Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit UK/EU (E27) V3 @ BT Shop £119.99 Delivered
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit UK/EU (E27) V3 @ BT Shop £119.99 Delivered

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Found 11th Sep 2017
Good price for this kit.

Less than 10 in stock, free delivery.

Anyone have any experiences with Hue Lighting?
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Yes, I'm experiencing a reduction in funds. Heat.
In before the muppets here downvote because a new one *might* be released in an undetermined time scale.
The v3 are excellent, very bright, accurate colours. Can't see how much of an improvement the next gen might be.
Does Hue or any other company sell a golf ball type E27 bulb that can be controlled by Alexa?
Edited by: "1616french" 11th Sep 2017
1616french20 m ago

Does Hue or any other company sell a golf ball type E27 bulb that can be …Does Hue or any other company sell a golf ball type E27 bulb that can be controlled by Alexa?


Have a look at IKEA Tradfri. They do what looks like a golf ball, but it's E14 so will need an adapter.
Coloured bulbs are appealing but I find i use them very little in reality, I have them in my living room in lamps and lights and in the games room again in both... the living room would of been better with just ambient lights, and the games room I might dim them to blue for watching movies or action games but otherwise again ambience is the best solution..

The colours are better if you are gogin to use alot of IFTTT integration using the colours as visual alerts examples turning blue when temps drop or red if they go high.. but really they are a bit of a novelty..

I find that ambience lights are great for the main rooms of your house, Living rooms, Dining rooms etc.. then for the rest of the house the Hue Whites are perfectly fine.
Waldolf2 h, 13 m ago

Have a look at IKEA Tradfri. They do what looks like a golf ball, but it's …Have a look at IKEA Tradfri. They do what looks like a golf ball, but it's E14 so will need an adapter.

Is it compatible with Alexa?
1616french14 m ago

Is it compatible with Alexa?


Yes, IKEA recently updated their bulbs to be compatible with Hue, Alexa, Google and Siri.

You need to have the latest firmware update which is 1.2.217. Current stock in IKEA may therefore need updating, so you'll need the Tradfri hub to do that. In a few months, bulbs should come with the latest firmware.
Good price, and there hasn't been a lot of Hue deals recently, hopefully a few more come black Friday.

Love my current hue set up. Comes into its own with Alexa and I've also got some of my hue bulbs synced up to my philips ambilight TV
How do these compare with the Xiaomi Yeelights that are going for about £7?
Tuscan91516 m ago

How do these compare with the Xiaomi Yeelights that are going for about £7?


The £7 is white only, but the colour is only £15 is a good deal compared to the hue. Depends what you want from it, the hue are the only ones to connect to philips ambilight TVs, limited market I know but thats my set up.
There is no central hub with the xiaomi which sounds like a good thing (one less thing plugged into the house) but because of that there is no Zigbee compatibility and they are not compatible with Apple Home Kit.
I maybe wrong but I don't think there are any physical accessories available for the Yeelight range either like motion sensors, physical switches like the dimmer switch etc.
Of course if you don't need any of those then the yeelights are a fantastic price for what they do.
shakerstevens13 m ago

The £7 is white only, but the colour is only £15 is a good deal compared t …The £7 is white only, but the colour is only £15 is a good deal compared to the hue. Depends what you want from it, the hue are the only ones to connect to philips ambilight TVs, limited market I know but thats my set up. There is no central hub with the xiaomi which sounds like a good thing (one less thing plugged into the house) but because of that there is no Zigbee compatibility and they are not compatible with Apple Home Kit.I maybe wrong but I don't think there are any physical accessories available for the Yeelight range either like motion sensors, physical switches like the dimmer switch etc.Of course if you don't need any of those then the yeelights are a fantastic price for what they do.



no they are not. coloured xiomi lights are going for under £7. ive bought a few at that price. I love the xioami lights. mainly because no extra hub required. just plug in the lights, register them on the app and go.
Just wish I had any light fittings these would fit!
EN1GMA1 h, 50 m ago

no they are not. coloured xiomi lights are going for under £7. ive bought …no they are not. coloured xiomi lights are going for under £7. ive bought a few at that price. I love the xioami lights. mainly because no extra hub required. just plug in the lights, register them on the app and go.


I might give them a try then, have you got a link please?
uktottys14 m ago

Just wish I had any light fittings these would fit!


You can get converters that change the fitting type from amazon or eBay for a couple of pounds. I've got a couple of hue ambient white bulbs using them with no problem.
shakerstevens1 h, 40 m ago

I might give them a try then, have you got a link please?

They have been popping up on the site literally every day for the last few days. Codes go pretty quick. I was skeptical too but bought 1 to try and now think they are awesome.
Waldolf11th Sep

Yes, IKEA recently updated their bulbs to be compatible with Hue, Alexa, …Yes, IKEA recently updated their bulbs to be compatible with Hue, Alexa, Google and Siri.You need to have the latest firmware update which is 1.2.217. Current stock in IKEA may therefore need updating, so you'll need the Tradfri hub to do that. In a few months, bulbs should come with the latest firmware.


True that they have updated the firmware on their bulbs but they do not work with any of the smart home 'assistants' yet. The firmware update was a prep for functionality to be switched on later this year.

Just saying, in case OP goes to ikea today and thinks it's faulty when Alexa doesn't work with tradfri!
redduck1 h, 9 m ago

True that they have updated the firmware on their bulbs but they do not …True that they have updated the firmware on their bulbs but they do not work with any of the smart home 'assistants' yet. The firmware update was a prep for functionality to be switched on later this year.Just saying, in case OP goes to ikea today and thinks it's faulty when Alexa doesn't work with tradfri!


Yes, for a Tradfri bulb to work directly with Alexa it will need the Tradfri hub, and that update is due in October. IKEA updated the bulbs which do now work with Hue, but did not update their hub. IKEA's press release was confusing and they subsequently withdrew/clarified it.

Sorry for the confusion.
Waldolf16th Sep

Yes, for a Tradfri bulb to work directly with Alexa it will need the …Yes, for a Tradfri bulb to work directly with Alexa it will need the Tradfri hub, and that update is due in October. IKEA updated the bulbs which do now work with Hue, but did not update their hub. IKEA's press release was confusing and they subsequently withdrew/clarified it.Sorry for the confusion.


Question for you, if the Tradfri bulbs work with Philips Hue today, does that mean I can use Google Home with them already (assuming that Google Home just thinks Tradfri bulbs are just Hue bulbs)?

Thanks in advance!
Edited by: "redduck" 17th Sep 2017
redduck5 h, 18 m ago

Question for you, if the Tradfri bulbs work with Philips Hue today, does …Question for you, if the Tradfri bulbs work with Philips Hue today, does that mean I can use Google Home with them already (assuming that Google Home just thinks Tradfri bulbs are just Hue bulbs)?Thanks in advance!


Tradfri bulbs have now been updated to the same ZigBee standard as Hue bulbs (ZLL), so that sounds like anything that connects to or sees bulbs via that same standard should connect to the Tradfri bulbs - ie see a Tradfri bulb just as a Hue bulb. But I don't use Google Home, so best to do a bit of research to be sure. Can't you ask Google Home? Lol.
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finnil15th Sep

You can get converters that change the fitting type from amazon or eBay …You can get converters that change the fitting type from amazon or eBay for a couple of pounds. I've got a couple of hue ambient white bulbs using them with no problem.


Sunken GU10 ceiling bulbs would look rather weird with converters and bayonet lamps hanging out of them
uktottys3 h, 12 m ago

S Sunken GU10 ceiling bulbs would look rather weird with converters and …S Sunken GU10 ceiling bulbs would look rather weird with converters and bayonet lamps hanging out of them


Agreed. Though some folks would be looking to use these with bayonet type fittings.
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