Philips Hue Lights: A Guide to What Each Does (and Costs)

Philips makes a wide number of smart LED lights that offer a mix of colors and  effects that you can control remotely. Plus, LEDs last much longer than other types of lights, and consume less energy, too. Philips Hue lights also integrate with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, so you can use your voice to change the lights.

Here’s what each Hue light does, and how much each one costs. Note that, unless specified, these lights don’t come with a Philips Hue bridge ($59.99), which you’ll need if you want to control your Hue lighting from your iPhone, Android phone or other device.

Hue White and Color Ambiance A19

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsThe original Philips Hue package, these lights are designed to replace a traditional A19 bulb and can change to more than 16 million colors. The starter pack, which includes three lights plus a Hue bridge (which you’ll need to control any Hue lights), costs $199. Extra bulbs cost $49 each.

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Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit

This is the best option if you  want only a white light, or if you want to save some money. The starter kit costs $69, and includes two bulbs and a bridge. A two-pack of bulbs costs $29.

Philips Hue White Ambiance BR30

These LED bulbs, which can produce 50,000 shades of white--from warm to cool--are designed for recessed ceiling fixtures. A two-pack of these lights costs $49.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance GU10 Light Bulb

Designed for track and small recessed lighting fixtures, these GU10 bulbs can reproduce millions of different colors, as well as multiple shades of white. They’re not cheap: Each bulb (sold individually) costs about $45.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (2nd Generation)

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsThis 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. The Lightstrip Plus can  be easily shortened using a pair of scissors to fit tighter spaces. An individual strip costs $80, and you can also buy extensions, up to 33 feet. If you want something less expensive, the first-generation Lightstrip costs $25 less, but isn’t as bright.

Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus Extension (2nd Generation)

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsIf you need even more accent lighting, this 40-inch extension for the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus costs $30.

Philips Hue Bloom

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsThis 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. The Bloom costs $59.

Philips Hue Go Light

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsSimilar to the Bloom, the Go is a splendid accent-lighting piece, and glows from both its circular 4.7-inch baseand its flat top. Plus, the 300-lumen Go has a built-in rechargeable battery that will last up to 3 hours while unplugged, which is great if you want to add a bit more color to an outdoor dinner party. However, it’s not waterproof, so bring it inside if it starts raining. The Go costs $79.

Philips Wellner Table Lamp with White Glass

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsThe Wellner is made of opal glass with a matte white finish, and has a sort of ethereal glow when lit. The $52 Wellner, which measures about 15 inches in diameter, comes with a white LED bulb inside, which can be replaced with a color bulb if you like.

Philips Hue Beyond Ceiling Lamp

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsThis $499 ceiling lamp, also offered in a pendant style, has both an uplight for illuminating your ceiling and a downlight. It measures 17 inches in diameter and comes with color LEDs.

Philips Friends of Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Iris

Photo: PhilipsPhoto: PhilipsLike the Hue Bloom, the $84 Iris is a small accent light that can recreate millions of colors. It has a funkier, clear plastic base, which makes it look somewhat like an early iMac. Still, the Bloom, which is $30 less, is a better buy.

Philips Hue E14 White and Color Ambiance Candle

The White and Color Ambiance E14 Candle is a smaller bulb, designed for chandeliers and light fixtures where a full-size A19 bulb won't fit, or would out of place. As its name suggests, the White and Color Ambiance bulb is capable of reproducing 16 million colors. A similar White Ambiance Candle can't change colors, but users will be able to change the color temperature, from 2200k to 6500k. Each candle light bulb is a 40W equivalent E14, producing 470 lumens at 4000 kelvin. The bulbs, due out later this year, are expected to cost around $50 each.

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