Why Philips Hue suck

5 Reasons why the Philips Hue system sucks

Poor Color Selection

In an attempt to produce the best ‘whites’ on their color changing bulbs, the range of colors has been hugely limited. You can forget about getting anything close to Green and every other color will be pale and washed out.

Ease of use – App & Siri

Forced app updates are very common and it feels like every other day there’s another forced update when you open the app which you then have to wait for it to complete before you can finally take control of your lights.

You often have to tell Siri the same command 3-4 times before it manages to successfully talk to the Hue bridge and complete your command.

Long term reliability – Stress testing

To stress test the Philips Hue bulbs, I left one turned on for 3 weeks. By the end of the test, the bulb developed a fault where it operates for around 30 seconds before it starts randomly flashing on and off by itself.


An obvious one, the Philips Hue bulbs and LED strips are hugely overpriced. Even when compared to other offerings from respected brands like GE.

One thought on “Why Philips Hue suck

  • May 4, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I can only say that I’m perfectly happy with mine. I bought 13 bulbs (white and colour GU10) and the system including the Android app works as advertised.

    Initial pairing and setup was effortless and fun.

    I don’t keep my bulbs on for 3 weeks and I’m happy with the colours (16 million colours). I don’t think they look washed out, but then again, I got nothing to compare with.

    I replaced existing halogen bulb with these ones and in comparison the Philips Hue produce a much smoother and uniform light, so I’m pretty happy.

    I agree with you on the price though. They are ridiculously expensive.


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