Philips Hue Stories June 24, 2016

These days there is a myriad of choices in the smart lighting category, highlighted by the Philips Hue products. Most of them offer some pretty interesting control, as far as color and smartphone functionality, but can also cost a pretty penny. In my search for something similar and more cost efficient, I came across these Vansky USB powered LED light strips for a fraction of the price.

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Philips 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.

Philips Hue Stories May 23, 2016

expiredGreen Deals: Philips Hue Lux A19 LED Light Starter Kit $40, GreenWorks 40V Electric Lawn Mower $289, more

Amazon offers the Philips Hue Lux 60W Equivalent A19 LED Lighting Starter Kit for $39.99 Prime shipped. For comparison, it has a list price of $80 and typically sells for around $70 online. Today’s deal is within $3 of the lowest that we’ve seen it go for and the best available.

If you’re interested in smartphone connected lights, but do not need the color-changing features, this kit is for you. It includes two A19 60W equivalent LED lightbulbs, the first generation Philips Hue smart hub and everything else needed to get started. Note: if you’re looking for HomeKit compatibility, check out the second generation hub for more. With the free iOS and Android app, which was recently updated, you’ll be able to control your lights, set schedules and more. Rated 4.3/5 stars by 382 Amazon customers.

GreenWorks Twin Force G-MAX 40V 20-inch Cordless Lawn Mower w/ 2 Batteries (model 25302): $289 shipped (Reg. $350) | Amazon or Target

Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel 18-inch Lawn Mower: $143 shipped (Reg. $180) | Amazon

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Philips Hue Stories May 13, 2016

expiredHome: Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) $200 (Reg. $250), Safe-Cut Can Opener $8 (Orig. $16), more

Electroniccity inc. (99.2% Positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals has the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation) for $199.99 shipped. This model regularly sells for $250, bringing you a savings of $50 today. Today’s deal is effectively matching our previous $250 plus a $50 Amazon gift card deal. It features auto scheduling/programming, full remote control with the Nest app, and works with just about every heating system on the market including “gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal.” It is the best selling programmable thermostat on Amazon and has a 4+ star rating from over 4,000 customers.

Amazon has the Good Cook Classic Safe Cut Can Opener for $7.73 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders of $49 or more. That’s more than 50% below the original listing, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best price we can find by around $2. It leaves “smooth edges” after opening, and features chrome construction with a “Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee.” Rated 4+ stars from over 1,100 Amazon customers.

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Philips Hue Stories May 12, 2016

expiredGreen Deals: Philips Hue LED Starter Kit (1st Gen.) $110 shipped (Orig. $200), more

Philips offers its Hue Starter Kit with 3 bulbs for $99.99 + $9.99 shipping. Today’s deal is a savings of $90 off the original MSRP, $10 off our previous mention, $65 less than Amazon’s current listing, and the best current price available.

This kit includes everything needed to get started with Philips’ Hue Lighting System. You’ll find a Hue Bridge (previous generation), three A19 LED bulbs and an ethernet cable in the box. I’ve been using these lights for a few years now and have found them to be a fun way to change up any space. Although this is not the HomeKit-compatible version, Hue does have a free iOS (recently updated) and Android app that offers full control from your device. Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 375 Amazon customers.

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Philips Hue Stories April 7, 2016

expiredGreen Deals: Philips hue LED Starter Bundle w/ HomeKit Bridge $170 (Reg. $200), more

P.C. Richard & Son offers the second generation Philips hue LED White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit for $169.97 shipped (price reflected in the cart). For comparison, this kit carries a $200 price tag and typically goes for that much at nearly every online retailer including Amazon. Today’s 15% discount is the first significant savings that we’ve seen on the second generation hue bundle.

This Philips hue starter kit includes the new Bridge that offers HomeKit-compatibility plus Alexa control via Amazon’s Echo speaker. It ships with three A19 LED Bulbs that are capable of producing 800 lumens of light and a wide range of colors. You can use your smartphone alongside the free iOS and Android app to control the bulbs and create a variety of scenes. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 454 Amazon customers.

Hyperikon E26 4-pack of A19 Dimmable LED Lightbulbs: $17 (Reg. $20+) | Amazon

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Philips Hue Stories March 27, 2016

expiredPhilips Friends of hue LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $130+)

Update (3/30 9:30am): Now also available from Best Buy via eBay.

Best Buy offers the Philips Friends of hue 12W LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. For comparison, this kit originally retailed for $200 and still goes for that much direct from Amazon. Today’s deal is a match of our previous mention from a month ago.

Get into Philip’s hue lighting system with this three-piece starter kit. This bundle includes two 12W six-foot LightStrips plus a hue bridge. Note: this is not the HomeKit compatible version, more information here. These strips are perfect for drawing attention to decor or lighting up a dim area of your home. Rated 4.3/5 stars by 1,255 Amazon customers. Shop the entire lineup of Philips Hue accessories for more lighting options.

Philips Hue Stories March 14, 2016

Philips Hue light bulbs are amongst some of our favorite smart home accessories. While the product line has often been imitated, the majority of its competition has failed to capture the ease of use and quality. There are Hue bulbs that can replicate nearly any color imaginable and traditional options as well.

One area that has yet to be addressed, however, is ambient lighting. While Philips already offers dawn simulation lighting, smartphone connectivity is not available. Today, the two converge in a new product that focuses on consumers waking up with more energy. Additionally, Philips has announced a new ‘Routines’ feature in its app that memorizes your daily schedule and adjusts lighting to mimic the sun. More below.

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Philips Hue Stories March 3, 2016

expiredIlluminate your home w/ Philips Friends of hue LightStrip Starter Kit: $100 shipped (Reg. $150+)

Best Buy’s official eBay Store offers the Philips Friends of hue 12W LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. Also available direct. For comparison, this kit originally retailed for $200 and still fetches that much direct from Amazon. Today’s deal is $20 less than our previous mention and a match for the lowest we’ve seen.

Get into Philip’s hue lighting system with this three-piece starter kit. This bundle includes two 12W six-foot LightStrips plus a hue bridge. Note: this is not the HomeKit compatible version, more information here. These handy strips are perfect for drawing attention to decor or lighting up a dark area of your home. For example, I have them under my kitchen cabinets and behind my desk for auxiliary lighting.

Over 1,200 Amazon reviewers have left a collective 4.3/5 star rating. Shop the entire lineup of Philips Hue accessories for more lighting options.

Philips Hue Stories February 22, 2016

expiredLight up your home with the Philips Hue Starter Kit (3 bulbs) for $120 shipped (Orig. $200)

Staples offers the Philips Hue Starter Kit with 3 bulbs for $119.99 shipped. Today’s deal is a savings of $80 off the original MSRP, $24 off our previous mention, $20 less than Amazon, and the best current price available.

This kit includes everything needed to get started with Philips’ Hue Lighting System. You’ll find a Hue Bridge (previous generation), three A19 LED bulbs and an ethernet cable in the box. I’ve been using these lights for a few years now and have found them to be a fun way to change up any space. Although this is not the HomeKit-compatible version, Hue does have a free iOS and Android app that offers full control from your device. Over 1,200 Amazon customers have left a combined 4.3/5 star rating.

Philips Hue Stories February 14, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: Microsoft Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS/Android $50, Philips Hue LightStrip Kit $120, more

In today’s Daily Deals, Amazon offers the Microsoft Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad, iPhone and Android devices for $49.97 shipped. Also available at Best Buy for $0.02 more. This deal is a savings of 50% off the original listing, down $20 from the regular going rate and the lowest current price available by $10. 

Microsoft’s Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard is designed for Apple and Android Mobile devices as well as Windows tablets/phones. It is 5mm thin and has a collapsible design to “easily fit” into a backpack or purse. The full-size layout offers large keys, a three-month battery life and a “water repellent design”. Rated 3.9/5 stars at Amazon. Learn more about this device in our release coverage.

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Philips Friends of Hue LightStrip Starter Kit: $120 (Reg. $150) | Best Buy via eBay

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Philips Hue Stories February 1, 2016

expiredExpand your smart lighting setup w/ these all-time low prices: Philips Hue Go $80 (Reg. $100), Hue Tap Switch $50 (Reg. $60)

Amazon offers the Philips Hue Go Personal Wireless Lighting for $79.99 with free shipping, which is 20% below its regular price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen. This portable smart light features a battery life of approximately 3 hours and comes pre-programmed with five unique lighting effects: Cozy Candle, Sunday Coffee, Meditation, Enchanted Forest, and Night Adventure. Or you can choose from more than 16 millions colors to dial in custom mood lighting. It doesn’t need a Hue Bridge to run, but you’ll need one if you want to use of advanced features (more on that below). Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from 144 Amazon reviewers.

Quickly control your wireless lighting with the Philips Hue Tap Switch for $49.99 shipped. As a pricing comparison, it typically sells for $60 and has never been priced lower. It’s completely wireless and doesn’t require any batteries. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from more than 300 Amazon reviewers.

Philips Hue Stories January 14, 2016

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

Best Buy’s official eBay Store offers the Philips Friend of Hue Bloom Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped. Also available direct from Best Buy. Today’s deal is a savings of $80 off the original price/Amazon, a match of our previous mention and the lowest current price that we can find.

Nearly 1,200 Amazon customers rate this lighting solution 4.3/5 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. Just recently, Philips added HomeKit compatibility to its products with the addition of a special bridge.

Philips Hue Stories December 15, 2015

expiredGet into smart lighting w/ the Philips Hue Go Portable LED System for $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Update (12/16 9:15am): Today only, Best Buy has the Philips Friends of Hue LightStrip Luminaire Starter Kit for $99.99 shipped (Reg. $200). Includes 2 LightStrips and a bridge. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Amazon offers the Philips Hue Go Smart Portable LED Light for $79.99 with free shipping. That’s $20 below its regular price and the first significant discount we’ve seen since it was introduced over the summer. Also available via Best Buy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

This portable smart light features a battery life of approximately 3 hours and comes pre-programmed with five unique lighting effects: Cozy Candle, Sunday Coffee, Meditation, Enchanted Forest, and Night Adventure. Or you can choose from more than 16 millions colors to dial in custom mood lighting. It doesn’t require a bridge to run, but you’ll need one if you want to take advantage of advanced features like customized lightning scenes.

Philips Hue Stories October 23, 2015

Amazon has the Black & Decker 12-Volt Cyclonic-Action Automotive Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (PAV1200W) for $29.99. It ships free for Prime members (free trial) or on orders over $35. That’s as much as $20 under some listings, $10 under the actual regular listing and the best we can find.

It easily plugs into any 12V vehicle outlet and features a 16 foot power cord, 1 step emptying, a pivoting nozzle and ships with an “Accessory Hose, Upholstery Detail Brush, Long Extendable Crevice Tool and Small brush tool.” It has a 4/5 star rating from over 1,160 Amazon customers.

Down below you’ll find smart lights and doorbells, kitchenware from Rachael Ray, yard/automotive tools and much more:

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Philips Hue Stories October 6, 2015

Following the release of its new Harmony Elite universal remote, Logitech is back today with a fresh add-on for your home theater setup. The new Harmony Home Hub Extender brings compatibility for Zigbee and Z-Wave products. This move further puts Logitech out in front of the competition when it comes to smart home control.

While Apple continues to develop its HomeKit platform, Logitech has slowly collected support from some of the biggest names in the smart home world. After all, what’s better than unlocking the front door with your remote?

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Philips Hue Stories October 5, 2015

The official Hoover eBay Store is offering the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner (BH50010) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $30+ below the average selling price/Amazon, matching our previous mention and the best we can find.

This cordless, bagless upright vac has an interchangeable 18-volt Lithium-Ion battery, motorized power brush, battery level indicator, automatic height adjustment and ships with a 2-year limited warranty directly from Hoover. This is among the top five best selling upright vacuums on Amazon and has a 4.3/5 star rating from over 5,700 customers. expand full story

Philips Hue Stories September 4, 2015

expiredPhilips Friends of Hue: LightStrip Starter Kit $120 (Reg. $200), Iris Light $60 (Reg. $100)

After receiving a fresh update yesterday, we are now seeing a nice price drop on the soon-to-be previous generation Philips Friends of Hue LightStrip Starter Kit. Best Buy, as one of its Deals of the Day, currently offers it for $119.99 shipped. That’s good for $80 off the original listing/Amazon, $40 less than our previous mention and the lowest price we’ve ever posted.

This highly-popular smartphone-connected LED lighting kit includes two strips and a Philips Hue bridge. Each LightStrip is just over 6-feet long and is capable of producing 16 million colors. Additionally, the LED bulbs are up to 80% more energy efficient in comparison to traditional options.

Best Buy also has the Philips Friends of Hue Iris Light for $59.99 shipped. This is a savings of 40% off Amazon‘s current listing and the best price we can find. This light can sit on the floor or on a table and cover a whole wall in color. Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 1,400 Amazon customers.

Philips 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

Philips 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.

Philips Hue Stories August 3, 2015

expiredTwo Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

Amazon is running one of the best deals we’ve ever seen on Philips Hue Lighting: Buy any two select Hue Light Bulbs for $99.99 shipped. These bulbs typically sell for around $60 each so you’re saving about $20 on the pair. A best bet is the Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting A19 Single Bulb. At $50 a piece this deal comes within $5 of its lowest price ever and marks the first discount we’ve seen all summer. Reduced price will be automatically shown at checkout.

Control the 16 million color combinations of this bulb from your iOS or Android device. Hue also integrates with a range of third party apps so you can set the bulbs to alert you of incoming emails, changes in weather, and nearly anything else you can dream up. Keep in mind you’ll need a Philips Hue Hub (included in Starter Pack) to run these bulbs.

Philips Hue Stories June 15, 2015

Belkin’s WeMo ecosystem has partnered with OSRAM SYLVANIA to expand its line-up of Wi-Fi connected lighting products. All told, three new bundles have been released today that focus on different areas of the home. With Apple’s HomeKit on the way and competitors beefing up their own offerings, now is the perfect time for WeMo to make its move.  expand full story

Philips Hue Stories May 14, 2015

With so many Internet of Things (IoT) devices dominating our homes, the ability to control them all continues to be a journey of trial and error. We continue to hear that Apple’s HomeKit is coming down the pipeline but its ultimate usefulness has yet to be seen. In the meantime, there is a Kickstarter project called Nuimo that plans on bringing all of the controls for SONOS, Philips Hue and others typically found in your iPhone to a physical knob and display. It has already blown past its goal in just a few days… expand full story

Philips Hue Stories May 7, 2015

Update (5/7 2:05pm):

Woot is offering up to 75% or more off a large selection of cookware items from Cuisinart, Kuhn Rikon and more. One of the standout deals is the Cuisinart 10-Piece Contour Stainless Cookware Set in black or stainless steel for $99.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $65 under the original selling price, $35 below the average selling price/Amazon, and the best we can find.

These sets include tempered glass lids, stay-cool handles, and contain “1- and 2-1/2-quart covered sauce pan, 3-quart covered saute pan with helper handle, 8-quart covered stockpot, and 8- and 10-inch skillets”. While these models have 4+ star ratings from a limited number of reviewers, just about all of Cuisinart’s cookware has received solid reviews from thousands.

TaoTronics Led Camping Lantern and Flashlight

Next up, SunvalleyTek via Amazon is offering the TaoTronics LED Camping Lantern and Flashlight for $37.99, but using code KKBZWAKL will drop your total down to $13.99. Shipping is free for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s $24 under the regular listing and the best price we can find.

Designed for “hiking, camping, fishing, outdoor adventures, emergencies, hurricanes, outages” and just about any other time you might need a portable/collapsible LED light. It is powered by 3 AA batteries and is made from “durable” ABS material suitable for when its raining. This model has received a 4.8/5 star rating from 120 Amazon customers.

Down below you’ll find discounted food vacuum sealers, more cookware, Nespresso machines, tools and more: expand full story

Philips Hue Stories April 18, 2015

expiredPhilips Hue 60W Equivalent A19 Single LED Light Bulb: $45 shipped (Reg. $60)

Home Depot offers the Philips Hue 60W Equivalent A19 Single LED Light Bulb (model 431650) for $44.98 with free shipping, which is 25% below the retail price of $60. This is the first time we’ve seen any discount on this smart bulb.

The only thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need a Philips Hue hub to run this bulb — you can purchase one as part of the Hue Starter Kit. Control the 16 million color combinations of this bulb from your iOS or Android device. Hue also integrates with a range of third party apps so you can set the bulbs to alert you of incoming emails, changes in weather, and nearly anything else you can dream up. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 Amazon reviewers.

Philips Hue Lux bulbs (white-only) are on sale for $20 each, while the Hue Lux Starter Kit is down to $80.

The Philips Hue ecosystem also includes light strips and the all-new Hue Go portable light.

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