Philips Hue Wireless Bloom vs. Iris vs. Par16 Bulb in Action


INGLOCKWETRUST
INGLOCKWETRUST

Just picked up the bloom from Amazon & returned it the same day. The light is a complete waste!! Wouldn't purchase, unless it was around $15-$20.

Vor Monat
Markus Rottbeck
Markus Rottbeck

*I love these lights.>>>**t.co/QY15Wc0MLz**   It is a game changer. No longer will I get up from my comfortable bed and turn off the light. There are also 3rd party apps that that allow for party lights that go with the rhythm of the music playing. All in all the people that are not tech savvy may have trouble with the initial install but after that it is super user friendly especially when paired with google home or alexa*

Vor 4 Monate
Dawn Johnson
Dawn Johnson

wow its like

Vor 4 Monate
Ranjan Vadlamani
Ranjan Vadlamani

So, why is this called wireless? I am confused, because you still need to run the wires to get power to them right? Is the title of the video misleading or am I missing something?

Vor 8 Monate
techfreshness
techfreshness

well the control of it is wireless

Vor 7 Monate
THDYZ
THDYZ

exactly what I was looking for thanks very much

Vor 8 Monate
Osmanny Morales
Osmanny Morales

Thank you so much. What you said about buying one then wanting more, that is so true. I bought my starter kit the other day and now I want to change all my bulbs lol.

Vor 11 Monate
techfreshness
techfreshness

haha yep!

Vor 11 Monate
Carolyn Dempsey
Carolyn Dempsey

So are they wireless or not???? Do they require charge then wireless? Thinking of a camping light that’s all

Vor year
techfreshness
techfreshness

not wireless hue does make one though i forget what its called

Vor 11 Monate
IC3 Ghost
IC3 Ghost

at 1:23 what is the name of that light off the far right? I wanna buy somw of those for my room thanks :)

Vor year
techfreshness
techfreshness

that be the hue bloom, link is in the description if you like

Vor year
Bernardo Fiaux
Bernardo Fiaux

COULD SEND THE LINK FOR THE PRIVATE LABEL FLOOR LAMP ? THANK YOU TECHFRESHNESS!

Vor year
techfreshness
techfreshness

hi, they no longer sell that anywhere that i can find, there is a link to a similar one in hte description tho

Vor year
What's Up with DJ
What's Up with DJ

I really want 2 silver floor lamps like you have on here. can you please help by sharing a link for them as I cannot find them please and thank you

Vor year
What's Up with DJ
What's Up with DJ

techfreshness well I want it shooting up behind the TV up the wall so maybe just the normal bulbs will be better and cover bigger area

Vor year
techfreshness
techfreshness

the par 16 bulb is slightly more of like an accent/spotlight bulb where the regular bulb will illuminate more all around

Vor year
What's Up with DJ
What's Up with DJ

techfreshness what I'm trying to figure out is what the difference is between the par16 bulb and a normal color bulb other that the shape

Vor year
What's Up with DJ
What's Up with DJ

Black Finish 8" High Accent Uplight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000DI4D3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_xdbZyb7WH3TCZ

Vor year
What's Up with DJ
What's Up with DJ

techfreshness I don't want those giant blooms. I ordered black up lights and getting the 3rd gen bulbs to go in them from Hue

Vor year
Vapornator
Vapornator

Awesome info, much thanks! 👍

Vor year
Iko N
Iko N

dude where did you get the floor lamp? care to share the link?

Vor 2 years
Iko N
Iko N

Thanks Man I appreciate this.. at least i know where to look for it.

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

hey iko, there is one in the description, the exact same one i can find no where in existence!

Vor 2 years
Modern R6
Modern R6

is there a manual setting to change colour or only possible with smartphone app?

Vor 2 years
Roots Pablow
Roots Pablow

You're discarding the iris, but I actually like the size and design. No point hiding it away though, it's meant to be displayed on a shelf or table.

Vor 2 years
Alexander R
Alexander R

Roots Pablow Incorrect. It is not meant to be on display.

Vor year
techfreshness
techfreshness

fair point my man

Vor 2 years
Tommy Grant
Tommy Grant

I have a torch lamp that is an eyesore and would love to get some lighting options to replace. Thinking two PAR16's + the floor spot light.

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

hey tommy, that could work, i would kindly suggest a couple bloom lamps (in addition to or instead of), they make for awesome uplighting.

Vor 2 years
Soldiershak
Soldiershak

I just found a working iris lamp in the trash.

Vor 2 years
Soldiershak
Soldiershak

+techfreshness Yeah I was trying to figure out why they might've thrown it out; turns out you can't sync it with the hub and the power cable has a short where you have to keep it at an angle. IT came with a remote, so I got the full package. I just put it behind my monitor for ambient lighting so it's no problem for me

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

ha damn nice find!

Vor 2 years
smarthome developer
smarthome developer

LIFX IS WAY BETTER LOOK INTO THAT BETTER I'LL PIT A VIDEO UP OF THEM LATER

Vor 2 years
Michael Mack
Michael Mack

smarthome developer I

Vor year
smarthome developer
smarthome developer

I GOT HACKED HUE PHILIPS VIDEO CHECK IT

Vor 2 years
smarthome developer
smarthome developer

I GOT HACKED HUE PHILIPS VIDEO CHECK IT

Vor 2 years
MagnuM00125
MagnuM00125

these are mostly for aesthetics right ?

Vor 2 years
Soldiershak
Soldiershak

If you get the bulbs with colors I'd say yes, but they do have plain white bulbs that cost less and have all of the smart features you'd expect

Vor 2 years
Taylor Sharpe
Taylor Sharpe

nice vid. answered all my questions. would have been cool to see them up against the wall in the dark, but one at a time. thanks though!

Vor 2 years
Sabine Köster
Sabine Köster

Thank you for the video. The comparison between Philips Iris, Bulb and Bloom showed the difference in an excellent way :-)

Vor 2 years
Nadeem Masquine
Nadeem Masquine

hi, you mentioned that the par16 is equivalent to the e26, I'm looking for one that will fit an e16 socket,

Vor 2 years
mister8765
mister8765

Not sure if this is possible but I'm going on holidays and I was wondering if you can set these lights to flash random colours - mimicking flashing of a tv. So from the outside it looks like the tv is on

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+mister8765 you can yeh

Vor 2 years
mister8765
mister8765

I mean I'm going on vacation

Vor 2 years
Michael McGee
Michael McGee

Thanks for the review of these 3 lights, I was having trouble figuring out which to buy and now I know. If hidden behind something, the single bulb with the generic holder is the way to go IMO.

Vor 2 years
Alexandre Raposo
Alexandre Raposo

Bro....where did you find that floor lamp? I can't find ANYTHING like it.

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

this is great, thanks man

Vor 2 years
Erickarlo Porro
Erickarlo Porro

+techfreshness I found couple more that are in stock that people could be http://www.amazon.com/ProTrack-Accent-Black-Floor-Uplight/dp/B0000DI4D3 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BTI0TW/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687662&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0000DI4D3&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0GXEJVCQW3XKEGXEBWV8

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Alexandre Raposo hey alexandre, yeh so many people ask me and i can't find it again! the closest i can find is this one: http://amzn.to/1PRloSX

Vor 2 years
FutureAllenNL
FutureAllenNL

Great review but im wondering if someone can help me with deciding between two types of bloom. Amazon currently has the new gen and old gen. The major difference from what I can see is that the old bloom comes with a remote and is cheaper. Can anyone tell me if there are any other major differences between the two models such as improved colours or brightness? If not then I might save a few bucks and get the older one however if the lights has been improved I would want to get the new one of course.

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

very nice man sounds like it worked out, thanks for posting back!

Vor 2 years
FutureAllenNL
FutureAllenNL

+techfreshness So I finally received both lamps and have played around with them for a few days. Just to not I have the Gen 3 bloom which unlike the Gen 2 doesn't have a detachable power cord and has analogue buttons. Connecting wasnt too difficult, I just had to do a manual search and input the serial number from the lamp. Surprisingly the lamps do not differ that much and I found that the older version seemed somewhat brighter, but it could just be me. One of the good things about buying the older Gen is that the remote that comes with it can be used to 'hijack' the other lamps which I found convenient because I know longer need to buy the dimmer set and can easily turn the lights of without using the app. Doing this however takes time as the lamps no longer become available to the app until the remote is connected to the bridge however once setup you can set two scenes and control all the lights. My conclusion is: get the older lamp if you want to save money because its basically the same lamp with a remote but if you just want a single bloom then get the more expensive option as it connects directly to the hub.

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

great man thanks! that works too

Vor 2 years
FutureAllenNL
FutureAllenNL

So I decided to just buy two for now, one of each type to check the differences and after that I can bulk buy. I will post my findings after testing.

Vor 2 years
FutureAllenNL
FutureAllenNL

+techfreshness you have a good point but I'm planning on a bulk buy and don't want to waste cash if it is the same otherwise the 20 + euro wouldn't have mattered. Especially because I want the lightstrip plus :p

Vor 2 years
Ryan H
Ryan H

Do you think the hue A19 bulb in a small floor lamp like you have in your video would work well for some accent lighting on a wall behind a tv? Or would the hue par 16 work better? Disperse the light better?

Vor 3 years
RDiiÖ
RDiiÖ

great video! i need that silver floor lamp base been looking everywhere trying to find something similar

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+RD iiO thanks rdiio, man i wish i could find it as well, i think i bought it at a store, but many people have asked me about it and i can't find a similar one online!

Vor 3 years
Sean Smith
Sean Smith

thanks for the comparison, this helps me a lot. and fyi. the hue system with the Amazon Echo is awesome. you're gonna love it.

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Sean Smith nice, glad it helped, and still haven't had time to set up the echo yet!

Vor 3 years
Roberta L
Roberta L

Great review! I was so uncertain before hitting the buy button. This gave me a much better idea on which Phillips Hue item to purchase with an Amazon Echo.

Vor 3 years
UrBoy Troy1109
UrBoy Troy1109

Yah, WeMo is on my X-Mas list, thinking bout connecting my TV and Speakers to it, so I can have "Alexa" turn it On/Off :)  Buying some Philips Hue lightstrips too....it's gonna be awesome!

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

nice troy, yeah the echo is pretty legit, i just picked up one myself. i found out with the echo you can control light switches too if you get the wemo or insteon branded ones. in case you have some lights that can't take the hues

Vor 3 years
UrBoy Troy1109
UrBoy Troy1109

+techfreshness I just bought the Amazon Echo 2 days ago and it works great with the Hue Lights. I can't wait to get all my electronics setup and connected to my Echo. Great review btw! I thought about buying the Iris but after seeing your video, I think I'll grab some Par 16 bulb instead

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Roberta L (traffic cowgirl) excellent! glad it helped roberta, hope you enjoy the setup. i just got an echo myself to try out. 'lights on, lights off' ha

Vor 3 years
UTubeVideoChannel
UTubeVideoChannel

Excellent review. Thanks

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+UTubeVideoChannel thanks a lot

Vor 3 years
Dan Gardiner
Dan Gardiner

Thanks for the review! Any thoughts on how focused the Par16 is? IE, if it were in a ceiling canister about 10 feet off the floor, casting down onto a round high-top table, would it be a clear circle (comparable to a theatrical 'special'), or would it end up dispersing and be more of a wash?

Vor 3 years
Dan Gardiner
Dan Gardiner

Awesome, thank you so much!  You just saved me $60 and some disappointment.  Keep being awesome :) 

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Dan Gardiner hi dan thanks. i actually just looked at it now and held from the ground about 8 feet up and the light disperses pretty quick, its going to be much more a wash than a concetrated circle for sure. in other words NOT focused at all, which you wouldn't think just based on the shape of the bulb.

Vor 3 years
MKX Chrome
MKX Chrome

Can you get the lightbulbs without a bridge? And do the lightbulbs fit in any lights in your house?

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

if you just want 'regular' light bulbs get the a19 starter pack. i'd recommend the gen 2, so you get the updated bridge. but any bridge can control any hue light. does that make sense?

Vor 3 years
MKX Chrome
MKX Chrome

+techfreshness What kind of lightbulbs should I buy, I mean there's more than one and can I use new lightstrips with old lightbulbs? Thx

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+On EDM Cloud 9 hi edm, (love edm btw) you can buy seperate bulbs but you need the bridge to be able to control them. and yes, the medium bulb sockets fit in any typical house socket.

Vor 3 years
Alex Curtis
Alex Curtis

Thank you so much! This really helped me pick out which HUE's to order!

Vor 3 years
N Scott
N Scott

Great through video

Vor 3 years
Jake Mark
Jake Mark

Thanks, getting the light bulb! Was wondering which was the brightest :)

Vor 3 years
Jake Mark
Jake Mark

Thanks! :) I can't wait!

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

the par16 gets the brightest

Vor 3 years
PINE TREE LODGE
PINE TREE LODGE

THANKS for taking the time to post

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+PINE TREE LODGE thx for taking the time to comment

Vor 3 years
PINE TREE LODGE
PINE TREE LODGE

GREAT VIDEO! - I now know that the Par16 is the way to go!

Vor 3 years
Feathered Serpent
Feathered Serpent

How do you control Bloom / Iris? Do they come with a wi-fi bridge? Or do you need a HUE kit? Or do the bulbs individually connect wirelessly to the phone app?

Vor 3 years
Thomas Sampson
Thomas Sampson

You will need a starter kit first, then you can buy any Hue bulb and control it with the bridge that comes in the starter kit

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Feathered Serpent hi there, sorry just saw your message. yeah you need a bridge to control any of the blooms or iris or any hue light really. you can get a starter pack that includes 2 blooms and a hue bridge.

Vor 3 years
Chris Goode
Chris Goode

Thanks! This helped me decide!

Vor 3 years
mozboy76
mozboy76

great video  I'm debating i want the strips

Vor 3 years
Elliott Ban
Elliott Ban

can u use the app to actual turn off these bulbs or just adjust them into dark? thanks

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Elliott Ban yep you can do all kinds of stuff with the app, turn off/on, change colors, dim, etc and many other apps made for it do even more stuff

Vor 3 years
Elliott Ban
Elliott Ban

I totally agree! I am already addicted to these bulbs.... a question: once I install Par16, can I still use the regular switch to turn the light on or off? If I use the regular switch to turn it on, will the color reset  to white or stay in the color as it was before? Thank you.

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

haha, i know the feeling :P

Vor 3 years
Elliott Ban
Elliott Ban

+techfreshness oh Philips has a seperate Hue Tap Light Switch....omg need to spend more money ..... =S

Vor 3 years
Elliott Ban
Elliott Ban

+techfreshness ha thanks. I'm doing renovation of my condo now. Im going to buy par16 and a19 bulbs. Im just hesitating to buy regular or dimmer switch for the wall. It looks like if I have these bulbs, I dont need the dimmer switch anymore cuz i will control the light through the app. But using app sometimes is kinda inconvenient if you just wanna quickly increase the brightness. So im thinking still to buy a dimmer switch for the wall....

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Elliott Ban ha thats funny. ok, yeah, i think i understand your question better now. you can still use your switch to turn the light on and off actually. when you flip it back on, it will not return to the previous color but rather, the default just 'regular' light color.  also, in order to ever switch on the bulb again using your app, you will need to at some point turn the switch back on (or you'll have to get up to turn the switch back on). in other words, you should use the light switch as least as possible......my next actual video is about setting these hues up the best way and what the best apps are, because honestly it takes some time and messing with getting the app(s) all setup in a non annoying way, ha hope that makes sense, and i hope you are enjoying your bulbs!

Vor 3 years
Neil Bigham
Neil Bigham

Awesome video thanks really couldn't decide which to buy, this helps a lot, I want the brightest and that's cover the most area of my walls, I'm now wondering whether to get just the e27 bulbs and buy regular floor lamps

Vor 3 years
Neil Bigham
Neil Bigham

+Neil Bigham areas

Vor 3 years
Neil Bigham
Neil Bigham

Although don't know whether to still go with the iris even though it's not as bright, will it cover larger she's?

Vor 3 years
kimberly m
kimberly m

Very helpful thanks

Vor 3 years
Christopher Mamula
Christopher Mamula

Only thing to keep in mind. The color representation are different for the bulbs.  The Iris and Bloom do a better job of doing Blues and Greens than the regular bulbs.

Vor 3 years
Soldiershak
Soldiershak

The issue should be fixed in the 3rd gen bulbs now

Vor year
UrBoy Troy1109
UrBoy Troy1109

So the Par 16 produce the same Blue and Green as the A19 and BR30 lights?

Vor 3 years
Juston Thomas
Juston Thomas

Are the A19 bulds good ...cause i want start in my apartment in the hallways.. The light fixtures say A19 are they good as all the rest of the hue bulbs........

Vor 3 years
Jana Monk
Jana Monk

Hi there! Great video, thanks for sharing! I have put Hue lights around my house, but want something soothing for the bedroom. I don't need superbright: it's mostly for reading. Which option would you suggest?

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+Chris/Jana Monk thanks! hmm, do you mean another hue light? i think maybe just a regular lux bulb, if you are using it for reading. that way you can still control it with a mobile device as far as on/off and dimness, and it will give you enough light output for reading. (i wouldn't think you would want to read with any other type of colored light) or depending on your bed, you could possibly mount an hue led strip to where it shines down from above

Vor 3 years
Vinnie Sutra
Vinnie Sutra

I knew about the Iris and the Bloom, but was unaware of the PR16. I've been interested in accent lights to compliment my other Hue lamps. Now I know what to put in the spot canisters I have. The Hue PR16.

Vor 3 years
4th dimension
4th dimension

What kind of lights are the silver ones (name, model #).

Vor 3 years
4th dimension
4th dimension

Thanks

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

+4th dimension hi, so if you are referring to the silver can, that is just a generic spot light i picked up i think at target, someone else asked me, and unfortunately there are no markings or description on the lamp anywhere! bit the par16 bulb should fit any basic bulb socket used in a similar spot light. also, unfortunately yeah the hub can't really be purchased seperately that i can tell. but the cheapest way to get it is to get the lux starter pack, which just gives you 2 basic lightbulbs to go with: http://goo.gl/44nWc5 hope that helps.

Vor 3 years
4th dimension
4th dimension

Also, do I need to buy the starter pack to get the hub?

Vor 3 years
John Gallacher
John Gallacher

Awesome! Thanks very much

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

glad it helped!

Vor 3 years
MrGencyExit64
MrGencyExit64

Hell yeah, these things are addictive. I started out with 2 light strips now I have 3 rooms decked out in this stuff. I just might hit the 50 light per-hub limit if I don't curb my addiction :) There's nothing sexier than a light strip or two on the back side of a wall mounted flat panel TV. Once you do that, you're hooked.

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

ha, i tried to warn you! i luckily have a very small apt, so i was able to outfit my whole place, will try to do a demo of that soon...as well as a lightpack for the back of my pc monitor. do wish the dang things weren't so expensive!!

Vor 3 years
Wilson Turner
Wilson Turner

Hello Thats a good ideal about the PAR16 bulb, but I've been looking for that stainless steel floor can lamp, any ideals?

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

yep, all of them

Vor 2 years
VeinyDickTracy
VeinyDickTracy

+techfreshness - are any of these type of lamps powerful enough to make use the max lumens of the bulb?

Vor 2 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

hello! i looked and cannot find that exact lamp. and it has no markings whatsover. but you could use something like this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-17745-001-Mainstays-Spotlight-Accent-Lamp-Black/21881768#about or try target, just look in their lamp section.

Vor 3 years
Underground Planet
Underground Planet

I returned the Bloom after a day as the color didn't match the regular bulbs. Wondering if the Iris does a better job with that.

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

ah, what a great comment thanks for explaining! i was always like wtf, why are they always grayed out in those particular presets. definitely something to consider when thinking about these in your setup.

Vor 3 years
ryannello
ryannello

+Underground Planet The Bloom and Iris and the light strips have a different color range than the HUE bulbs. The Bulbs do a better job of producing various shades of white. This is confirmed by the fact that Bloom, Iris, and Light strips can't be used with the white light preset recipes (energize, reading, etc.). On the other hand Bloom and Iris do a better job of producing certain colors (greens for example) than the Hue bulbs.

Vor 3 years
Underground Planet
Underground Planet

+techfreshness Agreed, seems to me the quality control is off, at least insofar as how they chose to promote it as a line, or "Friends of Hue." To me it implies compatibility beyond just the controller. If they were all just sold individually instead of presented as a cohesive collection my expectations would be different. I had, or actually still have, one of their original Living Color lights which design wise is very similar to the Iris, but it's the design aspect that would make me want to get an Iris. It's more of a showpiece to me than a floor accent, unless I suppose, it's easily visible on the floor location. Wish you still had the Iris to test it more! Thanks for the reply.

Vor 3 years
techfreshness
techfreshness

yeah, you know what, i kinda noticed my blooms mismatch the regular bulbs too, depending on the particular color (some are good some are off). since the iris has a similar basic light emitting element, my guess is that you will still run into the issues. (i only noticed it after i returned the iris myself). you might be best going with the par16 bulb for any spot application, if you are particular on the colors matching as close as possible. (and why shouldn't be be!)

Vor 3 years
Josh Villbrandt
Josh Villbrandt

Thanks for this! Seems like the PAR16/GU10 bulb is definitely the way to go. Cheapest and brightest option. Bulb specs: http://www2.meethue.com/en-us/the-range/hue/

Vor 3 years

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