- A "smart" lamp to take with you wherever you go
- A broad range of colors, shades, and settings to choose from
- Control it via your smartphone or the integrated buttons
If you lose the Philips charging cable, you're in trouble. It's only compatible with the proprietary cable. Plus, the lamp is a lot pricier than you'd expect.
This smart lamp is ideal for those who want to customize the lighting in their living room or bedroom. It connects to the Philips Hub for instant smart control, but it can be operated using the built-in buttons as well. With three hours of battery life per charge, low-power mode, wake-up mode, and a smart alarm feature, it's everything you need from a portable bedside lamp.
What systems does it connect to? The lamp is intended to connect to the Philips Hue Hub. However, it's also compatible with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Echo/Alexa.
How does it connect? The lamp is connected to the Hue Bridge and controlled via your smartphone. However, even if you don't have the bridge, the built-in buttons give you all the options you want.
What colors are available? This bulb is capable of "millions of colors and shades of white". It can even be synced to your smartphone or gaming system to put on a light show.
Lumens? Sadly, the little lamp only produces 300 lumens, so it's best to be used as a bedside lamp or to add a bit of lighting to a dark living room.
Watts or watts equivalent? The 6 watts you get with this bulb are great, perhaps easily on par with a traditional 60-watt bulb.
How long should a light bulb last? Like all the Philips Hue bulbs, you can expect about 15,000 hours from this lamp. Not the best on the market, but definitely more than the 2 years of operation covered by the warranty.
Cost for an individual bulb or fitting? At the price tag of $64 for a single lamp, this is definitely one of the pricier options on our list. However, it's the only smart bulb that can be used on its own, and it's the most portable option around.