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Philips Hue launches Bluetooth bulbs that work without a hub

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Jun 27, 2019
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  1. Philips Hue is arguably the leader in smart home lighting but the cost of entry has kept more than a handful of interested consumers at bay. In addition to the luminaries themselves, you’ve also needed a smart hub to manage everything, adding to the overall cost.

    That changes today with the introduction of Philips Hue with Bluetooth.

    As the name suggests, this new line of bulbs makes Philips’ smart lighting system even more accessible by eliminating the need for a hub. Simply screw in a Philips Hue bulb with Bluetooth and use an app on your smartphone to set up and control the light.

    You can start with a single bulb or link multiple Hue Bluetooth products together.

    Best yet, Bluetooth bulbs can also connect to a hub for added functionality down the road if desired.

    Philips Hue bulbs with Bluetooth are available from today in traditional A19 and BR30 shapes in three versions: white ($14.99), white ambiance ($29.99) and white and color ambiance ($49.99). Bulbs purchased using the same account associated with a compatible Echo will automatically pair with the device during setup.

    Masthead credit: lamp with a beautiful deep violet colored light by TheInnerProduct

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  2. netman

    netman TS Evangelist Posts: 350   +112

    Wyzebulb beats this hands down at Nine bucks!
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,537   +3,127

    When the manufacturer of bulbs decides not to post the key factor - energy consumption figure anywhere in the product description, it tells me right off the bat how bad it really is. Enough said. No, wait, this one is even worse, they do not even enclose how many Lumens it produces. What kind of dummy writes these PR-s? It's like doing a new car PR, with prideful attention that it does indeed come with 4 wheels, and that's it. Thanks a bunch!
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  4. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 770   +599

    All of these extra "features" means more energy consumption, plus they will go unsupported and obsolete. Who ever thought you would have to buy another bulb because the company no longer supports it? lol

    How to sucker people out of more money? Use the marketing buzz words "smart" and "cloud". What does it really mean? "You are the product" and "we put your data out on the internet". Enjoy.
     
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  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,537   +3,127

    "Smart" + "Cloud" = "Bubblehead" :)
     
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  6. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,239   +692

    If you had dug, you would have found the data you're looking for on the product pages themselves. The RGB one uses 9.5W during operation, and 0.5 watts on standby.

    https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/p/hue-white-and-color-ambiance-1-pack-e26/046677548483
     

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