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Wannabe Geek

  # 804657 24-Apr-2013 07:36
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@Lennon I use Z-Wave, not Zigbee, seems to be more on the market and at a better price. Plenty of Au suppliers for Z-Wave stuff. Keep your orders under $300 each and you should avoid GST and duties too! Hue plays faultlessly with my Z-Wave MIOS SYSTEM (Vera3).

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  # 804706 24-Apr-2013 09:01
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Robjs, any specs on light output. Lumens or equivalent incandescent output rating?


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  # 805727 26-Apr-2013 08:57
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Looks like the NZ Apple store are going to sell these. 4-6 Week lead time however.

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  # 805735 26-Apr-2013 09:05
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ya.. I don't have to order new bulbs from the UK apple now..

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  # 809466 1-May-2013 13:06
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The Philips HUE Bulbs just arrived and all plugged in (Starter Kit with 3 Bulbs + Controller)

I also linked the 2* Living Colours Aura Lamps I have already with it as well so I have 5 Devices so far.

Overall they work really well. You can treat them like normal bulbs and use the light switch to turn them off/on (and they just go the standard white) or you can use a number of iPhone/Mac/Windows/Mobile 8 etc application to do all the colours/flashing/whatever you need to do. There is an API if you want to write your own application to control them. The Lights can be put in groups or you can change them individually

The best Application so far is Ambify which will change colours from playing music on the iPhone which works really well so you have your own night club in your home.

I expect to replace over time most of my bulbs in the house as it came with CFL's.

The Bulb (Single) and Starter Kit (3 Bulbs + Controller) are in the NZ Apple Store at the moment and are shipping in about 3-4 weeks I think.

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  # 809467 1-May-2013 13:08
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A lot of people are complaining that the bulbs are only 600 lumens....

How you finding them?

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  # 809473 1-May-2013 13:25
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As its only day time at the moment it is a little hard to tell yet until it gets dark.

In the lounge I have 9 light outlets and I replaced the 2 of them so far with the HUE and put one into a Large Lamp and I really cannot tell the difference in the brightness during the day with them.


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  # 816024 12-May-2013 00:06
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Easybulb/LimitlessLED/others are the same and there are quite a few differences between them and the HUE

Philips HUE
Not cheap
Rated at 15000 Hours
Each Bulbs can be individually controlled
Unlimited Groups
Much larger support basis including the people who actually made them
Larger range of manufactures written software to control them
API which is being improved all the time
8.5W Maximum
600 Lumens
Bulbs will act as repeaters so yo can have them a long way from the controller
More "hackable" - well more people have done a lot more
Control Software has been written for nearly every platform out there

Very Cheap
Rated at 25 Years..
OEMed to a number of people.
Every Bulbs has to do the same thing (unless you group them and then you can only have 4 groups). They suggest multiple HUBS (wireless interference??)
Small range of manufactures written software to control them
Support is the people who OEM them off a third party so
I don't think the API will change
3.6W when set to primary LED colours.. Not specified how much more when you do other colours
600 Lumens
Small number of Platforms Supported

BDFL - Memuneh
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  # 822299 20-May-2013 11:05
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Just received:

Philips introduces Hue

Today Philips marks a new era in home lighting in New Zealand with the launch of Philips Hue, the world’s smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system that can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet.

Philips Hue can be set up in minutes. The intuitive app allows you to remotely control and personalise your home lighting experience with custom settings, and to programme timers.

David Procter of Philips Lighting New Zealand says, “The intuitive Hue application introduces a completely new way of interacting with and experiencing light. In the way phones, media and entertainment have been revolutionised by digital technology, now we can also personalise light and enjoy limitless applications”.

With its high quality energy-saving LED light, Philips Hue allows you to tune shades of white light or create any colour. In addition, Philips Hue can: 
  • Save your favourite light scenes for each room or time of day and recall them in an instant
  • Use any photo on your phone as a colour palette to paint your room with light and bring your memories back to life
  • Tune white light from warm candlelight to vibrant, cool white light
  • Create ambience or complement your decor with the colours of the rainbow
  • Control and monitor your lights remotely when not at home for security and peace of mind
  • Set timers to help manage your daily routine
  • Let light wake you up refreshed or help your loved ones fall asleep.
“Philips continues to be the global leader in LED technology, providing innovative and unique solutions for home lighting. Hue takes it one step further by providing great energy-efficient LED light quality that is integrated with the latest technology, helping to make our lives that little bit easier,” says Mr Procter.

Philips Hue is now available for purchase online via the Apple Store ( for RRP NZ$279. A starter pack includes three bulbs that simply screw into your existing lamps, and a bridge that you plug into your home Wi-Fi router. Simply download the Hueapp to start experiencing light in a completely new way.

Hue app version 1.1 – key features designed to intuitively enhance your lifestyle

Using the internet automating service IFTTT (If This Then That), Hue enables you to hook up to the internet via your smartphone or tablet and use your bulbs as indicators for weather, stocks, sports scores, emails, social media and more. They can be set to behave in any way you choose. For example, the bulbs can change colour if it’s going to rain and blink if you get an urgent email. They can also illuminate gradually as the sun sets, or flash in your sports team’s colours when they score.

The new ‘geofencing’ feature means your smartphone or tablet can detect when you or your family are approaching or leaving home and trigger Hue’s bulbs to turn on/off automatically, or change colour or light setting – all without having to even take your device out of your pocket.

The Philips Hue app also features expert LightRecipes, which arefour pre-programmed lighting settings based on research that Philips has done around the biological effects that lighting has on the body. These scenarios adjust the bulbs to the optimum shade and brightness of white light to help you relax, read, concentrate or energise.

The ‘recurring schedules’ feature means you can programme Hue to enhance your family’s daily routine and create settings for activities such as waking up, homework or bedtime – without the need to reset each day. If you go on holiday, the timer function can be set to turn lights on and off at random times while you’re away to give you peace of mind.

Limitless potential – the future of Hue

An intuitive and seamless system, Philips Hue is upgradeable and future-proof. The future includes possible extensions to Hue’s capabilities through new applications and integration with other products and services. Philips has opened up the Hue app to the developer community by creating an open source platform at for developers to explore the app and unleash even more possibilities for enhancing life with light.

Since Philips published Hue’s open APIs and software developers’ kit on 11 March, over thirty new apps have already hit the market. Some of these allow Hue’s smart bulbs to coordinate with music and album art, visualise your heart rate for home workouts, assist in planetary study, respond to spoken commands, and synchronise with television screens for an ambient, immersive viewing experience.

Philips Hue uses the open ZigBee Light Link standard so that it can be integrated with other ZigBee certified systems. This means Hue bulbs can not only communicate with each other, they also have the potential for communicating with other ZigBee-based devices such as motion sensors and home thermostats, while offering a broad signal range and using significantly less stand-by power than traditional Wi-Fi systems.

Anyone can share light scenes or get inspired on the  community site. Additional apps developed for Hue are available through app stores or Further innovations such as new Hue bulb types are also due to be announced later this year.

More details:

Individual packs:
  • 1 Hue light bulb of 600 lumen
  • Note: the individual Hue bulb is an extension of the Hue introduction pack; you need the Hue introduction pack and its Hue bridge to operate this individual Hue bulb.
  • You can connect 50 Hue individual bulbs to the Hue bridge
  • RRP NZ$79.95
Introduction packs:
  • 3 Hue light bulbs of 600 lumen (40Watt equivalent)
  • Each Hue light bulb covers all shades of white, from warm white light to cold with light, and a wide variety of colour. Each Hue light bulb uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb
  • A Hue bridge to easily set up your lighting network
  • A power supply for the Hue bridge
  • A LAN cable to connect the Hue bridge to your router
  • A download instruction for the app
  • Note: the Hue introduction pack can be enlarged with up to 50 individual Hue bulbs
  • RRP NZ$279.00

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  # 822305 20-May-2013 11:14
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At the moment they are not shipping in NZ as of yet but you can order them.

I already have a number of HUE Bulbs and some Philips Living Color Lamps (which work with them) and waiting on some more bulbs.

At the moment the date for delivery is between 06/06/2013 and 21/06/2013 for the new bulbs.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 822373 20-May-2013 12:45
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I just received my starter pack from the NZ online Apple Store! The Apple store now states "Available to shipWithin 24 hours" for the starter pack and "6-8 Business Days" for the single bulbs.

I'll plug them in tonight and have a play ;)

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  # 822393 20-May-2013 13:22
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Strange.. If you need any help let me know.. I know a lot of about them now

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Master Geek

  # 822650 20-May-2013 20:30
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Can you get these in B22 bayonet?


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  # 822657 20-May-2013 20:42
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They are screw in only.. You can always get something like the below if people want:

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Wannabe Geek

  # 822720 20-May-2013 22:28
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Wow, they are actually more awesome than I thought they'd be. So incredibly easy to set up, amazing range of colours and it all integrated very effortlessly with my VeraLite home automation system too.

The only problem is... now I might have to go and spend the exorbitant amount of money to buy some more bulbs!

I've now got a z-wave motion sensor at the front door that triggers a scene to flash all the bulbs (to let you know someone is there) and then turn them to a weird blue colour down the hallway... just because I can. And it only took about 10mins to set it all up.

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