Philips Hue: Supported lights and devices

Here you can see an up to date list of supported lights and supported devices that work with your Philips Hue system (producted by Signify, former Philips Lighting), especially in conjunction with iConnectHue, partially with a mini review and configuration hints, as well as some purchase links and comparisons.
German: Hier findest Du eine aktuelle Liste unterstützter Geräte und Leuchtmittel, die mit Deinem Philips-Hue-System kompatibel sind, speziell auch in Verbindung mit iConnectHue. Teilweise gibt es einen kleinen Test sowie Konfigurationshinweise, zudem Kauf-Links und Vergleiche zwischen verschiedenen Lampen der alternativen kompatiblen Dritt-Hersteller.

Looking for fixtures or accessories that work great with your Hue lights? Then check out Light fixtures for Philips Hue.
The Philips Hue bridge uses the Zigbee Light Link standard, which makes it, according to Philips, compatible to all such light bulbs and devices. Of course all Philips lights should be compatible – but there are some interesting alternatives on the market!
iConnectHue can work with every light source that connects to the Philips Hue bridge, as long as it behaves compatible. Its type (color, color temperature, brightness or on/off only) is detected and you’ll get the fitting controls. However, it totally depends how well the device implements the Zigbee LL standard – hence there are lights and devices which can be recommended to be used with the Hue bridge and some others which cannot – or even won’t work at all. Products using the ZigBee HA standard are, by current knowledge, not compatible with the Hue bridge.

How does a light come to the compatible list? It has usually been connected to a Hue bridge and tested for its compatibility. This includes: On/Off, brightness, color and color temperature changes. Additionally, these lights are included into a scene and it is checked how they work with it. They have also been tested with iConnectHue’s animations, if possible.
Where this wasn’t possible due to availability or other reasons, the lights have been included if a user gave some information about compatibility, or if it is expected to be compatible. This information is usually added in such a case.

This page is always kept up to date. If there are reasons to believe certain lights or devices do not work at all or work not properly, this information is added as soon as it is available.

Quick jump

Switches and sensors

The full power of iConnectHue will be unleashed when you use switches and sensors. iConnectHue is the only iOS app capable of teaching these switches multiple commands and a wide selection of alternations per button (see Features). Only Philips switch devices are supported here – also due to the fact that the Hue bridge does not fully integrate 3rd party switches. 3rd party switches are integrated into the Hue zigbee network, but not all are exposed to apps.
Philips announced that these switch types will be compatible soon: Busch Jaeger, Teller by Schneider Electric, niko and VIMAR. We will add support if possible.

All Philips and 3rd party switch devices also work with all 3rd party bulbs and plugs.

Hue Motion Sensor

img_6527The motion sensor seems to handle motion very reliably. This is also important to understand: It is a MOTION sensor, not a presence sensor. It works by detecting changes in the infrared range, hence uses your body temperature plus temporal and directional changes (you need to move in a certain amount of time). So it is currently preferable for situations where you move or where you can live with the fact that a motion triggered light is being turned on for a bit longer (to compensate for times when you don’t move). In summary, it is a pretty well made device for a very reasonable price.
iConnectHue allows you to do more with the motion sensor than the stock app: You are able to use it with multiple groups, set up to 5 different time ranges for on and off actions, and you can even limit the motion sensor to not act if the affected groups are already on. If you don’t want to turn your lights off, iConnectHue can make the sensor return to the state before motion has been detected. It also includes a temperature sensor, and its temperature can be shown in iConnectHue’s widget. More details on the features page.
The FAQ have a motion sensor setup guide.

Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Motion Sensor
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Motion Sensor

Hue Dimmer

Hue DimmerThe best switch you can get for your Hue system is the Hue Dimmer switch – it supports short and long presses, works with a battery, can be detached from its base and is quite affordable. The battery should last pretty long. The oldest Dimmer here with age of 9 months still shows 100% battery life.
iConnectHue supports its configuration and allows to put multiple commands on it (see Features):
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Dimmer Switch
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

If you live in the US or Canada, there are magnetic switch covers available that can cover your old switches, so you don’t confuse them with the Dimmer:
Amazon US/CA: YBM Home Magnetic Switch

There’s also a type that only makes using the switch a bit harder, which may do its work as well:
Amazon US/CA: Dual Option Wall Switch Guard

Hue Tap

Hue TapThis is Philips’ first generation of switches with a twist (you can detach them from the wall with a twist), and they are fully configurable with multiple actions per button (see Features). They are more expensive than the Dimmer switches, only support one action per Press, but have an interesting feature: They work without energy, like a lighter! Their layout also doesn’t more or less tie you to on/off and dim. With some work, they integrate into other european swith systems made by Eltako and also by Gira (German video, but pictures tell enough).
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Tap
Amazon US: Philips Hue Tap

Here are the possible switches mentioned in the video the Hue Tap electronic should integrate with (the Eltako is confirmed to work, the Gira one should be the mentioned one of the video):
Amazon DE: Gira Funk-Wandsend. batterielos
Amazon Europe: Eltako FT55-RW

There’s a model available in the US and Canada that should allow the same swap. Though it’s a bit more pricey:
Amazon US/CA: Leviton WSS0S-E2W

Lights

While iConnectHue and the Philips Hue bridge support all available Hue lights, we really recommend to purchase color or color temperature lights. You might not yet be aware of this, but the color temperature over the day is an important part of your wellbeing. For example, daylight-similar color temperature gives you energy, e.g. to work, while the usual light bulb temperature (which also the temperature only lights have) will calm you down.
NOTE: All Philips Hue lights are compatible with the bridge, but we do not list all of them. We will extend this list over the time with small reviews.

How to reset and find Hue lights again?
There are two ways to find these lights again once they have been connected to a bridge:
1. Search for them by serial number
2. Reset them with your dimmer switch: Hold the dimmer switch near your light (about 20 cm) and press “on” and “off” for about 10 seconds – until the light flashes. Afterwards you should be able to find it again.

Philips Hue E14 / E12 (Candelabra)

Philips finally developed Hue E14 / Candelabra bulbs. Both bulb types (color and temperature lights) have a maximum light output of 470 lumens, a bit more than a 40 Watt equivalent traditional bulb, at 4000 Kelvin. Their prices are identical to the brighter E27/A19 bulbs. Available are color as well as color temperature only lights. The color lights produce the same color range as the 3rd generation E27/A19 bulbs. See the full review for more information.

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance and Color
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance

You can save some money with dual packs, usually around 20%:
Amazon Europe: 2x Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance and Color
Amazon Europe: 2x Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance

Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Candelabra E12 White Ambiance
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Candelabra E12 Color and White Ambiance


Philips Hue E27 / A19

img_6519Left is the first Hue light, middle the gen2 Hue White and Color Ambiance, right the gen3 Hue White and Color Ambiance. The first two lights use lime green, orange and royal blue LEDs (instead of RGB) to improve their color rendition – this also means their color output is limited, compared to Living colors, Hue Go and light strips.

Where you CAN see a difference are the brand new Hue White and Color 3rd generation lights. These lights have a much better green and cyan/blue output than the older lights have (comparable to Hue Go and Lightstrip Plus), have a very dim minimum brightness, and their broader color output is supported by iConnectHue. You can distinguish them by the white housing with golden text (also on the packaging) and a plastic cap (the old ones have a silver housing and a glass cap). Note: There are lights sold as 4th gen. These are almost spec-identical to the 3rd generation lights, but have a silver text and use 0.5 Watts less.
Amazon US/CA: Hue White and Color 3rd generation A19
Amazon Europe: Hue White and Color 3rd generation E27 (B22 selectable in GB)
Amazon Europe: 2x Hue White and Color Ambiance E27 (save some money with a dual pack)

If you don’t want colors, you should prefer the White Ambiance lights over Hue Whites – they are a bit more expensive, but let you control the color temperature. This means you still can apply light recipies to get energized or to relax:
Amazon US/CA: Hue White Ambiance E27
Amazon US/CA: 2x Hue White Ambiance E27 (save some money with the dual pack)

Amazon Europe: Hue White Ambiance E27
Amazon Europe: 2x Hue White Ambiance E27 (save some money with the dual pack)

Is one of your light diffusors broken? There’s a way to replace them with Ikea Ledare diffusors. I tried it too, and it works!

Amazon DE/FR/UK: Ikea Ledare dual pack

Differences between the generations: The 1st and 2nd generation can’t produce real green and cyan. Furthermore, the 1st gen only has 600 Lumens light output, while 2nd gen+ has 806 Lumens. The 3rd gen adds full color support. There’s also a “4th” gen out there, but it it only has a slightly lower power usage and probably saves Philips some production costs due to some small changes. The difference between 3rd and 4th gen is so minimal that you probably shouldn’t care.

Hue BR30

These nice lights are only available in the US and Canada. They produce directed light, and the gen 3 Color and White Ambiance variant does this at the same brightness (800 Lumens) as its A19 counterpart. But be careful about the BR30 White and Ambiance color temperature light – it only produces 680 Lumens. Probably to match or even outperform the gen 1 color predecessor. But now, as the gen 3 color lights are out, you may want to invest a few dollars more to get color AND more brightness.

Amazon US: Hue BR30 gen 3 color lights
Amazon CA: Hue BR30 gen 3 color lights

Amazon US/CA: Hue BR30 White and Ambiance lights
Amazon US: 2x Hue BR30 White and Ambiance lights
Amazon CA: 2x Hue BR30 White and Ambiance lights

Hue GU10/Par16

Hue GU10 color lightThe color GU10 lights may not give you the best bang for the buck (same price as larger Hues, less light output – about 35 Watt equivalent, non-standard length may not allow you to use them in your fixtures), but nevertheless they are worth to be mentioned. They have the same limited color output as the larger Hue lights before the Light and Color Ambiance version 2 (no full green, no cyan), but their spot like nature allows you to light specific areas or just to fit them into existing fixtures. Their diffusors are pretty good compared to other color LED lights.

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue GU10
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue GU10

They are also available as Par16 with an E26 socket in the US and Canada:
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Par16

Philips Hue GU10 white ambianceThe newest Philips Hue GU10 lights are the White and Ambiance lights. They have a standard GU10 light size, have about the same light output (250 lumens) as their color counterparts. Bought in a pair, they are considerably cheaper, about the half, than the color GU10 lights. You may want them if you need HomeKit compatible GU10 lights, lights that fit in a standard GU10 fixture, only want to change the color temperature and/or don’t want to spend so much money on them.
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue White and Ambiance GU10
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue White and Ambiance GU10

Lightstrip Plus

Lightstrip PlusPhilips heard its customers and developed a new solution after the very dim and expensive original lightstrip. Its successor is much brighter in white colors, with up to 1600 Lumens – though colors are still a bit dim.
For this, they had to get a bit off-standard. They use a 6 pin connector and due to a silicon shell, they won’t fit into most existing LED stripe housings. The shell makes it about 14 mm wide (and about 15 mm at connection points). You can find fitting channels on the Light fixtures page. Opposed to their predecessor, you are able to control their color temperature, and the less saturated/the more white they get, the brighter they are. They support the full color spectrum and full color temperature as the Hue Go.

Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 2m
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 2m

They can also be extended. Keep in mind though that the delivered PSU only delivers 24 Watts. When using the lightstrip plus with less saturated (more white) colors, they are bright and already use almost the maximum power. When extending them, the controller dims them down. You can use 3rd party PSUs to get them brighter in such a case.

Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 1m extension
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus 1m extension

The light fixtures page has recommendations for fitting channels, extensions and adapters.

Do you want to extend them, bend them around corners or get them into places where the delivered cable doesn’t help? Litcessory has got some cables, plugs, splitters and even RJ 45 extensions for your Lightstrip Plus!
Amazon US: Litcessory
Amazon DE: Litcessory
Amazon UK: Litcessory
Amazon FR: Litcessory
Amazon CA: Litcessory

In case you’d like to do the opposite, and split them, there’s a great tutorial on how to do this. Most important fact: Do NOT cut them at the scissor marks! Try it with desoldering.

Hue Outdoor Lightstrip

The outdoor lightstrip has been released in Oct. 2018 and is a welcome addition to the Hue programme. It has the same color rendition as the indoor lightstrip. It has about half the brightness of their indoor counterpart (780 lumens at 2 metres), but has much closer LEDs, which gives the strip a more continuous appearance.
It comes with a 24 Volts power supply, a controller and with clips and wood screws to attach it to a balcony or an eaves. The power supply is compatible with Hue Lily and Hue Calla, and as long as you don’t go over the rated output, you can attach the outdoor lightstrip to such a power chain. Unfortunately you can’t shorten or lengthen the strip itself – it’s either 2 or 5 metres. This is likely to keep them water proof more easily in production.

The strip itself is IP67 rated, which means it is resistant against dust and short immersion. So you don’t need to worry about having it outdoors under any weather condition.
It comes in flavors of 2 and 5 metres, while 5 metres have already seen quite good offers.

Amazon US: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip Plus 2m/7ft
Amazon US: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip Plus 5m/16ft

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip Plus 2m
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip Plus 5m

Hue Play

The Hue Play should make your life easier when it comes to light up the surroundings of your TV or monitor. Hue play is essentially a light bar measuring around 25×4.5 centimetres. It has a high light output of 530 Lumens – which is a bit less than the E27 lights and about the double of the Hue Go or LivingColors – it’s certainly enough to support even bright pictures!

They are easy to set up – they have a rubber backside in a triangle shape, which allows you to put them on a surface pointing towards your wall. They include a stand, you you can also stand them vertically, and with a an adhesive dual side sticker, which allows you to attach them directly on your monitor or TV, either pointing sideways or directly towards your wall.

You can either have a single light, or two of them – both come with one power supply, which supports up to 3 bars. Hence you can also purchase an extension light without PSU.

As a nice extra, you also have the choice of a black or white light housing, so you can fit them to your surroundings.

Amazon Europe: 2x Philips Hue Play incl. PSU
Amazon Europe: 1x Philips Hue Play incl. PSU
Amazon Europe: 1x Philips Hue Play extension (no PSU)

Hue Beyond

HueBeyondColorsThese lights are possibly the most beautiful lights Philips has yet created for the Hue system. They have separated top and bottom parts, so they can light in two different colors for some really nice effects. Build quality is high, but it could be a tad higher for the price – then again, there’s nothing available that compares to them. iConnectHue presents top and bottom light modules separately, so you have direct access to them.
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Beyond Table Lamp
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Beyond Table Lamp


They are also available as pendant and ceiling lights. Please note that each down light of these lights consists of three light modules. The way these lights and iConnectHue work, you can access each light individually (but also need to).
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Beyond pendant lamp
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Beyond pendant lamp


Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Beyond ceiling lamp
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Beyond ceiling lamp

Hue Being

These lights are capable of producing a color temperature of 2200 to 6500 Kelvin, which are perfect for day and night usage. You may prefer to use them in the kitchen, your bath or the corridor. The EU version also comes with a dimming switch included! (not sure about the US version). It is very bright with up to 2400 Lumens, but still has the capability to have a very low brightness (lower than standard Hue E27 / A19 lights)
That said, the highest brightness doesn’t look as full 2400 Lumens, possibly because some light is blocked by the diffusor. The build quality is not up on par with other Hue products. You may find it hard to install it (you have to care about an inner diffusor, the outer shell and the metal plate you need to screw in in the middle, as well as the thin plastic band around it), and it feels a bit more like another product being transitioned into a Hue light (which it really is). If you know this, this light may still make you happy, as its electronics work as well as all other Hue lights.
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Being in silver
Amazon US: Philips Hue Being Flushmount in silver

There are also other shell materials available in the EU:
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Being in white
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Being in black

Hue Fair

Philips Hue FairThe Philips Hue Fair shares some similarities with the Hue Being, especially when it comes to its innards: They are as well capable of producing a color temperature of 2200 to 6500 Kelvin, which are perfect for day and night usage. You may prefer to use them in the kitchen, your bath or the corridor. In the EU, it also comes with a dimming switch included!
It is even brighter than the Being with up to 3000 Lumens, but still has the capability to have a very low brightness (lower than standard Hue E27 / A19 lights)
That said, it shares the criticism of the Being: The highest brightness doesn’t look as full 3000 Lumens, possibly because some light is blocked by the diffusor.
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Fair in white
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Fair in black

Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Fair in silver (flushmount, semi-flushmount, pendant)

There are also Fair pendant lights available. Due to the strong criticism on their build quality, they are currently not recommended though.

Philips Hue Go

Hue GoThis is a quite versatile light, which can be used stationary as well as on the “Go”, for example in your household or for garden parties. Its batteries are okay if you want to use it for a short period of time at high brightness, up to 1-2 hours, but not much more, unfortunately. It will last a lot longer when only used as dim light. It supports the full color spectrum (as opposed to the older Hue gen 1 & 2 lights) and full color temperature:
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Go
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Go

 

Philips Living Colors

Living ColorsYou can connect all newer Living Colors (and Whites) lights to your Hue bridge, by using the Touchlink search in iConnectHue. One advantage is, that you can use the remote with your Hue lights, too! Please note that, if your device has got an egg shaped remote, it may not work. It must be at least the 2nd generation, and for egg shaped remotes: Some will work and some won’t. They are compatible with HomeKit, but older ones may not be compatible with Hue Entertainment.
Amazon US: Philips Living Colors Iris
Amazon Europe: Living Colors Iris
Amazon UK: Philips Living Colors Iris

You may also like some older models not available any longer. You can find several of them on Ebay. Make sure they have a remote and are Gen 2. Models delivered with a round remote are surely of this generation. Gen 2 models with an oval remote may work, but this is not always sure.
Search Ebay DE: Philips Living Colors
Search Ebay US: Philips Living Colors
Search Ebay UK: Philips Living Colors

US customers please note: The light is stated as not compatible with the Hue system. Normally, you should be able to integrate it with the Touchlink search (which the Hue app doesn’t offer). If you are unsure, there is also a “Friends of Hue” model available, but it costs quite a bit more and doesn’t come with the remote:
Amazon US: Friends of Hue Iris

Almost the same information goes for the Living Colors Bloom.

Amazon DE/UK/FR: Living Colors Bloom (white)
Amazon DE/UK/FR: Living Colors Bloom (black)
Amazon DE/UK/FR: Living Colors Hue Bloom
Amazon US: Living Colors Hue Bloom
Amazon CA: Living Colors Hue Bloom

The Living Colors Aura does also work with your Hue system:
Amazon Europe: Living Colors Aura
Again, the US page states it is not compatible with Hue, but it should be:
Amazon US/CA: Living Colors Aura

How to find and add them?
Make always sure you have the latest firmware installed. You should be able to find most Living Colors lights via Touchlink search. Note that older gen2 models, especially many of those with an oval remote, may not integrate into the system even if they blink. If you purchased a brand new Philips Living Colors light however, you may even be able to integrate them by their 6 digit serial number.

Living Whites

Living Whites Plug and CFL bulbOf the several whites products available, the Living Whites plugs work perfectly and integrate via Touchlink search. They can dim or switch devices with up to 300 Watt (selectable via switch on the bottom). They also appear as HomeKit device, opposed to the Osram Lightify plugs. They were only sold in Europe, and you may still have luck on Ebay or Amazon to get them. They are compatible with HomeKit, but aren’t with Hue Entertainment.
Living Whites Plug auf Ebay suchen
Amazon DE: Philips Living Whites plug

Also available are CFL bulbs. They had issues with older bridge firmware versions in conjunction with scenes, but this has been fixed by bridge firmware 01031131.

Philips Living Ambiance

According to a user, the Living Ambiance lights can be included, too. They appear as two lights (the white only part as well as the color part). The inclusion into the Hue system works the same as with the Living Colors lights.

3rd party lights, controllers and plugs

There are several alternative lights and devices of other manufacturers that can connect to the Philips Hue bridge. They are useful to cover certain usage scenarios where no Hue solution is available. They can usually be found via a normal light search and/or touchlink search with the exception of Lightify products.
Keep one thing in mind: Using 3rd party lights means they are not available to HomeKit (and hence Siri), and not available for Hue Entertainment, if they are not part of the “Friends of Hue” program by Philips. This does not apply to the voice commands of the iConnectHue Apple Watch app though – it also supports lights by other manufacturers. Also, these lights can be used with switches and sensors by Philips.
From what it looks like, Philips doesn’t add such HomeKit compatibility to 3rd party lights at the moment – there’s literally no 3rd party producer in the Friends of Hue program, and from what one can hear, there’s also not much support from Philips to be able to apply to this program. This can be both to support their own lights and a restriction set by Apple, which requires all HomeKit compatible devices to be certified. There’s a possible workaround, a project named Homebridge. Using this, you can make multiple devices HomeKit compatible. You could, for example, install it on a Raspberry Pi.

Innr (Europe)

Innr offers lights that seem offer a high compatibility with the Hue system. They actually produce their own bridges, but you can connect their lights to your Hue system, too. They also advertise this – considering they have been founded by former Philips employees, this may come as no surprise.
Why would you purchase them? If you can trade in missing HomeKit compatibility for a lower price tag, they may be for you. The color lights are at a price of Philips’ color temperature only lights. Also, Innr offers a wider range of lights – in some form factors Philips simply doesn’t have – and are worth a look.
They are currently available across Europe.

To connect any of these lights, you have to be already in search mode. After being in that mode, connect the light to a power source (or unplug and plug them again).

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Innr E27 / B22

Their build quality is okay, probably a bit lower than the Hues, but not by much. Color transitions work quite well with only one exception: If you transition from orange to pink or vice versa, they will shortly cycle through the whole color spectrum (iConnectHue has a workaround for this, so you may never see it). iConnectHue’s animations seem to work well with them. Their white brightness has got a different peak than the Hue 2nd and 3rd generation lights, at around 2700 Kelvin of a traditional light bulb. You may prefer this – that’s a point where the Hues are quite less bright.
There are some users who described those lights as emitting noise. From what we have heard, Innr replaces such lights without any discussion.

Verdict: Highly recommended (due to price, performance and compatibility)

Amazon Europe: Innr E27 RGBW light
Amazon UK: Innr B22 RGBW light

The color temperature lights have been updated to support a range of 2200 to 5000 Kelvin – which is now enough to simulate near-daylight (around 5300-5900 Kelvin, the Hue lights can go up to 6500 Kelvin). They have not been tested yet, but considering the results with other lights of this producer, they will likely work without any problems.

Verdict: Recommended – bargain

Amazon Europe: Innr E27 color temperature light
Amazon UK: Innr B22 color temperature light

Innr E14

A fairly new member of the Innr family is the Innr E14 candle. It has either a color temperature of 2200-5000 or has a fixed color temperature of 2700 Kelvin, both types are dimmable. With a size of 11 cm and a diameter of 3.8 cm, it’s about 1 mm thinner and 7 mm shorter than Philips’ offerings – but lacks any adjustable color. It seems to work and integrate well into the Hue system, and the price is reasonable.

The white only light can be an interesting bulb if you are in need for a slightly smaller E14 bulb or just need a dimmable bulb. It’s not recommended for places you often are – for this purpose, consider at least color temperature adjustable bulbs.

Amazon Europe: Innr E14 color temperature light (2200-5000 K)
Amazon Europe: Innr E14 fixed white light

Innr GU10

The GU10 lights either offer a color temperature setting of 2200-5000 Kelvin or a fixed 2700 Kelvin temperature (conventional light bulb temperature). You will get a decent quality GU10 dimmable light, which is actually brighter than Philips’ offerings (Innr: 350 Lumens vs. Philips with 250 – for both temperature and color GU10 lights), and this for quite a nice amount less money per light.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Innr GU10 color temperature light (2200-5000K)
Amazon Europe: Innr GU10 2700 K dimmable light

Innr plug SP 120

The Innr SP 120 is probably a dream come true: It’s very small, just a bit larger than an Euro plug, it comes with an on/off switch and indication light (on: blue, off: red), and it integrates flawlessly into the Hue system. It also has a nice price tag. It can’t, however, dim devices.

Generally Innr devices have shown to be pretty compatible with the Hue system, while the Osram plug surely has some small flaws. Its power usage is outstanding: It’s below the 0.1 Watt threshold of the measuring device – independent if it’s on or off.

From the current standpoint, the plug integrates without issues into a Hue system and turns on and off as expected, and quite fast. It is reachable all the time, meaning it doesn’t exhibit the reachability issues Osram plugs show up.
It is capable of pushing through 10 amps, which should be more than enough for most tasks.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Innr plug SP 120

Innr FL 130 C

The 4 metre long flexible color LED strip works perfect with the hue bridge. With 30 bright and white LEDs per meter, the Innr Flex Light provides a good illumination.

The individual LEDs are every 3.33 centimetres within the stripe, which is more dense than the Philips Hue Lightstrip +, and hence will look a bit better when being used with a diffusor.

The maximum brightness of 1000 lumens is slightly lower than the LightStrip Plus from Philips which has a maximum of 1600 lumens – that said, if length is what you’re all about, then the FL 130 C will serve you well: It’s 4 metres long and can be cut every 10 centimetres – which is much better than the Hue Lightstrips’ 33 centimetres.

There are two 2 metre cables to connect each piece with the controller and a 4 metre cable to connect the power adapter.

iConnectHue’s animations seem to work well with them.

The power adapter of the Innr Flex Strip is working noiseless, which may be a delight for some Lightstrip+ users as well.
Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Innr lightstrip FL 130 C

Dresden Elektronik / Phoscon

Besides the Hue lights, iConnectHue also supports Dresden Elektronik ballasts. They have a pretty high software quality and integrate perfectly in the Hue system. Compared to other ballast offerings, they get constant firmware updates, which can be updated with their bridge.

Dresden Elektronik FLS-PP RGBW ballast

FLS-PP ballastDue to the high power support (up to 24V, 6A – 144 Watts! – power supply is up to you), you can connect this controller to very bright and long strips. Since there are several RGB(W) type LED lights available, you are not limited to light strips but can essentially use every kind of RGB(W) LED light that fits into its power envelope. Their firmware can be updated by the manufacturer and also by their bridge.

Verdict: Highly recommended (due to compatibility, performance and regular updates /w separate bridge)

Do you want to use RGB or RGBW stripes? Here’s what you’ll need:
Amazon: Dresden Elektronik FLS-PP lp

We can recommend this RGBW light strip in combination. It has a silicon top (you can also choose your top) can be expanded, is easy to connect to the controller and has very dense packed LEDs (the white LED is integrated with the RGB led):
Amazon: BTF-LIGHTING 5M 5050 RGBW strip

If you want everything in a set, there are, depending on where you are, up to two solutions available:
Amazon: Dresden Elektronik RGB 3 metres stripe set

There are also other stripes with less dense LEDs (RGB and white separated). They are a bit cheaper:
Amazon DE: ALED RGBW waterproof 5 metre strip incl. PSU
Amazon US: LEDENET Super Bright RGBW strip 5 metres

PSU for the 12v strips recommended above (24 Volts and other wattages selectable on page:
Amazon Europe: Meanwell 12 Volts 100 Watts LED PSU
Amazon US/CA: Meanwell 12 Volts 100 Watts LED PSU

You are not limited to stripes. You can control many RGB(W) capable lights, as long as they have electronics to limit their initial start power usage. These have been proven to work:
Amazon DE: Synergy 21 ARGOS outdoor floor spot (you can actually add up to 100 to one FLS-PP!)
These should work, too:
Amazon DE: Set of 6 floor spots

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Dresden Elektronik FLS-CT White/Temperature ballast

Dresden Elektronik color temperature ballastThe FLS-CT is for white and color temperature stripes. They appear as color temperature lights in iConnectHue.

Verdict: Highly recommended (due to compatibility, performance and regular updates /w separate bridge)

Here’s the device:
Amazon DE/US: Dresden Elektronik Phoscon FLS-CT

The best choice is a color temperature strip. This one uses 24 Volts and is extremely bright – it can replace neon lights, e.g. for workspaces:
Amazon Europe: LTRGBW Super Bright 2800K-7000K DC 24V 600 LEDs 5 metre
Amazon US/CA: LEDENET Super Bright 2800K-7000K DC 24V 600 LEDs 5 metre

Fitting PSU for the 24 Volt strips above (12V and other wattage versions selectable on the same page):
Amazon Europe: Meanwell 24 Volts 100 Watts LED PSU
Amazon US/CA: Meanwell 24 Volts 60 Watts LED PSU

Ever thought you could control UV / black lights with Hue? Well, just combine it with a black light strip! Both recommended strips are more powerful than average UV strips. From our experience, only these are bright enough to be comparable to UV CFL bulbs:
Amazon Europe: 5 metre UV/black light strip
Amazon US/CA: 5 metre UV/black light strip including PSU

The light fixtures page has recommendations for fitting channels.

If you don’t need color temperature, try these inexpensive white strips:
Amazon Europe: 5 metre white strip including PSU
Amazon US/CA: 5 metre white strip including PSU

Ikea TRÅDFRI

Ikea TRÅDFRI clear color temperature bulbIkea TRÅDFRI is now compatible with the Hue system, if you installed the latest light firmware via Ikea’s gateway (Required light firmware: At least 1.2.217). Please note that, in order to connect a light to the Ikea bridge and update its firmware, you will need at least one remote. You can’t connect lights to it without a remote! Starter packs usually have the best price/performance ratio for this.

From current knowledge, you can identify bulbs that don’t need a firmware update, by their production number printed on their package. It must be higher than 1721. From what several users report, color temperature and color lights need the newer square shaped bridge.

Saying this, it still seems to be a problem for users to include Ikea lights to the Hue system – some of them seem to need multiple searches to find a light. This is not all that may prevent you from using them: Color and color temperature lights don’t seem to be able to change color and lightness at once, which makes them problematic with the use of timers and animations, where they may not come up with the proper brightness or may not be able to change their brightness.

One benefit the Ikea lights have is that they return to the last state when powered down and up again.

Color lights
The Ikea color lights are specified as “Color light”, not “Extended color light”, which means they can’t set color temperatures, as opposed to all Hue, Osram and Innr color bulbs. You also won’t be able to set a color and a brightness at the same time, which results that these lights may not properly come up with the correct light/color in timers, on switches and you also may not be able to change their brightness while an animation is running. These may be firmware flaws and may be resolved later.
With 600 lumens max, they are are on par with the old 1st gen Hue lights, and are quite less bright than Philips’ current and Innr’s offerings (both at around 800 Lumens).
From the current point, the color lights are NOT recommended. If you look for affordable and fully compatible color lights, please have a look at the Innr lights instead; They have a similar price tag, but are brighter and support color temperature as well.

Verdict: Not recommended

Color temperature lights
From a basic test, a color temperature light behaves well on the Hue bridge. Color temperature and brightness transitions work well. Though you won’t be able to set a color temperature and a brightness at the same time, which results that these lights may not properly come up with the correct light/temperature in timers, on switches and you also may not be able to change their brightness while an animation is running.

What makes the color temperature lights interesting is that they are brighter than their Hue pendants (950-980 lumens vs. 806 Lumens for E26/E27 and 400 vs. 250 Lumens for GU10). The sometimes complex integration process, which may require a firmware update, makes them a difficult choice at the moment, though. It looks as if all newly delivered lights seem to have the newer firmware by now, but you may be out of luck and get an older charge somewhere. The possibly most secure way is to purchase them directly in an Ikea store.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon US: Ikea TRÅDFRI bridge with 2 E26 color temperature lights
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI E27 color temperature light with dimmer (actually cheaper than without dimmer)
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI E27 color temperature light
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI E27 clear color temperature light
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI GU 10 color temperature light

They are also available as color temperature light panels – something no other Hue compatible product listed here has to offer. Note that these haven’t been tested yet, but I assume that Ikea has done the same firmware update treatment to them as well:
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI Floalt light panel 30×30 cm (670 Lumens)
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI Floalt light panel 30×90 cm (2200 Lumens)
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI Floalt light panel 60×60 cm (2800 Lumens)

To get their firmware up to date, make sure to have an Ikea gateway as well as at least one remote or Dimmer:
Amazon US: Ikea TRÅDFRI E26 starter Kit with 2 color temperature lights and remote
Amazon DE: Ikea TRÅDFRI gateway

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Paulmann

Paulmann is a German light producer and offers ZigBee 3.0 compatible lights. This means your bridge has to have at least version 1801260942 (V2 square bridge) or version 01041302 (V1 round bridge) to be compatible with them. We tested with bridge version 1802201122 (square bridge).

We tested several of their offerings with mixed results. The Paulmann bulbs can be connected to the Hue Bridge using the normal light search. All of their devices we tested exhibited noise in some way – usually when being dimmed. It is loud enough to be annoying. Their lights are not as bright as Philips’ offerings – only 650 Lumens compared to Philips’ 806 Lumens. One thing these lights stand out with is that they can remember their last color setting when being turned on again via a normal switch.

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Paulmann E27 RGBW
This light has a similar color range compared to Philips’ v3 bulbs and manages those quite well in terms of transitions. What it can’t handle well in conjunction with the Hue bridge is color temperatures. It wildly jumps between different temperatures when setting one, which makes one believe that it can’t interpret color temperature commands from the Hue bridge properly (Hue bridge V2 version: 1802201122).
What unfortunately was really annoying with the was the sound this light produced under EVERY condition. Whether when turned on, turned off or dimmed – the pitch changes, but it always emits mid or high pitched noise.

The only thing they are better compared to other lights is the price – that’s about it. But we recommend to invest a little more – for example have a look at the Innr lights. Similar price, better light and noise performance.

Verdict: Not recommended

Amazon Europe: Paulmann E27 RGBW bulb

Paulmann E27 tunable white
A similar result comes with the tunable white bulbs. They seem to have the same color temperature “jump” issue, they also emit noise, and also are not as bright as Philips’ or Innr’s offerings. They can also store the last state when being turned on again.

Verdict: Not recommended

Amazon Europe: Paulmann E27 tunable white bulb

Paulmann Dim Controller

This controller can dim devices with up to 400 Watts resistive loads and up to 150 Watts conductive loads (contrary to what you read on Amazon – where there’s a value of 1000 Watts). It is incredibly bulky for what it does (more than 4 times the volume of e.g. Dresden Elektronik’s offerings). Interesting is the separate ZigBee antenna – so in case you store it behind some blendings, you can still put the antenna in a proper place for the device to work.
It integrates to the Hue bridge without problems, but as with the other Paulmann devices, it emits noise. This one at around 50 Hz und multiples of it, also quite audible – similar to old fashioned manual dimmers. This may not be of an issue if it’s hidden behind some kind of wall or blending. Using it directly in a room may annoy you.

If your device has up to 100 Watts, have a look at the Shenzhen Homa / Amelech offerings, which are noiseless and have an adjustable lowest brightness point.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon DE/IT/FR: Paulmann Dim controller

There’s also an on/off device, which may not hum (we couldn’t test it, though):

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon DE/IT/FR: Paulmann Switch controller

Paul Neuhaus

Paul Neuhaus is a German light producer and also started offering Zigbee compatible lights. We could currently only test the Paul Neuhaus Q plug so far.

See the FAQ on how to reset to find them again

Paul Neuhaus Q plug
This plug integrates perfectly into the Hue system. Compared to other offerings, it includes a white night light, which can be turned on on the plug and offers three dimming steps. The plug itself is a simple on/off device and does not allow for any kind of dimming. It is rated for 10 Ampere, opposed to the 16 Ampere the Osram plug offered. Nonetheless, it may be a bit more compatible than the Osram offer, which sometimes shows off strange behaviour. We will update with a long term test.
It currently only seems to be available in Germany.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon DE: Paul Neuhaus Q Plug

Trust

Trust is relatively new to Zigbee Lights with starting in 2017. Nonetheless they have several lights that are compatible to the Hue bridge and can be added.

See the FAQ on how to reset to find them again

We have tested the GU 10 light, which looks suspiciously similar to Philips’ GU 10 offering – going so far as it even is only capable of the limited color range of Philips’ GU 10 lights – which is a shame. We could not run our full tests yet, but it seems to behave well on the system when using manual color controls. The light does not remember its startup color, but the startup color is warm with a slightly pink tint – which you may not like.
They are only a little bit cheaper than Philips’ offerings, and the price alone may not justify losing HomeKit compatibility. It looks as Trust is currently mainly interested in building up around its own bridge.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: Trust GU 10

Shenzhen Homa / Amelech

These Chinese controllers are relatively bulky, but they are working quite well with the Hue system. They are easy to integrate and didn’t exhibit any compatibility issues.

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Mains dimmer
This is one of the most interesting products, because it allows you to control existing lights and dim them. This is especially handy if you have certain ceiling or wall lights that can’t be converted to Hue by adding a bulb.
They can have up to 1 Ampere. The device is capable of 100 to 277 Volts, so you should be able to use it worldwide. An interesting feature is the ability to modify the lowest brightness point – depending on how your incadescent lights dim. We experienced a slight delay when performing brightness changes, but that may because of the nature of incadescent lights.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe (except UK): Mains dimmer

4 channel RGBW controller
This lightstrip dimmer seems to work flawlessly. Color transitions are perfect, with some stuttering appearing with some animations. However, there may be a catch: The model that has been tested here exhibited, depending on color and lightness, slight and sometimes louder whining noises, which are definitely audible. You may have more luck, but be prepared to get a replacement or better: Choose other companies, like Dresden Elektronik, which are also smaller and don’t exhibit such a behaviour.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe (except UK): 4 channel lightstrip dimmer
Amazon UK: 4 channel lightstrip dimmer

Gledopto

Cheap and small controllers come from this company. One of their advantages is that their controllers allow to plug into a normal low voltage PSU – of course you can still wire them, if you want to.

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

5 channel RGB+CCT lightstrip controller
This is possibly the only 3rd party controller available that can handle color temperature AND RGB channels at once. This said, we experienced stuttering color transitions, both with animations as well as normal color changes and slight whining noises depending on color and brightness. When turning it off, it doesn’t fade down but suddenly goes off. It will work, but not as well as other controllers may work.

As with the Dresden Elektronik RGBW controller, this controller presents the color temperature part and RGB part of the strip as two separate lights!

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: 5 channel RGB CCT lightstrip controller

2 channel color temperature lightstrip controller
It integrates well and works, except that it exhibits slight whining noises at some settings. Color temperature and brightness transitions are perfect.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: 2 channel color temperature lightstrip controller

GE Light LinkThe GE link bulbs are only available in the US, integrate via normal search into the system and appear as dimmable light. The dimming works flawless. They are also found via Touchlink search (in case you moved them to another bridge). Light distribution is a bit uneven to the sides, so you may prefer to use them in lamps with shades.

Verdict: Recommended – bargain

Get them here:
Amazon US: GE Link Wireless A19 Bulb (60 Watt eq.)
Amazon US: GE Link Wireless BR30 Bulb (65 Watt eq.)
Amazon US: GE Link Wireless PAR38 Bulb (90 Wat eq.)

Amazon CA: GE Link Wireless A19 Bulb (60 Watt eq.)
Amazon CA: GE Link Wireless BR30 Bulb (65 Watt eq.)

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Cree

We unfortunately couldn’t test this light yet, but from what users write and what we can see from our own statistics, these lights can connect to the Hue bridge.
They come with a 2700 (traditional light bulb) or 5000 (daylight) Kelvin color temperature. Keep in mind though that you may not like these lights dimmed. Incadescent bulbs get warmer (lower color temperature) the more you dim them. These will not be able to do this.
That said, they have a quite fantastic price, and may be a good choice for areas where you don’t need much more but want a connected light. In a 6-pack, they get even cheaper per bulb.

Amazon US: Cree connected A19 bulb 2700 Kelvin
Amazon US: Cree connected A19 bulb 5000 Kelvin

Amazon CA: Cree connected A19 bulb 2700 Kelvin

Please let us know about any positive or negative experience. Thanks!

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Osram/Silvania Smart+ (was Lightify)

Osram Lightify E14 color temperature lightWhat about Osram Smart+ / Lightify? From what tests show, they currently suffer from issues in conjuction with the Hue bridge, though most color temperature lights seem to be at least usable. Those may sometimes not follow the selected color temperature (and may stutter on temperature transition), and usually don’t fade as smooth as Philips lights, but are otherwise okay. Some older lights (seems like GU10 ones are mostly affected) don’t turn off in most cases, which is a firmware issue – their firmware can be updated by the manufacturer and the Lightify bridge.

The color lights are not recommended. They are cheaper than Hues, but they seem have a number of serious issues in conjunction with the Hue bridge (not shutting down depending on their firmware version, not following the submitted color, starting up in red color, BAD color transition – especially visible with animations).

Generally, Osram lights are not recommended to be used with the Hue bridge. There are other light manufacturers who deliver products with better compatibility.

Verdict: Not recommended (except for the plugs)

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

US customers: The Sylvania lights are not compatible with the Hue system at all, since they use ZigBee HA (Home Automation) instead of ZigBee LL (LightLink). In the past, it seems to have been possible to change their firmware to an LL compatible one, but it looks like this isn’t supported any longer.

Smart+ plug / Lightify plug

Osram Lightify plugThe Lightify plug is an exception. It works reliably in most cases. You can use it to let iConnectHue turn off and on devices when you leave and arrive home. Opposed to the Living Whites plug it cannot fade your lights, but it can switch much higher wattages (LW: 300 Watts, Lightify: 2680 Watts / 16 Amps).
When we say: “Most cases”, this means that sometimes they are not reachable (solve it by powering all your lights and bridge down, wait some time, then turn them on again, AFTER that plug the plugs again), also sometimes they seem to react strange or not at all when being used e.g. with an instant timer or color timers (use scenes instead!).

Sylvania:
The OLD US version of it, named Sylvania Lightify plug, was working, according to the Amazon feedback and one user! This user said that he was able to search for it by starting a lights search, then plugging in the plug WHILE holding its on/off button. After 6 seconds, it made a click sound and has been found.
This, however seems to have changed by now. We’ve heard from our users that the version called “Smart+” (not Lightify) doesn’t seem to connect any longer to the Hue bridge. The european version by Osram doesn’t seem to be affected.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon DE/FR/IT: Osram Smart Plug
Amazon US/CA: Sylvania Smart Plug

See the FAQ on how to reset them to find them again

Hue Bridge

Starter Kit

If you don’t have a Hue system yet, the starting point to use iConnectHue is the Hue bridge. iConnectHue supports both bridge versions, but it’s recommended to purchase the new quadratic one. It’s MUCH faster, especially when processing large amounts of data, like animations, supports HomeKit and is more future proof. Purchase it with color lights, otherwise you will miss the possibilities of iConnectHue and the Hue system:

The 4 bulb kit may be the better deal if you live in the US or Canada:
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue E27 Starter Kit with 4 Hue Color and Ambiance lights
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue E27 Starter Kit with 3 Hue Color and Ambiance lights

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue E27 Starter Kit with 3 Hue Color and Ambiance lights and Hue Dimmer

Amazon DE/FR/IT: Philips Hue E27 Starter Kit with 3 Hue Color and Ambiance lights
Amazon DE/FR/IT: Philips Hue E14 Starter Kit with 2 Hue Color and Ambiance lights

UK: Some of the above links do not apply, and the UK also has B22 light type options:
Amazon UK: Philips Hue B22 Starter Kit with 3 Hue Color and Ambiance lights and Hue Dimmer
Amazon UK: Philips Hue E14 Starter Kit with 2 Hue Color and Ambiance lights

Bridge v 2.0/2.1

2nd generation BridgeAnother bridge makes sense in case of an upgrade of the old bridge, if you own 50+ bulbs, in a household with bad connectivity due to many walls (iConnectHue supports multiple bridges with the multi bridge in app purchase!), or in case you already have Living Colors lights or a Hue White dimmer set without bridge:
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue Bridge
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Bridge

What’s the main difference between a v2 an a v2.1 bridge? The latter seems to support Wifi – but this isn’t supported by Philips yet. You will still have to use Ethernet to connect the bridge.

Incompatible devices

Of course we cannot list all incompatible devices. But this list shows some of the most questioned devices that are incompatible for sure. For everything else, please refer the list above!

Incompatible: Nanoleaf Ivy

The Ivy light sources use a different ZigBee version (likely ZigBee HA) and hence can’t connect to the Hue bridge. This information is directly from Nanoleaf.

Incompatible: Belkin Wemo bulbs

It was not possible for me to connect Wemo bulbs to the bridge with Firmware 01016441 (API 1.4). Neither were they found by normal nor by Touchlink search. One of the two bulbs tested (from a Wemo light kit) were yet not connected to any bridge.
Additionally, at this point, there is no Wemo SDK available and Belkin doesn’t seem to be too interested in making its API public. These lights are currently no good choice if you want to choose your application to control it with.

Incompatible: ALL 3rd party switches

3rd party switches can usually be added, like the ones made by Lutron, Busch Jaeger or Dresden Elektronik, but they are not exposed to apps as such, and hence can’t be configured by apps. They usually only communicate on Zigbee level (the wireless protocol the Hue lights use) and transmit their commands directly to the bulbs instead of using the bridge.

Incompatible: Elgato Eve plug

The Elgato Eve plug doesn’t communicate via Zigbee (which the Hue bridge uses) but uses Bluetooth and on top of that HomeKit. Hence it isn’t compatible with iConnectHue nor the Hue bridge. This probably won’t change.

Incompatible: Kogeek

Kogeek products are incompatible as well. Please do not ask us about their compatibility or if we will add support for them. Thanks!

This list is possibly not complete, but already covers a lot of devices. If you think something is missing outside the Hue ecosystem, or have a wicked hardware hack or a suggestion, please use the contact page!

Disclaimer
All information presented here is offered to give you an orientation. It was gathered in our own tests in an environment that may not be identical to yours, so your results may differ.
We will and can not guarantee the inclusion of the lights and/or manufacturers listed here. Compatibility and inclusion are topics that have to be solved by the manufacturer and the bridge firmware. If you purchase iConnectHue or hardware of any of these manufacturers solely because of this list, be aware that you do this at your own risk.

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