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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Philips Hue 2.0

A new Bridge

New bulbs, too

Brightness comparison

Siri controls

Hue app

Price point

The new, second-gen version of the Philips Hue Starter Kit is here, and it adds in support with Apple HomeKit to bring the lights under Siri's control. Click through to see how it looks.

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At the core of every Philips Hue setup is the Philips Hue Bridge, which gets a second-gen makeover in the new starter kits. The new bridge is what gets the HomeKit upgrade -- you'll need to upgrade if you want to start controlling your lights using Siri.

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The bulbs are new and improved, too, promising to shine brighter than before.

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They won't shine any brighter at the default, soft white setting, though. Here's the old Hue bulb on the left and the new Hue bulb on the right -- both sit at about 550 lumens at the default setting. You'll need to dial up to a hotter, whiter daylight tone before you'll start seeing any extra brightness.

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Of course, the real draw is with HomeKit, and with those Siri controls. Upgrade to the new bridge, and you'll be able to turn lights on or off, dim them up and down, or change their color by asking her to handle it.

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You can also control your bulbs in the Hue app, same as before.

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The new Philips Hue Starter Kits sell for $200 (while they aren't available outside of the US just yet, the existing versions sell for £150/AU$290). It's a steep price for Siri-powered, color-changing bulbs -- read our full review to see if it's worth it.

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