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Very good value double pack hue lights. Note they are not ambient. They are only a warm white you can only adjust brightness, as well as auto on off and voice control through siri and alexa or bluetooth. Note the Bluetooth indicates they are latest model. Also note although siri and alexa work together just fine (I use siri, my partner prefers alexa) if you use Bluetooth function when you have a bridge it causes conflict so stick to either Bluetooth or bridge.
My use case for ‘white only’ : Large open plan room which has areas eg desk alcove, exercise machine corner, living room, dining table area, bookcase and reading area, tv and sofas area, games table area and so on. I believe downlights are pretty standard for open plan rooms so I will explain the advantage. This room has 3 light switches that covers 10 down lights. So eg if I want to read a book in my comfortable reading chair I only need one bright light but must turn on 4 lights, which may disturb someone else say playing a game or watching a movie with headphones in dim light. With these lights because you can create room, zones and name individual lights I can have the light I need at full brightness and the other 3 (for this switch) can be dim or off. I also bought a dimmer switch for the tv and sofas area set of lights which seems to get used a lot. Its worth taking the time to think about it and name your lights and zones in a logical manner.
I have other hue lights and accessories that are white ambiance (the range of white ambience colours is very good, eg I took a photo of a sunrise and use that scene to simulate firelight on the back verandah light) and colour (most of them) but these simple white lights solved the problem for me of always too much light or not enough in a multi living space. If I wanted colour I could always put colour bulbs in lamps around the room. Very happy and worth the wait for delivery from the UK.
I have had other brands of home smart lights, but none have worked as reliably with Alexa. They also have a good choice of light temperature adjustment in the Hue app. You lose most of this when you use Alexa. They give you only 4 or 5 settings. But if you really want to set the mood, you can switch to the Hue app and get thousands more temperature increments.
I purchased the GU10 lights for my external lights as an experiment, assessing if I was able to integrate into my smart home Philips Hue lighting system. I had 5 outdoor lights holding 2 globes each (10 globes in total). These GU10 Philips Hue smart GU10 globes have been brilliant. They fit perfectly into my out door light fixture and were the same size of the existing GU10 globes I replaced. They integrate seamlessly into my smart home Philips Hue app and were 1/3 of the cost if I purchased from Australian stock. I will look repeating for the outdoor lights out the back. Thanks.
Was a great addition to my existing Philips Hue devices. I setup bulbs in my Garage, Porch and Patio and can now remotely control them from anywhere using the Apple Home App. The garage bulb is set up to turn on at night when the garage door opens and I can turn them all off by telling Siri “Lights Out”.
These are great little units and do what they say on the box, they even worked inside my outdoor Alu light fittings. Great replacement for the unreliable halogen version, smart controlled to plus dimmable without the need for an expensive dimmer switch wired by an electrician.
I was put off ordering by reviews saying buyers had received two bulbs about 5/6w. I asked a question about this but due to lack of answers in the first couple of days I went ahead and ordered anyway on the basis that I could send them back if not as described. I received 2 bulbs each stamped 806 lumen, A60 9w, 80mA 2700k.
This is not the 10w claimed in the specification panel but these 9w bulbs are much brighter than the 11w bent tube eco bulbs they were replacing. The replaced bulbs were about 3/4 years old and I understand the older tube eco lights do deteriorate after time but I’ve always hated the miserable dull yellowish light they give off so replacing the bulbs was a priority when I bought the house a few weeks ago.
LUMENS I have read articles saying we should be judging eco bulbs on the lumens and not the wattage. But even then it’s not that simple as you have to look at “useful lumens”. Lumens are a measure of all the light a bulb emits including to the sides and on to the ceiling. The shape of this bulb probably increases the useful lumens by directing the light down and less to the sides and above. They seem better than the older shape. Regardless of technical complications these give an extremely good clear light to my rooms and I am more than happy with them. If you are replacing older bent tube 11w bulbs you are going to be very pleased with them. Further reading https://integral-led.com/education/what-are-lumens
I have a Hue hub and have not tried controlling them direct from Alexa.
COLOUR TEMPERATURE The 2700k is a measure on the kelvin scale of the warmth or coolness of the light emitted. You can find charts of various k ratings for light bulbs. Those older tube eco bulbs must have bern really low on the scale. I have always hated the miserable depressing yellow light they gave off. Perhaps they have improved over time but I still disliked the light of the ones in my new house which is only 3/4 years old. I have previously tried bulbs with bright white cornrow LEDs but the harsh blue light they gave was just as awful in the opposite direction. These bulbs seem a good compromise. I do prefer a clear white light in the kitchen and had LAP white spots in the kitchen of my last house. Replacing the kitchen lighting is my next task in my new house. In the past I did try bright white spots in the guest bathroom and guests really hated them. Horses for courses!