Philips Hue is a RIPOFF

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    Finally a competitor for both LIFX and Philips Hue bulbs that isn't going to break the bank - Yeelight
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  Před 2 měsíci +1567

    Do you use smart bulbs in your home?

    • Zax Studios
      Zax Studios Před měsícem

      Not yet.

    • A13DPrinting
      A13DPrinting Před měsícem

      I got a tp-link smart light and had connections issues so ended up taking it back. Then got the sengled starter kit which was $49 which included the bridge and 2 globes and it works great, much better than the almost $150 for the phillips starter kit. The sengled it now down to $39 for the starter kit, so this is another cheaper option.

    • Mihr Luck
      Mihr Luck Před měsícem

      I would actually recomend you also adding Kasa Smart Light Bulb by TP-Link - Reliable WiFi Connection, Multicolor, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo and Google Assistant, California Compliant (KL130) to your review. It cost 30 Dollars right now on amazon. It is cheaper then the phillips Hue has no HUB and is better quality then the YEE light. The app also has energy monitoring and an easy way to select colors. It also works with google home and amazon alexa. I haven't tried with Siri/apple.

    • Thomas Walma
      Thomas Walma Před 2 měsíci

      I've been using smart light bulbs called Flux for over 3 years. No hub. Less expensive than the Hue and LifX but more expensive than the Yee Light. Has a good iPhone app and works with Alexa, although I only used Alexa for about a week before I decided I didn't want it

    • Ghostly Bishop
      Ghostly Bishop Před 2 měsíci

      Yup love mine they are all sengled (10$ for white bulb 15$ for multi colored bulb). I have one LIFX bulb but got it free with my arlo system. Never would pay for them bulbs way to expensive.

  • prdanpr 82
    prdanpr 82 Před 7 hodinami

    Just use a clapper

  • Fredrik Johansson
    Fredrik Johansson Před 12 hodinami

    No IKEA tradfri?

  • Jack Pearce
    Jack Pearce Před 17 hodinami

    What about TP link smart bulbs they are a really good brand

  • LordFluffFluff
    LordFluffFluff Před dnem


  • LordFluffFluff
    LordFluffFluff Před dnem


  • LordFluffFluff
    LordFluffFluff Před dnem


  • Scott Duggan
    Scott Duggan Před dnem

    original white hue light works with new hub and only cost 15$ at best buy

  • James Dunford
    James Dunford Před 2 dny

    Buy Yeelights now and support the Chinese Communist regime.

  • cyclemat
    cyclemat Před 2 dny

    and i Use OPENHAB with Lamps flashed with Tasmota firmware from and didnt need a Internet Connection

  • Luis List
    Luis List Před 2 dny

    I have those from ikea they work great and arent that expensive connect to alexa ect

  • U.A.T.
    U.A.T. Před 2 dny


  • Brandon Yawn
    Brandon Yawn Před 3 dny

    $5k $10k grand? I have a whole house full of Phillips hue bulbs, ruckus unleashed, brocade switch, home assistants, lutron casseta and I’m not even close to that number.

  • Pink Magic Ali
    Pink Magic Ali Před 4 dny

    I love my hue bulbs. Plus their online support is really good too. I sent them a tweet and within a few hours go a reply with the answer to my confusion and an easy solution. And I live in Australia so that time is pretty good.

  • 1 eq 0 dot 99999 repeating

    would love to learn how these are useful in a flat. do you all live in huge multi storey homes and walk from one room to another takes 15 minutes so you want to control lights remotely?

  • DerQ85
    DerQ85 Před 4 dny

    I recently came across a talk "smart home - smart hack" from the last 35C3 congress. These bulbs are - just like most IoT devices - a security nightmare. Unencrypted SSID, password saved on the device, usage statistics and geolocations send to the cloud host without any opt-out, just to name a few. Check it out, there's an english translation as well.

  • Techno PC
    Techno PC Před 4 dny

    Just got some Hues for me... it's strange at first to update your lights... and after that, you realise that if your network crashes, you will not be able to turn the lights off or on

  • Jade M
    Jade M Před 4 dny

    Hue Bulbs have a 3-year warranty actually!

  • Marcel Zuidwijk
    Marcel Zuidwijk Před 4 dny

    Hue, Ikea Tradfri and Yeelight... for me Hue is the winner! So 90% in my house is Hue 💡👍🏼

  • relishgargler
    relishgargler Před 5 dny

    I hope Yeelight's quality has gone up. I bought a couple of the Yeelight Blue bulbs for $35 each back in 2014. The power board for one of them failed after maybe 50 hours of use. The actual light and wireless boards still work, so I was able to pull those out, make a new enclosure and power it off a 12v wall wart, but it's very hacky. The other bulb is still going, but showing some of the same signs of failure.

  • Deth_Bang
    Deth_Bang Před 5 dny


  • Veon Gan
    Veon Gan Před 6 dny

    Forget to mention how great you can do with hue entertainment. Philip's hue has wider range of colour than yeelight too. Hue can sync with your PC razer for gaming. Music sync, etc

  • J. Holleaux
    J. Holleaux Před 6 dny

    How do you have 40 blubs? My parents live in a 2700 sqft 2 story house, and have like 8 blubs.

  • Simon Cheng
    Simon Cheng Před 6 dny

    Has anyone noticed that he always talks so freaking fast in the end? 9:15

  • Seth Taylor
    Seth Taylor Před 6 dny

    What about Ikea Tradfri?

  • Don Mega
    Don Mega Před 8 dny

    I applaud your business choice not to review pc cases. Forces those companies to pay you in the form of ads if they want any visibility for their products! Kinda unfair though isn't it?

  • oåooåo ipip
    oåooåo ipip Před 8 dny

    Wow ;)

  • Kabi Ebl
    Kabi Ebl Před 8 dny

    Ive been thinking about it a lot, mulling it over... and ultimately I finally decided to go into the Philips hue thing. Just a couple bulbs to start... and get a few more and a few more every once in a while. once you have the hub, the nice thing is that the bulbs are not so bad. I mean, yeah for a long time... like years... I kept coming back to these things but ultimately not getting them just thinking its kind of dumb, they're just lightbulbs, do I really need this? no.... Its pretty damn extra for sure. But around this time of year the sun comes up pretty damn late where I live and it just sucks waking up in the morning when its still dark out. I mean I've done it a million times but I just hate it. So I got these for the purpose of having them sync up with my alarm app and try to simulate morning light. as for any other lights that I will use in my home down the road.... that'll just be for funzies...
    I mean lots of little girls dream about spending a ton of money on a dream wedding, I.... dreamt on spending my money on having a super smart house. BISH I want my house to be like the one in Eurkea... I want to wake up in the morning and believe that I'm about to have some kind of black mirror day. I want to wake up in the morning and believe its fuckin 3019 not 2019. So your fancy shmancy expensive lightbulbs for the lazy people? yes please.

  • rehdogg
    rehdogg Před 8 dny

    I’d rather have no smartphone at all if i had to switch to android so i’ll keep looking for Homekit at a better price

  • Rymdkakor
    Rymdkakor Před 8 dny

    Just got 10 yeelights thanks to this video!

  • Joseph Neocleous
    Joseph Neocleous Před 9 dny

    So are we just going to ignore wiz?

  • Christoph Gerneth
    Christoph Gerneth Před 9 dny

    You know why they are so cheap? They are spying on you. They directly connect to the cloud via WiFi. There's an interesting talk about those bulbs at the 35c3:

  • DashCamEyes
    DashCamEyes Před 9 dny

    I can always use auto timer to turn on and off.

  • notta3d
    notta3d Před 9 dny

    Chinese software? No thanks.

  • Fasholy Shawn
    Fasholy Shawn Před 9 dny

    I would kill to see him apply for a job at a tech store get an interview and when the manager asks so why do you want to work here what do you know about computers and he instantly goes off and makes the manager feel stupid 😂

  • Tracy Daniel Davis
    Tracy Daniel Davis Před 10 dny

    Linus just hates on stuff for the sake of hating on it. Philips Hue lights are great and have a fantastic ecosystem with solid smart home integration.

  • John Vapes82
    John Vapes82 Před 10 dny

    Eddy Wally!!!

  • devilt8
    devilt8 Před 10 dny

    Worth noting if you're in the UK, yeelight seems to be priced similarly to LIFX

  • Beech Man
    Beech Man Před 10 dny

    Lucked out and got 2 lifx’s for only $45

  • Ross Junior
    Ross Junior Před 10 dny

    I got a yeelight bulb but none of the lamps in my house fit the bulb, how do I know which lamp to buy to go with it?

  • plug walk
    plug walk Před 10 dny


  • Anthonie White
    Anthonie White Před 11 dny


  • Xavier Sutton
    Xavier Sutton Před 11 dny

    I don't know many people that go from Apple to Android, it's mostly the other way around.

  • Kyle Jensen
    Kyle Jensen Před 11 dny

    To many problems with yeelights I've had the only bulbs I've never had any problems with is Phillips hue

  • David Reid
    David Reid Před 11 dny

    sengled are so far so good cheap , functional

  • Virux
    Virux Před 11 dny

    I appreciate the RGB bulbs in the background, lol

  • -SH0CK3RZ-
    -SH0CK3RZ- Před 11 dny

    my whole house is in philips hue

  • Justin Heretotroll
    Justin Heretotroll Před 11 dny +2

    Phillips Hue FTW. Stop being poor.

  • Flaviu Moldovan
    Flaviu Moldovan Před 11 dny +1

    Well, there is one more thing to consider when it comes to light sources, the color rendering index (or CRI for short) is a scale which describes the light sources ability to show the color of the objects it illuminates as close as possible to "natural" light, the reference for this scale being the day light in most cases, or the incandescent bulbs in some (these are rated above 95 in report to day light), a decent light source is considered one that has the CRI above 80 (there is little color fade, or tendency of the colors to appear grey-ish above this point), how ever a very good lighting source is one that has the CRI above 90, this resemble the daylight to such an extent that is very unlikely that you could tell the difference. This only applies to white light sources, since the RGB ones will be emitting colored light, in the RGBW led bulbs such as those in the video, the white should have the CRI provided by the producer, however from the three above, i could only find the CRI on the philips products, which are rated as above 80. I'm an interior designer so I had to look into stuff like these. Best regards.

  • Cat008101
    Cat008101 Před 12 dny

    to any Australians here lifx do have big sales both through them and jb hi fi time to time

  • Griffin Bonacci
    Griffin Bonacci Před 12 dny +1

    $720 for lightbulbs? Give me a break! I bought two of the multi colored led china bulbs with remotes for $10. How lazy must one be to need an freaking app to turn on a light? And we are supposed to be conserving electricity, so there is no need to turn them on remotely when gone! The stupid things Americans waste money on today blows my mind!

  • Good snowmen
    Good snowmen Před 12 dny

    WOW *WINK*

  • Minerguy
    Minerguy Před 12 dny


  • HeyZues Vasquez
    HeyZues Vasquez Před 12 dny

    I use the GE C- Life bulbs, they have a two pack for $24.99 USD . Sadly they aren't RBG but they are very bright, and they are able to work with Google hub or through their app via Bluetooth

  • Olamide Dunni
    Olamide Dunni Před 12 dny

    Still wasting my money on Phillips Hue lol

  • George Burns
    George Burns Před 12 dny

    Dollar tree LEDs.

  • Cats go Meow
    Cats go Meow Před 12 dny

    more like yeeeeeeet light

  • Jurgen Haan
    Jurgen Haan Před 12 dny

    What's so terrible about having a hub? I actually view it as a pro. Not only does it keep your lights off the internet and independent of external servers, it can also contain custom 'labs' programs to have your lights do cool stuff like mimic tv light or slowely cycle throug light scenes.

  • JC
    JC Před 12 dny

    The smart home tech is so tempting, then I think I can just use the light switch that comes with the lamp to turn it on and off. As far as all the neat things I could do with color. I put colored light bulbs in two wall sconces in my living room. I haven't turned them on in 6 months.
    So perhaps I'm just fine with regular light.
    Love my Alexa to play music though. :o)

  • Radu Cruceru
    Radu Cruceru Před 12 dny

    I bought a Hue starter kit including the hub, 3 white ambiance bulbs, and a dimmer for $100. After a while I bought 2 rgb bulbs and a motion sensor for another $100. I plan on buying some more and I would not trade them for anything else.
    The cool parts:
    - hub is stored in a drawer
    - motion sensor turns on hall lights and then turn off after 5 minutes
    - the rgb lights in the bedroom are white when working, yellow when reading and other colors when doing other stuff
    - they turn off in the evening and on in the morning
    - I can control them remotely (on Android)
    - the dimmer is set above the bed to control them
    The cons:
    - the app is a little lacking (scenes, sensor capabilities etc)
    - sometimes not as bright as I would want them
    Overall, the price difference between Hue and others, in my personal opinion, goes into the experience. And that is rarely achieved in a low-cost product. I will admit that there should be an investment made to get that experience, but it's totally worth it. And if you're a little geeky and toy with Home Automation, you're actually get a whole lot more.
    For me, this goes into everything else you pay extra for: it just works.

  • Michael Claros
    Michael Claros Před 12 dny

    Fucking bullshit click bait title. Go fuck yourself

  • Nick Nevco
    Nick Nevco Před 12 dny

    Was this an AD or are they own by Xiaomi

  • Bee Doe
    Bee Doe Před 12 dny

    *Sounds like another Kanye West Product.*

  • Théophane Mayaud
    Théophane Mayaud Před 13 dny

    Look up the brand Sonoff (ew link) !!! They're the cheapest for smart light bulbs, smart switches and others ! About 10$/light bulb !

  • Matt DeWolfe
    Matt DeWolfe Před 13 dny

    LIFX has 15 dollar white bulbs

  • psikopatadam
    psikopatadam Před 13 dny

    Get a Wemos D1 Mini $3, get a relay board, around $2.5, find reverse engineered codes and upload, around 15 minutes.
    Do some cable cutting...
    There you go, you have a $6 smart device, light, door whatever you want.

  • Joseph Houde
    Joseph Houde Před 13 dny

    Mom called, she wants her ear rings back.

  • Yannis Boh
    Yannis Boh Před 13 dny

    2:53, what do you mean? I'm not on working with light.

  • J
    J Před 13 dny

    they cost like 20+ on the links you posted

  • Johnny John
    Johnny John Před 14 dny

    but they cant synchronize with Razer Chroma Devices and that's the reason I went for Philips hue.

  • fuzzy
    fuzzy Před 14 dny

    No, really!?!?

  • Kanin
    Kanin Před 14 dny

    Yeet light

  • James Grey
    James Grey Před 14 dny

    I guess I'm getting old or never was hip, but I just don't see any use for color changing lights at home. It's a neat little trick and might be fun for parties at times but I really can't imagine needing them.

  • Guy Downie
    Guy Downie Před 14 dny

    In the UK a system called Hive is very popular which Philips Hue is compatible with.

  • Franchesco Yepez Mejia
    Franchesco Yepez Mejia Před 14 dny

    Why didn't I saw this video the day I decided to purchased hue.......

  • Nick Rosseel
    Nick Rosseel Před 14 dny

    Amazing how you fit in "Eddy Wally's waaw" there 😂

  • altma
    altma Před 15 dny

    yeelight has very bad long-term usage ratings.

  • Ruhrpottpatriot
    Ruhrpottpatriot Před 15 dny

    No love for IKEA's TRÅDFRI? Starting at 13€ for one bulb and compatible with Hue? Yes it's not RGB, but in most cases dimming a light is what you'd want.
    Sorry, but that's the one I'd go with.

  • Koala Bear
    Koala Bear Před 15 dny

    are u like, david tennants cousin?

  • The AwesomeRCMinecrafter

    I suggest the latter.

  • Matthew Paquette
    Matthew Paquette Před 15 dny

    Didn’t need a video to figure that one out!

  • manonthedollar
    manonthedollar Před 15 dny

    I have Philips Hue and I really like it. I've got motion sensors in my closets, cozy scenes set up, schedules, all that. Plus, there's an API for Python which is really nice.
    If the faux-nerd boy needs to make loud angry squeaks about something being a rip-off, I'd be interested in a breakdown of just how much money he's thrown away on studio space and RED cameras to make something that doesn't look or sound much better than a college student could do in his dorm room with a Sony A7S.

  • John Simpson
    John Simpson Před 15 dny

    The Yee light is $35.

  • Ray Otberg
    Ray Otberg Před 15 dny

    I've watched a few of your videos and you have an on going theme. You bash tech companies for making a profit. Do you realize how innovation and capitalism works? I guess not. Stick to technology reviews and not the economic side of things. You're in way over your head.

  • Robbe Nagel
    Robbe Nagel Před 15 dny

    Those light bulbs hanging out of those lamps look hideous.

  • Gerson Mendoza
    Gerson Mendoza Před 15 dny

    I got my four smart bulbs for 10 each on sale in Amazon. A 5 meter light strip for 15, and a light bulb speaker (that also changes light) for the bathroom for 20. Oh, and three smart plugs at 30 each (tried a few cheaper but they would not work)
    Can honestly say that will be my extent into smart homes for a while lol.

  • Robin
    Robin Před 15 dny

    More like YEETlight

  • Steven Velasquez
    Steven Velasquez Před 16 dny

    Some bootleg ass lights

  • The Creative Corner
    The Creative Corner Před 16 dny

    Can you do a video about the IKEA tradfri smart light bulb?

  • Blocked User
    Blocked User Před 16 dny

    Its a $4 trinkett ...

  • Nathan Truman
    Nathan Truman Před 16 dny

    Merkury RGB bulbs at Walmart are $12.88 locally to me and are individual units when connected to the internet and they work with echos soooo. Found the better option.

  • Před 16 dny

    I'm using a bunch of the Merkury bulbs, $12 each. They are fantastic. Work with google home and a phone app and you can change them to whatever colors you want.

  • VitoTheo
    VitoTheo Před 16 dny +1

    *Yee* Light

  • Espen Lunden
    Espen Lunden Před 16 dny

    I love how one of their networks is called "no u" at 5:03

  • I Commando
    I Commando Před 16 dny

    As of now, Philips Hue, if you are into ambient lighting, is the way to go.
    It has a native app on all devices including computers meaning you can have ambilight while gaming.
    Also having an RGB bulb with SEPERATE white LED is key for when you want to read stuff.

  • krimlon
    krimlon Před 16 dny

    I have purchased most of mine off of amazon. The vegahome light switches packs for $29 for a pack of 2 and the tonbux smart plugs for lamps instead of bulbs which are far cheaper and connect to android assistant.

  • Jerrin Phox
    Jerrin Phox Před 16 dny

    Why do you want to control the thermostat and light from distance? Its another stuff that can be hacked. I prefer the LED light bolt and a regular thermostat that I control with my hand.

  • HackingDutchman
    HackingDutchman Před 17 dny

    Smart bulbs?!? Nowadays it's just integrated RGB LED strips in the whole house. I almost don't use bulbs and don't now a lot of people who do anymore.

  • S V
    S V Před 17 dny

    Eddy Wally says "Waw"

  • Conny Stiernborg
    Conny Stiernborg Před 17 dny

    Or you can just use Ikeas system that is cheaper and super good,