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How Long Do Philips Hue Bulbs Last?


Unlike older traditional bulbs the Philips Hue uses LED bulbs that are now very popular due to their longer lasting life and also reductions in cost. Hue bulbs also last longer, but how much longer does a LED bulb last to a traditional incandescent bulb?

How Long Do Philips Hue Bulbs Last?

Philips Hue bulb Lifespan: Up to 15 years or 15,000 hours.

Philips Hue white and color ambiance bulbs have a reported life span and can last can last up to 15 years or 15,000 hours, which ever comes first. Philips claims that each bulb uses 80 percent less power than a traditional incandescent bulb.

In comparison a typical incandescent bulbs last anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 hours. LED bulbs are more environmentally friendly as they last longer than a traditional bulb, use less energy and also give off very little heat when in use.

Factors that may effect how long your smart bulb lasts could be the air temperature, if it is extremely hot or cold it could effect the lifespan of your bulb.

If your bulbs has any issues before or does not last this long than you maybe able to get a replacement under warranty. Do contact the store you bought the bulbs from or contact Philips directly. 

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How long do smart bulbs last?

Modern day smart bulbs are LED based which means they will outlive the old traditional bulbs that were around before LED bulbs took over the market. Although smart bulbs have additional features the bulbs themselves are just like a normal LED bulb.

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  1. Tim Maricic

    Good morning,

    I own 5 A19 Phillips Hue bulbs and I have one that has stopped lighting. I have tried many different ways to get it to come back to life but nothing has worked. It seems like the bulb is connecting to the bridge but the light is just not working. I know the bulbs are supposed to work for 15 years or 15000 hours and I am nowhere near that. It has been less than a year and no problems with the other lights. Do you have a claims service for products that do not work as intended?

  2. JOANNE M. newman

    I have the same problem! My whole house has these bulbs, for as expensive as they are, I got mine in April of this year my bedroom light stopped working. So is there a claim service?

  3. CP

    For me, Two bulbs of three failed within 2 years. The first was replaced through warranty.

  4. James Hutchison

    Yea same here, hue won’t replace outside warranty my bulb packed up after 28 months warrent only 24. So rubbish they last for 15 yrs. how can Phillips say that yet refuse to replace ones that don’t last anywhere near that. Phillips PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH

  5. Bob The Builder

    the funny thing is that people actually think 15000 hours are the same as 15 years. 15000 hours equal to about 2 years people. the phrase (marketing scheme) of *15000 hours or 15 years* is merely translated as *2 years to 15 years*. so as if your bulb stopped working after 2 years is was not a malfunction. BE AWARE POEPLE basic math can save you a lot of money!

    • Marty the mathematician


      Think you may need to recheck your maths? 15,000 hours over 2 years would be running the lamp for 20+ hours a day, every day, 365 days a year.

  6. Jeane Callahan

    I have the same issue as many others posting here. I called and emailed the claims service and they only thing they did was CLAIM that a bulb I purchased 7 months ago is not under warranty. The two dollar bulb that was in the lamp for our three years still works fine but the $25.00 bulb barely lit the lamp for 10 hours. What a rip off.


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