Philips Hue vs LIFX Smart Bulb Comparison


Gabe Turner: Hi, folks. This is Gabe at Security Baron. Today, we’re comparing two of the mightiest
bulbs out there. The Hue and LIFX Smart Bulbs. [music] Gabe: In today’s comparison of the Phillips
Hue and LIFX Smart Bulbs, I’m going to go over some key similarities and differences,
their design, their feature set, their installation processes before diving into their respective
mobile application to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right
decision. [music] Gabe: If you like to see a list of all of
our favorite smart bulbs, google, “Security Baron best smart bulbs.” If you have question about today’s comparison,
leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. Let’s kick off today’s comparison of the Phillip’s
Hue and LIFX Smart Bulbs by going over some key similarities and, beginning with the similarities. Each of these bulbs has the full RGB full
color spectrum. If you’ve seen a color before, you can likely
recreate it using either one of these bulbs. In addition, you can set up your scenes and
schedules with both Hues and LIFX. Which means that, if there’s a particular
way you want your lights to look when you wake up in the morning or when you’re watching
a movie, or when you’re going to bed, you can set that up. You can even group multiple lights together. Finally, each of these bulbs integrates with
the three major smart platforms, Apple, Amazon, and Google. No matter which service you use, you can control
the bulb using just your voice. When it comes to key differences between the
two, the main thing is the hub versus hubless design. The Phillips Hue requires a Hue Bridge to
work. That means you have to take the Hue Bridge,
attach it to your router, and then you can connect your Phillips Hue bulb to your system. Whereas, LIFX doesn’t require anything but
your mobile device and your WiFi to begin working. Another major difference would be the fact
that the LIFX is an 1,100 lumens bulb, whereas the Phillips Hue is just 800 lumens. You’re going to have brighter whites and just
a brighter bulb all around with your LIFX versus your Phillips Hue bulb. Whoa, hold on. I hope you’re enjoying today’s comparison
of the Hue and LIFX smart bulbs. If you want to be kept up to date on the newest
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Baron. We’re dropping new content weekly. All right, let’s get back to the video. [music] Gabe: Now that we’ve gone over some key similarities
and differences between the Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs, let’s look at their design. The Phillips Hue has a pretty traditional
look to it. It resembles what you’d see from most bulbs. The shape is a little bit different and the
base is significantly larger. You got your Phillips Hue light and color
logo at the bottom with your typical E26 base so this can go into basically any lamp you
can imagine. I do think it’s interesting to note the kind
of frosted top and then you have the translucent middle for this bulb. I will note that it is very light. Overall, just a pretty simple white aesthetic
that I think will fit into home’s decor. Taking a look at the design of the LIFX, the
first thing I have to note is that it is significantly heavier than the Phillips Hue bulb. This may have something to do with the fact
that there is no hub for you LIFX. I imagine there’s maybe more going on inside. You’ll also note that this large base has
a flat top bulb part to it. Despite it being pretty thin and skinny and
flat, it does produce 1,100 lumens so it’s actually one of the brighter smart bulbs out
on the market. Its base is for any E26 size lamp so it should
fit into anything you have in your home. I will state that it is a little bit more
of a statement piece in terms of a bulb. I think people see it and will definitely
not conceive of it as a traditional bulb. It just looks that different. Overall, I do like the heavy substantive feel
to it and the white aesthetic really shouldn’t be too much of an eyesore in anyone’s home. [background music] Gabe: Now that we’ve gone over some key similarities
and differences in the design of the Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs, let’s talk about
their feature sets, starting with some of the elements they hold in common like the
fact that you can control each of these remotely. It doesn’t matter where I am in the world
I can control my LIFX bulb, my Phillips Hue bulb, just using my mobile device in their
respective applications. Beyond that, I can actually use the smart
platform integration. If I want to bypass using the Hue app or the
LIFX app, I can actually use the Home kit or Amazon’s smart assistant or even Google
Assistant. Those are all available to me once I actually
integrate those apps, I can control them, not only remotely, but with my voice. If I have a smart speaker like the Amazon
Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini, or an Apple HomePod, I can control all these devices just
using my voice in my home. One top of that, you can set up scenes. If you want to create a particular ambiance,
I particularly like to have certain lights on when I’m watching movies and even different
lights for horror versus comedy and things of that nature. You can create those scenes using one or more
bulbs with both Hue and LIFX. Finally, I do like to set up schedules to
give me a visual reminder that hey, “Gabe, it’s time to go to bed.” At 10: 00 PM, all my lights can go off or
in the morning around 7:00, I can have all my lights come on. The ability to set up those scenes and schedule
are useful and a common element of the LIFX and Phillips Hue smart bulbs. Each of these bulbs gives you the full RGB
color spectrum so you really going to be able to dial in that color that you want, give
you the ambiance that you need in each room that you find these bulbs. You will find a distinction, however, in their
lights. They do have a different temperature range. The Phillips Hue bulb goes from 2,000 to 6,500
Kelvin whereas the LIFX bulb goes from 2,500 to 9,000 Kelvin. You’re going to have some real distinction
when it comes to the lights that you’re able to create. You’ll note that it’s also matched when it
comes to their brightness. The Phillips Hue is 800 lumens whereas the
LIFX bulb is 1,100 lumens. That’s a look at the feature sets on the Phillips
Hue and LIFX smart bulbs. [background music] Gabe: Now that we’ve gone over their feature
sets, let’s compare the respective installation processes for the Phillips Hue bulb and LIFX
smart bulb. The Phillips Hue bulb is a little bit more
complicated simply because you need to set up the Phillips Hue Bridge to begin with. The Phillips Hue Bridge is pretty easy to
set up. You’re going to take the Ethernet cable, the
power cable, plug those in, make sure Ethernet cable’s connected to your home’s router, and
then you’ll have to update the system. Then from there you’ll be walked through setting
up your Phillips Hue smart bulb right in the mobile application. Once you go through and set up your Phillips
Hue smart bulb, that entire process probably shouldn’t take you any more than 15 minutes. However, when you look at the LIFX smart bulb,
it is an easier process altogether simply because you take your LIFX smart bulb, you
screw into your lamp. From there, you’re going to use the mobile
application on your Android and iOS device to simply set it up by connecting to the WiFi
network created momentarily or temporarily by the LIFX smart bulb. Then from there you connect it to your actual
WiFi and boom, you’re done. You’re set up, probably takes you less than
five minutes. That’s a look at the installation processes
for the Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs. [background music] Gabe: Now that we have our smart bulbs installed,
let’s talk about the mobile app experience with the Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs. You’re going to control your Phillips Hue
bulb with the Phillips Hue mobile application and people are generally enjoying that experience. There’s a 4.4 in the Apple App Store and a
4.3 in the Google Play Store and as an early adopter of the Phillips Hue bulb, I can say
that it is now justified. They’ve definitely been making incremental
improvements to the application over time. They’ve made it much easier for you to use
it. It’s just more intuitive generally speaking. Even you have just one bulb, you know exactly
where to go in terms of changing the color, changing the temperature, and we have multiple
bulbs which I now have. They’ve made it really easy to create groups,
create different rooms so you can really control the ambiance in your house at the tap of a
finger. Overall, I really appreciate the experience
that you get when using the Phillips Hue mobile application. Shifting to the LIFX mobile application, it
does not do as well in the Google Play and Apple app stores where it has a 2.9 and a
2.5 respectively. The 2.9 is OK, but the 2.5 in the Apple app
store is basically just mediocre. I honestly understand that rating. If you look at the mobile application, the
home page looks as if they’ve ported some type of advertisement for the app directly
to your mobile device. You actually have to tap through a few more
times to get to the actual useful elements of the app like changing the color or the
temperature. While from there it does get pretty easy,
I do think they could do a better job of simplifying the process and making it a more intuitive
overall experience. I understand the poor app ratings for the
LIFX smart bulb. [background music] Gabe: All right, we’ve come a long way with
our Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulb, and you’re wondering Gabe which direction should
I go in? Let me break it down for you. With the Phillips Hue smart bulb, it’s time
tested. They’ve been in the game for a long time with
that full RGB color spectrum. I do think that is reflected in the incremental
improvements they’ve made to their mobile application making it a generally intuitive
experience. It’s not cheap to jump into the game with
Phillips Hue as you’re going to have to buy the Phillips Hue Bridge which cost around
$60 and Phillips Hue bulb which costs around $50 so you’re looking at over $100 just to
begin using your smart bulb. On the other hand, you have the LIFX smart
bulb. That’s really easy for you to jump into the
game, but it’s going to cost you around $60. With that, you get a nice, full color spectrum. You get 1,100 lumens so it’s very bright and
you’re just ready to go within five minutes. I do have to note that the experience is not
going to be as intuitive as you may be used to with any other device be it smart home
or not, simply because they’ve not done the work to make it as an intuitive mobile application
experience. Its ratings are from mediocre to average in
both the Apple app and Google Play store. I do understand why they have those ratings. On a personal note, I have had a ton of experience
with these. I’ve had each of them for well over a year
at this point and think they can provide a lot for you and your smart home. [background music] Gabe: That concludes our comparison of the
Phillips Hue and LIFX smart bulbs. If you appreciated today’s comparison, give
us a like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron,
be secure.

20 thoughts on “Philips Hue vs LIFX Smart Bulb Comparison

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  2. been debating getting some smart lights purely because my kids can never remember to turn the damned lights off!

  3. The bridge is a positive thing. It gives you much more of a reliable connection and puts less congestion on your network.

  4. personally I think the Phillips Hugh is a cleaner finish, especially with in open layout light fixture. the LIFX is more industrial looking with its flat top.

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  5. Lovely presentation. You gained a new subscriber.

    One nitpicky criticism: You did not go into the security aspects of either bulb. Like, is the LIFX initial setup encrypted? When doing remote control, where does the control connection go for Hue, where does it go for LIFX? Is there multi user support? Security matters. 🙂

  6. I was debating getting a Lifx Mini bulb but keep reading about people having connection issues. I was wondering have you had any issues out of your Lifx bulbs?

  7. There are many people who report minor connection issues with LifX, this should be touched, along with accessories. As great LifX is (brighter, more saturated colours), I do not think they have any accessories (light switch, motion sensors etc). For some people, those motion sensors are important.

  8. at the end of the video you act like these are the only two options, like theres not dozens out there for a fraction of the cost with the same functionality and ease of use.

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