Despite being one of the most popular smart lighting platforms on the market, one of the disadvantages of Philips & # 39; s Hue system is that it needs a bridge . That means getting started with Hue tends to cost a little more than competing platforms, to control even a light, you needed a hub.
But with Philips' new Hue with Bluetooth, Philips makes it even cheaper to cheat the lights by letting users ditch the bridge. Now, instead of buying and creating a Philips Hue bridge, Hue with Bluetooth bulbs is essentially plug and play. Just unplug the bulb, turn on the light, and then connect the bulb to your phone using the new Philips Hue Bluetooth App (which is separate from the existing Philips Hue app).
Although these new Hue bulbs connect over Bluetooth Instead of using a dedicated hub, you can still use many of Hue's main intelligent light features, including turning on and off the lights, adjusting brightness, or changing colors using help of the app, use preset scenes to change multiple lights at once, and allow multi-user control.
And if you have a smart speaker from Google or Amazon in your home, you can connect the color with Bluetooth bulbs to your digital assistant so you can control your lights with your voice.
However, compared to standard Hue lights, Hue with Bluetooth light has a number of limitations. For Hue with Bluetooth, users can control a maximum of 10 lights at a time, while those with standard Hue light can control up to 50 Hue lights per bridge. In addition, Hue with Bluetooth light can only be set up as a large room, instead of being able to assign light to specific rooms such as. Your kitchen, bedroom or office you can with regular Hue lights.
And if you go even deeper, many advanced features like being able to set timers and sleep routines, connect your smart lights to accessories such as motion sensors and Hue-compatible wall connectors, use Hue Sync to match the color of your lights for whatever you see and more everyone requires a nuance bridge. And a real biggie for Apple smart homeowners is that to use voice controls with HomeKit, Hue with Bluetooth won't cut what you need a bridge for it.
Fortunately, for those starting with Hue with Bluetooth, upgrading is as simple as buying a Hue bridge. Then, Philips transfers the users to the default app and helps them connect their light to the bridge rather than connecting via Bluetooth.
The second limitation for Hue with Bluetooth is that at launch, the only bulb formats you can choose from are A19 or BR30 available today in white, white atmosphere and full color for $ 15, $ 30 and $ 50, respectively. Down the line, Philips says it plans to release more shade with Bluetooth lights, but at the moment there is no timing for it to happen.
Hue with Bluetooth bulbs costs the same as standard Hue light. So the real savings come from not having to buy a Hue bridge which has a retail price of $ 50-60 depending on where you buy. Now you can spend more money on actual light and see how you feel about smart lights without having to worry about how to connect everything.