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Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Wireless Lighting E27 Starter Kit, 3 x Philips Hue 10W E27 Richer Colour Bulbs, 1 x Hue Bridge 2.0, Apple Home Kit Enabled, Works with Alexa [Energy Class A+]
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- Smart Lighting for your home - Sync your Philips Hue lights with movies and music through your iOS and Android devices
- Turn on imagination - Play with light and choose from 16 million colours. The bulbs have been improved with deeper and richer green, cyan and blue colours for an even better scene setting in your home.
- Light for your health and well being - Pre-set light settings on the Philips Hue App to help your kid to Concentrate, for you to Energize, for your family to Read and Relax
- Turn on your peace of mind - control your lights from anywhere with the Philips Hue app
- Control your lights your way - set light schedules for easy home automation
- Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice on Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap
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Limitless possibilities - connected to you. Get started with the Philips Hue white and colour ambience starter kit and experience high quality white and coloured light that offers you endless possibilities. Play with light and choose from 16 million colours in the Hue app to match the light to your mood. The bulbs have been improved with deeper green, cyan and blue for even better scene setting in your home. Use a favourite photo and re-live that special moment with splashes of light. This Philips Hue bridge is compatible with Apple Home Kit technology. Ask Siri to turn on or dim your lights or recall pre-sets without touching a single button. Use a favourite photo and re-live that special moment with splashes of light. Save your favourite light settings and recall them whenever you want with the tap of a finger.
1 x Philips Hue bridge, 3 x E27 Hue White and Colour bulbs, 1 x Power adapter, 1 x Ethernet cable
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Control your Philips Hue lights with Amazon Alexa
Light your home smarter
Make light do more for you. Philips Hue is your personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your light from your device, creating the right ambience for any moment. Meet the world's most connected light.
Limitless possibilities for extraordinary experiences
The Philips Hue white and colour ambiance contains 3 bulbs, a bridge and a switch. It can transform your lighting into an extraordinary experience with coloured and white light. Sync lights to your music, TV and games for immersive effects.
- Alexa, turn the living room blue
- Alexa, turn on scene Savanna Sunset in living room
- Alexa, turn the bedroom to warm white
- Alexa, turn the lights to pink
Be creative with 16 million colours
Play with light and choose from 16 million colours to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room. Set the scene effortlessly with one touch of a button. Save your favourite light settings and recall them whenever you want with the tap of a finger
Sync lights with music and movies
Extend your TV viewing experience to the whole room or sync light to your favourite music and see how light reacts to the rhythm. Download the third party apps and discover the amazing things you can do with Philips Hue.
Light up your gaming
Lift your gaming experience to the next level. Download the third party apps and discover the amazing things you can do with Philips Hue.
Control with your voice with Alexa
"Philips Hue works with Amazon Alexa to allow you to control your lights with your voice. Turn your lights on and off. Dim to the desired brightness for a perfect ambiance. Even recall pre-set scenes, change colours and more - all without lifting a finger.
Power your light sources
If you have a starter kit, screw the bulbs into your existing light fittings and turn on your wall light switches. For other Philips Hue lights, such as Philips Hue lightstrip plus, you only have to plug them in and power them. Simple.
Fit the Bulb(s)
Connect the Hue Bridge
Download the Philips Hue App
Enjoy Philips Hue
|Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit E27||Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit B22||Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit GU10||Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit E27||Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit B22||Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit GU10|
|Number of Bulbs||3||3||3||3||3||3|
|Dimmer Switch Included||✓||✓||✓||No||No||No|
|Colour Output||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)||16 million colors and shades of white light (2200 K - 6500K)|
|Lumen Output||Up to 800 lumen||Up to 800 lumen||Up to 750 Lumen||Up to 800 lumen||Up to 800 lumen||Up to 750 Lumen|
|Wattage||10 W||10 W||6.5 W||10 W||10 W||6.5 W|
|Alexa Compatible Devices||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot||Amazon Echo, Tap and Echo Dot|
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For a number of years now, I have had my eye on Philips Hue - the idea of changing the colour of light and having smartphone integration was one that I liked the sound of. I had read reviews of previous generations which stated that the bulbs weren't that bright and the colours weren't that vivid. As Philips updated the bulbs with each iteration (currently 3rd generation), they added a few extra lumens (not that much to celebrate) and improved the colour reproduction and range of their colour bulbs. Compatibility with Apple HomeKit sealed it for me over other brands and I decided to make some purchases.
I ordered two of the colour bulbs Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Wireless lighting 10 W E27 Richer Colours LED Bulb, Works with Alexa but from Amazon Warehouse. Unfortunately they sent one generation two bulb and one generation three bulb. This allowed me to compare and let me tell you, the difference is huge. The generation two bulbs offer colours which are not rich at all and are mostly white, with the exception of red, which performed about the same. You definitely want generation three.
Amazon Warehouse clearly did not know the difference between the generations, which is why I received the wrong bulb - this is a word of caution to you if you decide to purchase the colour bulbs from them. Just as a side note - you can tell which bulb you receive by the material and colour of the bulb base - the newest ones are white plastic, whereas the previous generation is silver and possibly different material.
Please note that this warning applies to Amazon Warehouse Deals (used 2nd hand bulbs only). If you purchase new from Amazon, this isn't an issue.
I have a couple of the new E14 bulbs Philips Colour Ambiance Personal Wireless LED Lighting Edison Screw Bulb, White, E14, 40 W in wall lights in the bedroom, and these are my best purchase yet. The bulb design is very appealing, but they are a little longer than regular E14 bulbs, so beware that they may poke out of your light fitting.
I tried the Philips Hue White Ambiance bulb Philips Hue White Ambiance Personal Wireless Lighting LED B22 9.5 W Bayonet Cap Bulb, Works with Alexa but I was unhappy with this bulb overall - the shades of white are good and they would be useful in a desk or floor lamp, but as a one bulb ceiling light, it wasn't bright enough to light a medium sized room. In a smaller room, the brightness was good enough, but after trying the bulb for a while, I realised that this bulb is exactly what Philips intended: a halfway point between their standard white Hue bulb and their colour bulb. The shades of white became quite boring and I would have preferred the flexibility of having the colour bulb. In the end I decided it wasn't good enough over the regular Hue bulb and that I mainly used the normal warm white colour over the other shades anyway. I returned this bulb.
Speaking of the regular Hue bulb Philips Hue White Single Lamp, E27, 9 W - I have a few of these dotted around the house, in the corridor etc and these perform very well. The brightness is perfectly fine and nothing to worry about. They are warm white in colour and this is perfect for areas like the corridor or for porch lights etc.
I use a couple of dimmer switches Philips Hue Wireless Lighting Dimmer Switch - White and these work well enough. I have a couple of criticisms of these though:
- The switch allows you to program 5 scenes. What this means is that when you press the on button, you can cycle through 5 different settings which you have stored for your bulb(s). This includes different brightnesses, or some bulbs on, some off, etc. Unfortunately you have to have 5. You can't disable any. This means that you have to either repeat some of the scenes to fill the switch up if you don't have 5 different ones that you want to set.
- You can't easily set bulbs to be on/off - you have to create a scene first. E.g. if you want the corridor light upstairs to be on, but not the corridor light downstairs, you need to create that scene first - you can't just program the switch to turn one on but not the other. This becomes annoying when you have to create about 5 scenes just to have different combinations.
Finally, I tried the motion sensor: Philips Hue Intelligent Motion Sensor Smart Wireless Lighting Accessory, Works with Alexa. It was nice to not have to go to my phone to switch on the lights (room didn't have a dimmer switch) but every time you move, it resets the scene which you set. I tried lots of different settings to try and avoid this, but no luck. It also gets activated by pets, even with the lowest sensitivity. Let's just say that the software side of the motion sensor needs a lot of work. I returned this promptly. Better to have the dimmer switch in my case.
So there we go - I've tried most of the Hue bulb range and accessories. I've not tried the lightstrip but maybe one day (don't get the first generation lightstrip - get the second gen. Same difference as between gen 2 and gen 3 bulbs). I may try the GU10 white ambiance bulbs, but I really wish they made a standard warm white GU10 bulb just like they do with E27 and B22.
My overall verdict? This is an amazing system to have in your home. Expect to spend way too much money, as it really is an addiction. However, adding colour to your living areas is a really nice way to completely change the mood and the feel of a room. Try the colour bulbs, and try blue and pink together. Everyone thought I was crazy spending this kind of money on lighting until they saw the results. Hue will only get better with age. Hopefully Hue will also get cheaper with age!
As a side note, on iOS, try the Hue Party app which listens to music through your phone microphone and changes/strobes the bulb colour to the beat.
A great system. Buy it if you can and you won't be disappointed. Thank you for taking the time to read this book. If you found it helpful, please click the 'Yes' button below.
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It has now been a few months since I made my first Hue purchase. Since then, my views on the white ambience range have changed slightly, and I have also tried out the GU10 white ambience spotlights.
The spotlights are exactly as the description says: a perfect fit. They allow you to change between shades of white, from cold to warm. They put out 250lm and this was about 100lm less than the bulbs they replaced. This was immediately noticeable. If these are going into areas where the amount of light is important (e.g. kitchen, bathroom) then this may be a concern for you. However, in the hallway, they are adequate. They were the last bulbs to replace in my corridor, and now allow me to use the 'Relax' scene which bathes it in the warmest shade of white that the bulbs provide.
This got me thinking about a couple of other bulbs in the corridor which I use for ambience in the evening or at night. I intend to replace a couple of them with white ambience bulbs in order to have a relax scene for the whole corridor. I still maintain that colour bulbs are best in living areas only (bedroom, living room, tv room etc) and that the standard white bulbs are perfect for the corridor or other similar areas. However, I do see the appeal of having the white ambience bulbs in lamps or to specifically use warmer shades in the evening.
I also use the Apple Home ahead of the Hue app for my automation (for lights to come on at sunset etc) as the Hue app offers fewer customisations. The Home app allows you to control single bulbs, whereas the Hue app makes you set a scene.
Thanks to Amazon's Prime Day, I now have a few more bulbs on the way! So I will update with more thoughts in due course.
In the meantime, some colour combinations to try:
Blue + Purple
Purple + Bronze
Blue + Green
Try Orange + Red before bed if you struggle to fall asleep.
And try the Ambee app for dynamic scenes where the bulbs change colour on their own.
I had been thinking about getting a Philips Hue starter kit for a few years now but the high price always made me put the idea to bed. This year though I thought I'd treat myself as with the new generation 3 bulbs included which give richer more accurate colour and the new v2 bridge box that supports iOS Homekit, Siri, Amazon Alexa and Google Home it felt more worth it than ever, plus the price has come down considerably too.
I have to say I was not left disappointed. Hue really is amazing, the light these bulbs put off is incredibly atmospheric which is to say they have a huge range of bright and accurate colour capabilities.
If you've ever used cheap or early LED's in the past you're probably used to them having limited colours or being able to accurately portray the colour you've selected. That just isn't the case with this Philips Hue kit, the generation 3 bulbs are so accurate to what you select.
As I mentioned above, the Hue system put me off in the past due to the price but it's easy to see why they're expensive, the quality is there, these are by far the best LED's I've ever seen in person.
The Hue system is really easy to setup, put the bulbs in your sockets, turn the light switches on, plug the bridge in to an electrical outlet and into your router/switch with the provided ethernet cord and then install the Philips Hue application on your phone.
Once you open the app it'll ask you to scan a bar code from the starter kit box inside, once you do that using the camera on your phone it'll add the bridge box and your three starter bulbs and then you can specify what rooms the bulbs are in and give them descriptive names (ceiling light, desk lamp etc) and you're done.
You can then control the lights independently by setting the colours manually from the app or by providing an image to create a lighting "scene" where different lights take on different colour aspects of the image you provide. You can also specify scenes or specific colours using your voice via Siri, Alexa, Google Home etc
Personally I'm using an iPhone running iOS 10 so I can control my Hue lights using Siri, it works perfectly on both the iPhone and Apple Watch. I can say things like "Set bedroom ceiling light to Blue" or "Set desk light to Cyan" and Siri will do it instantly, it really has no delay if Siri was able to transcribe what you said accurately. This functionality with Siri does not extend to macOS so you cannot use Siri on macOS Sierra to control your lights, Siri integration only works on devices which have Homekit right now which as of this review includes only iOS devices like the iPhone and by extension the Apple Watch.
You can also purchase a Dimmer Switch for the Hue system which is what I did, it allows you to obviously dim the lights but also turn them off and on and change scenes. I highly recommend you get one of these as it adds convenience not having to talk with a virtual assistant to use the lights or to open the Hue app. Of course you can still control the lights using a normal on/off switch for the electrical socket but you may want more control than that which the dimmer affords and it can be set to control multiple lights simultaneously which is perfect for a room with lamps and ceiling hue lights.
WHITE LIGHT QUALITY:
One of the things some friends asked me about the Hue bulbs is how well do they reproduce a warm white light like how an incandescent light does. I can tell you that it produces white light quite perfectly to my eyes. It can do the very paper-bone almost blue toned white light and it can do the very warm yellow white light and everything in-between. You have full customisation over the whiteness of its whites like all the other colours it can produce and it does so very well and brightly. I have zero concerns about using these bulbs for normal lighting.
Hue uses a communication system which you as programmers can tap into. I'm a software developer myself and it's really quite neat being able to program the lights to do specific functions. There are many apps available already that can control the lights and extend their functionality beyond what Philips provides but if you're a DIY type you can check out some 3rd party developer API's to talk with the lights using Python, Perl, C#, Java, C++, PHP or whatever language you write code in on github.
- Brilliant Colours
- Incredibly Bright
- Impressive iOS Integration
- Easy to Setup
- Highly Extensible
- Lots of Compatible Accessories
- I can't think of any real negatives, they're expensive but it's easy to see why, the price is warranted.
This product is amazing. The way it makes your home look is incredible, it really changes the feel of a room. I am so deep into the Hue ecosystem now having bought not just the starter system but extra lamps to put the bulbs in, meters of the lighting strips to go around cupboards and of course the Hue Dimmers, we have three of those already for different rooms of our home.
The Siri integration is excellent, the quality of the bulbs is excellent. It's very easy to use and highly customisable. Philips has done an amazing job with Hue and with the latest generation bulbs and LED strips offering their best colour reproduction ever it's the perfect time to buy.
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