Philips Hue Generations Differences

Updated on April 13, 2018 in [Hardware for Philips hue]
1 on April 13, 2018

Hello guys,

I’m new to this and would like to know tech differences between the generations of Hue bulbs. Now there are many options. I can buy the old ones from ebay (if it makes sense), I can buy the current ones, or shall I wait for the new ones that are in the works?

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Very good question. Here you have all the key important differences:

—————————————- Gen 1 (October 29, 2012), model LCT001:

  • 600 Lumens at 4000K
  • Bad colors (greens and blues are almost impossible). Are using Gamut B to show the colors
  • lifetime: 15,000 hours (7 years based on 6 hours daily usage)
  • consumption: 8.5W
  • Efficiency: 70 lm/W (at 4000K)
  • weight: 117g (4.13oz)
  • top cover: glass

—————————————- Gen 2 (October 4, 2015), model LCT007:

  • 806 Lumens at 4000K (33% brighter)
  • Same bad colors as the Gen 1
  • faster network reaction (when controlling from smartphone/Siri/Alexa for instance)
  • lifetime: 25,000 hours (12 years based on 6 hours daily usage)
  • consumption: 9W
  • Efficiency: 90 lm/W (at 4000K)
  • weight: 117g (4.13oz)
  • top cover: glass

—————————————- Gen 3 (October 2, 2016), models LCT010, LCT014:

  • 800 Lumens at 4000K
  • Great colors – using Gamut C
  • Ability to dim to much lower values
  • again a little faster network reaction (when controlling from smartphone/Siri/Alexa for instance)
  • lifetime: 25,000 hours (12 years based on 6 hours daily usage)
  • consumption: 10W
  • Efficiency: 80 lm/W (at 4000K)
  • weight: 133g (4.69oz)
  • top cover: plastic

---------------------------------------- Gen 4 (December 5, 2017), model LCT015:

  • colors are more saturated
  • lifetime: 15,000 hours (7 years based on 6 hours daily usage)
  • consumption: 9.5W
  • Efficiency: 85 lm/W (at 4000K)
  • weight: 74g (2.61oz)
  • top cover: plastic

 

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Here are the differences in Red, Green, Blue and Purple colors:

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