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[Best Buy] Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit - $50 instant credit

Best Buy .ca giving $50 instant credit when purchasing this Philips Hue A19 Smart LED Light Bulb Starter Kit. I believe this is the second generation as the specs say 800 lumens. Not sure if this is a hot deal but everywhere else online seems to be selling at regular $179.99 price.
The kit includes 3x White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs and Hue bridge.
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whats the benefit of this ?
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Very tempted to grab these but just wondering if anyone here has used them? I was reading the reviews on the BB website and one of then makes these sound like a bit of a pain to actually control. Just wondering if that is still the case.

EDIT: Also, if I buy the cheaper "white" starter kit can I still but colour bulbs down the road and control them with that bridge or do you need a bridge that is specifically for colour?
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Yes it is the 2nd gen, you can tell from the packaging saying "works with Apple HomeKit", that's the biggest improvement they done to 2nd gen.

Also reply to ChicoQuente, you can definitely add colour bulb afterwards, the bridge is universal and it supports up to 50 bulbs.

But be careful, although they stated 800 lumens, I remember I read somewhere has reviewed it with highest brightness of 650~700 lumen. Also its brightness it depends on its colour and colour temperature, some are much dimmer.
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Thanks. Are there ever any good deals on the individual bulbs? 3 bulbs doesn't go far and I know I will want more
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ChicoQuente wrote: Thanks. Are there ever any good deals on the individual bulbs? 3 bulbs doesn't go far and I know I will want more
Actually I don't think Philips hue bulbs are any good. Please see my previous post (updated), they are so dim if you choose Hue White Ambiance or the colour ones. If you just want the Hue white (no changing temperature) they are over priced for a basically "remote controlled light".
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I myself have never seen the colour much lower then $49. Thats why if you are interested I would get this deal versus buying the non colour version. On sale 3 colour bulbs cost $150. The lowest I previosly saw this set was $179 so this deal is good in my mind. If you dont need different shades of non colour bulbs the standard bulbs are cheapest. The non colour that change temp are higher but below the colour bulbs. I like the system. Have 4 bulbs in my basement and and a hue iris.

As a note I have seen the white bulbs (no ambience) for 14.97 and this is comparable to Home Depot EcoSmart bulbs so I dont think the white is over priced. In the end this system has a higher of level of support from 3rd party developers and integrates with other systems. I can connect mine to my Samsung Smart Things Hub and control them with my Harmony Remote.
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What price point do you think a voice and geolocation activated, remote control lighting system should be?
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The white bulbs are 12.95 at the Apple Store. Not a bad price for basic smart bulb
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Are the bulbs at the Apple store in CDN? That's pretty decent if so.
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Thanks OP. I missed the boat when Amazon Prime had it for $99 or $150 I think? This is a great price and can't wait to play around with it.
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jr97ai wrote: Are the bulbs at the Apple store in CDN? That's pretty decent if so.
Yup..2-3 weeks shipping. But its showing in my apple store app in cdn dollars.
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Just got shot down on the price match at Home depot. If you can convince them to match it can be had for $117 plus tax or $39 pus tax per bulb
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spunwasi wrote: What price point do you think a voice and geolocation activated, remote control lighting system should be?
I got the original Hue light kit in 2011, and in the middle of getting 15 more bulbs for a new house. But they are overpriced. The features of voice activation, geolocation, etc are distinct from the actual network response (since any dimmable bulb could be wired in such a system), so I don't think it's logical to compare this way. And probably (hopefully!) this will be very ordinary functionality in low cost bulbs soon.

The reason I buy them, even though they're "overpriced," is I can buy very simple light fixtures and use the actual light (rather than fixtures) to a more profound and versatile effect. Considering light fixtures are so expensive (for what they are), by spending more on bulbs that should last ten years I consider it a good approach. Today, unfortunately, there is a lot of mismatch between bulb types, dimmers, control systems, etc, so going with Hue simplifies that and my immediate choices. Since Hue has an API it can integrate with any non-proprietary system.

Hue is best used for accent lighting, if a room needs to be occasionally daylight-bright, it's best to have a second system, although as has been mentioned their "white" bulbs aren't bad.
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bobbyz101 wrote: Just got shot down on the price match at Home depot. If you can convince them to match it can be had for $117 plus tax or $39 pus tax per bulb
Why did they decline your pm?
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bobbyz101 wrote: Just got shot down on the price match at Home depot. If you can convince them to match it can be had for $117 plus tax or $39 pus tax per bulb
Why did they decline your pm?
I find my local home depot super hit and miss. Today's reasons were fairly legit

- We don't price match online online pricing
- In store you'd get a gift card not an immediate discount and we don't match these promotions
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Amazon has it as well for $129.99 and for prime members free same day shipping.
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Nexzen wrote: Amazon has it as well for $129.99 and for prime members free same day shipping.
Yes they do, but the specs on Amazons page say they are only 600lm bulbs, so these might be first gen. The current specs on Phillips site say they are 800lm now. I still have trouble paying $40 for a lightbulb...

https://www.amazon.ca/PHILIPS-Hue-Color ... 01BGJN81G/

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