Which Philips Hue starter kit should I buy?

To figure out which Philips Hue starter kit to buy, you'll need to factor in a few things: what kind of light fixtures you currently have, what room you want to use it in, and how many lights you need.

What’s in a starter kit

Smart light starter kits are the easiest way to get started setting up your new smart lighting system, and they come with a variety of items.

Hue Bridge

The brains of a Philips Hue system, the Hue Bridge is a smart lighting hub that stores all your settings and communicates with your bulbs and smart lights. Every starter kit includes a Hue Bridge.

Smart bulbs

Philips Hue starter kits always feature at least one bulb or light. Choose the starter kit with the types of bulbs you need for the lamps and fixtures in your space. If you will be using your starter kit in the living room with lots of table lamps, make sure you get the right fittings. 

The other difference is the color family. Philips Hue bulbs and lights are available in White (soft white light), White ambiance (warm-to-cool white light), and White and color ambiance, which features white light and millions of colors. Which you choose depends on how you’ll use your smart lights — the kitchen, for example, is where White ambiance is especially useful. Have a space you like to use to entertain? Color works best to help you decorate with light. 

Optional: accessories

Some starter kits come with smart accessories, such as a Hue dimmer switch or a Hue smart button. If you get a starter kit without one and decide you need it later on, you can always add an accessory to your setup in the Philips Hue app.

*When a bulb displays "Up to" a certain number of lumens in its specifications, it displays the maximum lumen output of the bulb. It shows how bright the bulb can get at 2700 K (White bulbs) or 4000 K (White ambiance or White and color ambiance bulbs). Learn more about brightness