When Philips announced their Hue RGB light bulbs few years ago, I was intrigued by how it works but was taken aback by its novelty. A few years passed and Philips Hue made improvements to the entire ecosystem – the hardware and especially the app. Then we have a Philips Hue Starter Kit landed on our studio a few weeks ago. So, we took it for a spin.
Then, I was mesmerized. The Philips Hue ecosystem works fantastically well. Previously, we were only using pure white lights for our photography and now we realized that – hey, we do not need color filters and we can just change the colors with our smartphones.
They are really easy to install and set up too. Philips Hue light bulbs are using the conventional E27 mounts, and we just mounted it to IKEA’s iconic TERTIAL desk lamps.
It elevated and fueled our creativity on what we can do with just lights and colors. While it might sound like there is nothing special about it, but I was also a skeptic at first. My entire pre-conception about Philips Hue was shattered and now, I couldn’t think of any studio works without Philips Hue.
Check out our video review down below where we explain why and how the Philips Hue helped us throughout our studio work and in day-to-day workflow. Lights do play an important role in our mood and ultimately affects our work efficiency. With the ease of use of the Philips Hue app, I was blown away by what it can do.
Of course, the Philips Hue light bulbs are not tied to the Hue app alone. You can tie it u with other smart assistants as well – namely IFTTT, Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, and even Apple Home Kit.
Let’s not forget that the Philips Hue has an app for Windows too. With that, the light automatically changes according to what is shown on your screen. This works for both movies and games. Or, you can sync it with your music too.
If you have Razer peripherals with RGB lighting, then hook up your Hue lights with Razer Chroma. You sync all of them together and fully immerse yourself in the game.
However, it isn’t without its con. One single, biggest con – the price. As of now the Philips Hue Starter Kit that we have here – which comes with three Hue Color light bulbs and a single Bridge – is priced at RM899. Other add-ons like the Hue Light Strip is priced at RM129 for 1 meter and RM299 for 2 meters in length. There are more accessories and other types of lights coming soon to enhance the Hue experience even further – but the price is painful to look at.
Let’s wrap up by saying this – while I’m still not ready to make the shift for smart lights for my home, I literally cannot work without the Philips Hue as it already expanded my creative juices. It is a boon to just switch colors and brightness with one tap on my phone while operating the camera at the same time. No need for clunky color filters and I can try more than 16 million colors on each bulb much quicker.