Deep, vivid colors and several white hues to choose. Integrates well with most home controllers. Steady "on" maintains reliable contact with hub and apps.
Some lag time reported between command and actual activation. May not remember last settings before shutoff. Only equivalent to a 60 watt bulb, not very bright.
Noticeably brighter than earlier generation bulbs. Can be dimmed even in non-dimmer sockets. With an app, bulbs can brighten or dim over time, like a sleep cycle.
Original kit only contains two bulbs, others must be purchased separately.
Aesthetically pleasing "bowl of light," including a candle setting. Creates customizable back lighting for TV viewing. Wake-up alarm feature slowly brightens lamp.
Onboard battery has short lifespan. Cord placement creates unstable base. Programming custom effects can be a challenge.
Works well with an existing Philips hub and app. Light temperatures run the entire cool/warm spectrum. Can be set to change back lighting during TV viewing.
On the expensive side, not for whole house bulb replacement. First generation, does not reproduce greens well. Must be kept "on" for maximum performance.
3rd generation, produces stronger blues and greens. Capable of creating specific lighting scenes for different rooms and times. Compatible with numerous home controller systems.
HUE controller app has some performance issues. More expensive than standard white smart or LED bulbs. Overheating can trigger other problems.
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Smart bulbs have become more and more popular in recent years due to the level of efficiency and customization they provide. Unlike regular bulbs, options like Philips' Hue Lightbulbs can be tailored with a smartphone app to display different colors and brightness levels whenever you want. Working with some smart home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa, these bulbs are also convenient for automated control over the lights in your home. They come in different kits for interior and exterior use. If this is your first time purchasing smart bulbs, choose a starter kit that comes with a few bulbs and a Hue bridge so you can get them working almost right out of the box.
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