Philips Hue Bloom Lamp Review

I’m all about the smart home, so when I saw the Philips Hue has a dimmable smart lamp called the Bloom, I bought it immediately. Previously, I’ve reviewed a bunch of smart light bulbs, which the Bloom includes, of course, but I’ve never reviewed a light bulb of this shape, or that comes in a customized lamp. How will it compare to the original Philips Hue smart light bulb, and smart bulbs from other manufacturers?

In this review, I’ll tell you everything there is to know about the Philips Hue Bloom’s design, features, installation, and app. Is it the smart lamp for you? Let’s find out.

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Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp
Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp
Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp

This multi-colored lamp lets you control it remotely and create scenes and schedules to suit your mood. It also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and more. 

Design

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Philips Hue Bloom Lamp

Personally, I’m not loving the look of the Philips Hue Bloom lamp. It looks almost like a spotlight turned on its side, with strange rings like the inside of a tree; there’s no doubt that this is not your typical lamp. The bulb is underneath the facing, and because it’s turn on its side, there’s no lamp shade. I personally prefer more traditional lamps, but this is for someone that definitely has a funky sense of style.

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Philips Hue Bloom Lamp in Dark Room

The Philips Hue Bloom has integrated LED lights into it for a total of 12 watts, brightness-wise. It’s dimmable, multi-colored, and will connect to your hub through Zigbee technology and from the hub, to your app through Wi-Fi. It’s also important to note that you’ll need the Philips Hue hue for the Bloom to work.

Features

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Smart Light Bulb Schedules

Now we’re at my favorite part— the lamps features. Of course, you can set schedules for your lamp to turn off and off, but there’s also other ways to control it. You can either sync it with the sunrise and sunset or connect it to your phone’s location so it automatically turns on when you’re near, or vice versa— that’s called geofencing, if you didn’t know.

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Sunrise/ Sunset Mode with Smart Light Bulbs

You’ll also be able to create scenes, which are groups of lights that you’ve customized to fit a certain activity or mood, like reading or partying. You’ll be able to control multiple Philips Hue bulbs at once through the app, which is convenient.

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Smart Light Bulb Geofencing

But the Philips Hue Bloom isn’t an island of its own. It integrates with other smart home platforms and devices. If you have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit, you’ll be able to command your lamp using your voice alone. It also works with Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Xfinity, Logitech, Razer, and IFTTT so you can create some convenient home automations.

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Philips Hue Bloom Lamp Smart Platforms

For example, you can have your lamp turn on as soon as your TV turns on. Basically, the Philips Hue Bloom is meant to be part of a larger smart home, and they have the integrations to make it happen.

The last feature I want to talk about is pretty random, but also pretty cool. You’ll be able to turn your favorite pictures into scenes to blast their colors all over your rooms. Talk about setting a mood!

Installing the Philips Hue Bloom Lamp

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Gabe and the Philips Hue Bloom Lamp

Installing the Philips Hue Bloom Lamp was as easy, as, well…switching on a lamp! If you don’t already have the Philips Hue bridge set up, plug it into your router. Then, you’ll go onto the Philips Hue app, hit add light to find your Bloom (which I renamed as the Baron Bloom), and add it to its room. From there you’ll be able to create scenes and schedules. The whole process took less than five minutes! 

The Philips Hue App

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The Philips Hue App

Think of the Philips Hue app as your mobile command center. It’s where you’ll control and monitor your lights, create scenes and schedules, turn on geofencing or sunrise/ sunset mode, integrate your lamp with other connected devices, create home automations, and more. Now, the app was recently updated, which is good because its previous reviews weren’t great. At the time of writing, the Philips Hue app has a 4.4 on the Apple store and a 3.4 on the Google Play store! So whether you have an iPhone or an Android, you shouldn’t have any trouble controlling the Philips Hue Bloom lamp with your smart phone.

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Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp
Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp
Philips Hue Bloom Smart Lamp

This multi-colored lamp lets you control it remotely and create scenes and schedules to suit your mood. It also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and more. 

Recap

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Philips Hue Bloom Lamp in Blue

At $59.99, the Philips Hue Bloom lamp is a bit expensive when you compare it to smart light bulbs, which normally range from $15 to $30. But most lamps are way more expensive than light bulbs, so this cost really isn’t too high when you think of it as a lamp and not a light bulb. While I would definitely recommend the Philips Hue Bloom lamp to some, it’s not for everybody.

Go with the Philips Hue Bloom lamp if you’d like…

  • Tons of smart home integrations: The Philips Hue Bloom lamp will fit right into your smart home if you’re in the Amazon, Google, or Apple ecosystems.
  • User-friendly app: With some updates, both iPhone and Android users like the Philips Hue app.
  • Plethora of features: From scenes to schedules, from sunrise/ sunset mode to geofencing, the Philips Hue Bloom lamp does not disappoint when it comes to what it can do.

But avoid it if you don’t want…

  • Requires hub: If you don’t already have the Hue hub, this is another added cost.
  • Doesn’t work with Microsoft Cortana: In the Microsoft ecosystem? The Philips Hue Bloom lamp might not be the best choice for you if you’d like voice control.
  • A bit overpriced: Although this a lamp and not a smart light bulb, it still seems a little bit expensive for the hardware you’re getting.

That’s all I have for you today! For more great options, check out the best smart light bulbs of 2019. 

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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