The smart light bulb products from Philips Hue are essential gadgets every smart home should have. In fact, light bulbs are the most basic kind of gadget that demonstrates how having a smart home makes things convenient. However, up until now, the Philip Hue bulbs have always relied on the hardware called standalone hub which connects your networks and transmits signals to the lights connected to it. The hub acted as a middle man, and when it breaks down or connection fails, all the connected lights will only function by traditionally flipping their individual switches.
The good news is that the new Hue lightbulbs no longer require these kinds of hardware. The new Hue bulb actually offers you three options: a white model that costs $15, a bulb that allows you to select from several kinds of white light comes at $25, and their flagship bulb that can reproduce all kinds of color is priced at $50. You have the option to use them the traditional way by flipping switches to turn them on and off, or you can also make use of their new built-in feature – a Bluetooth connection.
Although this new feature saves you from the hassle of installing new hardware to your home, it also eliminated some of the typical features of the previous Hue bulbs. Instead of the previous 50 bulbs that you can connect to the hardware, you can only sync 10 bulbs with the new built-in Bluetooth feature. And since it is no longer connected to a WiFi, some functions like linking them up with IFTTT, a web-based service that syncs your app and devices together, and hooking them to Siri will no longer be available.
The new Hue bulbs come with an app that is entirely distinct from the usual Hue app. The new app no longer contains functions that cannot be used with the Bluetooth feature so users will not get confused. If you decide to get the hardware later, the Bluetooth bulbs will shift to the connectivity function and you can then use the app with full features.