In this Sengled vs Philips Hue showdown, we’ll take a look at both manufacturer’s smart lighting products. You’ve decided that smart bulbs would be a great addition to your home. But which bulbs are the best? How do you decide which manufacturer’s bulbs to buy?
Although it seems simple, it’s actually a thorny problem, and there will be proponents in each camp. The choice is ultimately personal, and it depends largely on whether you’re looking for product range vs. product cost.
I wired up my home three years ago in 2017 and budget was my primary concern at that time, so I went with Sengled. If the price is the major constraining factor for your project, you’ll probably make that choice as well. But maybe not. Phillips Hue offers an amazing variety of projects, but they come with a hefty price tag.
Sengled vs Philips Hue Comparison
Start with the End in Mind
In order to do an apples-to-apples comparison, you should probably prep your shopping list prior to delving any deeper. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I want to go hub or hubless?
- Do I already have a compatible hub in my home?
- What type of bulbs am I looking for (e.g., connector type, indoor, outdoor, etc.)
- What features do I want my bulbs to have?
- What is my budget?
Next up, let’s look at Sengled vs Hue bulb features. These are fairly straightforward. They all offer voice control, otherwise, they wouldn’t be smart bulbs. As you’ll see, most of these bulbs are compatible with the major players in the market (with one notable exception which we will mention later).
It comes down to four basic types: non-tunable bulbs in various brightnesses; tuneable white bulbs, tuneable multi-color bulbs, and motion-sensing bulbs.
At this point, it’s also important to determine the “cap” type of the bulbs that you need. Standard (E26/A19, E12, BR30, PAR38, GU10).
After reading reviews on both manufacturer’s websites and Amazon, I’d have to say that it’s pretty much a wash here in our Sengled vs Hue face-off. There are winners and losers in both product lines, so as long as you do your research into the specific products that you plan to purchase, you should be good to go.
I will normally only purchase products with a 4-star review or higher, but I do look at the lower-rated products to see what the problems appear to be. It’s not fair to write a poor product review if the problem was a shipping issue. That’s an overall customer service issue, not a problem with the product itself (and perhaps not even the manufacturer’s fault if purchased through a third-party supplier).
You’re educating yourself now by reading this article, so I am confident you’ll be able to make the right decision for your home.
The range of products provided by Philips Hue is incredible. They offer 19 different Bluetooth-controlled products that do not require a hub to operate. Philips Hue also has a variety of table lamps, pendant lighting, etc., far more than just the naked bulbs offered by Sengled.
Many of the Philips Hue tuneable products also include a dimmer switch in the package as well. They also offer more cap types than Sengled, so if you have E12 or GU10 bulbs in your home, you’ll be able to replace them with smart bulbs without buying any kind of adapter.
Philips Hue offers the following:
- Six types of Starter Kits, including a Hue Bridge (hub) and one to four bulbs of various types
- 25 types of light bulbs
- Four kinds of light strips
- 15 Table lamps
- Two floor lamps
- Two types of recessed lights
- Three types of spotlights
- Nine different wall lights
- Seven types of ceiling lights
- Eight styles of pendant lights
- Two types of outdoor path lighting
It’s important to note that Philips Hue offers motion-sensing technology as a separate switch, not embedded in the bulb functionality offered by Sengled.
Philips Hue also has a large inventory of accessory products. These include:
- Tap switches
- Dimmer switches
- Motion sensors (both indoor and outdoor)
- Smart plugs
- An HDMI Sync box (sync your lights to your home theater system)
Philips Hue is compatible with Apple Home Kit, Alexa, Google Home, Microsoft Cortana, IFTTT, XFINITY, Vivint, Smart Things, and Razr. Philips Hue is compatible with a wider variety of systems than its competitors.
Not going to lie. Philips Hue products are expensive in all categories (this is not to say you might catch a good promo from time to time, but you can’t rely on promotional pricing all the time). This is what can make the Phillips Hue a drawback for some.
Sengled offers four different starter kits, each consisting of a Sengled hub and two bulbs of your chosen type (soft white, daylight, tuneable white, or multi-color).
- Soft white bulbs with A19 or BR30 types
- Soft white Wi-Fi A19 (does not require a hub)
- Daylight and extra bright daylight A19 bulbs
- Daylight Wi-Fi A19 (does hot require a hub)
- Tuneable White A19 and Touch Button (4 lighting levels) A19
- Multi-color A19 and BR30 styles
- Multi-color Wi-Fi A19 (does not require a hub)
- Multi-color light strips (2M and 1M expandable)
- Motion-sensing PAR38 Flood Lights
- Accessories include smart outlets, smart switches, and smart window/door sensors
Here is where Sengled falls short. At this time, Sengled bulbs are not Apple Home Kit compatible. They work with all of the other systems – Alexa, Google, IFTTT, Smart Things, Xfinity, and Wink.
Here is where Sengled is the clear winner. They are less expensive across the board, meaning that you could reap significant savings on even the smallest of applications,
And the Winner Is…
Compatibility: Sengled vs Philips Hue – Hue comes out on top here.
Product Range: Sengled vs Philips Hue – Again, Hue takes the win in this category.
Price: Sengled vs Philips Hue – Sengled is the clear winner here, and since price will be a major concern for many consumers, it may just trump all.
The product range for both manufacturers is broader now than it was in 2017. Would I still make the same decision to go with Sengled now? Probably, I don’t have an unlimited budget to spend on smart lighting, there are other tech gadgets I still want to add to the growing list of smart devices in my home.
What will you choose? It depends. If you are an Apple Home Kit or Vivint Home user, your choice has already been made for you. Sengled is not compatible while Phillips Hue is. If you can live with Sengled more limited product offerings and the cost is your major concern, then Sengled is a clear choice. Conversely, if the cost is not a concern, you’ll find a wider variety of products to plug into your home with Philips Hue.
Buying the Sengled and Philips Hue Smart lights
Did you enjoy our Sengled vs Philips Hue buying guide? If so, read some of our other buying guides to learn how to turn your home into a smart home.
- Sengled Smart Bulbs Buying Guide
- Lifx Smart Bulb Buying Guide
- 4 Philips Hue Alternatives Buying Guide
- Nanoleaf Alternatives Buying Guide
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