In Brazil, when we talk about smart lamps, we immediately think of two brands, Philips and Positivo. Both work with the product, deliver the same features, but the prices are very different. The current generation of Philips Hue now it has more autonomy, can work with both Zigbee and Bluetooth, in addition to offering 16 million colors and easy installation.
But is it still worth betting on this model? Is it worth paying R $ 350? Better to go from Positivo or Xiaomi? I tested Philips Hue in the past few days and share the entire experience of use in the next few minutes.
Philips Hue Smart Lamp review on video
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Installation and configuration
Before, it is worth mentioning that Philips has a complete portfolio of intelligent lighting with dimmer switch, motion sensor, in addition to LED strip and even a lighting kit of almost R $ 1,000. But, for this review, we will focus only on the performance of the conventional smart lamp.
O Tecnoblog has received the 9-watt colored LED lamp for socket E27, so it should suit most users and can be easily installed in lamps, lamps, as well as in rooms, bedrooms and other rooms by the traditional method on the ceiling.
If you only buy the lamp, know that installing via Bluetooth is very simple. First, I installed Philips Hue Bluetooth on my phone; this is another app other than the regular Philips Hue that should also appear for you. Then, I followed the configuration step by step and in a few minutes the integration is already done.
During this process, you can advance a step and already synchronize the lamp with personal assistants. We also showed in the 4th generation Echo review how this lamp can be easily configured and controlled on the Amazon device. This is because they both work with Zigbee, which makes communication between them even easier.
Usage experience (positive and negative points)
This Philips smart lamp displays 16 million colors and can achieve various levels of white, ranging from 2,000 to 6,500 K, and a luminous flux of 800 lumens. For comparison, its main competitor here in Brazil, Positivo’s Smart Lamp, registers 806 lumens, so they are very close. The company still promises 25 thousand hours of useful life.
The white levels available on the Philips model can be activated and adjusted according to the environment. In a small room, where I tested it, the product proved to be efficient, but I, in particular, missed a slightly stronger white. When activating the “energize” mode, in the app, this color served me better, despite abusing the blue a little.
For a large living room, the cold intensities available should not be enough to illuminate the entire room and you will need to purchase at least one more lamp. This same observation applies to other larger rooms, so it is worth considering these limitations first.
With regard to color, right away Philips Hue was better than the competition. The big problem with Positivo’s product are the colorful options, which are weak and end up leaving the environment dark, even those smaller spaces. With Philips, the experience differed: most colors managed to leave my office well lit, but the situation was different with orange, yellow, water green and, in particular, blue, which made the space very dark.
The application is a highlight because of the very intuitive interface. It already has pre-defined modes such as night light, light to relax, concentrate and there are also colorful options for different moments. For better usability, I believe that the disc with the color palette could be fixed on the home screen, but that’s just a detail.
What I like most about Philips Hue is its support for personal assistants, so through Google Assistant or Alexa, the user can ask to turn the light on or off, as well as change colors by voice command, without the need to use the official Philips app. And, as I showed earlier, this procedure becomes more practical with the new Amazon Echo.
The controls through the app work instantly and there was no instability during my tests. Still in automation, the lamp has other important differentials: it is possible to leave the device in sync with your alarm clock so that the light turns on slowly while you wake up, or to turn off slowly at bedtime. A timer option is also available, being feasible to program for the light to turn on and indicate a termination, for example.
Unfortunately, Philips Hue remains expensive and, as a result, it is impossible to recommend this product to all Brazilian consumers. This is even more evident when we compare it with conventional lamps that can be found for around R $ 20 or even less. So who does it make sense to? This smart lamp is more recommended for customers who bet on the Philips lighting system and who are already familiar with the brand’s ecosystem through other items.
The company is right to improve this generation that has become more independent thanks to Bluetooth, which manages to eliminate the hub and possible additional costs.
Regarding the Positivo model, I highlight two points from Hue: 1) Philips excels with a good application, easy to navigate and integration; 2) the colorful options can really light medium and small environments well. For a large room, the complete kit with more lamps should suit better, especially to activate colder colors.
If you have never ventured into this world of intelligent lighting, do not want to spend a fortune on it and think about just having fun, the Positivo lamp remains the best option in this case. But I hope that Philips will be able to make your device cheaper as soon as possible, because, for now, it is difficult to recommend.