Philips Hue 3rd Generation richer colors, are the newest kids on the block when it comes to smart LED bulbs. As a company Philips are the market leader when it comes to smart connected LED light bulbs. They have a proven track record with bulbs that last 25000 hours. The Hue has made wireless lighting a real possibility to the everyday DIY handyman or woman.
Hue makes the Intelligent home a reality. Combine it with a Google Home and you have really Smart Homes.
Philips Hue Light Bulbs 3rd Generation
Starting off with smart lighting can transform any house internal space ambience. Philips make a number of smart lighting systems for your home automation they include:
- White and Color Ambience A19 Starter Kit, Philips Hue 3rd Generation Richer Colors 464479
- Hue Philips White Ambiance Single A19 Bulb 461020
- Philips Hue White A19 Light Bulbs 468058
- Philips Hue Bloom – check out our review
- Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, 2nd Generation and extensions. Great for Stair Lighting
- Philips Hue Lightstrip 1st Generation – See our 5050 light strip hack modification project here.
- Philips Hue Go Light, – Is one of my favourite portable LED lights, check out our review.
- Philips Hue 65W Equivalent BR30 Single LED Light Bulb 432690
- Philips Friends of Hue Personal Wireless Lighting Iris 259960
- As well as Philips 458158 Hue Dimmer switches and Hue Motion Sensors you can truly automate your house lighting.
They all work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice controlled Automation
Hue Lux Lumens
Lumens measure the brightness of a light source and provide accurate description of how much light a certain light bulb can produce. As LED bulbs become more energy-efficient, watts can drop but Lumens or Lux increases. This means you will get better light output vs cost to run your lighting.
In the old days a 60 watt incandescent light bulb would produce about 800 lumens. A compact fluorescent CFL bulb produces that same 800 lumens using about 15 watts. Now that same light can be made from a 10w LED globe.
The older Halogen Lamps were a real power thief. Replacing your lamps with LED will save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your globe and we proved this by monitoring our electricity usage with an efergy power monitor.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambience A19 Bulb
This is the famous bulb that most people have in their house. It cost a little more than the white LED bulb, but it can do 16 million colours and 50,000 shades of white light, from warm to cool white so that’s good hey? With 25000 hours run time its with you for life. Installs easily into your existing E26/A19/E27 light fittings
You better believe it. The Philips Hue 3rd Generation version of this bulb rocks. Colours are so much more vibrant than Gen 2.
The easy way to tell the difference between Philips Hue Gen 2 and Gen 3 is if you look at the top right hand logo on the packaging box there is a picture that says Richer Colors. That means it the newer Generation 3.
There is no easy way to check if you are buying the latest Philips Hue Gen 3 light globes apart from the Richer Colors in the top right hand side of packaging. Some web sites don’t update their site picture so its luck of the draw what globes they may send you.
|Lumens||800 lm (60 w equivalent)|
|Light temperature||2000 – 6500K|
|Hue Starter Kit Price|
Philips Hue 3rd Generation Starter Kit Wireless
The cheapest way to get into the Philips hue ecosystem is to buy the Philips hue starter kit. Because these usually come on sale every few months and especially during crazy Black Friday deals, you shouldn’t have to wait long to get a bargain. They still sell each version of the starter kit but if you can afford it go with the Philips Hue Gen 3 Starter Kit. The Hue seems more future proof and has way better colors than the previous Generations. Regular discounts on the Hue Starter kit means you can keep buying the starter kits and sell off the Bridge say on eBay to recoup some costs if you already have the new Hue Square bridge.
Philips hue downlights Australia
So where can you purchase hue lights in Australia?
There are a few brick and mortar stores here in Oz that now carry part of the hue range. These include, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Apple store. Although there was a lot of older stock. Gen 1 and 2
Hue lightstrip behind TV
The old and newer Philips hue light strip plus, are a perfect product for behind a TV, to do back-lit ambience.
Easy to install and setup within minutes. There are a few projects happening at the moment, that will integrate Plex and Netflix. Auto changing the TV light strip colors while watching a movie will soon be a feature I predict.
The possibilities are Limitless and with a wi-fi connected home your bridge becomes your hub to add new devices and lamps.
The lamps control wireless with a protocol called Zigbee, so anyone can install them its easy. The only wire needed is the Ethernet from your fabulous router to the Hue Bridge.
Philips Hue Colour Control
The easiest way to control the colors on your Philips hue bulbs is using the Android or Apple IOS apps. There are many free and paid versions. The one that stand out the best on android is Hue Pro.
You can then enjoy Painting with Light
Top 3 Philips Hue Android Apps
- Hue – Philips Lighting BV The Generic Philips Hue app. You need this to update you Hue Bridge and add Hue accessories.
- One Switch – Free in App purchases if required. Great to try out different colors etc
- Hue Pro – Prismatic LLC Paid Highly recommended, regularly updated with new features like can be used for scheduling events with alarms and timers, control your lights away from home, turn your room into a live lava lamp, music mode, wi-fi detection and animated presets.
Philips Hue Types A19, BR30, GU10, MR16
Depending on the type of bulb you need Hue has a range of products for you. Look for the Richer Colors logo to get the latest Gen 3 Hue Globes.
Philips 432690 Hue 65W Equivalent BR30
The Philips hue BR30 is a 7 watt flood lamp. It has 50 thousands shade of white, from warm to cold color temperatures. It can dim down to 1% using the Hue apps. It is rated at 15000 hours run time. 680 lm @ 4000K down to 440 lm @ 6500K
Philips Hue GU10 White and Color
This is your replacement down light for 240v halogens. Furthermore these Hue bulbs are 7cm long, standard LED GU10 are 5cm long, so make sure you have enough room in you lamp holder to install these.
They are rated at about 6 watts and will throw out about as much light as a 35 watt halogen.
Philips Hue MR16
This is the 12 volt equivalent of the GU10. The MR16 Hue is not released yet but I’m sure it’s an interesting product that maybe will be released soon. The market is huge for a 12 volt Hue
How to Install Philips Hue Lighting
First get your Philips Hue 3rd Generation Color Ambience A19 Startup Kit. Amazon is usually the cheapest most days, best buy and other brick and mortar stores will sometimes have excellent specials. As the Philips hue 3rd Generation is a premium product, not all stores will stock the Hue light bulb products.
Apple stores now finally carry the Gen 3 Philips Hue range, but you will pay for their excellent service.
Power Your Light Bulbs
Next work out if you need Bayonet Cap (BC) Bulbs or Edison screw (ES) if you only have access to say Edison Screw bulbs you can buy adaptors that will convert you Bayonet Cap fittings over. They should only be a few dollars and can be purchased from eBay or IKEA
First of all and most importantly turn off the light switch. Remove your old Incandescent or Fluorescent Light Bulbs and install your new Philips Hue Lights. If you have other Philips Hue lights, for example Philips Hue light strips, you only have to plug them in to a GPO outlet and power them up.
Install your 2.0 Philips Hue Bridge Hub
Plug in your Hue Bridge into a 240 or 110 volt power outlet, and also into your internet router with the supplied cat 6 Ethernet cable. Wait for the three lights to come on. Each light has a purpose, Power, Internet Communications good, and Network
You can connect up to 50 lamps to one bridge, and 12 Philips Hue accessories per bridge
Download the Philips Hue App
To set up your Philips Hue 3rd Generation lights you will need to download the fantastic new version 2 Philips Hue app either on Apple IOS or Android.
This can be done with either a phone or tablet. Connect to the bridge. Find your lights. They will be numbered.
Set up each light with a name and room location. You can group them so if there are 4 lights in the large Dinning room, all 4 will change colour, or turn off when commanded to do so.
Play around and see the Hue Ambience
There are many 3rd party Hue apps on the google play store and one of my favourites is the Hue Pro. This lets you set moods to match your decor or environment. Thinks disco or party mode for fun. Blue for chill, or cherry red for romance.
Whats new with the Philips Hue Bridge 2
The new square-shaped Hue bridge has a power consumption of around 3 Watt which is not much at all.
The new 2.0 square-shaped Hue bridge adds Apple HomeKit compatibility. It offers all the same features and compatibility with existing Hue lights like :
- Philips Hue taps – We open one up to find the magic.
- Hue wireless dimmer switches,
- Philips Hue apps for iOS and Android and all of the third-party Philips Hue apps.
- The square Hue bridge 2.0 is ready for updates as it has a lot more internal memory, and a more powerful processor than the round Hue bridge ver 1 as a result it is faster.
- You can upgrade to the new bridge by transferring all your data from the Old Hue Bridge to the New square one by pairing them together.
- Paint with Light globes
- Support for the new Hue Motion Sensor – see our detailed review here
- Sync lights with music and movies
- Light Schedules
- Remote Lighting from away from your house (makes it look like someone is home)
- Use timers, alarms, geofencing and soft security to achieve personalised lighting
- Zigbee Home technology
- Home automation ideas Paint with light