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Philips Hue
Philips hue logo.png
TypeA19 LED lamp
ManufacturerSignify N.V.[1][2]
Models madeGeneration 1
October 29, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-10-29)
Generation 2
October 4, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-10-04)
Generation 3
October 2, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-10-02)

Philips Hue is a line of color changing LED lamps and white bulbs which can be controlled wirelessly. It was introduced in October 2012 and was updated in 2015 and 2016. The lamps are currently created and manufactured by Signify N.V., formerly the Philips Lighting division of Royal Philips N.V..[1][3]


Hue Lightstrip Outdoor strip light

Philips Hue Bridge[edit]

The Philips Hue Bridge is the central controller of a lighting system. In 2016 Philips released a new square shaped v2 bridge. The square bridge replaces the round v1 bridge. The bridge v2 has more options and supports Apple Homekit.[4]

Hue White
Hue White Ambiance

The Hue system was released in October 2012 as an Apple Store exclusive.[5] The Hue system was marketed as the first iOS controlled lighting appliance.[6] It uses the Zigbee lighting protocol to communicate, and can be controlled via smartphone apps over cellular network, Ethernet or Wi-Fi via a Zigbee–Ethernet bridge wired to a router.[5] The initial system had bulbs capable of producing up to 600 lumens while the newer systems have bulbs that shine up to 800 lumens. The newer system also features HomeKit compatibility.[7]

Hue White and Color Ambiance

In July 2018, an outdoor version of the Philips Hue suite was introduced,[8] and in October 2018 a suite of entertainment-focused, free-standing light fittings.[9] In January 2019 they announced outdoor sensors and lights.[10]

Color ranges[edit]

Philips Hue first-generation hub and two LED color-changing light bulbs
Hue Lightstrip Plus strip light used for indirect lighting

There are 3 different Philips Hue color types available. White, White Ambiance and Color & White Ambiance. Each type is designed for a different use. The White bulbs are dimmable and give a white light with a color temperature of 2700K. The White Ambiance bulbs are dimmable and can change temperatures from a warm soft white to a bright day light between 2200K and 6500K. The Color & White Ambiance range is the most colorful. The Color & White Ambiance bulbs are also dimmable and have 16 million colors.[11]

Difference in color temperature
Range Temperature
White 2700K
White Ambiance 2000K - 6500K
White & Color Ambiance 2200K - 6600K

Security concern[edit]

A security flaw in the product was discovered and fixed, then disclosed in 2016. The bulbs were able to be remotely controlled over the Internet by simulated security engineers using inexpensive equipment. In the proof-of-concept, researchers were able to remotely control light bulbs using a nearby car or a drone flying outside a window within 70 metres (230 ft). The flaw was reported to Philips and fixed prior to being publicly revealed.[12]


In an article in Forbes, Seth Porges called Phillips Hue the "best product of 2012".[6] PC Magazine reviewed the white variation and named it as an editors' choice and said it was bright and affordable and had lots of features.[13]



  1. ^ a b "Signify is the new company name of Philips Lighting, the maker of Hue smart bulbs". TAS. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ "Philips lighting is now Signify". Signify. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  3. ^ "Signify releases Hue Sync, hoping to launch the era of immersive home entertainment lighting". LEDs Magazine. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ "Philips Hue Bridge". Philips Hue.
  5. ^ a b News, ABC. "Philips Hue: The Light Bulb You Can Control With Your Phone". ABC News. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Porges, Seth. "The Best Product of 2012: The Philips Hue LED Lighting System". Forbes. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit review: A new Hue, with Siri, too". CNET. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  8. ^ Smith, Jake (12 March 2018). "Philips Hue outdoor connected lighting hits US, Europe this July". ZDNet. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  9. ^ "What Philips Hue can actually do". Smartdigs. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ Clover, Juli. "CES 2019: Philips Hue Gains New Outdoor Lighting Range and Outdoor Motion Sensor". Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  11. ^ "De verschillen in Philips Hue lampen uitgelegd" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  12. ^ "New study details a security flaw with Philips Hue smart bulbs". CNET. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  13. ^ Torres, Timothy. "Philips Hue White". PCMAG. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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