The Philips bulbs are known as the best lighting bulbs that you can buy for your house. Philips Hue smart bulbs are now getting their biggest upgrade ever that is many bulbs will ship with built-in Bluetooth. It will allow the bulbs to be set up and used even if you don’t own the $60 hub that, until now, has been necessary to control them.
Adding Bluetooth to bulbs comes with some major benefits and have only very few drawbacks. The one main benefit is that every person who has a smartphone would be able to screw in one of these light bulbs and control it directly from their phone. Many other Smartphones have opted this approach using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and it has made a clear way for and better options for people who only want one or two smart lights, rather than a whole home full of them.
For starters, Philips is offering Bluetooth enabled Hue bulbs in three variants. There’s a standard white light for $14.99, a white “ambiance” light that lets you adjust its color temperature for $24.99 and a white and colored option for $49.99. As with standard Hue white lights, these will work with Alexa and Google Assistant. But if you are an Apple fan it won’t work with HomeKit unless you get a smart home hub.
There are a few drawbacks compared to the standard Philips Hue bulbs is that it has a much shorter connection range than the wireless system that Hue bulbs have previously used. Another thing is that they won’t be remotely connected to the internet. It means you’ll only be able to control them when your phone is in range of the bulbs, or about 30 feet away. In case, if you forget to turn off the light, you won’t be able to go into the app and flip it off from outside the house.
Most notably you can only set up 10 bulbs in total as compared to the hub in which you can attach 50. Also, you can’t group the light is different rooms which means you won’t be able to set up more complex routines. You can only control them if they are combined, making it best for a single room. The good news is that if you decide to upgrade to a full smart home hub setup later, these bulbs will work flexibly with all the grouping features Philips offers with its other bulbs.
On the whole, these Bluetooth light is a good step as now people start seeing how useful smart lights can be, just be aware of their limitations before giving them a shot. Furthermore, Price of Philips Hue smart bulbs will remain the same as they have been in the past. Signify says more Hue products incorporated with Bluetooth would release later this year or next year.