Review: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Bulb (3rd Generation - 2016)

We put the latest generation of the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance smart LED bulb through its paces to see how Philips improved its dimming and color spectrum.

Has Hue caught up to LIFX in the "color war?" Watch our comparison video and find out!

Philips Hue, which originally debuted in 2012, now has a wide range of smart lighting products to make your home more beautiful through both tunable white light and millions of beautiful colors. But since the original product debuted, there have been some issues getting rich and saturated colors from the A19 and BR30 bulbs across the entire rainbow. See comparison images below with the original Hue bulb at left and the new 3rd-generation bulb at right. Note: Rich, saturated colors can often appear darker in photos than natively to the human eye.

Other than dimming and color improvements, the existing specs of the Philips Hue White & Color A19 bulb remain the same:

- 800 lumens @ 4000K (Bright White) (60W equivalent)
- 10 watts energy used
- Adjustable white light from 2000K-6500K (Warm to Cool)
- 16 million colors
- 22+ year expected life
- Home automation connectivity including Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT, HomeKit, Amazon Echo, Google Home and other platforms.

This new smart bulb is in high-demand, here are product links:

Amazon (single bulb) - (sold out)
Amazon (starter kit) - (available)

Best Buy (single bulb) - (starter kit)

Philips Hue products are also available in retail stores like Home Depot, Apple, Bed Bath & Beyond and others.