Philips Hue smart bulbs get a huge upgrade as the bulbs come equipped with Bluetooth built-in, which means you can set them up and use them without having to use a hub to control them.
It's a big step, as previous purchases in the Hue ecosystem required you to lose £ 50 on a Philips Hue hub, a winning-inducing price, if you want to try smart bulbs, but aren't quite sure whether they will be for you.
Hue is a bit behind this, as many other smart bulbs also use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to stay connected, but as Hue is probably the best in app integrations that sync with almost everything you can throw it , it's a great upgrade to the bulbs. I will go so far as to say that it was the best upgrade they have ever received.
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With these Bluetooth bulbs, everything you need to get started is a light fixture, a bulb and a smart phone. However, you lose a few features you get with the hub: These Bluetooth bulbs will have a much shorter connection distance and because there is no Hue hub, there is no way to remotely access them when you are out of reach which is a pain if you accidentally leave one while leaving the house.
However, all bulbs still pack Zigbee, which means you can buy a hub to upgrade your Bluetooth-enabled bulbs later if you find you want extra control.
The prices of the bulbs remain virtually the same. A1