Philips Hue Generations Differences

Updated on July 4, 2018 in [Hardware for Philips hue]
6 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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0 on April 13, 2018

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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2 on April 24, 2018

How can I assure that I am buying 4th gen bulbs.  Amazon and Best Buy are not real clear.

on April 24, 2018

Very good point. Had the same issue, that’s why I went to the brick and mortar store to make sure that the bottom of the screw has white color (instead of the black one)

on April 25, 2018

Thank you for your response!  I’m glad I went into the store.  Best Buy actually had a mix of 3 & 4th Gen A19 color.  The employee didn’t know there was a 4th gen and the white bottom was a helpful tip for him.

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1 on June 3, 2018

Hello, it seems 4th Gen has much shorter lifetime with 15,000 hours compare to 3rd Gen with 25,000 hours. Can someone please confirm and share what the reasons are?

on July 4, 2018

So Philips has something else to upgrade in the 5th gen.
(I think I gave ample time for an official response btw.)
🎶 Your Welcome 🎶

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