Philips Hue Smart Bulb Review

Gabe: Hey, folks, this is Gabe at Security
Baron. I see your true colors shining through. Today, we’re going to check out the true colors
on the Philips Hue White and Color. [music] In today’s review of the Philips Hue White
and Color smart light bulb, we’re going to look at its design, its feature set, the installation
experience, before diving into its mobile application, the Philips Hue app, to make
sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision. [music] If you’d like to see a list of our favorite
smart bulbs, google “Security Baron best smart bulbs.” If you have a question about today’s review,
leave us a comment, and I’ll get back to you. Let’s kick off today’s review of the Philips
Hue White and Color, looking at its design. First thing I want to note that it’s your
traditional A19 size. It looks a little bit different than a traditional
bulb, but you’ll note that it does hold that same metal base for screwing it in. Any lamp base size of E26 will fit with this. Along with that, you’ll note that it has a
hard, maybe plastic exterior that cover’s up maybe 60 percent of the actual bulb itself. The top looks a little bit more like a traditional
bulb. Around the base, you’ll have all of the various
specifications of the bulb, including the serial number, which you can use to set it
up right here written down, which is very useful. Remember, the Philips Hue White and Color
will work by itself. If you want to control it with the app, you
need to have the Philips Hue Bridge, which is another external component of the Philips
Hue system. Overall, it’s your typical white aesthetic. It will fit into any home’s decor, and because
of the sizing, it should fit with your favorite lampshade. Those are my thoughts on the Philips Hue White
and Color’s design. [music] Moving off from the design, let’s talk about
the expansive feature set on the Philips Hue White and Color. It has 800 lumens, which is the equivalent
of 60 watts from a traditional bulb. It’s only going to use about 10 watts of energy
because it is an LED bulb. Not only is that better for the environment,
in general, but also going to be better for your electric bill. One thing I want to note is that it has all
the features you’ve come to expect from a traditional smart bulb. You can set schedules. You can set scenes. You can change the color, dim it to whatever
you want. That’s 16 million colors possible with the
Philips Hue. Beyond that, you’ll note that it does integrate
with a host of smart platforms. You’ve got your big three — Google Assistant,
Amazon Alexa, and Apple Homekit. It also integrates with Wink Hub, your Nest
ecosystem, along with many others. We’re overall pretty impressed with all the
integrations that Philips have put into the Philips Hue White and Color. [music] Hold on. I hope you’re enjoying today’s review of the
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channel. We’re dropping new content weekly. All right, let’s get back to the video. Now that we’ve gone over the design and feature
set for the Philips Hue White and Color, let’s talk about its installation process. It’s a straightforward setup, but you have
to remember, with any Philips, it is a two-part process because you have to have that Philips
Hue Bridge installed on your router. That’s an easy process, but it is a requirement. These are not stand-alone bulbs if you want
that mobile app ability and compatibility. One thing about the Philips Hue is that once
you have your Bridge set up, you’re going to want to plug it in, turn it on, and then
you go into your mobile app, and search for new lights. It should find this light, but if it doesn’t,
you can also input the serial number here. Once it finds that serial number, the two
will sync, and you’re ready to go. You, of course, will place it in a particular
room in your home. You’ll give it a name, and then you can control
it to your heart’s desire. That’s the easy and straightforward setup
process with the Philips Hue White and Color bulb. [music] The final thing that we want to look at when
checking out the Philips Hue White and Color light bulb is its mobile application, the
Philips Hue app. Outside of smart platform integration, this
is where you’re going to be doing the bulk of your interfacing with your light bulb. Fortunately, people tend to like it. It has a 3.4 out of 5-star rating in the Google
Play store and a 4.4 out of 5-star rating in the Apple app store. Let’s go ahead and check it out on my iPhone
7 Plus. Here I am in a more comfortable position to
check out all of the utility with the mobile application for the Hue light bulb, the Philips
Hue app. I’m in my typical scene called, Baron Hue
Hub. I want to give you an idea of what you can
do within the app itself. If I click here, you’ll note that there are
two scenes set up, my coming home, which I can tap. Yes, it’s a nice, calming green. I feel as if that puts me in the mood when
I come home. You can set up any scene you want. If I tap on, New Scene, let’s say I want another
calming, I can go here. I can give it a nice name. I can call it, calming blue. Save that, and now I have another scene. If you just want to change the color of your
Hue app, to begin with, you tap there. You can move it around. You have your palette. It’s very straightforward. If I wanted to go back, I can go look at the
various routines that can be created. You have your “Home and away,” your “Wake
up”, your “Go to sleep,” and other routines. For home and away, one thing I want to particularly
note about these routines is that you can actually set up “Location-aware.” If you note here, it says you can automatically
trigger the coming home and leaving home routine based on your location. That’s geofencing, where it’s taking note
of where your mobile phone is located, and setting that scene. If I were to tap on it, you could open the
settings, and it would allow you to access your location. I don’t want to do that now, but it’s something
to be knowledgeable about. Of course, your “Wake up” and “Go to sleep”
are various routines that you can set up to slowly turn the lights on to help wake you
up or to go to sleep, which is my favorite one. It nudges you to go to bed around the time
you’d like. I say “Go to sleep 1,” around 10 o’clock,
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. It’ll fade out the lights over 30 minutes. I can decide on the rooms in which I want
that to go on, and hit, Save. If I look at Settings, you’ll note that I
have the Hue Bridge. Remember, the Philips Hue White and Color
is not a hubless light bulb. You have the various organization of your
rooms and zones in your house, and the ability to set up new lights and accessories. That’s our look at the functionality of the
Philips Hue app. [music] We’ve gone over a lot with the Philips Hue
White and Color, which you’re saying, “Gabe, please tell me, is this the right one for
me?” I’ll say this, “It has a robust feature set
that has everything we’ve come to expect from today’s smart bulb.” It has a highly-rated iPhone app. If you’re an iPhone user, you want to keep
that in mind. Finally, it has a lot of flexibility when
it comes to smart platform integrations from Apple to Google to Amazon to Nest. It’s bringing a lot. If you want a hubless bulb, you’re not going
to get that with the Philips Hue. If you’re particularly price-conscious, you’re
going to want to look at some of its competitors that honestly bring a similar product for
less. However, if you’re looking to just jump into
the action with smart home illumination, the Philips Hue White and Color is a great place
to start. [music] That concludes our review of the Philips Hue
White and Color smart bulb. If you appreciate today’s video, give us a
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