Philips Hue lights aren’t a cheap option when it comes to outdoor smart lighting—but if you want the best overall quality and app-integration, Hue is it (in our opinion).
A few caveats here: to work this light, you must have a Hue Hub. That isn’t included in this package, which has just one light and a power supply.
As part of our research, we purchased a Philips Hue Lily XL and did an unboxing (as always, we pay for products with our own monies at retail prices).
Here is what the box looks like:
Inside the box are two boxes, one for the power supply/cords and a second one for the light itself:
Here’s what all the components look like unboxed:
Once you plug in the light, you use the Hue app to pair it with your hub (which isn’t included). The app is simple to use, either by entering the light’s serial number . . . or just plugging it in and having your network find the light automatically:
Once paired, you name the light and configure the space it will be (outdoor patio, for example):
The light itself is very bright, but it is hard to get a sense of that from pictures. Here is a our best try:
Meanwhile, here are the pros and cons of this light:
What We Liked
• Great for lighting up trees.
• Easy to-use app.
• Quality construction.
• Includes 15 watt power supply.
• Includes stake mount or can mount flush with wall or pole.
• Smart home integration with Alexa and IFTTT, as well as other assistants.
What Needs Work
• Additional lights can be added—but these extension kits are also pricey.
• May need a WiFi extender if the lights are a far distance from your WiFi router.