Why should I get a Philips Hue starter kit?

A Philips Hue starter kit is the easiest way to get started with smart light. Each starter kit includes Philips Hue lights and a Hue Bridge — and some kits even have a smart accessory. They’re also simple to install, as you only need to plug in your lights, connect the Hue Bridge, and set up your smart lights in the free Philips Hue app. 

Though you can control almost every Philips Hue light without a Hue Bridge via Bluetooth, the Hue Bridge unlocks the full suite of smart lighting features: light control while away from home, automations, powerful customization options, and more.

The parts of a Philips Hue starter kit

Philips Hue starter kits come with lights, a Hue Bridge, and, in some kits, a smart accessory. The types of lights and accessories you get will depend on the kit you choose and what’s available in the region in which you live. Some starter kits come with three standard bulbs, while others may come with a lightstrip. Some may have a Hue smart button, while others have a Hue dimmer switch — just choose the starter kit that best suits your needs!

Controlling smart lights with Bluetooth vs. the Hue Bridge

You can control Philips Hue lights two ways: with Bluetooth for up to 10 lights or the Hue Bridge for up to 50 lights. Though almost every Philips Hue light is Bluetooth compatible, Bluetooth control doesn’t offer the same features as the Hue Bridge, which unlocks the full suite of smart lighting features. You can turn lights on and off, brighten and dim the room, and set light scenes on both systems — but a Hue Bridge also lets you set up automations for your system, control lights while away from home, add additional smart accessories, and more! A starter kit, which comes with the Hue Bridge, gives you immediate access to all of these features.