Top positive review
Good quality stable system but expensive
10 October 2018
I've never liked proprietary hub systems and thus Hue and the like even though I use (only) Philips LEDs throughout the house. I like to use WiFi bulbs that can be flashed with 3-rd party open-source firmware (e.g. Tasmota, Espurna, EspEasy, etc.) to be controlled by open-source hubs (e.g. Home Assistant, OpenHAB, etc.) - unfortunately there are few options out there (e.g. Sonoff B1) that are not cheap.
The Hue is easy to install and use and the bulbs were paired already; hub had to be updated a few times and the bulbs also - somehow all had very old firmware.
The app works well and does not need Internet access talks directly to the hub over LAN - a big plus! It is up to you whether you want an on-line account and want to control your lights over the Internet. Hub can easily be connected to Home Assistant (or others) and bulbs get (auto) detected easily. Very easy - compared to Wifi bulbs.
These are the 3rd-gen "richer colours" bulbs with 806lm (@4000K though) and proper "green" etc. colours. But compared to my old Philips (master) LEDs they are plasticky, light and cheap looking - if you did not know they were Philips & bought from Amazon you'd think they are knock-offs. Considering the cost they're poorly made.
There don't seem to be any bulbs more powerful than ~800lm (and thus about 60W equivalent) while we've had good quality dimmable Philips 1500lm (thus about 100W) for a while; not sure what Philips is doing - surely a more powerful bulb - even if much bigger - can be made.
You can also pair the bulbs with ZigBee adapters and not use the hub (e.g. ConBee, RaspBee, standard USB Zigbee, etc.) but you cannot update the firmware so you need to keep the hub; although Philips seems to update the firmware sparingly.
The colour bulbs are crazily expensive but the white-only bulbs are OK but the accessories are similarly expensive; not to mention that the switches/dimmers don't fit UK/EU (square) mounts requiring further 3-rd party adapters. While "hue friends" are bringing some new switches out they are not here yet.
All in all it is a nice easy to deploy system but ultimately very expensive and disappointing in some ways. Unfortunately competitors are perhaps either cheap/worse or more expensive thus difficult to choose...