Philips Hue Lights Review and Guide

philips hue lights review

The Philips Hue lighting range has evolved into a formidable presence in the smart home scene. All these models mean that it’s possible to completely overhaul your entire lighting system to make it internet connected. The single biggest issue, however, is cost: individual bulbs are pricey, and that’s before you start factoring in the switches. Still, if you’re prepared to fully invest, there are few other smart home gadgets that feel as convenient as Philips Hue’s light bulbs, lamps and switches.


  • Easy to set up
  • Streamlined app experience
  • Good integration with other services
  • Decent automation options


  • Very expensive
  • Reliance on phone can be annoying without switches
  • Introduction, lineup, setup and installation 
  • App, smart switches and third-party integration 
  • Daily use and performance 


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Many of us now have smart homes. Or at least smarter homes. Whether that means we’ve got an Amazon Echo smart speaker in our living room or a connected security system at the door. 

Although Amazon is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to smart home tech, there’s another brand that immediately comes to mind for us: Philips Hue.

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The brand has laser-focused on smart lighting alone. The result? It’s created one of the most complete smart lighting systems out there, and it’s one that easily beats much of the smart home competition in terms of its robustness and completeness. 

The Philips Hue system isn’t perfect. You need a ‘hub’ for it to work if you’re looking at the older models, which makes it pricier than some of the competition. But new products and features are being added consistently to the range – including hub-free Bluetooth versions – and the app is so intuitive we can forgive the steep price tag. Read on for a thorough breakdown of what’s on offer below.

The different Philips Hue bulbs

Philips Hue has a number of different lighting solutions for your home. The Philips Hue lineup for LED bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes for just about any household lighting need. Here, we’ll explain the key varieties of Philips Hue light bulbs, what sizes are available in each type, and what light fixtures they’ll fit in. Also included are non-light bulbs, like switches and lamps.

Philips Hue White

This is Philips’ most basic Hue LED bulb type. All of the Hue White bulbs shine with a warm white light. The color temperature of these light bulbs is not adjustable. However, they do still connect to the Hue Bridge for full wireless control, and their simplicity helps keep the price down. 

Philips Hue White Ambiance

The Philips Hue White Ambiance light bulbs make things a bit more exciting, as all of these bulbs offer a wide range of color temperatures, ranging from a warm 2200K all the way up to 6500K, akin to daylight. 

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance

The party really starts with the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs. All of these Philips Hue light bulbs can shine with a broad range from warm white to a cool daylight white, and they also are configurable with 16 million different colors. 

Philips Hue LightStrip

In addition to Philips’ Hue light bulbs, the company also offers the Hue LightStrip Plus, so you can continue to control the lighting even in places where you can’t install a light fixture or lamp.  The Hue LightStrip comes as an 80-inch main unit, or as 40-inch extensions. The LightStrip supports warm and cool white lights as well as the same 16 million colors of the other Hue White and Color Ambiance lights. 

This is a complete guide and review of the Philips Hue Lights.

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