I picked up my hue 4 bulb colour starter pack in the summer when they were on clearance at Walmart for 125. Then I picked up a bulb during the best buy free google home glitch, effectively getting the bulb and home mini for 42 plus tax (or around 20 each). During the Amazon RBC Avion promotion I picked up another 2 hue bulbs for $42 each minus the $10 promo ($32 each). I consider anything around $50 normal price now. If you wait you can get better deals.
Ive been debating purchasing one of these $30 lights to see how reliable they are. They are zigbee lights and connect through the hue app as a result and can be controlled like a normal hue light. Only thing is they won't work for entertainment groups in the hue app per my understanding.
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