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Product Review and Buyer's Guide: Philips Hue Color Smart light bulb

We’ve all thought about how we can redecorate a room. Sometimes it’s a new coat of paint; sometimes you just have to move the furniture. But what if all you needed were some new light bulbs?

The Philips Hue Color bulb is controlled through a hub called the “Bridge” and an app on your smartphone. Users can set the color of the lights to match their mood or relight the room based on the colors from a favorite photo. Favorite configurations can be saved and recalled in an instant.

There are 16,000,000 color options, according to Philips. With various third party apps, the lights can be set to sync with the movie you’re watching, help you fall asleep, even sync with video games.

The Philips Hue Color can actually help improve home comfort and security. The white light can be set in various color temperatures from as cool as a cloudy sky to warm as a Montana sunset. The light bulb also gradually increases in brightness to simulate a natural sunrise to ease you awake.

It can also be a deterrent. The Philips Hue app lets you set timers for individual rooms, so the lights can be on, even when no one’s home. You can manually control the lights from the app when you’re away from home, too.

The bulbs are a 60-watt equivalent and Philips estimates the bulbs will last 25,000 hours. The Bridge can accommodate for 50 bulbs at a time and sync with the Apple Home Kit allowing your bulbs to be voice controlled by Siri. The bridge is compatible with several Android devices as well. Philips sells a starter kit of three bulbs and a Bridge for about $200. Each additional bulb is $60.

This isn’t the cheapest smart bulb on the market, but it is a quality product. No other smart bulb syncs with media to provide a more immersive experience. The biggest knock against the Philips Hue Color is the control hub. Several other smart bulbs use Bluetooth technology coupled with an app for their control. But the bridge is what allows the bulbs to be controlled from anywhere and could effectively light the whole home.

If the Philips Hue Color is overkill for you, make sure you watch our buying guides and reviews.

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