Philips Hue Bloom Review
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Summary: Philips Hue Bloom is a lighting system that is designed to focus on specific furniture or features in your house at any given point. It is very portable and can be moved anywhere.
Well before giving the Philips Hue Bloom a review, let’s take a look and what it does and how it works. Hence figuring out if we want one in the process of that. Philips Hue Bloom is a lighting system that is designed to focus on specific furniture or features in your house at any given point. The first thing you will notice about the Philips Hue Bloom is that it looks sort of like a big mushroom and sits at an awkward angle. But it is very portable and can be moved anywhere.
Philips Hue Bloom Review
There are sixteen million colors to choose from. Whether you want to light a room with a certain color or just amuse yourself with an effect bouncing off of a wall; you can do it with the Philips Hue Bloom. Should you choose to download the app for the Hue Bloom, you can at that point do things such as sync the lights to movies and music (or in the other order if you prefer). The one pain about this is that it does require both to be by a wall socket because it does need electricity and it requires what is called a bridge. There are starter kits that include it though so it’s not the end of the world.
What is great about the Philips Hue Bloom is that it will last for quite a long time. There are claims of lasting twenty thousand hours or eighteen years. But even a fraction of those years would still make it a worthwhile investment. The point is, it’s not something you are shelling out money for only to need to replace it in one month, three months, six months or a year. It is also worth noting that both the setup of the Philips Hue Bloom and its unit as well of the setup of the smartphone or tablet app that is necessary to control the Philips Hue Bloom is easy.
Now for what is bad about the Philips Hue Bloom. It is expensive. Granted this is not a deal breaker for everyone as some things are worth investing in (and maybe this is for you depending on what you are looking for…); but be aware it is expensive enough that you don’t want to buy it without being sure you want it and then just have it sitting around as some of us do with stuff.
The next problem is the app, as of right now is only designed to work on iOS. In case anyone is unfamiliar that means Apple products; in this case iPhone 4 and IPad 2 and above (to be more technologically precise it runs on iOS 8 and higher). It does support some Android devices…but the Android equivalent of what the app will work on is more high end than the Apple equivalent as it needs windows 10 mobile to maybe be compatible.
This sort of feeds back to the previous point of it being expensive. Maybe it isn’t if you are technology hip enough that you own a compatible device (which granted a lot of people that would appreciate something like the Philips Hue Bloom are). But not everyone…the Philips Hue bloom is a decent product that does what it is designed to, but keep in mind if you need to upgrade your smartphone or tablet so that it even works to begin with…that is going to be another expense.
A couple of final annoyances are…it is not as bright as other Philips products. So if you purchase the Philips Hue Bloom expecting the same amount of brightness as other bulbs from them, you are going to be disappointed. Also, while the starter kit comes with two…the effect most people are looking for needs at least double that in order to be achieved. Once again, goes back to is it worth the investment for you?
How does it compare with the Hue Go? Read our Philips Hue Go vs Bloom Review.
How to use it?
The Bloom is great for creating mood lighting on walls or shining up corners of rooms. Add it to a sideboard and shine against the wall, or place in the corner of the room and shine light up a dark spot and corner of the room.
One really great way to us the Bloom is with Hue Entertainment, placing one either side of the Tv makes a great way to produce ambient lighting that syncs with the on screen action.
Should you buy?
In closing, it needs to be noted and stressed that this is good for ambient lighting. It is not meant to be a source of primary lighting. To me, it sounds like an awesome gadget, but you are looking at $200 just for the starter kit; never mind if you want more than one or need to upgrade your device that it is controlled on. The expense of it is the biggest problem with it; to each their own on whether or not they believe they can afford it.
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