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Philips Hue White 2-Bulb A19 Starter Kit (Gen 2, Refurbished) EXPIRED

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tech-rabbit via eBay.com has Philips Hue White 2-Bulb A19 Starter Kit (Gen 2, 455287, Refurbished) on sale for $39.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

Note, this is a manufacturer refurbished product and will arrive in a brown certified refurbished box.

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  • 2x Philips Hue White/Color Smart Light Bulbs (A19, 60W Equivalent)
  • Philips Hue Bridge (Gen 2)
  • Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
​You can use either the SmartThings hub or the Hue hub. Philips has a number of different bulbs, some are color and some white. Hue is known as the benchmark of smart bulbs.
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
You can use the Hue bulbs with other hubs, but with very limited operation. Alexa, for example, will turn on/off and dim Hue bulbs via an Echo Plus (counts as a Hub). I'm not sure, but would expect Smarthings/Google/etc to work similarly. However, Alexa will not call up "Scenes" or change the colors of my fancier Hue bulbs. For that, you need the Hue hub.
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
Philips makes their own hub that you need.
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
You need a Hue hub for these bulbs. You can then link your Hue hub to Smartthings.

These are white bulbs. There are white and color varieties that provide more colors but cost more.

I believe the newest generation of hue bulbs can work via bluetooth without a hub.
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
Yes you need to use the Philips hub which then communicates with Smart Things, Alexa, Google etc...

You are correct, Philips does sell color bulbs but they also sell white with adjustable temp and plain white (just dimmable) which is what this deal is for. Typically the hub runs $50 new by itself so this deal is like paying for the hub and you get two plain bulbs for "free". You can sometimes get the color bulbs for under $30ea
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I never really understood Philip Hue and hoping someone can answer;

1) "You can even pair them with an existing Nest or SmartThings system." Do you still need the Hue hub if you have SmartThings hub?

2) I thought the fame to Hue is that you can set your bulb to any color you want? I guess that's a diff bulb? Want to know whats the diff between this and say C by GE or other cheaper smart bulbs that do not require a dedicated hub?
1) Yes, you do. The hue hub connects the bulbs to the router, nothing more. I've heard of people bypassing the hub and connecting to smartthings using zigbee, but from what I understand it's complicated and limits the features of hue bulbs.

2) There are hue bulbs out there that have RGB functionality (and cost about $50 a pop). This is the standard bulb which is just dimmable white. The difference between this and C specifically is C are bluetooth which takes longer to operate and overall is a more clunky experience than these which operate with the bridge over the internet. While I've never used C, I do have a couple Bluetooth accessories in my house and they take on average 5-6 seconds to respond after I issue a command, longer with voice assistants, vs my internet devices which are almost instant. Also, if you're already in the hue ecosystem it makes sense to stay there, as you can control all your lights (including the RGB ones) with the single hue application.

Hope this helps.
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This seems like a better deal and new as well. Look like 4th gen bulbs based on the packaging and UPC - but I can't tell for certain,.

Philips Hue A19 White Wireless Starter Kit-White-Mint
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-...3973308405
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Not a bad deal if you need the hub..
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Old hub, and refurb. Since you can snag the bulbs for less than ten bucks new, this is a pretty crummy deal.
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is it just soft white or can it be changed to cool white via hue app?
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Old hub, and refurb. Since you can snag the bulbs for less than ten bucks new, this is a pretty crummy deal.
This is the current hub not the old Gen 1
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