I know, I’m crazy like that, but I just couldn’t pass up the chance to try something this cool. I bought a Philips Hue Starter Kit for $199.95. That’s more than half the price of an iPad mini for a few lightbulbs. But these aren’t any ordinary lightbulbs, as you read in our post yesterday.

The Philips Hue starter kit allows you to dynamically change the colors and lighting of a room using a handy iOS app. You can even turn on your lights while away from home all from your iPhone. Needless to say, my curiosity got the best of me, and I simply couldn’t resist the chance to try something like that out. Check out my unboxing inside, and stay tuned for the full review…

Again, the hue Starter Kit is very pricey at $199.95, but with it you get three bulbs that last 15 years, the bridge that hooks up to your wireless router, and the necessary cables to power and network everything. The Hue iOS app, of course, is free of charge.

What do you think? Am I just crazy like that?

  • I like the box πŸ™‚

  • I’m crazy like that, too πŸ™‚

  • krsdub

    Are you saying light bub?

    I couldn’t stop laughing, sorry.

    • Jeff

      Glad to be able to provide you with comedic relief! It’s called a southern accent πŸ˜›

  • Have you seen Lifx? It’s not out yet but its a kickstarter project that’s similar but seems a lot better.

    • Jeff

      I’ve seen it. I’m a bit disenchanted with kickstarter campaigns, but we’ll see what happens with it. Hopefully it makes it out on time.

    • Obsidian71

      Lifx seems nice. I don’t think it requires a device on your router but as Jeff “it’s all about the” Benjamin says Kickstart projects typically don’t ship quickly. Plus you have a large company like Phillips behind this which is a safer bet.

      • ExRoot

        I would go Phillips over Kickstarter any day. Many projects on KS are just that….projects.

        Stock with a name brand. Hue looks like fun.

  • Bub lol

  • If they made these the way I assume they would have, those lightbulbs have wifi in each of them… That is why they are so awfully expensive. Very cool but very novel and no chance for me with that pricetag

  • Obsidian71

    Pretty awesome! I’m just coming to grips with the fact that we’ve got technology that allows us to on a whim change the light in a room to 16 million colors. That’s gotta be worth “something” right?

  • Dan

    This is actually pretty neat, I didn’t know the bulbs could change color. Maybe I’ll get a set in a few years when the price has dropped.

  • http://instagr.am/p/RbdvV6BoEq/ here it is! πŸ˜€

  • I’m really interested in this. Can we see it in action?

    • Jeff

      Yes, I’m working on a full review.

  • Volfied

    Please post a full review with this babes working

    • Jeff

      Coming soon πŸ™‚

  • I’ll buy the hue system, too. But its not available in germany…

    • hi Gordon, Hue lamps are available in Germany via the Apple Store… Not the Premium Resellers but the Apple Store…

  • when will the unboxing fad go away its seriously idiotic unboxing for everydamn thing nowadays why don’t you just review a product because guess what “we all can open boxes”

    • Jeff

      I don’t think it’s a fad, but to each his own. I get excited to see a first person view of a product unboxing when I’ve never seen one.

      • But it’s just opening a box it’s not a Christmas gift well it might be one day but seriously how many times can opening a box be exciting next well have store purchase vids or maybe waiting for the FedEx driver vids where does it end?

      • Jeff

        Like I said, you’re well, well, *well* in the minority here. I respect your opinion, but it’s certainly not the popular one.

      • I’m just cranky lol waiting on my iPad mini and deciding if I should keep or sell the iPad 2 seeing as now it’s a dinosaur lol

  • Jeff

    Considering a single quality LED light costs anywhere from $35-$40 bucks, this isn’t that horrible of a deal as some make it out to be. Oh, and 15 years. You’ll practically never need to replace this lightbulb.

  • goofygreek

    i remember working on stuff like this back in engineering school. We had a whole room, (fans, lights, computers, tv’s, etc.) running on the touch of a button and voice control. And that was 5 years ago. Im surprised its taken this long for something like this to be released. Good luck with it. Hope you enjoy it.