Hue Stories June 1, 2016

expiredBring HomeKit control to your lights w/ Philips’ 2nd Gen Hue LED Starter Kit: $174 (Reg. $200)

Update (6/5 9:15am): Amazon now has the 2nd Gen starter kit for $174.99 shipped. Adorama’s price has now jumped to $174.

Adorama offers the second generation Philips Hue A19 LED Starter Kit with HomeKit support for $169.99. For some reason, this bundle fails to qualify for Adorama’s free shipping program so you’ll have to pay a few dollars to get it home (varies by location). Today’s deal is the first significant discount that we’ve seen on the second generation kit since it was released last fall. It typically sells for $200 at Amazon and the like.

Step up to the latest Philips Hue system and add HomeKit control thanks to the new smart hub. You’ll be able to recreate thousands of colors with these A19 LED bulbs. The upgraded internals are now capable of pushing out 800 lumens of light, a 33% improvement over the previous generation. Philips’ recently updated iOS and Android app offers complete control over the entire system. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 527 Amazon customers.

Hue Stories October 5, 2015

Best Buy is offering the Philips hue Lux LED Starter Kit for $59.99 shipped. That’s $20 off the regular price/ Amazon current listing and the lowest we can find. With this system, you get “clean, white light that can gently wake you, notify you with flashes, and emulate occupancy while you’re away”. The bulbs simply screw into your existing compatible lamps, and the included bridge lets you control brightness and create schedules from your smartphone. The Philips system receives 4.4/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

You can also find the Philips hue Lux Extension 750-Lumen 9W LED Light Bulb, 60W Equivalent in Soft White for only $14.99 at Best Buy. As a price comparison, it regularly sells for $35 at Amazon.

In related news, Philips officially unveiled Bridge 2.0, bringing Siri-powered HomeKit to existing Hue bulbs and lamps. expand full story

Hue Stories September 3, 2015

Philips is expanding its Hue family of connected lighting products with the new Lightstrip Plus. This two meter parade of LEDs can produce millions of colors, which is nothing new for Hue products, but it also glows in different shades of white light — a huge feature its predecessor lacked. Philips also made it possible for you to extend these lightstrips to a length of up to 10-meters. Continue on for more launch details and a promo video: expand full story

Hue Stories August 28, 2015

expiredPhilips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $180)

Best Buy, as a part of its Deal of the Day, offers the Philips Friends of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. Today’s deal is $80 off the original list price/Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the best current offering we can find.

Nearly 1,400 Amazon customers rate this lighting solution 4.2/5 stars. The Bloom Starter Kit includes two luminaire lights and a Philips Hue bridge that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi. These lights are capable of showing 16 million colors with custom automated schedules via iOS and Android apps. I’ve used Philips’ Hue for a few years now, this system is an ideal accompaniment to traditional lighting. The LED bulbs are more energy efficient and can be dimmed to your preference.

Philips offers a full line of Hue products that work in unison with the Bloom Luminaire lights. Apple’s HomeKit will be added via a firmware upgrade this fall alongside a recently announced Wireless Dimming Kit.

Hue Stories April 8, 2015

Late last sumer Philips unveiled its Hue Lux smart bulb. Even though it’s a white-only bulb, its $30 price tag was attractive for iOS/Android users looking to tryout smart bulbs and those wanting to expand their current setup without spending a fortune. Now, a single Hue Lux bulb is down to just $19.99, a savings of over 30% off its regular price. The Starter Kit has also dropped in price. It includes a Philips Hue Bridge (needed to run any Hue bulb) and two Lux bulbs for $79.99, which is $20 less than its previous selling price of $100.

Many retailers (Walmart, Home Depot) are still charging full retail for these products, while some (Apple, Amazon) are listing them at the discounted rates. Apple rarely runs any sort of sale promos so it’s possible that this could be a permanent price drop. Either way, these deals are the lowest we’ve seen for both products.

Just like other Hue products, Lux bulbs are fully controllable from your iOS/Android device. Easily put the bulbs on a schedule to wake-up by a relaxing light instead of a startlingly alarm or even use the third party integration to receive mobile notifications in the form of light pulses.

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The Philips Hue ecosystem also includes its regular 16-million color bulbs, lightstrips, the all-new Hue Go portable light, and more.

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Hue Stories April 2, 2015

Philips’ Hue family of connected lights has gained another member this morning. Hue Go looks like a half-glowing orb (or wisp?!) and sets itself apart from its siblings by being completely portable. It’ll blend into your existing network of Hue products, but it’s meant to be used in a completely different way… expand full story

Hue Stories July 21, 2014

At this point it’s extremely clear that LED bulbs should be in every light fixture in your house. They last longer (tens of thousands of hours) and use less power (up to 85%) than their incandescent counterparts. The clear environmental benefits coupled with the fact that LED prices have fallen off a cliff recently, have led to a worldwide phase-out of incandescent bulbs. In fact, you can regularly pick up a Philips LED bulb for under $10 a piece, but Ikea has shaken up the budget LED space by introducing its Ledare bulbs for just $4.95 each.

Ledare bulbs can’t be controlled by your iPhone like Philips Hue products or double as a JBL Bluetooth speaker, but they do pack the basic benefits of LED bulbs at bargain pricing. expand full story

Hue Stories June 26, 2014

expiredPhilips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack w/ bridge and three bulbs $171 shipped (Reg. $200)

Amazon offers the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Starter Pack for $171.49 with free shipping. That is the first discount of any kind we have seen for this kit that includes a Hue bridge and three A19 bulbs. Control up to 50 bulbs of any type on the included bridge from your iOS or Android smart device. It’s rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from 413 Amazon reviewers.

Installation is a breeze:

This starter pack includes three bulbs that simply screw into your existing lamps, and a bridge that you plug into your home Wi-Fi router. Simply download the hue app to start experiencing light in a completely new way.

Not ready to jump into the Hue world? You can still greatly improve the lighting in your home or office by picking up a 3-pack of 60W Equivalent Daylight A19 LED Light Bulbs for $19.98 at Home Depot.

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