Philips Hue: Supported lights and devices (Hue compatible / Hue kompatibel)

The is possibly the most complete and always 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, but also in general. We try to review devices where possible and give configuration hints, as well as some purchase links and comparisons.

German: Hier findest Du eine stets aktualisierte und die vermutlich umfangreichste Liste unterstützter Geräte und Leuchtmittel, die mit Philips Hue kompatibel sind (jetzt produziert von Signify) sind, speziell auch in Verbindung mit iConnectHue. Soweit möglichen testen wir die Geräte und geben 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? See how we test.

This page is always kept up to date. If a link doesn’t seem to work, stay on it, until the flags appear and select an appropriate country. 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 – only those named “Friends of Hue”.

All Philips and Friends of Hue sensors and switches also work with all Philips and 3rd party bulbs and plugs.

Hue Motion Sensor

img_6527The motion sensor handles 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 (or for day/night) 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.

Batteries used: 2x AAA.

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

Hue Outdoor Motion Sensor

Beginning with version 3.5, iConnectHue supports the Hue Outdoor Motion sensor. It is much larger than the indoor one – one for the larger AA batteries that need to survive outdoor conditions, for the other for a different motion sensor array, which is likely larger to handle greater distances in the outdoor area. To our delight, it also contains a temperature sensor – which you can display in iConnectHue’s widget, like with the indoor one.

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 (or for day/night) 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. More details on the features page.
The FAQ have a motion sensor setup guide.

Batteries used: 2x AA.

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Motion Sensor

If your Hue Outdoor motion sensor doesn’t measure lightness, try to delete it, press the reset button on the back and search for it again.

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

Batteries used: 1x CR2450.

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 batteries, 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

Friends of Hue

The Hue system supports “Friends of Hue” labelled 3rd party switches. Such switches are technically all the same – they use the same module licensed from Philips and produced by EnOcean to be used in such switches.
These modules work without any batteries like the Hue tap, and use energy produced only by your press.
Contrary to the Hue Tap, they also send a signal when they are being released. This allows iConnectHue to do more with those switches – like as adding long press actions.

Current producers we know are: Niko, Vimar, RunLessWire, Busch-Jaeger, Feller and also Gira.
iConnectHue will soon support those switches with version 3.6.

Busch-Jaeger

We will soon test the Busch-Jaeger switch.

It is available here:
Amazon Europe: Busch-Jaeger

Feller Smart Light Control

Feller from Switzerland sent us a sample of their Friends of Hue switch. We are pleased by its build quality – nothing is rattling, everything fits precisely. It is slightly quiter than the other Friends of Hue switches we had – presumably because of how it fits together.
It comes with screws (w/o dowel) and with strips. If you prefer to screw it on the wall, the housing has a metallic inset just for those screws, which should make it quite rigid, even when you screw it a bit tighter.
All in all, this is one of the best Friends of Hue switches in terms of quality. It’s available in multiple colors, so depending on your home and taste, you’re quite free in your choices.
These switches are mainly sold in Switzerland, but you should be able to order them, if you live in Europe, as well.

Verdict: Recommended

Brack.ch: Feller EDIZIOdue Smart Light Control for Philips Hue
Galaxus.ch: Feller EDIZIOdue Smart Light Control for Philips Hue

Lutron Aurora

The Lutron Aurora is currently not supported, but support will be added soon.

It functions as a basic dimmer (left/right rotation) and a click device (center can be pressed).

You can already purchase it on Amazon:
Amazon US: Lutron Aurora

Niko

We like the Niko switches for their elegant design, which is available both in white and anthracite. They are easy to switch and do their work. It can be surface mounted and will look like a normal switch box integrated switch. It can also be joined with other Niko designs and other Friends of Hue Niko switches as well – something not possible with most other designs!
Due to the way the module is fastened into the housing, it is sometimes a bit “rattly”. We could imagine this can be easily fixed with some drops of glue or tape on the back.

The switches are a bit harder to get, if you live outside Belgium or the Netherlands. Nonetheless we recommend to get them except you have a choice for your own switch system.

Verdict: Recommended

Zelektro.be: Niko Friends of Hue (delivers to Europe, but you might want to use Google Translate, it’s in Dutch)
Lightgallery BE/NL: Niko Friends of Hue (only delivers to Belgium, Netherlands)

RunLessWire Click

This model cleverly integrates the European switch model into a US style switch package – and we like it! It can either be put into a mount switch box or surface mounted with the delivered plate.
It is available in multiple color options, such as black, white, brown, gray and even more! It also comes with a rocker that is wider and presses both buttons at the same time – which you can only program with iConnectHue! It is a little louder than a Hue Tap, which may be attributed to its surface mount box. We could imagine it may be less loud when integrated into a switch box.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon US/CA: RunLessWire Click

Hidden Socket / Die Versteckdose

Friends of Hue hidden socketWe’ve received a testing device by TCS AG called “Die Versteckdose” or “Hidden Socket”. It’s a clever idea: It combines a single plug flush-mounted socket with a Friends of Hue switch that covers the socket in its default position. A single press from the top with your finger, and it reveals the socket.
Installation is done within about 10 minutes. The device can be used in both hidden and revealed state. Mechanics are good, but we wish the switch had some kind of spacers when in revealed position, because the switch requires a good amount of pressure, and the switch bounces back a little when pressed.
The design is really nice, but you should be aware that the switch is a little larger than a usual European switch/plug cover, hence it will not mix well in conjunction with other switches and plugs. You would usually use it with only one socket.

The plug has IP 20 certification, so it can be used in normal rooms, but is not protected against water. This can probably be rectified by adding a water protective layer (which is available for other plugs), but be aware that this is no official nor tested solution!
The socket is made by Jung, and is available for Socket types F, J, E and G, which should cover all usual European plug types.

Planned models also include USB A socket support for loading your phone and other devices, including a rest. All in all, this is probably the Friends of Hue switch with the cleverest ideas so far!

Verdict: Recommended
EU: Purchase Hidden Socket / Die Versteckdose

Vimar

The Vimar switch is one of the few easily available switches on the market. They are available via Amazon.
We’ve tested them and find that they have some issues: Our first model came with an improperly molded plastic, so it couldn’t be fit together. This was fortunately solved with the replacement.
Still, we are not completely happy with it: The plastic frame around the inner switch makes it cumbersome to press the buttons. Not really nice is that the plastic frame is very thick – so when you screw the module on the wall (which you may need to do – no stickers come with it), it stands out for about 3 mm, only then does the front housing begin.

You might want to purchase this switch if you have a Vimar switch system, or to just use its module for another switch – you could even put it in a Hue Tap, if you prefer it. Otherwise there are other alternatives on the market.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: Vimar Friends of Hue switch

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 about the same as 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

Philips Hue GU10 color

Philips Hue GU10 2019We’re happy to see Philips update its Hue GU10 color lights in 2019 finally to have a smaller form factor (about 5.5 millimetres without to the frame, without counting the outstanding reflector) and full color range support in August 2019. While the old, longer GU10s had limited greens and no cyan, the new Hue GU10 color models cover the same color range as all other newer Hue models. And not only this, but they also are the brightest Philips GU 10 lights with stated 350 lumens! This is about a 30 Watts halogen equivalent.

New Hue GU10 vs. old GU10To the left you see the new and old GU10 bulb compared. Philips had to go for a different approach mixing colors with the new one – to reduce the depth, the diffusor is much shorter, extrudes a bit, and the actual mixing now happens on the lightened surface instead of within the lamp. This is not per se worse, it only sometimes means for e.g. orange a slight greenish to one side of the spot side, a slight reddish on the other side. Nothing you will usually notice without looking for it. The plus side is, this new diffusor makes a more evenly lighted surface than the old one, where the brightness tends to go down from middle to the sides. Compared to other color ZigBee Hue lights, Philips has got one of the best diffusors here!

Are they brighter? Yes, they are, but only for less saturated colors and color temperatures. For very saturated colors, they appear to be even a little darker. That’s a phenomenon we observed also for gen 3 E27/E26 lights and is down to the concept of these lights: 1st gen lights created color temperatures with a triplet of royal blue/red-orange/lime-green LEDs, which had to be brighter to reach the full 250 lumens, and colors benefited from it as a side effect. Now colors have separate LEDs, while color temperatures and less saturated colors also make use of color-temperature-only LEDs, which are brighter to reach those new 350 lumens.
The lowest brightness is quite lower than of the old GU 10 lights, which is a clear progress!

You can purchase them in a dual-pack, which instantly gives you a price advantage of around 20%.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue GU 10 color
Amazon Europe: 2x Philips Hue GU 10 color

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Hue GU10 color, 43° angle 220-240V 0.2 Watts 350 lumens @4.9 Watts 2000-6500K Smooth Smooth Okay Smooth Passed Very low

Philips Hue GU10 White Ambiance

Philips Hue GU10 white ambianceThe White Ambiance models have a standard GU10 light size, have with 250 lumens or 20 Watt Halogen equivalent a lower light output than their newer 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. If you don’t need HomeKit (Hue Entertainment is not supported by them anyway), you may want to look after alternative models, e.g. those by Innr, which are brighter and cost even less.
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue White and Ambiance GU10
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue White and Ambiance GU10

Old Philips Hue GU10/Par16

Old Hue GU10 color lightThe old color GU10 lights may not give you the best bang for the buck (similar price to larger Hues, less light output – about 20 Watt Halogen 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 3 (no full green, no cyan, orange red), 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 (old model)
Amazon US/CA: Philips Hue GU10 (old model)

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

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

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

An additional note: Some users seem to have issues with the 5 metre strip missing a little part at its end. This has technical reasons, and Philips provided us some tips on how to solve it:
“In case more than 5cm of the strip does not light up, it can be easily rectified by bending the light strip to the right when installing. Make sure the cord is facing you when bending to the right, and light is emitting upwards. So you are on the side of the power supply with the light strip away from you.
The light strip has been designed to ensure it remains flexible when you install it, allowing you to bend around small corners. Twisting the total light strip to the left can cause the inner lights to become shorter, and not light up the full light strip. This can be easily rectified by bending the light strip to the right. Make sure the cord is facing you when bending to the right, and light is emitting upwards.”

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)

Amazon US/CA: 2x Philips Hue Play incl. PSU
Amazon US/CA: 1x Philips Hue Play incl. PSU
Amazon US/CA: 1x Philips Hue Play extension (no PSU)

Hue Beyond

HueBeyondColorsThese 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.
Note that all Beyond lamps only support limited colors of Gen 1 & Gen 2 lamps. So only lime green and no cyan colors, no deep red.
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 US/CA: Philips Hue Beyond pendant lamp
Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Beyond pendant lamp


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

Hue Ensis

This is the currently brightest Hue light you can get. With 6000 lumens at 4000 Kelvin (Moonlight) it will light up everything below and above it! It is a split light, which distributes its light to the bottom and to the top, which will usually be your ceiling. Both parts can be controlled separately, which allows it to create some stunning lighting effects!
Its build quality is high, though some users complain about the rope jams breaking apart. From our experience, you just need to be a bit careful. Do not try to stress the screws. Only screw as far as it needs for proper holding.

Two things we would criticize though: It’s really a pain to get this light onto the ceiling! It needs quite some patience and nerves to get this done. Another thing is that the transformers tend to whistle at certain settings, e.g. at the brightest 4000 Kelvins. Since it’s at the ceiling and there’s a housing around it, it’s barely audible. But for a light for this price, this is not really acceptable.

If you can live with these things though, this is really a bright light! While it’s advertised for the use above dining tables, it also makes the perfect light for your office!

Amazon Europe: Philips Hue Ensis pendant lamp

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Hue Ensis 230V Untested 6000 lumens 2000-6500K Smooth Smooth Okay Smooth Passed Very low

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

Batteries used: 2x LS 14500

 

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. If we have a device not listed here, keep an eye open for “ZigBee 3.0”, which usually points to a compatible device (but also devices not mentioning it can be compatible – but it’s a little less likely).
Keep one thing in mind: Using 3rd party lights means they are not available to HomeKit (and hence not Siri, but they work with Siri shortcuts), 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 and Siri Shortcuts 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. 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. Also, there are “Friends of Hue” lights expected, and these should be HomeKit and Hue Entertainment compatible, since they employ firmware made and tested by Philips.

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 around the 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 about on par with Hue lights, as is the color accuracy. 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 (Euro plug) / SP 222 (UK plug)

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.

Innr SP 222From 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 (or 13, in the UK version), which should be more than enough for most tasks.

One weird thing we have seen just once yet in about half a year of usage is that they once didn’t switch, and when the on/off button was pressed, they turned on and right after release off again. Solution: Unplug it and plug it in again, or turn it on via the app or any Hue switch.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Innr plug SP 120
Amazon UK: Innr SP 222

Innr Filament bulbs

Innr brought these bulbs to market in July 2019, they imitate the looks of a traditional light bulb by putting together a lot of LEDs behind each other in a stripe that looks similar to a filament. Such bulbs have been available before, but none yet which also integrate ZigBee electronics in the socket! The electronics have been fit in an enlarged socket, which measures a little less than 2 cm.
The bulbs are available in two variations: A vintage one that glows at 2200 Kelvins with up to 350 lumens, and a normal one with 2700 Kelvins and up to 806 lumes.

Both bulbs look beautiful, and they both serve different use cases. Contrary to traditional bulbs, when you dim an LED bulb, its color temperature will stay the same. Traditional bulbs get warmer the less bright they are, but the 2700 Kelvin of a lowly dimmed LED bulb may look a bit unpleasant. This is why Innr has two bulbs available: In case you usually want bright light, the normal one should do it for you. If you want ambient lighting, the vintage one is the better solution! It more faithfully represents a dimmed bulb, despite its vintage look (the glass has been colorized).

We normally wouldn’t recommend fixed temperature lights, but if you want filament bulbs, there is no other solution than this, and with two available bulbs for different use cases, Innr solves the color temperature issues for many situations. Their price is affordable and even lower when purchased in a two-pack.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon Europe: Innr E27 filament bulb RF 265 (2700 Kelvin)
Amazon Europe: Innr E27 vintage filament bulb RF 263 (2200 Kelvin)
Amazon UK: 2x Innr B22 vintage filament bulb RF 265-2 (2700 Kelvin)
Amazon UK: 2x Innr B22 vintage filament bulb RF 263-2 (2200 Kelvin)

Note: The shots have been taken at their lowest possible brightness to show you the filament, which is hard to capture at higher luminosity levels. The lights have been sent to us for testing by Innr.

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Hue API conformity Min brightness
Innr RF263 / 265 220-240V < 0.2W @ 222V 2200 / 2700 lumens, 4.2 / 6.3 Watt Passed still quite bright

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: 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

Feibit

This Chinese company is relatively new to ZigBee hardware, but has been producing quite a lot of ZigBee devices already. You can see the constant change in different firmware revisions having different company identifiers like “Feibit”, “FeiBit”, “Feibit Inc. co” and even “FeeBit”.
Apart from this, the products seem to be reasonably robust and are marketed under different companies and product names like “3A”, “Nue” (even with a color gradient), “Hommie”, and even a product of the Netherland company “Calex” seem to have used Feibit software, since the specific firmware version “1000-0001” is also to be found in several Feibit related products.

Feibit plug
This plug is quite new to the market, and it’s the first plug system to support the UK plug as well! It seems to be working well and does that at a reasonable price.
The only thing we would criticize is that it identifies itself as “On/Off light” to apps, while it should, in fact, identify as “On/Off plug”, which it actually is.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon EU: Feibit Euro plug
Amazon UK: Feibit UK plug

US buyers: We’ve found this model on your market as well but couldn’t test it. We appreciate your feedback:
Amazon US: Feibit US plug

Additional note: We’ve received a free sample of the UK plug by Ajaxonline, which we have tested here. We assume their models on Amazon’s shop to perform as well.

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Hue API conformity
Feibit plug 100-240V < 0.2W @ 227V 10A (Euro), 13A (UK) Failed (identifies as light instead of plug)

Ajax Online LED Strip / Controller (Feibit firmware) (UK only)
We received a strip by Ajax Online Ltd. for testing, which is looks to be a promising 3rd party controller. For once, it combines RGB with warmwhite+coldwhite instead being just fixed to one white tone. On the other hand, LEDs have a spacing of about 34mm instead of the Lightstrip+ 56mm – this is not as dense as other strips, but will reduce the impression of a non-continuous lighting when compared to Philips’ model.
It is not quite as bright as the Lightstrip+, probably 2/3rds – the producer doesn’t deliver actual numbers. What is the same with all Feibit controlled products is that colors do not use the white LEDs to mix less saturated tones. This means less saturated colors are less bright than with a Hue strip, but saturated colors have about the same brightness.
We’ve measured color temperatures and found a range of about 2200-6400 Kelvins, the packaging advertises 2200-6500 Kelvins, the API tells that it’s 2700-6500 Kelvins. The strip seems to be quite accurate at 4000 Kelvin and above, while being less accurate at the setting of 2700 Kelvins, where it already reached as low as 2200 Kelvins – this might be because the firmware thinks it has 2700 K WW LEDs, so it only powers on the warmwhite LEDs. Animations are smooth.

Standby power is quite high with 1.7 Watts, while the PSU itself already taking about 0.8 Watts. So efficiency could be improved slightly by using a different PSU.

Especially for the longer version with 5.2 metres, this a product with a compelling price point. It can be extended with the same PSU to up to 10 metres.

Verdict: Recommended

Amazon GB: Ajax Online LED strip 5.2 metres
Amazon GB: Ajax Online LED strip controller, PSU only

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Ajax Online strip 100-240V 1.7W @ 227V unknown 2200-6400 Kelvin Smooth Smooth OK Smooth, but sudden off Failed (no Gamut given, wrong color temp range) Still bright

Hommie E27 (Feibit firmware)
This is an alternative to the other Hue compatible lights, which acts quite well in terms of compatibility. It handles color transitions perfectly, animations, however, sometimes stutter.
While it is highly recommended by several users, we have something to really complain about: We’ve measured a color temperature range from 3800 to 8150 Kelvins (measured with a Spyder 5) instead of the advertised 2200 to 6500 Kelvins. This light is FAR off and will never have the same color temperature of any other light in the room that behaves API conform. It will also never give you the warm color temperatures of an incandescent light, which is at about 2700 Kelvins. You probably don’t want to use this light for places where you often are.
At 700 lumens, it is also a bit less bright than lights of most other manufacturers (806 lumens usually). Colors though are vivid and bright. One other thing we need to criticize is that the light we had had no stable brightness. It always flickers slightly, which can be annoying.

All in all, this might be a cheap alternative to Hue lights (less than a Hue Ambience light), but we are not so impressed. Its firmware is one of the better ones, but the hardware is lacking.

Verdict: Not recommended

Amazon EU: Hommie E27

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Hommie E27 100-277V < 0.2W @ 227V 700lm 3800-8150 Kelvin Smooth Slightly stuttering Only on 2nd press Suddenly Failed (no Gamut given, wrong color temp range) Quite bright

3A/Nue downlight (Feibit firmware)
An interesting combination comes in form of this down light. It combines a PSU and LED driver in one package, and adds a powerful downlight to it. It can be used e.g. in the kitchen, work places or for apartments with recessed downlight cutouts.

Animations, color transitions and reactions to switches are perfect. Colors are, compared to many other lights, really bright!

The only thing we can complain about is a slight whining coming from the PSU. It gets less the more white and brighter the light gets.
Also it doesn’t handle color temperatures well. We measured an actual color temperature range of around 2250-6280 Kelvin, which tends to get more off the lower the temperature gets.
When it’s at low brightness, where it tends to lose its accuracy (color temperatures are even more off below 30% lightness) and stability (slight flickering @ 6500 Kelvin and brightness below 5%). Expect these lights to mostly not match color temperatures of properly behaving devices.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon EU: 3A RGBW downlight

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
3A/NUE downlight 100-240V ~0,8W @ 227V 700-800lm 2700-6500 Kelvin Smooth Smooth Okay Smooth Failed (no Gamut given, completely wrong color temp range) Low-ish

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

Ikea plug (Europe)
Ikea Euro plugA pretty new member of the Hue compatible devices is the Ikea plug. It seems to do its work properly, switching up to 16 Amps (3840 Watts) at 220-240 Volts. It takes almost no energy when it’s turned off, while taking around 0.8 Watts when switched on.

What is a bit complicated is its support: You will need to have a firmware of at least 2.0.022 to have it Hue compatible – if you purchase it at the moment (June of 2019), you have to expect it to have an older firmware. The firmware can be updated with an Ikea bridge, and in order to be able to connect the plug to it, you’ll need to have some kind of Ikea remote. So it’s a bit of a struggle to get there.
It doesn’t end there: You’ll have to use Touchlink to search it, and it is possible that you will need to try it multiple times until it connects.

Why would you want to purchase it? It is the cheapest plug available, and at the same time, it switches the highest amperage of all available plugs. If you want or need this, and are okay with a little update/connect drama, then this plug is for you!

Verdict: May fit your needs

Ebay DE: Ikea Plug
Ebay UK: Ikea plug

Müller Licht Tint

This German manufacturer just brought a bunch of lights to German market via Aldi, but they are available across Europe. They are compatible with the latest iConnectHue, but there are certain reasons why we wouldn’t recommend them at the moment, for example that they don’t react to all available color modes. What we find more distracting is, that their lights don’t seem to be distinguishable for apps. The E14 model looks the same as the E27 model to apps. We usually add icons representing the specific light, but we can’t do it for these lights.
Müller Licht lights are okay-ish software wise, but they tend to stutter on ANY kind of color changes.

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

Müller Licht E27
This light poses a cheaper alternative to Philips’ E27 lights. They are built well in terms of hardware, but in terms of software, they have some issues. They don’t have issues with colors and brightness at the same time, but mostly it is the stuttering of color transitions tends to be annoying. This happens when you change the current color, but also comes into play with animations. If you don’t use these things or don’t mind stuttering color transitions, then this light might be for you.

We’ve measured a color temperature range from about 2400-7100 Kelvin, so these lights usually have a higher color temperature than set. It’s not too far off, but you might want to keep this in mind when using color temperatures with it. Its peak brightness is at 2700 Kelvin instead of Hue’s 4000 Kelvin. So if you need bright incandescent light, this is an alternative to Innr’s offering, which also peak at this color temperature.

This is one of the very few 3rd party lights we have that return their color gamut. Unfortunately the color temperature it returns starts at 1800 Kelvin, but the product is advertised at starting at 2200 Kelvin on its packacge, so this makes it still fail the Hue API test.

Amazon EU: Müller Licht E27
Verdict: May fit your needs

FW version Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
2.0 220-240V < 0.2W @ 227V 806 lm 2200-6500 Kelvin Stuttering Stuttering Passed Smooth Failed (wrong color temperature range, starts at 1800K, but color Gamut given!) Low-ish

Müller Licht E14
These lights are interesting for several reasons: They are smaller than Philips’ E14 lights while still providing color. The color lights support a very wide color temperature range of 1800-6500 Kelvin (down to candle-like temperatures!). At the same time, they are cheaper – but not by much.

We measured that the color temperatures are mostly accurate, but a bit off at the lower end, where they are a bit higher than expected. We couldn’t reach the advertised 1800 Kelvin – when we set the light to this setting, it still had around 2100 Kelvins – which is actually above their Hue counterparts!

When it comes to setting the color or running animations, these lights unfortunately stutter heavily! It’s not nice to look at, and this is also our main criticizm. Besides this, the E14 lights are indistinguishable from their E27 counterparts, which is a shame! Apps can adapt their UI to the light types being used, but this is unfortunately impossible here.

We would say these lights do have some upsides, but also several downsides – and since the price difference is so small to original Hue lights, it doesn’t justify the compromise made.

Verdict: Not recommended

Amazon EU: Müller Licht E14

FW version Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
4.4 220-240V 0.3W @ 227V 470 lm 1800-6500 Kelvin Stuttering Stuttering Passed Suddenly Failed (no/empty Gamut given) Low-ish

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’ old GU 10 color offering – going so far as it even is only capable of the limited color range of Philips’ old GU 10 lights – which is a shame. 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

This Chinese manufacturer comes up with more and more cheap lights and small controllers that are compatible with the Hue system.
Their controllers have a nice trick upon their sleeves: They plug into a normal low voltage PSU with round power plug – of course you can still wire them, if you want to.

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

Gledopto 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
Amazon US: Gledopto 5 channel RGB+CCT lightstrip controller

Gledopto 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: Gledopto 2 channel color temperature lightstrip controller
Amazon US: Gledopto 2 channel color temperature lightstrip controller

Gledopto E26 / 27 12 Watts
These heavy and slightly bulky lights bring quite some power to you: They are rated at around 1000 Lumens, which is what a 75-100 Watts light bulb can put out. Actually it’s not too much more than a Hue E27, which is rated at 806 lumens peak.

What we found is that less saturated colors are not as bright as with Hue bulbs, as the white LEDs are not used to add to the whiter shades in color mode. For such a high rated bulbs, we think that colors are actually too dim compared to its color temperature whites.
Its min-brightness is quite bright. Color transitions are partially stuttering, it has problems with setting color and brightness at once, so you might need to press switches twice for them (the same as with the Ikea lights). Animations run smooth though, but it gets the speed of color-only animations wrong.
It has an implementation issue with color temperatures, which seems to apply to all Gledopto lights, where those have a wrong scale: When set a temperature of 2000 Kelvin, the lowest Hue color light setting, they actually use their lowest setting – 2700 Kelvin. But when set to actual 2700 Kelvin, the lights are well over 3300 Kelvin (measured with datacolor Spyder 5). That means when you set a color temperature, this light will almost always have a different color temperature than any other correct working light in your room!

Standby power is at 1.2 Watts @ 227 Volts, which is quite high!
All in all it’s a compromise as all Gledopto lights. It is quite cheap for its output, but you probably want to use it preferably for color temperatures, not for colors.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: Gledopto E27 12 Watts
Amazon US: Gledopto E26 12 Watts

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Gledopto E26/E27 100-240V 1.2W @ 227V 900-1100lm 2700-6500K Partially stuttering Smooth, color only animations transition too fast Only on 2nd press Suddenly Failed (no Gamut given, wrong color temp range) Quite bright

Gledopto GU 10
This GU 10 light operates at 100-240 Volts an
d hence works worldwide. It has a rated peak brightness of 300-350 lumens, about the same as the Hue HU 10 lights. The color temperature range is limited with 2700-6500 Kelvin. What’s good about it is the almost “standard” GU 10 size (it’s a bit longer), which should make it fit into most existing housings.
What we found is that less saturated colors are not as bright as with Hue bulbs, as the white LEDs are not used to add to the whiter shades in color mode. Contrary to Hue gen 1/2 GU 10 lights though, green tones are fully saturated.
Its min-brightness is lowish, but not low. Color transitions are partially stuttering, it has problems with setting color and brightness at once, so you might need to press switches twice for them (the same as with the Ikea lights). Animations run smooth though, but it gets the speed of color-only animations wrong.
It has an implementation issue with color temperatures, where those have a wrong scale: When set a temperature of 2000 Kelvin, the lowest Hue color light setting, they actually use their lowest setting – 2700 Kelvin. But when set to actual 2700 Kelvin, the lights are well over 3300 Kelvin (measured with datacolor Spyder 5). That means when you set a color temperature, this light will almost always have a different color temperature than any other correct working light in your room!

Standby power is at 0.7 Watts @ 227 Volts, which is a bit more than Hue lights (usually 0.3 Watts).
All in all it’s a compromise. You might want to use them if Hue color GU 10 lights are too large or too expensive.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: Gledopto GU 10
Amazon US: Gledopto GU 10

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Gledopto GU 10 100-240V 0.7W @ 227V 300-350lm 2700-6500K Partially stuttering Smooth, color only animations transition too fast Only on 2nd press Suddenly Failed (no Gamut given, wrong color temp range) Low-ish

Gledopto E14 / E12
Gledopto released color E14 lights that actually smaller than Hue E14 lights. While the producer rates them at 2000 Lumens, we measured them to be almost as bright at 2700 Kelvin (which you have to set this light for to 2000 Kelvins) as Hue E14 lights (which are rated at 470 Lumens at 4000 K, where they are the brightest, and about 30% brighter there than the Gledopto one.

What we found is that less saturated colors are not as bright as with Hue bulbs, as the white LEDs are not used to add to the whiter shades in color mode.
Its min-brightness is quite bright. Color transitions are partially stuttering, it has problems with setting color and brightness at once, so you might need to press switches twice for them (the same as with the Ikea lights). Animations run smooth though, but it gets the speed of color-only animations wrong.
It has an implementation issue with color temperatures, which seems to apply to all Gledopto lights, where those have a wrong scale: When set a temperature of 2000 Kelvin, the lowest Hue color light setting, they actually use their lowest setting – 2700 Kelvin. But when set to actual 2700 Kelvin, the lights are well over 3300 Kelvin (measured with datacolor Spyder 5). That means when you set a color temperature, this light will almost always have a different color temperature than any other correct working light in your room!

Standby power is less than 0.3 Watts @ 227 Volts, which is quite good.
All in all it’s a compromise as all Gledopto lights. They are about a centimeter smaller and less thick than Hue E14 lights, but you buy this with a lot of issues. They may fit if Hue E14 lights, well, do not fit.

Verdict: May fit your needs

Amazon Europe: Gledopto E14
Amazon US: Gledopto E12 / Candalebra

Model Voltage Standby power Peak brightness/power Color temperature Color transitions Animations Color+Lightness Off/On Hue API conformity Min brightness
Gledopto E14 100-240V < 0.2W @ 227V 200lm (we guess > 300lm) 2700-6500K Partially stuttering Smooth, color only animations transition too fast Only on 2nd press Suddenly Failed (no Gamut given, wrong color temp range) Bright

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 in some cases)

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: May suit your needs

Amazon DE/FR/IT: Osram 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 quadratic one. It’s MUCH faster, especially when processing large amounts of data, like animations, supports HomeKit and is more future proof. The old round bridge is outdated and not supported any longer by Philips.
Purchase the bridge 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 2 Hue Color and Ambiance lights

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

If you don’t have a bridge yet, but lights, or need another bridge (e.g. if you have more than 50 lights to work with), you will get new bridges on Ebay pretty cheap. They usually come from bundles where the owner already has a bridge:
Ebay DE: Philips Hue Bridge
Ebay US: Philips Hue Bridge
Ebay UK: Philips Hue Bridge

What’s the main difference between a v2 an a v2.1 bridge? The latter seems to have a Wifi module – but this isn’t enabled/supported by Philips yet. You will still have to use Ethernet to connect the bridge. It also doesn’t look as if this would change.

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: ALL 3rd party switches and sensors that are not named “Friends of Hue”

3rd party switches can usually be added, like the ones made by Lutron, Busch Jaeger or Dresden Elektronik, but those not named “Friends of Hue” 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: 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: 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!

Why we don’t recommend dimmable lights

iConnectHue is all about controlling colors and color temperature. It makes specific use of them in many cases and for several reasons. Using dimmable lights would degrade the app experience – but that is only one part.
When you dim old fashion incandescent lights, they tend to get warmer the lower you dim them, so when they are usually specified at 2700 Kelvin color temperature, this temperature will go lower. If you dim them down to the brightness of a candle, their color temperature will also tend to have candle like color temperature.
Dimmable LED lightbulbs have a fixed color temperature. When they are specified at 2700 Kelvin, they will stay there. Once you’ve seen the effect of a dimmed fixed-Kelvin LED light bulb, you will usually experience this as unnatural or unpleasant, and it is because of their fixed color temperature. If you take at least white temperature capable bulbs, you can remove this effect by also lowering the color temperature (usually down to 2200 Kelvins are supported, color bulbs, due to added red LEDs, are even usually capable of 2000 Kelvin).
If it’s just your porch or garage light, don’t mind. But don’t get tricked into saving money by only taking dimmable bulbs for your living area. You might regret this – and this is why we don’t recommend such bulbs.

How we test

A light, controller or switch is usually 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.

Hue API conformity
For 3rd party lights and devices, we perform a Hue API confomity test. While you can expect Hue lights to always fulfill these tests, as Philips does them, 3rd party lights may fail more often than not.
If it fails, it doesn’t mean this light won’t work with the bridge, but it means it may not work as expected in several specific situations and might not give you a proper experience.

We deem a light as Hue API conform if it fulfills these tests:

  • Color gamut and color temperature range is returned and correct
  • The light type can be determined
  • The color temperature shown is the color temperature that is set
  • The light can handle brightness and color at the same time without issues

We deem a controller as conform if it fulfills these tests:

  • Its type can be determined and is correct
  • The light can handle brightness and color (if supported) at the same time without issues

Color and lightness
When a switch is pressed, or a standard color is selected, the bridge usually sends two commands to a light: A color and lightness. Many 3rd party lights cannot handle these signals coming in conjunction. They then usually only act to one command. If the same command is then sent again, they also react to the second part.

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We will and can not guarantee the inclusion of the lights and/or manufacturers listed here to your bridge. 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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