime Day deals in 2021 when we expect some pretty impressive discounts across the Hue line. This is the second consecutive year Philips Hue has won Best Smart Lighting at our Awards 2021, proving its dominance in the smart lighting market.
We’ll tell you everything you need to know about Philips Hue smart lights, how they work, and whether you should buy them. The smart lighting system owned by Philips Hue’s parent company Signify is examined, as well as its hardware.
PHILIPS HUE: OVERVIEW
if you’re new to the idea, you can install smart lights in existing fixtures or purchase standalone lamps. Using an app or a regular light switch, you can turn on and off the lights because they’re wired to the internet.
This means you can control your lights from your phone or tablet by turning them on and off, changing their color and brightness. As an extension of that, it is possible to arrange lights to turn on when you enter the house, group them together, and even schedule them.
Smart lighting such as Philips Hue makes this all possible. Lights can be set up easily and provide many advanced features, including a wide selection of bulbs and lamps. You will never look at lighting the same way again after using this smart system.
With signify’s standard bulbs, you can get the same light output as 60W incandescent bulbs for only 10W of energy (thanks to the LED). Additionally, they are guaranteed to last for at least ten years.
As well as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings, Hue lights work with Amazon Alexa.
Philips Hue works with any smart home system, another reason it’s a top-rated brand.
PHILIPS HUE GOES BLUETOOTH
In addition to the Hue bulbs discussed below, the latest lights released by the company can be controlled via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
This Hue bulb now functions without the Hue Bridge (though the Bridge offers some extra features, such as remote control).
Presently, there are only two Bluetooth-enabled bulbs on the market, and both are available only in the US. The Bluetooth bulb lineup will be expanded by Signify in 2019 and 2020.
PHILIPS HUE: BULBS AND ACCESSORIES
There are so many Philips Hue products available, and that is one of the things that makes them appealing. One of the best places to start is with the starter kits, which include a Hue Bridge and various bulbs.
Our buying guide also includes Philips Hue Outdoor Lights.
For example, Starter Kits are available with colored B22 bayonet bulbs, white E27 screw bulbs, and colored GU10 spotlights with dimming switches. It is necessary to consider how much you should spend upfront when buying lamps or lights.
In addition to the Philips Hue Bridge, you can also purchase separate light fittings with it, if that is what you prefer. As we mentioned earlier, you can purchase Philips Hue Dimmer Switches, Hue Motion Sensors, and Smart Tap remote controls.
When you have your Hue Bridge installed in combination with your choice of accessories, you’ll be able to add bulbs as you need them. There are three types of spotlight bulbs available: E27 screw, B22 bayonet, and GU10 spotlight, which all have white and colored light options. The E14 screw bulbs available for smaller fixtures come in a variety of colors and whites.
Light Strips from Hue are available in three standalone versions: Hue Bloom, Hue Play Colour, and Hue Play. Lucca is a lighting option from Philips for outdoor use. By using Hue Bridge, you can control all of these lights using the Hue app or anything else you’ve connected to them.
PHILIPS HUE: SETUP AND INSTALLATION
Hue’s Hue Bridge is vitally important in your world, as we emphasized in our previous description. An Ethernet cable connects the device to your router and Zigbee-compatible bulbs can be in communication with the device via Zigbee wirelessly.
While rival Lifx bulbs connect directly to your router, Hue Bridge might seem unnecessary considering how many things are already pinging your router. Your budget and the number of smart bulbs you want to install are entirely your decisions.
Bulb selection and setup are easy – no experience is needed thanks to the Bridge app for Android and iOS, and you can also do it from the App. Using the app, you can scan for and search for smart lights, and then you can push the button on the Hue Bridge to add them to your network.
Additional features such as Alexa and Google Assistant integration, or motion sensors can be added easily to the main network as well – each takes only a few minutes, and the apps involved guide you step by step through the process.
LIVING WITH PHILIPS HUE
Smart lighting is now slick, reliable, and responsive thanks to the Philips Hue system. The possibilities are endless once you put a few Hue bulbs in place.
It is much easier to use the app now, thanks to the major overhaul, which cleaned up many minor problems and fixed several bugs, such as how lights would come back on at full brightness after a power outage. This no longer happens.
I had a great time playing with the Hue app and the brightness, color, and timing controls. It is also possible to group different lights with Hue’s app. A smart home expert or a newcomer alike can use Philips Hue.
Signify stumbles in the Hue Labs section because it experimented with light. Lighting can be slowly faded up to match the sunrise, color cycles are automatically cycled through preset colors, and lights are turned on and off at random times (to trick potential burglars).
Although you’ll need to spend a little more time working with Labs features and configuring them, you’ll reap the benefits down the road. We would like to see them more integrated into the app itself, rather than keeping them separate.
You can use Hue’s app to control smart bulbs (or entire rooms) using voice commands, thanks to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration. As smart gadgets become more commonplace in homes, it’s great news for those who use these integrations. All of this will work no matter where you are.
Hue bulbs can turn on and off automatically during the day or after a scheduled time in the evening, and the app lets you control them with videos or games.
The simple stuff can be done easily, and the advanced stuff – timers, groupings, and automation – can be used if needed. Except for adding Hue Labs features to the hub app, it’s hard to see how Philips Hue could improve much.
|Works with multiple smart home standards||Hue Labs needs some work|
|Easy setup and configuration||Can be pricey|
|Good choice of white and color bulbs|
PHILIPS HUE: VERDICT
There have been a lot of benefits and appeals to Philips Hue lighting, so it only seems natural to point out some of its shortcomings, too. In certain cases, Ikea Tr*dfri may suit your needs better than Tr*dfri.
The main competitor of Philips Hue is Lifx, as noted above. You can connect these bulbs directly to your router instead of using Hue Bridges – however, they’re not compatible with them. It might be worth your while to take a look at Lifx if you’re just looking to set up a few bulbs.
It is hard to match the comprehensiveness and feature set of Philips Hue – there are bulbs, lamps, and fittings to fit most situations, and they are simple to set up and configure. Additionally, there are integrations with third parties.
Smart lights aren’t suitable for everyone, but Philip Hue sets the bar for what they can be. This product really shows how useful and fun they can be. Phillips Hue hopefully will offer more interesting products in the future.