6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Philips Hue Connected Bulb

About Video Transcript

First Look: Philips Hue Connected Bulb

2:00 /

Philips' programmable LED lightbulbs offer some intriguing possibilities alongside a high novelty factor.

Hi. I'm Rich Brown from CNET. Today we're gonna take a look at the Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Kit. This is $199 set of LED light bulbs and that price probably sounds kind of crazy until you realize what these bulbs can actually do. So in the kit you get 3 LED light bulbs plus the Philips Bridge which connects the bulbs to your home wireless network. Once connected you can then control the bulbs through your smartphone. So the idea is that these bulbs' work is pretty standard light bulbs when you plug them in, but if you wanna get creative, if you wanna set up say alarms or have them go on in certain times the app lets you do that and it's all pretty easy. So the Philips app is relatively easy to use. On the main screen here you can see presets and you can edit all those. Lift out this bottom tab and you see the main control for each of the lights connected to the Hue. The iOS version has a feature called Geofencing that will turn your lights on and off depending on your proximity to your house. There are also third-party apps that will do different features like sync the lights to music and that kind of thing. The Hue also sports IFT which is a service that lets you set recipes to tie different internet services to one another. So for example your candle lights turn on every time you're tagging a Facebook photo or retweet every time you come home, something like that. And if you go on to the IFT app, you'll find a dedicated Philips channel that has all kinds of different recipes you can choose from. Now for all that different functionality there's still probably a high novelty factor with these bulbs. Not everyone wants to get that kind of notification on their home lighting system. Not everyone even wants colored lights. Still what's great about these is that they nail the core functionality of your light bulb. It actually looks like a standard incandescent. You can adjust it along a pretty reasonable range of color to say white, yellow, or blue light depending on what you're doing. And overall it's just a really easy to use, kind of fun little setup. So we certainly wouldn't recommend these if all you want is a basic light bulb, but for the fact that they're so easy to use that they nailed the basics of light bulb functionality and that they present a lot of niche in sort of interesting program functions, it's actually a pretty great product. So I'm Rich Brown. This is the Philips Hue Connected Light Bulb.

New releases

Philips adds a 75W Replacement SlimStyle LED to its lighting lineup
2:17 November 22, 2014
This bigger, brighter version of the original SlimStyle LED looks like a strong value in its class
Play video
2015 Acura TLX V-6 Advance (CNET On Cars, Episode 54)
16:28 November 21, 2014
Acura hopes the TLX is what it will drive into the future, we explore the head-up display coming to your car soon, and check out the...
Play video
Los Angeles Auto Show 2014: CNET's editors choose their favorites
5:55 November 21, 2014
The press days are over here at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Before we head off into the Hollywood hills we took a moment to re-cap...
Play video
Watch Tony Hawk do endless 360s on a hoverboard, Ep. 184
5:36 November 21, 2014
This week on Crave, we can see sound waves. We might get to see an unexplored part of the moon. But most of all we get to see Tony...
Play video
The $199 HP Stream 11 wants to be as cloud-friendly as a Chromebook, but with Windows 8
2:18 November 21, 2014
If you keep expectations in check, this bargain-basement Windows 8 laptop has good battery life and a decent design.
Play video
Yamaha SRT-1000 gives good single-speaker surround
1:44 November 21, 2014
The Yamaha SRT-1000 sound base offers discrete looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features in a package that is still...
Play video
Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you
2:50 November 21, 2014
Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable gu...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,584: Google Contributor, JFK has a drone problem, San Francisco's poo map (podcast)
30:08 November 21, 2014
We're back in the studio today! Join us for a very special episode complete with a full tour and the start of our Call of Duty: Advanced...
Play video