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aurastrife 69 14 September 23, 2016 at 12:37 PM in Tech & Electronics (3) More Bed Bath & Beyond Deals
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Hi all,

I was able to get the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Wireless Lighting System Starter Kit [bedbathandbeyond.com] for $143.99 + tax from BBB using the same basic method used for the Amazon Echo v2 deal posted a few days ago. The Hue Starter Systems appears to be on clearance at BBB.

Based on CamelCamelCamel, the lowest price $159.99 from Amazon on August 10th, and 138.88 from a 3rd party seller, making this deal somewhat comparable.

According to the 20% off coupon details, Philips Hue items are not eligible, but using the same procedure posted in that Amazon Echo post, you can get it to go through.

HOW TO GET APPLY 20% OFF COUPON FROM BED BATH AND BEYOND

1. Go to BBB [bedbathandbeyond.com] using User Agent switcher or some other add on to spoof mobile browsing. You should see an offer as attached.
2. Input your email and click submit
3. Add Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 to cart
4. Go to Checkout and enter your details in the "Shipping Address" section. Click "Apply and Continue". You could use a dummy phone number if you like since it is a required field.
5. You should now see 20% off coupon in "My Offers" as attached picture 2 shows. Once you click apply.

In California, I am charged $11.52 in tax so it waters down the deal. Hopefully others can still benefit.

Good luck!
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Why is this deal getting thumbs down? I've really been looking at Hue starter kit deals because i really want one. This one seemed cheapest.

Please advise.
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I wouldn't do this yet, as the new generation of White and Color Ambiance bulbs come out next month. If you're going to get a starter kit, get one with blooms, white ambiance, or white, unless you don't mind having poor blues/greens that won't match future bulbs you buy.
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I wouldn't do this yet, as the new generation of White and Color Ambiance bulbs come out next month. If you're going to get a starter kit, get one with blooms, white ambiance, or white, unless you don't mind having poor blues/greens that won't match future bulbs you buy.
Looking into getting one of the different hue sets. Thoughts on the color vs white as a gimmick or having utility? Also, what change comes with the new generation?
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Looking into getting one of the different hue sets. Thoughts on the color vs white as a gimmick or having utility? Also, what change comes with the new generation?
I've put a fairly significant amount of time/research into this system in the past month. I wish someone had been there to explain it to me, since it can be a bit confusing. There are 3 basic classes of light. I believe these are all 800 lumen bulbs (for gen 2, which are current) up from 600 for gen 1 (which I don't recommend since they're dimmer):

White and Color: Full-spectrum 16.9 million color LED bulbs. These are the most expensive ($49.99 almost everywhere), but also the most versatile. These come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White Ambiance: These are white temperature adjustable bulbs, ranging from very warm/red white to very cool/blue light. These are my favorite, since you can run warm, relaxing light the majority of the time, but you can bring up the blue/intensity of the white if desired. In other words, you can run them as "daylight" bulbs in the day, and as "soft white" at night. These are $29.99, and come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White: These are not adjustable in terms of color temperature, and you can buy them in either soft white or daylight (warm/red or cool/blue). They are dimmable, and are the cheapest at $14.99 each, and come in A19 standard light bulb format only.

On top of these, there are other products from hue:

Blooms: 16.9M color 125 lumen lamps. These are standalone bulbs+housings designed to sit near a wall to "paint" the wall with light. They're not good for lighting rooms, but great for accents.

Light strips: 16.9M color LED light strips, best for accenting under cabinets/furniture, behind TVs, etc. These suckers are expensive ($70ish for 6 feet), and can be linked together up to 33 feet in length. Supposedly, the more you link together, the dimmer they get, so be wary of that.

Iris: Another wall painting lamp, also expensive.

As for Gen 1 and Gen 2, the hubs are the same EXCEPT Gen 2 has support for Apple Homekit and Siri. If you don't use Apple devices, it doesn't matter. As for the bulbs, Gen 2 are 800 lumen instead of 600 lumen, so brighter. This makes a huge difference. I would not look at Gen 1 bulbs. The Gen 1 bridge does work with Gen 2 bulbs.

The last bit of advice I'd give is that the White and Color bulbs do not produce green/blue light very well or accurately. It's been a longtime complaint, and Philips is addressing it with the Gen 3 bulbs due to release in October. I am buying up White and White Ambiance bulbs as I find deals, but waiting for the White and Color until the Gen 3 bulbs come out next month.

The starter kit I bought came with 2 blooms, so I do plan to buy a couple White and Color bulbs. Having a full spectrum of color available is some amount of gimmicky, and I wouldn't advise it for kitchen/dining/bathrooms. For living rooms / bedrooms, it can be quite nice and thematic. My wife LOVES color, so she's enjoyed being able to accent the walls with color that goes with the decor or her current mood.

Also, these bulbs hold resale value extremely well. You could buy a White and Color bulb for $50, use it for a month, decide you don't care for it, and probably get $35-$40 for it on eBay.
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I've put a fairly significant amount of time/research into this system in the past month. I wish someone had been there to explain it to me, since it can be a bit confusing. There are 3 basic classes of light. I believe these are all 800 lumen bulbs (for gen 2, which are current) up from 600 for gen 1 (which I don't recommend since they're dimmer):

White and Color: Full-spectrum 16.9 million color LED bulbs. These are the most expensive ($49.99 almost everywhere), but also the most versatile. These come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White Ambiance: These are white temperature adjustable bulbs, ranging from very warm/red white to very cool/blue light. These are my favorite, since you can run warm, relaxing light the majority of the time, but you can bring up the blue/intensity of the white if desired. In other words, you can run them as "daylight" bulbs in the day, and as "soft white" at night. These are $29.99, and come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White: These are not adjustable in terms of color temperature, and you can buy them in either soft white or daylight (warm/red or cool/blue). They are dimmable, and are the cheapest at $14.99 each, and come in A19 standard light bulb format only.

On top of these, there are other products from hue:

Blooms: 16.9M color 125 lumen lamps. These are standalone bulbs+housings designed to sit near a wall to "paint" the wall with light. They're not good for lighting rooms, but great for accents.

Light strips: 16.9M color LED light strips, best for accenting under cabinets/furniture, behind TVs, etc. These suckers are expensive ($70ish for 6 feet), and can be linked together up to 33 feet in length. Supposedly, the more you link together, the dimmer they get, so be wary of that.

Iris: Another wall painting lamp, also expensive.

As for Gen 1 and Gen 2, the hubs are the same EXCEPT Gen 2 has support for Apple Homekit and Siri. If you don't use Apple devices, it doesn't matter. As for the bulbs, Gen 2 are 800 lumen instead of 600 lumen, so brighter. This makes a huge difference. I would not look at Gen 1 bulbs. The Gen 1 bridge does work with Gen 2 bulbs.

The last bit of advice I'd give is that the White and Color bulbs do not produce green/blue light very well or accurately. It's been a longtime complaint, and Philips is addressing it with the Gen 3 bulbs due to release in October. I am buying up White and White Ambiance bulbs as I find deals, but waiting for the White and Color until the Gen 3 bulbs come out next month.

The starter kit I bought came with 2 blooms, so I do plan to buy a couple White and Color bulbs. Having a full spectrum of color available is some amount of gimmicky, and I wouldn't advise it for kitchen/dining/bathrooms. For living rooms / bedrooms, it can be quite nice and thematic. My wife LOVES color, so she's enjoyed being able to accent the walls with color that goes with the decor or her current mood.

Also, these bulbs hold resale value extremely well. You could buy a White and Color bulb for $50, use it for a month, decide you don't care for it, and probably get $35-$40 for it on eBay.
Wow, excellent write up. I assume you can use the same gen 2 hub to control every light you listed? Thanks.
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Wow, excellent write up. I assume you can use the same gen 2 hub to control every light you listed? Thanks.
Yes, up to 50 bulbs per hub.

All bulbs and all hubs are backwards compatible, as well.
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Quote from aurastrife View Post :

Based on CamelCamelCamel, the lowest price $159.99 from Amazon on August 10th, and 138.88 from a 3rd party seller, making this deal somewhat comparable.

According to the 20% off coupon details, Philips Hue items are not eligible, but using the same procedure posted in that Amazon Echo post, you can get it to go through.
These were like ~$120 @ BBY during Prime Day and about a month ago it was $179 w/ $60 BBY GC. I was able to get it for $169 (after $10 Visa Checkout) with free $60 BBY GC. I'm sure it'll reach those prices again during the holidays.

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Yes, up to 50 bulbs per hub.

All bulbs and all hubs are backwards compatible, as well.
Thanks and repped!
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I wouldn't do this yet, as the new generation of White and Color Ambiance bulbs come out next month. If you're going to get a starter kit, get one with blooms, white ambiance, or white, unless you don't mind having poor blues/greens that won't match future bulbs you buy.
Haven't searched yet, but do you happen to known when next month?
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Haven't searched yet, but do you happen to known when next month?
I wish I knew. They simply said "October" in their press release, so I'm expecting Halloween but hoping for next week. It's killing me since I've been building out my Hue system but not buying any White and Color bulbs in anticipation of the new model.

I guess it's better than having dropped a hundred bucks into them only to find out they're improving them next month.
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I wish I knew. They simply said "October" in their press release, so I'm expecting Halloween but hoping for next week. It's killing me since I've been building out my Hue system but not buying any White and Color bulbs in anticipation of the new model.

I guess it's better than having dropped a hundred bucks into them only to find out they're improving them next month.
Thanks for the reply. I haven't started with a lighting system. I just have a few Belkin WeMo Switches which can have lights plugged into them.

Any idea on rumored new features/expected improvements? Also are just new bulbs coming and/or new hubs?

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Thanks for the reply. I haven't started with a lighting system. I just have a few Belkin WeMo Switches which can have lights plugged into them.

Any idea on rumored new features/expected improvements? Also are just new bulbs coming and/or new hubs?

Repped.
I believe the only 2 things coming in October are the gen 3 White and Color bulbs (with better blue/green light production) and the Hue motion sensor. No other new bulbs or hub changes AFAIK.
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I've put a fairly significant amount of time/research into this system in the past month. I wish someone had been there to explain it to me, since it can be a bit confusing. There are 3 basic classes of light. I believe these are all 800 lumen bulbs (for gen 2, which are current) up from 600 for gen 1 (which I don't recommend since they're dimmer):

White and Color: Full-spectrum 16.9 million color LED bulbs. These are the most expensive ($49.99 almost everywhere), but also the most versatile. These come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White Ambiance: These are white temperature adjustable bulbs, ranging from very warm/red white to very cool/blue light. These are my favorite, since you can run warm, relaxing light the majority of the time, but you can bring up the blue/intensity of the white if desired. In other words, you can run them as "daylight" bulbs in the day, and as "soft white" at night. These are $29.99, and come in A19 standard light bulb format as well as BR30 recessed/canned lighting format.

White: These are not adjustable in terms of color temperature, and you can buy them in either soft white or daylight (warm/red or cool/blue). They are dimmable, and are the cheapest at $14.99 each, and come in A19 standard light bulb format only.

On top of these, there are other products from hue:

Blooms: 16.9M color 125 lumen lamps. These are standalone bulbs+housings designed to sit near a wall to "paint" the wall with light. They're not good for lighting rooms, but great for accents.

Light strips: 16.9M color LED light strips, best for accenting under cabinets/furniture, behind TVs, etc. These suckers are expensive ($70ish for 6 feet), and can be linked together up to 33 feet in length. Supposedly, the more you link together, the dimmer they get, so be wary of that.

Iris: Another wall painting lamp, also expensive.

As for Gen 1 and Gen 2, the hubs are the same EXCEPT Gen 2 has support for Apple Homekit and Siri. If you don't use Apple devices, it doesn't matter. As for the bulbs, Gen 2 are 800 lumen instead of 600 lumen, so brighter. This makes a huge difference. I would not look at Gen 1 bulbs. The Gen 1 bridge does work with Gen 2 bulbs.

The last bit of advice I'd give is that the White and Color bulbs do not produce green/blue light very well or accurately. It's been a longtime complaint, and Philips is addressing it with the Gen 3 bulbs due to release in October. I am buying up White and White Ambiance bulbs as I find deals, but waiting for the White and Color until the Gen 3 bulbs come out next month.

The starter kit I bought came with 2 blooms, so I do plan to buy a couple White and Color bulbs. Having a full spectrum of color available is some amount of gimmicky, and I wouldn't advise it for kitchen/dining/bathrooms. For living rooms / bedrooms, it can be quite nice and thematic. My wife LOVES color, so she's enjoyed being able to accent the walls with color that goes with the decor or her current mood.

Also, these bulbs hold resale value extremely well. You could buy a White and Color bulb for $50, use it for a month, decide you don't care for it, and probably get $35-$40 for it on eBay.
Also, the Hue Dimmer switches for $25 are pretty cool. They mount to wall and look like like normal dimmer switches but are magnetically held onto wall plate so can also be used like a remote anywhere. You can assign any lights in your Hue system to be controlled by them, on/off/dim/up/down. Dimmers can have different bulbs or overlapping bulbs assigned to them. I keep one by my bed that controls all the outside lights in case I hear a noise at night.

Be aware that if the power goes out, when it comes back on all Hue bulbs default to ON at their brightest white setting. I have around 30 bulbs and LED strips in the house so the whole house lights up. At night when there's a brief glitch in the power it means it wakes me up and I need to wait a few minutes for the router/hub to reset before I can turn them off. I suppose I should put a backup battery on my router/hub to help with very brief power outages.

Your regular light switches that control the light fixtures the Hue bulbs are installed in need to be left in the ON position. If they are dimmers they should probably be changed back to plain on/off switches. Or at least have the dimmer turned all the up. Some of my dimmers are fine turned up full, some I needed to change since Hue bulbs would pulse. Bulbs can be controlled by switches but will just be OFF and ON to bright white.

I'm looking forward to the new bulbs and motion sensor.
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Also, the Hue Dimmer switches for $25 are pretty cool. They mount to wall and look like like normal dimmer switches but are magnetically held onto wall plate so can also be used like a remote anywhere. You can assign any lights in your Hue system to be controlled by them, on/off/dim/up/down. Dimmers can have different bulbs or overlapping bulbs assigned to them. I keep one by my bed that controls all the outside lights in case I hear a noise at night.
I just got my first dimmers yesterday and I'm pretty impressed. My wife is thrilled to have a dimmer in the bathroom now, since we get up at 5:45am and no one wants to get hit with a band of 4 60W-equivalent lights that early.

The remote dimmer for outside/FoH lights is brilliant. I've often thought remotely lighting the whole front of house from the safety of the bedroom with 911 in one hand and 9mm in the other was the best possible reaction to a home invasion.
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I believe the only 2 things coming in October are the gen 3 White and Color bulbs (with better blue/green light production) and the Hue motion sensor. No other new bulbs or hub changes AFAIK.
Thanks. So I could likely go ahead and start with a starter pack that includes a hub? Are the hubs with a color pack different than white just white?
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