[Updated 05/27] Since its introduction into the market in 2012, the Philips brand of smart LED light has been a catalyst for other brands to venture into the smart lighting market. Without bias, we can safely call them the Philips hue alternatives because they came much later after the pioneer cleared the path.
This smart LED light does pretty much everything that you will need from a smart bulb. Much more than just changing colors, it allows you to connect with other smart devices in your home. The starter kit comes with two / three bulbs (white lights and colored), a hub and a bridge that can control about 50 other bulbs.
Even though these other brands are alternatives, they are also good in their rights. In some cases, they have proven to be worthy alternatives to the Hue. In this review of the Philips Hue alternatives, we will examine brands that deliver as much as or even much more.
Why Consider An Alternative?
The fact that Philips is an early entrant into the LED bulb market made it enjoyed the high pricing privilege of a partial monopoly for the time. If not for anything else, for its expensive pricing, more potential buyer may seek or opt for an alternative.
Also, lately many alternatives available in the market have shown themselves to be better regarding delivery. This is another reason why a buyer may aptly consider to get any alternative available in the market today.
Having shown two reasons why an average user will aptly consider to purchase an alternative, let us do a review of some of the alternatives available.
Philips Hue Alternatives
There are a whole lot of LED bulb that enters the draw as worthy alternatives of Philips Hue. In this review, we will be considering only eight of these.
The factors of consideration range from price to lumen capacity, brightness, color spectrum, software, and kit content among others.
- Belkin Wemo:
At a $100 for the starter kit, Belkin Wemo proves a qualified alternative in pricing. Much more than just the price, Belkin Wemo pose itself as a stronger smart bulb with 500 more color temperature of 3000 Kelvin compared to Philip’s 2,500 Kelvin. It also competes favorably with the ability to work with and control about 50 bulbs with its hub.
Then, when it comes to user experience and flexibility, it still delivers almost more than you will expect. The Belkin Wemo starter kit is intuitive and very easy to set up, allows you to plan flexible IFTTT recipes that suit your home need and activities. What is more, it has a 23-year life expectancy with a 3-hour daily usage rate.
Without a doubt, Belkin Wemo has proven itself as a sure-footed alternative.
- GE Link Starter Kit
Much more than just a smart bulb, the GE Link starter kit delivers a higher bright light with all generations of bulbs it makes. The A 19 bulb from GE Link produces some 8000 lumens of light temperature (the equivalent of 2700 lumens) that is some 200 lumens up and above the temperature of the Philips’ A 19 bulb.
When considering affordability as a motive for considering alternatives, GE Links is a worthy consideration in its right. Paired with the Wink app, GE Link becomes a powerful and more sophisticated smart light that gives you maximal control of the lamps in your home. With the Wink, you have more than just control of your GE Link bulbs; you can do more by controlling other smart things in your home too.
This, by all means, makes the GE Link starter kit a valid alternative of that delivers just pretty much everything that it provides and in a smarter more affordable way.
- Lifx Starter Kit
Being a pioneer at something doesn’t necessarily translate to having more to deliver in that area. Matter-of-fact, it could mean that you will be the catalyst for better development in the particular field. This is exactly the fate that the Hue is facing in the smart light sector.
Without warning, Lifx introduced its second and third generation bulbs which have some 1,100 lumens of brightness packed into its bulbs. Hue, on the other hand, gives out some 342 to 550 lumens (the equivalent of 2000 kelvins). With this, I believe that the Lifx can be pitched as a considerable alternative.
Lifx’s hardware proves more favorable compared to the Hue because of its design. Built with a short cylindrical glass edge that allows more glow and wider reach, Lifx shows more relevance. On the other hand, Philips has a conical shape illumination when connected without a shade.
See Also: Philips Hue vs. Lifx
- TP – Link
Without a doubt, pricing remains a consistent factor in consumer behavior when searching for alternatives to a product or service. That is exactly the reason why pricing remains a constant factor in listing alternatives of Philips Hue.
Selling at $19.99, the price factor appears relevant in consideration of TP-Link bulbs as a viable alternative. Especially when you factor in the 2700 Kelvin of color temperature and 600 lumens of brightness it brings to the table.
Unlike the Hue, you do not require a hub to use the TP-Link light and you can conveniently schedule the lights in your home to go on and off at selected time. Well, if this is not smartness enough, I can’t tell what else is when you are considering alternatives.
TP-Link bulbs allow you to also set scenes and moods that can be saved and revisited and this can be done with less purchase cost compared to the Philips.
- Lucero A 19
Maybe not a total smart bulb match for Philips, but Lucero is a compact light that is packed with all the features and promises of your favorite LED light. First, it offers 16 million palettes for you to choose from. With this, you can safely create a well-personalized atmosphere in your home.
It is also designed with dimmable features in the app that allows you to control and regulate the brightness of your bulbs. Regarding setting moods and scenes, Lucero has created an internal memory for the bulbs that allows it to store your preferred mood for later retrieval and use.
There is also the ability to mimic vivid colors by the Lucero bulb. It can totally pick and shine colors from live snapshots that you take via your smartphone cameras. Here, like the Hue, you can relive your past and current memorable moments. Pound for pound, Lucero may not be a match for Hue, but that does not make it any less an alternative.
- Sylvania Lightify By Osram
There is one factor that is universal to all smart LED light, which is the ability to tune and increase/decrease the glow of the bulbs. In this area, Sylvania Osram proves itself a worthy competition. Delivering lights that range from harsh white to soft white in the range of 2,700 to 6,500 kelvins, Sylvania allows you customize the illumination of your home to suit your preference.
Osram lets you remotely control the lights in your home from any location. This is made available through the Lightify app that can be freely downloaded from the appropriate store.
Scheduling capacity is also a feature that Lightify delivers. Using the Osram brand, you are free to schedule your home light to go on / off depending on the time of the day. The geofencing ability of the Philips may not apply here, but scheduling abilities duly suffice for that, therefore, giving Sylvania Lightify by Osram consideration as Hue’s alternative.
After all is said and done, here we have highlighted and showed features of some worthy alternatives of the Hue. These worthy contestants are, in most cases, capable of delivering the same level of high-quality smart light of the Hue. Some even promise and deliver these at relatively lower prices than it.
So, this here is a tip to guide you as a prospective buyer through the buyers’ journey of reviewing probable Philips Hue alternative smart lights for your home.