My house is a lab for new technology. Before I recommend something I make sure it works…and it works well. I’ve just installed smart bulbs through out the house and compared the Philips Hue and the Cree smart bulb. For the record, I am a big fan of the Cree product line and have found their customer service to be outstanding.

Initially I found the Cree bulbs difficult to connect to the Philips Hue system, but after quick conversation with customer service I discovered I was out-thinking myself. It was actually really simple.

Both lights give off really nice light and the system connects to our Amazon Dot – giving complete control via voice command. It’s especially fun to put in the color changing bulbs, play prime musi and have a dance party. The system is also connected to my smart phone giving us the ability to shut off the lights from anywhere. This is especially nice after you’ve told the kids to go to bed for the third time.

Something to note for anyone that is looking into smart bulbs…there are different ‘systems’ that may or may not work together. Look on the box to make sure that the switches, bulbs and hubs all will work together. For those of us of a certain age – think Beta and VHS. The technology war has not been settled yet so make sure that whatever you decide to invest in, they are on the same protocol. Philips and Cree are both Zigbee and they work with Leviton and Wemo switches. Just check the bottom or back of the box and match the logos…like Geranimals (another antique term).

Here is a published review of the Hue that gives a great overview.

REVIEW: Philips Hue 2.0 w/HomeKit