I’m considering buying the new Philips hue bulbs 2nd generation. Are they worth it though?
I have 10 bulbs, and use them in the bedroom, living room and playroom. I love them. I realized I can’t live without the multi-color spectrum any more. That was a big realization which was surprising to me.
Sorry I just realized this was about the 2nd generation bulbs. I have the first gen. so would be interested to hear more about the 2nd gen. as well.
It’s not that bad, but you have to select one of the brighter scenes from variety of apps. It’s not as bright as a conventional light bulb, but it is getting better since the 2nd gen. Second generation of Philips hue bulbs are much better at this since they offer 800lumens instead of the first generation that offered only 600lumens which was really not enough for occasions when you need bright settings.
We have 12 bulbs of both fitting types, a Bloom and two Taps in our living area. I’m a big fan of them, but most of the time just use the different white temperatures and brightnesses rather than colours. The Taps are great as it saves you fishing out a phone or tablet to turn the lights on or off. I wouldn’t bother with a Bloom again as it doesn’t do white light.
It is good (if geeky) fun to play with them with music or make them into strobe lights.
The Hue app itself isn’t great but there are some good alternatives for Android and iOS.
PS: As for the 2nd generation, there isn’t much difference btw the 1st gen and 2nd gen, only homekit and an increase in lumens. 2nd gen=800lumens, 1st gen=600lumens
Btw, if someone is thinking about investing into 2nd generation, go for it but not before you get the hue tap – it’s a great little device that is not even run by batteries. I just luuuve the tap. It’s a must before expanding your hue products in your home. Much more worth than the 2nd gen. in my opinion.
I have three for nightstands in my main bedroom so my wife and I can control our own reading lighting and one on my desk lamp which is great for various projects I’m working on. I also have a dual 21″ monitor so I have one set up behind each monitor and set it to blue, white or red depending on my mood. If I’m gaming it’s one color, if I’m writing/coding it’s another color, if I’m editing, it’s another color depending on how I’m feeling. I find it really comforting.