Philips Hue A19 Ambiance Starter Kit
Kit includes two smart LED light bulbs, wireless bridge, and handheld dimmer
Our take on the Philips Hue A19 Ambiance Starter Kit by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Immerse yourself in natural light
The Philips Hue Ambiance Starter Kit gives you flexible lighting options that are fun and easy to control. Included are two LED bulbs, a wireless bridge, and a handheld dimmer — everything you need to start your smart lighting system. Enjoy a wide range of white light that you can adjust during your day. Use warm light in the evening for a soft feel in the room, and enjoy bright, cool light in the morning that makes waking up feel natural.
How it works
Setup is simple. Connect the bridge to your wireless router using the supplied Ethernet cable, and plug it into the wall for power. Then replace your existing incandescent or CFL bulbs with Hue bulbs, and you're up and running!
The included wireless dimmer can turn on, turn off, and dim your lights. It magnetically attaches to its included wall mount for a clean, sleek look.
Expand your Hue system
Here are other Hue products that integrate into your smart lighting system. Up to 50 bulbs can be synced together or independently controlled.
- kit includes two 2nd-generation A19 Hue smart LED light bulbs, a wireless bridge, and a handheld dimmer
- remotely control your bulbs through the free Philips Hue app for Apple® and Android™
- compatible with:
- system is expandable up to 50 Hue bulbs and 12 lighting accessories
Philips Hue Light bulbs:
- standard A19 bulbs fit most common light fixtures
- uses your existing light fixtures — simply replace the bulbs
- adjustable brightness up to 800 lumens
- adjustable color temperature lets you choose warmer (redder) light or cooler (bluer) light
- instant-on means no waiting for bulb to warm up
- rated at 9.5 watts (roughly equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb)
- rated for approximately 25,000 hours of use
- connects to your router for wireless control of your smart lighting system
- controls up to 50 Hue bulbs and 12 lighting accessories
- schedule lights to come on when you're away
- enables voice control of your home automation setup via Siri
- wireless protocol: Zigbee® Light Link
- set timers, notifications, and alarms
- 3-1/2"W x 3-1/2"W x 1"D
- wireless dimmer switch for Philip Hue light bulbs
- includes mountable wall plate
- attaches to wall plate magnetically, making the dimmer portable
- wireless range of at least 39 feet
- rated to deliver up to 50,000 lifetime clicks
- dim up to 10 light bulbs at the same time with additional bulbs
- powered by one long-lasting battery (included)
- 1-7/16"W x 3-5/8"H x 1/2"D
- weight: 1.3 ounces
- weight including wall plate: 2.4 ounces
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Bridge (version 2.0)
- 2 White Ambiance A19 Gen 2 bulbs
- Dimmer switch
- AC adapter with attached 5' DC output cord (DC output: 5V 2A)
- 2-prong US power adapter plug
- 39" Ethernet cable (RJ-45 plugs on each end)
- Get Started guide
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Overview: The Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit (#460989) consists of two Wi-Fi controllable LED white ambiance bulbs, a dimmer switch, and a wireless bridge. With these items, and the free Philips Hue app, you can control the lights wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. It is called Personal Wireless Lighting, and it allows you to set up light schedules, and control the lights when you're away from home. With optional color ambience bulbs and other accessories, you can even change the color of the lights to match your mood. Additional Hue products can be added to the system, up to a maximum of 50 bulbs and 12 Hue accessories that can be controlled by a single bridge.
Apple HomeKit Compatible: This Starter Kit is compatible with Apple HomeKit technology, which allows you to control your lights using your Apple iOS device, including voice control through Siri. The kit includes the new square-shaped Hue bridge (version 2.0), which supports the hardware authentication required for Apple HomeKit. (The round-shaped bridge from the original Starter kit #426353 is not compatible with HomeKit technology.)
Light Bulbs: The two LED white ambiance bulbs included in this Starter Kit can be used in most standard light sockets (Edison screw base). They have an A19 form factor (or the metric equivalent A60) and are 2.4" at widest point and 4.3" tall. The bulbs are rated at 10 watts and 800 lumens, and have an estimated nominal lifetime of 25,000 hours. Inside the bulb is a wireless interface that allows you to dim or brighten the light output. The internal software is automatically upgradable when connected to the Philips Hue bridge. The bulbs have a beam angle of 160° (±20°), and a startup time of less than 2 seconds from AC power (less than half a second from standby). The White Ambiance bulbs can create over 50,000 shades of white, from warm to cold color temperatures. The lumen output is as follows: 800 lm @ 4000K, 400 lm @ 2200K, 570 lm @ 2700K, 480 lm @ 6500K, and 80 lm/W luminous efficacy @ 4000K.
Bridge: The Hue Bridge 2.0 is the heart of the Philips Hue system, and can be wall-mounted or placed on a desktop. It connects to your router via the included Ethernet cable, and communicates wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet and the Hue lighting products. It operates on the 2.4GHz band (2400-2483.5 MHz), and Zigbee Light link protocol, and comes with a AC adapter with a 5V 2A DC output. Dimensions: Width 3.547", Height 3.547", Depth 1.044".
Dimmer Switch: The White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit includes the wireless Dimmer Switch (Gen 2) for controlling your Hue lighting system. The wall-mounted Hue dimmer switch is a battery-powered dimmer with a removable "remote." The remote is compatible with Zigbee Light Link (ZLL) wireless protocol (IEEE 802.15.4). It works on the 2.4 GHz frequency band through the Hue bridge and requires the latest Hue software. The dimmer controls include Dim Up, Dim Down, On, and Off with an estimated lifetime of 50,000 clicks. The dimmer switch has a range of approximately 39.3', with an estimated battery life of 3 years (CR2450 battery). Dimensions: Wall Plate 2.76"W x 4.5"H, 0.55"D. Remote: 1.38"W, 3.6"H, 0.43"D. Weight: Wall Plate w/remote: 2.4 oz., Remote only: 1.3 oz.
Hue Personal Wireless Lighting: The Hue Personal Wireless Lighting System lets you individually control the lighting products in the system using your smartphone or tablet. Three types of Philips Hue lights are available: White, White Ambiance (this starter kit), and White and Color Ambiance. Through the Hue app, and with the right Hue products, you can do the following:
- Paint With Light: You can choose from 16-million colors to light, or change the look of, your room. Your favorite light settings can be saved for later recall.
- Sync Lights With Movies or Music: The lights can be synchronized to change with the scenes in a movie, or pulse to the beat of your music. (Third party apps may be required.)
- Create An Ambience: The app lets you use different shades of white light to create an ambience. The bulbs can produce shades of light from energizing cool daylight to relaxing warm white light.
- Light Mood Presets: Preset light moods let you instantly change the lights in the room to fit the moment. Optimal settings are available for reading, relaxing, concentrating, and energizing.
- Wake Up: Gradually increasing light intensity helps to gently wake you up with light, similar to the natural light of the morning sun.
- Light Schedules: The lights can be programmed to come on and go off at a preset time, including lighting rooms at different times. At night, you can let the lights turn off gradually, so you don't have to worry about leaving lights on.
- Remote Lighting Control: When you're away from home, you can turn lights on or off from your smartphone. You can also check the status of your lights when you're not there.
- Geofencing: When the bridge detects that your smartphone is within a certain distance, it will automatically turn lights on or off. For example, as you approach your house, your lights will automatically turn on so you won't have to enter a dark room. (Third party apps may be required.)
App Compatibility: The Philips Hue app is available from the Apple App Store, and can be used with Apple devices running iOS 8.0 or later. For HomeKit compatibility, iOS 9.0 is required. The app is also available from Google Play for Android devices running OS 2.3 and up. It has been tested on the following devices:
- iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus
- iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation
- iPad Air 1, 2
- iPad Mini 1, 2, 3
- iPod touch 5th generation
- Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5
- Google Nexus 5, Motorola Nexus 6, Google Nexus 7
- Note, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4
- OnePlus One
- HTC One
- Sony Xperia Z3