Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack
This smart LED light bulb set costs an eye-opening $199, but Philips Hue bulbs are remarkably customizable. Not only can they display the full range of standard light bulb color temperatures, but through the Hue mobile app, you get another 16.5 million colors to choose from, as well as all kinds of programmable functions. Among other behaviors, you can set the lights to go off on a timer, or on your GPS-based proximity. You don't need to spend this much for an LED bulb, but Philips' Hue line is easily the most fully-featured one.
The good: Philips' Hue Connected Bulb lets you change the color of your lightbulbs and control them from your phones. It's easy to use, and -- most importantly -- nails the basics.
The bad: Three-bulbs-and-a-hub is expensive at $199, the novelty factor will wear off for many users quickly, and Android users apparently come in second on Philips' app development priority list.
The bottom line: You might not have an obvious need for an Internet-connected, color-changing light bulb, but the Philips Hue Connected Bulb kit offers enough potential to justify its high price tag.
October 31, 2013 2:37 PM PDT
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