Philips Hue lights are some of the best smart light bulbs around, offering a mix of colors and effects that you can control remotely. They're some of the best Alexa compatible devices and best Google Home compatible devices, but work with several more smart home systems, like Apple HomeKit, too.
This Philip Hue lights guide explains what each bulb does, and how much each one costs. The company adds new items to its lineup every year, so it's useful to stay up-to-date when deciding which lightning products are right for you.
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Philips Hue has a new $19.99 White A21 bulb coming in late July, and it will be its brightest bulb yet with a 1600 lumen output. Also coming in July is the Philips Hue Bloom table lamp, a colorful Bluetooth light that can be easily moved around within your home.
Note that, unless specified, these lights don’t come with a Philips Hue bridge ($59.99). A bridge is an efficient option if you're going to own multiple Hue lights and would like to set scenes.
If you already have a bridge, make sure you're updating your software as soon as new versions become available. Malware can jump from your bulbs to your bridge to your network, meaning bad actors can hack into your home through your Philips Hue system. To update your Philips Hue bridge, go into the Philips Hue mobile app, open Settings and click Software update.
Philips Hue lights: Starter kits
Philips Hue starter kits include both bulbs and the bridge that's required to connect the lights to your home Wi-Fi network. If you don't have any Philips Hue lights yet, a starter kit is probably the best way to begin. After testing hundreds of smart home products, we believe Philips Hue Starter Kits is among the best smart home devices.
The original Philips Hue Starter Pack is designed to replace traditional A19 bulbs and can change to more than 16 million colors. The starter pack includes three lights plus a Hue bridge. Philips also sells a version of this kit with four lights.
Philips Hue White Ambiance Kit: $149.99 @ Amazon
The White Ambiance kit lets you adjust the color temperature of the bulbs, so you can go from intense blue-white when you need to concentrate, to a soft yellow-white for something mellower.View Deal
Philips Hue Smart Bridge: $59.99 @ Best Buy
If you don't purchase a starter kit which includes the smart bridge, you'll need to purchase one separately. It plugs into your Wi-Fi router, and then connects with all of the Hue lights in your house.View Deal
Philips Hue lights: Bulbs and lightstrips
You can expand your lighting options through a number of different Philips Hue bulbs. These include everything from plain white bulbs to multicolored lightstrips and other bulbs that fit smaller sockets.
Philips Hue Ambiance BR30 Floodlight: $47.99 @ Best Buy
These LED bulbs, which can produce thousands of shades of white--from warm to cool-- and color, and are designed for recessed ceiling fixtures. View Deal
Philips Hue White Ambiance GU10: $24.99 @ Best Buy
Designed for track and small recessed lighting fixtures, these GU10 bulbs can reproduce thousands of shades of white. It provides soft white illumination that mimics the look of natural light. View Deal
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: $79.99 @ Best Buy
This 6-foot color LED strip has an adhesive backing, which lets you affix it underneath kitchen counters or shelving — or anywhere you’d like — to provide some nice accent lighting. View Deal
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension: $29.99 @ Amazon
If you need even more accent lighting, this 40-inch extension for the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus costs $30. You'll need the original Lightstrip for the extension to operate.View Deal
Philips Hue White Ambiance E12 Candle: $25 @ Amazon
The White Ambiance E12 Candle is a smaller bulb, designed for chandeliers and light fixtures where a full-size A19 bulb won't fit. Each candle light bulb is a 40W equivalent.
Philips Hue Bluetooth lights: No bridge required
Philips Hue is constantly adding to its collection of smart LED bulbs that work without a Philips bridge. You can activate them via Bluetooth and pair them to your voice assistant the same way you would the hub-based bulbs. But you won't get all the features that you do with the bridge, like scenes and timers.
Hue White And Color Ambience E26: $49.99 @ Amazon
The White and Color Ambience E26 can act as a white or colored light, and is one of Philips Hue's first products that can operate without a Philips Hue Bridge or other smart-home hub.View Deal
Philips Hue entertainment lights
Another category of Philips Hue lights is entertainment enhancers, like the play light below. The Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is the next evolution the light bar. It syncs your smart lights to your on-screen TV content, including games and movies. The Sync Box is available on October 16, 2019.
Philips Hue Play Light Bar: $69.99 @ Best Buy
The Philips Hue Play light bar is a 9-inch color-changing light bar that can sit horizontally or vertically next to your TV or computer monitor, or be mounted as a backlight.
Philips Hue standalone lamps
Standalone lights can be placed anywhere in your room, and are generally used to help create accent lighting, rather than as a primary light source. None of these come with a bridge, so you'll need that to sync, too.
Philips Hue Bloom: $59.99 @ Best Buy
This accent light measures about 5 inches in diameter, and can change to millions of colors. It’s best used to bounce light off a wall behind fixtures like a TV or plant to help set the mood.View Deal
Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellness: $99.99 @ Amazon
Inside this lamp is a single Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs, which can be changed from cool white to warm white. You can also replace the bulb with a color bulb if you like.View Deal
Philips Hue Wellner: $99.97 @ Amazon
The Wellner is similar to the Wellness, only it has a more bulbous design. The lamp is easy to set up, and you can screw in any smart bulb you'd like (including one that's Wi-Fi enabled).View Deal
Philips Hue Go Light: $79.99 @ Best Buy
The Go is a splendid accent-lighting piece, and glows from both its circular 4.7-inch base and its flat top. The 300-lumen Go has a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 3 hours while unplugged.
Philips Hue light fixtures
While limited to a few options, Philips light fixtures have the bulbs built directly into them. That means that when the LEDs burn out—which should be at least 10 years, if not more—you'll have to replace the entire fixture. These also require a bridge (sold separately) to control them via Philips' app.
Philips Hue White Ambiance Fair: $222 @ Amazon
This ceiling light can either be flush-mounted, or purchased with a small or large extension to drop it down a few inches. It has a brushed aluminum finish, and the LEDs can be tuned to a cool or warm white light.View Deal
White Ambiance Cher Pendant Light: $220 @ Amazon
Install this fixture anywhere you would a standard overhead light, adjust the height, and pair it with the Hue Bridge. There's also a variant with great suspension for $230.View Deal
Philips Hue outdoor lights
Philips has several large, weather-resistant outdoor lights for illuminating your garden, lawn, patio, and driveway.
Philips Hue Single PAR38 Outdoor: $29.99 @ Amazon
These aren't just for Philips Hue products; you can screw them into any outdoor fixture that fits a PAR38 bulb and make it a "smart light." You' can control and schedule the bulb remotely.View Deal
Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Spot Light Kit: $339.99 @ Amazon
Designed to light your backyard, porch or patio, the Lily spotlight is LED-integrated and can shine in millions of colors and shades. The base pack includes three spotlights, and extension kits are $99.99.View Deal
Philips Hue Calla Outdoor Pathway: $127.99 @ Amazon
Place this LED-integrated bollard along your driveway or front walk to light your guests' way. The base pack includes one bollard and a power supply, and extension kits are $109.99.View Deal
Philips Hue Inara White Outdoor Lantern: $59.99 @ Amazon
The Philips Hue Inara is a traditional wall lantern for lighting your porch or the area outside your door. It uses a white bulb, meaning you can't change its color, but you can control it remotely.View Deal
Philips Hue Ludere Outdoor Security Light: $129.99 @ Amazon
This floodlight contains two bulbs and is perfect for lighting your driveway or the area outside your garage. Like the Lucca and Inara, it doesn't change color, but it does deliver 1,350 lumens.View Deal
Philips Hue smart lights accessories
Philips also makes several accessories that let you control your Hue lights without having to open the app on your smartphone.
The Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch with Remote is one of the best smart light switches for Philips Hue owners. However, if you want advanced features, like routines and timers, you'll need to connect everything through the Philips Hue bridge.
Smart Dimmer Switch with Remote: $24.99 @ Best Buy
This switch looks like a traditional wall switch, but connects to your Hue lights, so you don't need to mess with wiring in your walls. Plus, the switch can pop out of its housing, so you can use it as a remote.View Deal
Philips Hue Smart Tap Switch: $49.99 @ Best Buy
The Hue Tap Switch can be programmed to automatically activate three different lighting scenes, which can be helpful if you have a particular setting for, say, movie night and another for reading.View Deal
Philips Hue Smart Motion Sensor: $39.99 @ Best Buy
This turns the lights on in a room when it senses movement. It detects varying levels of sensitivity, keeps lights on for a period after a person exits, and alters brightness based on the time of day.View Deal
Dusk-to-Dawn Outdoor Motion Sensor: $49.99 @ Best Buy
The Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor is a wireless, battery-operated motion sensor light. It also keeps track of the light outside, and makes sure your inside lights don't switch on until nighttime.View Deal
Philips Hue Sync app
Finally, Philips has an app, Philips Hue Sync, which allows users to synchronize their smart bulbs with multimedia content on their Mac or Windows PC. For example, you can set your lights to flash and change color in time with music, video, and movies being played on your computer. Hue Sync, which runs on your notebook or desktop, connects with the Hue app on your smartphone. Users can also modify the color schemes, brightness, and themes to suit their tastes.