Best Lamps for Philips Hue

Top 5 Lamps for Philips Hue – Experience The Magic of Smart Home Lighting

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Almost every aspect of our lives is being enriched by some form of ‘smart’ technology. The Philips Hue is a great example of how more and more everyday things are starting to be impacted by these new devices. In this article we’re exploring the best lamp for Philips Hue, enabling you to make use of the benefits of this smart light, being able to control it with your voice, set times from your phone and even alter the light temperature to mimic daylight.

In this guide, we’ve looked into a wide variety of lamps in different designs and styles. There are a number of options in terms of size and looks, but also some technical considerations. We’ve looked at compatibility (which ‘smart’ devices and home controllers the lamp can communicate with), as well as the warranty and, of course, the quality of the product.

Top 5 Lamps for Philips Hue Review 2019

Our team has spent a huge amount of time looking into the Philips Hue technology and the products which have sprung up as a result, using first-hand experience and consumer reviews to create our guide. The information is presented as a handy table to see the qualities at a glance, and also in-depth reviews and a detailed buying guide, which should help you find out which features you value most, and ultimately, the best lamp for your home.

Name and FeaturesImageRatingPrice
1. Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light (Editor's Choice)
A two-tiered ceiling lamp, with an endless range of lighting and color options thanks to the LightDuo function
Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable
2. Philips Hue White Ambiance Flushmount (Best Flush Mount for Philips Hue)
Flush mount with over 50,000 shades of white light – never worry about replacing a lightbulb again – just install and enjoy!
Philips Hue White Ambiance Flush Mount
3. Philips Hue Go (Budget Pick)
Compact table lamp with 16 million color options, portable, rechargeable, and lightweight, making it a great option for taking on trips
Philips Hue Go
4. Philips Hue White Ambiance Fair (Best Aluminum Flush Mount)
A sleek aluminum design that will look great in just about any interior and produce any hue of white imaginable
Philips Hue White Ambiance Fair
5. Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellner (Best Table Lamp)
A great choice for all lovers of minimalism out there, this futuristic-looking lamp comes ready for use with an LED light bulb
Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellner
Features
  • Type: ceiling lamp
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 17.7 x 17.7 inches
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant
  • Warranty: 2 years

Extra features: upgradeable lighting system with extra Hue accessories, LightDuo for endless mix of colors and white light

OVERALL RATING: 9.9 out of 10

This classic design sits flush against the ceiling of your room and has such versatility, hence the Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light being named our ‘best overall’ lamp for the Hue technology.

It looks like a very simple design, and the installation is very straightforward, it can go anywhere you would ordinarily have an overhead light and to glance at it you may not realize this is a ‘smart’ technology lamp.

Like many of these lamps it has the ability to shine in millions of different colors, which gives almost limitless choice, and as long as you use it with the Hue Hub and Philips Hue App then you can have endless control over the lamp. It can not only change color on demand, be controlled by your voice on Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, it can also synchronize to movies and games, to create an ambient and immersive feel.

This lamp is compatible with the many extras which Philips provide such as dimmer switches or motion senses. This means you can make it come on ‘on demand’ or have extra controls over the brightness. It also means you don’t always have to use the app to control it.

Generally, the Philips Hue Beyond is one of the most versatile options and its compatibility with all of the accessories and lots of smart home tech means it is definitely our favorite. This does come at a cost, as this is not a cheap product.

PROS:
  • Millions of colors.
  • Compatible with lots of accessories.
  • Easy installation and can go on any ceiling.

CONS:
  • Needs the Philips Hue app for full control.
  • Brightness isn’t always as high as advertised.

Features
  • Type: ceiling lamp
  • Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 2 inches
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Razer, Nest, IFTTT, Logitech, Xfinity, SmartThings
  • Warranty: 2 years

Extra features: 50,000 shades of white light, upgradeable functions (with purchase of extra Hue accessories)

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

The Philips Hue White Ambiance Flush Mount is another model which sits flush against a ceiling surface. The design is quite subtle and simple and is the sort of lighting you might associate with an office or a more modern home design.

Like the other products on the market this has the ability to be controlled from a smart device, and when expanded with the Hue Hub you can also link it to your smart home device for voice control, letting you turn it on and off or make other changes with your voice. This is another light which can be compatible with the added accessories which Philips make for the Hue, for instance, the dimmer or Hue ‘tap’ technology. It also works with a huge amount of smart home hosts.

This is a simpler design than some other lamps, as it only offers white light, though it does have a huge amount of shades of white, over 50,000 to be precise.

For the fullest control, you will need to buy the Hue Bridge too, which can be an extra expense, and there are a couple of negatives to this product. The Ambiance model uses an LED strip for its lights, rather than a bulb. This means once it is broken you can’t simply swap it for another bulb.

There is a two-year warranty from the manufacturer to protect your purchase. To get the most out of the light you should probably buy other Hue accessories, which can add to your costs.

PROS:
  • Over 50,000 shades of white light
  • Compatible with Hue accessories
  • Works with a huge amount of smart devices

CONS:
  • No other color options
  • No replaceable bulb

Features
  • Type: table lamp
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 9 inches
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant; pair with Nest or SmartThings
  • Warranty: 2 years

Extra features: portable: lasts up to 3 hours without charging, 16 million colors and shades of white light

OVERALL RATING: 9.6 out of 10

The Philips Hue Go is not only one of the more affordable options on the market, it is also one of the easiest to use. It offers a lot of features and while it is a bit different to many of the ‘permanent fixture’ lamps on the list it has just as much to offer.

This is a totally wireless and portable option. You can charge it up and get three hours of use without being plugged in. This is great for taking out and about on trips or using outdoors on a summers evening.

Just like many of the permanent fixtures, this has an incredible 16 million colors or tones that you can control yourself with ease. You can alter these from your phone or other device, and connect with the Hue Hub in order to gain even more control such as timing and ‘wakeup’ functions or mood lightings.

This is even simpler due to the fact you can simply turn it on and off on the device. Some users have criticized other Philips Hue Lamps due to the fact that you often need to use the apps or voice control, but this can be controlled without if you need. It does work with the motion sensor or dimmer if you plan to invest in these items.

Pairing with your smart home via Alexa, Apple, Google assistant or even Nest or SmartThings is relatively simple, and this is probably the simplest lamp if you just want to get up and running quickly.

PROS:
  • Portable and wireless
  • Can be charged
  • 16 million different colors

CONS:
  • Only three hours battery life

Features
  • Type: ceiling lamp
  • Dimensions: 17.5 x 17.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant; pair with Nest or SmartThings
  • Warranty: 2 years

Extra features: upgradeable lighting functions with extra Hue accessories

OVERALL RATING: 9.4 out of 10

This is another model which is a ceiling mounting version of a Philips Hue lamp, and has an aluminum design which can be great for many bathrooms, kitchens and offices.

In terms of design and features, it is hard to fault, and this lamp has all of the features of the other Hue family. It works with Google, Amazon and other smart home apps, and uses the Hue app to allow more control such as timers.

Though this is all very positive, there are some down sides, which is why it is not quite the very best out there. A lot of users have found this very hard to install, and when you compare it to some of the products which simply plug in and go, you will probably be a little frustrated with the more complex design of the Ambiance.

If the design is what you are looking for then you may well opt for it, but it isn’t as modern and intuitive as some of the other lamps on our list. It is a little limited in colors with no RGB, it just has numerous shades of white rather than being adjustable to a lot of different colors.

This needs the Hue Bridge to get the most out of it, and just like the other products on our list it works best if you can combine it with accessories. The flush mount design is one of the best looking Philips Hue lamps, and it comes with the two year warranty we’re used to with this range of lamps.

PROS:
  • Compatible with a lot of different smart homes
  • Easily adjust the shade of white

CONS:
  • Difficult to install
  • No RGB colors

Features
  • Type: table lamp
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant; pair with Nest or SmartThings
  • Warranty: 2 years

Extra features: comes with one LED light bulb, upgradeable lighting system with extra Hue accessories

OVERALL RATING: 9.1 out of 10

Now for something a little different. The Philips Hue White Ambiance Wellner is a table lamp, designed to sit by you while you work or eat and provide some nice ambient lighting which you can totally control from your app, the Philips Hue Bridge or even with your voice via smart home controls. This works in the same way as the rest of the products on our list, and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Google assistant, Nest and more!

This table lamp has a replaceable LED bulb so if anything goes wrong you can switch it out and be sure the product still has life in it yet. It is also available at a pretty good cost, so you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the voice control and lighting options we all know and love Philips Hue for.

The design is very cool, with something of an ‘egg’ shape and a bit of a futuristic feel to it. You can easily imagine it on a desk or bedside table somewhere.

Though this is all very positive, there are some slight negatives to the product too. This is another of the Hue options which doesn’t support color other than numerous tones of white light to help with concentration or to set the mood. A feature that could really improve this light is wireless compatibility and not having to have it plugged in during use. This is what is on offer with the Hue Go model, but this model does not offer the same compatibility. This means that you have to rely on a cord to power it which isn’t quite as convenient.

PROS:
  • Easy setup
  • Cool ‘egg shape’ design
  • Compatibility with lots of smart apps

CONS:
  • No color tinting
  • No cordless option

Buying Guide

These types of products are pretty new to the market, so having a buying guide can be exceptionally helpful if you are in the process of working out which features will suit you the best. Here, we’ve tried to dive into both the benefits of Philips Hue lamps and also the numerous features which can help you to get the most out of your lighting. Not everyone realizes just how incredibly useful these products can prove in the long run.

Benefits of having a top-notch lamp for Philips Hue

Best Lamp for Philips HuePhilips Hue lights really are the lamps of the future. It is not unrealistic to predict that in the future most homes will have some sort of system of ‘smart’ lighting, and Philips are leading the way. Finding the right choice of lamp can help in ways you may not have even considered.

Many people use smart lights for their sleep cycles, as the patterns can be set to mimic daylight and get your body feeling ready to rise in the morning and then ready to sleep in the evening. These rhythms can be exceptionally helpful for anyone who struggles with their sleeping patterns, and help you to keep a regular daily routine.

The other benefit of the ability these lights have to replicate more natural light is the fact they can help with SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. The body gets the same sort of benefits as being exposed to sunlight which can keep moods high.

You can also have a bit of fun with the colors and lighting settings. For instance, some of the lamps mentioned will even sync with games or movies to give an ambient or mood lighting and further help your experience. The light colors can also be set to be more relaxing or more suitable for focusing, depending on what you need. A white color temperature is more likely to help you to focus, whereas warmer yellows might help you to relax in the evening.

Features to consider when choosing a lamp for Philips Hue

The following are what we consider to be the most helpful and important features when it comes to your Philips Hue lamp. Each of these features should be taken into consideration. Think about how they affect the specific space in which you are planning to install your lamp.

Type of lamp

Naturally, you will probably have your eye on a certain type of lamp. It may be that you are looking for something to go by your bedside, or you might need a lamp to illuminate the whole room and sit flush on the ceiling. You may want a portable light in which case the Philips Hue Go is perfect for your needs.

Whatever the style or type you are looking for, Philips probably have something to suit your needs as the range is growing all the time.

Colors & light settings

Best Lamp for Philips HueThere are some lights within the range that simply cover the warmth spectrum. Everything will be a ‘tint’ of white, with some having a warmer, more tungsten sort of feel and others having a specifically bright, white light. This is an option on every light in the range. You can alter the warmth with ease whether it is a more basic product or a more advanced one.

The advanced lamps, however, now incorporate full control over the colors. Some of the elite lamps give over one million (yes, you read that correctly) options for tints and colors. All the colors of the rainbow and much, much more. This can be great for mood lighting, parties or just watching a movie.

Compatibility with smart home technology

If you are trying to build a smart home with as much as you possibly can to be controllable via your voice or apps, you will probably have already chosen a smart home ‘hub’.

Whether this is the Apple, Google, Samsung or Amazon option is up to you, but make sure you choose a lamp which is compatible with the brand you have opted for.
If you’ve gone for Amazon Alexa to control your smart home, there’s no point buying a light which won’t link to this system. All the lamps on our list are compatible with the major smart home apps and tech.

Dimensions

Check the space you are working with and then measure out the dimensions of that space, so you can see if the specific lamp you’re looking for will fit. Some of these are quite compact, and the flush mount options don’t hang too far from the ceiling, so won’t take up too much space.

Length of cord (if applicable)

Though the Hue Go is an option which is cordless, there are products such as the Ambiance Wellner which require you to have the lamp plugged in. If you plan to use this on a desk or a bedside, it might be worth just checking the cord length so you know you won’t run into trouble or have to awkwardly use an extension.

Build and durability

There is a bit of variation in the durability of these lamps. Some are built with a bit more ability to last than others. They all come with a two-year warranty, which is positive, but ensuring something is built to last is still key. The LED style lamps don’t always have replaceable bulbs, so it is even more essential you get as much use as possible out of them and check their durability.

Installation

Top 5 Lamps for Philips Hue - Experience The Magic of Smart Home LightingThe installation process involves both the fitting and hooking up to your chosen smart home app. Some lamps are easier than others. Some will work pretty much straight from the box, others will require complex installation and may even need you to get professionals in to do the job. Take a look on the reviews at what people are saying about the difficulty level of installation.

Warranty

Every product on this list has a two-year manufacturer warranty from Philips. This is a pretty generous warranty and protects your purchase.

FAQ

A lot of the lamps which are designed for use as table lamps or portable lamps can be used when traveling, but the battery life isn’t always the best, with some models only offering 3-4 hours. However, this is still quite generous, considering not many lamps are able to offer this option.

This depends on the type of light you get, though most ceiling mounting lamps are designed for a whole room. Smaller, bedside style lamps might not have this level of power.

The lamp can be turned on and off via the philips Hue app, as well as additional switches which can be configured if desired.

Our Verdict

The Philips Hue Beyond gets our seal of approval as the very best on the market due to the fact that it has a huge amount of control, a full spectrum of colors and can be controlled however you see fit.

The Philips Hue White Ambiance Flushmount is also worth considering, and has a design which is probably more suitable for office spaces or rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. Our team have rated this product very highly.

Another really great product which offers something different is the Hue Go. It could be improved with a longer battery life, but if you are looking for cordless and portable then this is probably the option best suited to you when finding the best lamp for Philips Hue

9.9/10 Total Score
Philips Hue Beyond Dimmable LED Smart Ceiling Light - Editor's Choice
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