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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 25,000 hours.

The latest and most recent Hue bulbs has increased to a life span of 25,000 hours.

The first and second generation Philips Hue white and color ambiance bulbs had reported life span of 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

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.

In conclusion, a hue bulb will last for a minimum of 15,000 hours to 25,000 hours. That means they last for a period between 6 to 12 years if used for an average of 6 hours a day. If you want to feel your money valued, consider these bulbs as your first all-time option.

Do Philips Hue Bulbs Burn Out?

At times, you’ll find that the bulbs don’t last according to the manufacturer’s information. That doesn’t mean that the product is necessarily not genuine. Several factors affect how long the bulb will last. These are the external factors which include;

Environment – The surrounding environment determines the lifespan of your lamp. Among these factors include the hotness and coldness of the air. If you live in extreme conditions, there are high chances that your lamp will last for a minimized period.

Electrical Surge – Electrical surge is a common problem that leads to short outs. These power interruptions cause breakage that usually reduces the lifespan of the bulbs.

Casing – The bulb maybe in a light fitting, therefore the bulb may get slighter warmer depending on the fitting, also if the bulb is used outside dampness may become trapped again which could effect the bulb and its lifespan.

At times, you will buy a defective bulb, which is a rare case with Philips brands. If you found that the lamp had defects, you should check on its warranty and take advantage of getting a replacement. You, however, need to ensure that you buy from an authorized seller.

Philips Hue Bulb Lifespan

According to the manufacturer’s information, the first-gen of the Philips Hue bulb lasts for at least 15000 hours. These bulbs have a longer life in comparison to the typical incandescent light bulbs. On average, you’ll use your bulb mostly from 1800hrs to midnight. These are 6 hours a day. If that is the case, you can use the lamp for up to seven years without replacement. During this time, the bulb won’t suffer any malfunction.

Note that the 2nd and 3rd gen bulbs can last for up to 25000 hours. If you use the same bulbs for at most six hours a day, these bulbs can last for up to 11 years without the need for replacement. Note that, how long the bulb lasts mostly depends on how many hours you light the lamp. In comparison to incandescent bulbs, Philips lasts longer and therefore helps you save more cash.

Philips Hue 1st Gen Bulb Lifespan

Philips introduced these bulbs into the market in Oct 2012. The Hue Bridge Version 1.0 has a lifespan of 15, 000 hours. It’s all-round in colors and comes in a simple design. As discussed above, if you use the bulb for at most 6 hours a day, the lamp can serve you for up to seven years. Being the most straightforward design of the Philips Hue design, it’s the cheapest of its kind.

Philips Hue 2nd Gen Bulb Lifespan

The 2nd gen design came into the market in Dec 2015 with a lot of improvements from the 1st gen development. Some of its added characteristics include; 

  • It’s 33% brighter in comparison to the 1st gen Hue bulbs,
  • It also has an extended lifespan of up to 25 000 hours.

The two characteristics show that the 2nd gen came along with increased quality improvement. If you consider using the bulb for an average of 6 hours a day, the lamp can last for up to 12 years without replacements. That does explain the reason for the increased prices.

Philips Hue 3rd Gen Bulb Lifespan

The Hue 3rd gen bulb is the latest version in the market. It comes along with a variety of colors, which makes it more preferable than the 2nd gen bulb. In the same case as the 2nd gen, this version can last up to 25,000 hours. If you use the lamp for an average of six hours, the lightbulb, therefore, can last for up to 12 years. Note that the 3rd gen Hue bulb is better in quality. That implies an increase in the price in comparison to the 1st and 2nd gen bulbs.

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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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