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Promoted 05-13-2016 by Randy71 at 11:43 AM View Original Post
BuyDig via eBay has Philips Hue Bloom Wireless LED Bulb (259515) for $44.99. Shipping is free. Thanks sxw88

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This will require an existing Phillips Hue Bridge to function

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Edited May 13, 2016 at 09:38 AM by annie930ny
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It's something like 110 or 120 lumens? The Bloom is more of an accent lamp. It's more to highlight something or add a splash of color. I have one and added it behind the TV to have a color match my movie.

I've gone hook line and sinker into the Hue system and I love it. Beware, even with slickdeals, it's expensive. I have a few of the full color bulbs and a few of the white only. I have first and second gen Hue bulbs - there is literally no difference in brightness even though one is 600 vs. 800 lumens. So, if you find a deal on the original bulbs I'd jump on it. The original bridge is fine too, unless you desperately need Apple stuff. Everything works with my Alexa quite well and I've added a GE smart bulb too. It has issues saying it isn't connected but it always works with hue and the scenes.

If you want more of an actual lamp that has usable light, the Iris lamp is a much better deal. I got a couple on a smoking sale at Home Depot recently and they are bright enough on white to actually read with or do light stuff. I'd say equal to a 40w bulb? It's more directional so it seems brighter vs. a standard bulb - hard to fully compare.

I mentioned the uses of the Bloom above as more accent lighting. It's super small too (smaller than I thought reading the dimensions even). The Iris can also be used as an accent - of my two one is a table lamp in the office and the other an accent in the living room in the corner by the couch.

My living room and dining room and family room all have the full color hue bulbs. They are fun and I love setting some funky colors at a low light for a party. If you put any of these, except the bloom, at full brightness in a color it can quickly turn your home into a disco or club scene. I use the color at most < 50% brightness. Alexa is good about turning the brightness ranges on the bulbs.

In my bedroom and office I use the regular white bulbs. They are plenty bright and the dimming is beyond useful for getting ready for bed, having to watch a move on the tablet when the kid is taking over the house, and 'setting the mood'.

The scenes idea and use is good and works well. You do have to plan it out better and some people dislike that. Alexa setting the groups is actually better and as I said, she turns on individual bulbs, scenes, and also dims very well. Alexa cannot, at least that I know, change the colors. That must be done on the app itself.

I don't own the light strips so I don't know about those - I don't have anywhere I would want to add them and honestly, I'd save money and just get a bloom most likely to 'splash' color. I know the new light strips are much brighter, so they have that advantage over the Bloom if you need full light. And the bloom looks good enough to display, in my mind. The iris... is cool but funky and doesn't match much. Hence why one is hidden next to the couch on the floor and the other in my back office.

There is one other product, the portable light - the Go? I don't remember. It's expensive and the light is only long enough on battery for a party, you won't use it all night camping or anything. Also, it can be plugged in and it's more like the iris as the whole thing lights up. They look cool, but I dunno given the prices and the fact I have a couple hue lamps already.

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I actually wrote that and forgot to talk about the deal. This is a decent price, I want to say I got my bloom for $50 - and the prices recently seem to have gone up to $60. So, if that is the new permanent price, this is a great deal, otherwise you do save a few bucks. Home Depot a couple weeks ago had a serious sale on the Iris lamps and some reported other hue products at their specific home depots.

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jumped in, thanks TU
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Does this require the phillips hub?
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Does this require the phillips hub?
yes, you can get a gen1 hub (no siri) for $10-20 on ebay
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yes, you can get a gen1 hub (no siri) for $10-20 on ebay
May I know how to use with hub? Any known security issues(wifi) with this device? Is any bright white color available?
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I wondering if this is a sign of new products being released.
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These can also be controlled by SmartThings hub and by Alexa without needing any Philips hub. I just did that. Also, Home Depot has the older version of the Hue light on clearance for $25 (the one with the clear housing) and it works great.

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yes, you can get a gen1 hub (no siri) for $10-20 on ebay
No, the Philips hub is not required. if you have a Smartthings hub (and perhaps some others supporting zigbee etc.) then you are good to go.
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These can also be controlled by SmartThings hub and by Alexa without needing any Philips hub. I just did that. Also, Home Depot has the older version of the Hue light on clearance for $25 (the one with the clear housing) and it works great.
That $25 price is extreme YMMV.
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These can also be controlled by SmartThings hub and by Alexa without needing any Philips hub. I just did that. Also, Home Depot has the older version of the Hue light on clearance for $25 (the one with the clear housing) and it works great.


No, the Philips hub is not required. if you have a Smartthings hub (and perhaps some others supporting zigbee etc.) then you are good to go.
sorry just to clarify is it that you need smartthings hub and alexa if you don't want to buy the hub? Or can I just use alexa to control these bulbs?
And is that true for both generations?
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These can also be controlled by SmartThings hub and by Alexa without needing any Philips hub.
I take that to mean, it will work with Alexa (Echo) through a hub, but it still needs a hub. Correct me if I'm wrong Smilie
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I take that to mean, it will work with Alexa (Echo) through a hub, but it still needs a hub. Correct me if I'm wrong Smilie
these bulbs need *A* hub that is ZigBee compatible, so either the Hue Hub, or another one like SmartThings, even with Alexa
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In for two. Tax and other factors kept me from biting on these previously, even at lower listed prices, but between the good price and some stockpiled eBay gift cards, I couldn't resist. TU and repped.
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In for one.
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what is the lumen output? worth it to add to my 6 color hues?
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