Best Prime Day Philips Hue deals 2021: What to expect from the sale

After a 2020 full of cancellations and postponements for many events, it looks like the Prime Day deals are back on for the summer this year. That means that it’s hardly too early to start writing your shopping list, and if your home’s ambience could use an upgrade, then you need to check out Philips Hue. Read on to find out what Prime Day Philips Hue deals we’re expecting, along with some tips for shopping Amazon’s huge sale — plus some smart light bulb bargains you can score right now.

What Prime Day Philips Hue deals to expect

If last year’s event is any guide (and it usually is), we’re expecting to see Prime Day Philips Hue deals on almost the entire lineup, with a particular emphasis on the starter kits. Those are always hot items since many people are still only now warming up to the whole smart home scene, and smart lighting is a great — and actually quite useful — application for this technology, unlike internet-connected refrigerators. We also expect to see some nice bundles that include popular devices like the Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays with Philips Hue kits and bulbs. Those are the perfect way to dip your feet into the growing world of smart home ecosystems.

What Prime Day Philips Hue deals we saw last year

We saw Prime Day Philips Hue deals on pretty much everything last year, from single bulbs to the ever-popular starter kits. Those starter packages are the ones you want to look for if you’re just getting into the smart lighting game, as they give you the basics right out of the box while allowing you to easily add more bulbs and expand your setup later. Larger bundles saw the biggest discounts, and there was also a nice deal on an Amazon Echo smart speaker/hub that came bundled with some Philips Hue bulbs — not a bad way to start building a smart home ecosystem while saving some money.

Most of these deals were on Amazon — we’re talking Prime Day, of course — but over the years, other retailers have been running their own events concurrent with Amazon’s. Best Buy and Walmart had some solid Prime Day Philips Hue sales of their own, which is a boon for anybody who doesn’t have a Prime membership or missed out on any of the Lightning Deals (which go pretty quickly). As with Amazon’s offerings, these Prime Day Philips Hue deals were most common among the starter kits.

Should you buy a new Philips Hue kit on Prime Day?

With Prime Day back on its normal scheduling this year, you’re not likely to see Philips Hue deals like this again until Black Friday in late November. In other words, you shouldn’t hesitate if you find something you like on sale at the best price you’ve seen, especially since Prime Day is a 48-hour event and many (if not most) of its hottest bargains are limited-time Lightning Deals that come and go fast. That said, you don’t want to rush into buying something that’s not a good fit, so do some research ahead of time and make a short list of what particular features and/or specific models you really want.

There are plenty of smart lighting systems on the market. However, we reckon Philips Hue kits are some of the best for your money (especially when you can score some Prime Day Philips Hue deals). They might not always be the cheapest, but they’re simple to use and offer a lot of flexibility. They’re a little heavier than the average light bulb, but they fit into regular light fittings just as simply, with plenty of different types available so that no matter which lights in your home you want to make “smart,” there’s a Philips Hue bundle for you.

Philips Hue bulbs require the use of a hub that you plug into your router and home network, but that’s about it as far as setup goes. Within minutes, you’re good to go on the hub front, and you can move on to installing the light bulbs just like you would ordinary ones. Once that’s done, you can easily use the app to set up your lights and customize them according to room and need. Prefer subdued lighting in your bedroom and hate having to tweak the dimmer? You can use Philips Hue to do all this automatically by setting a schedule so your room is ready for when you hit the hay. The app is super easy to use, and even the most inexperienced tech users will figure it out.

You’re not just restricted to the app, either, with Philips Hue bulbs being compatible with a variety of motion sensors and switches. The former means you can walk into a room and the light automatically comes on while the latter gives you the traditional light experience with all the bonuses that come from Philips Hue bulbs, such as millions of different color combos. There’s also support for most voice assistants so you can easily talk to your smart lighting and manipulate the lights without having to worry about digging around in the app or finding a switch.

The best Philips Hue deals happening now

Don’t want to wait until Prime Day to smarten up the ambience in your home? Here are some Philips Hue deals on offer this week:

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Philips Hue Geek Squad Certified Refurbished A19 Smart LED Bulb (4-Pack)

$40 $50
Best Buy's Geek Squad thoroughly tests these Philips Hue Bluetooth smart LED bulbs so you can control light levels in your home. A separate Hue Bridge is required to access all features.
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Philips Hue Econic White & Color Ambiance Outdoor Smart Pathway Light Base kit

$140 $150
This outdoor light can brighten up the outside of your home with millions of colors, and can easily integrate with popular smart home ecosystems like Alexa and Google Assistant.
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Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance LED Starter Kit (Refurbished)

$171 $190
Customize your space with this multicolored Philips Hue LED starter kit. It has voice control so it's more convenient to turn lights on and off whenever you want.
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Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance Starter Kit with Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

$220 $230
Get two for the price of one with this White & Color Ambiance Starter Kit (with 3 A19 Ambiance bulbs) and Echo Dot bundle, designed for broad versatility and convenience without ever lifting a finger.
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Philips Hue Play White & Color Ambiance Smart LED Bar Light (Refurbished)

$63 $70
This Philips Hue Smart LED Bar Light has 16 million colors and 50,000 shades you can choose from that you can combine to customize the lighting in your rooms.
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Philips Hue Calla White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Pedestal Light Kit

$135 $150
Fit for those with a fine garden, ensure your home's exterior is as colorful as your interior with this outdoor light by Philips Hue, lighting up your path in a wide array of colors.
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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit

$120 $160
This starter kit has 3 A19 Smart Bulbs and a Hue hub that can connect up to 50 points. Schedule and control your bulbs from the Hue app to help you set routines.
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Philips Hue White Starter Kit, 2 A19 White Bulbs & 1 Hue Hub

$70 $75
Afraid to make the move to Philips Hue? Get your toes wet with this simple yet effective Philips Hue White starter kit, complete with two A19 60W smart bulbs and a hue hub for wireless control.
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Philips Hue 2-Pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit

$110 $150
This Philips Hue starter kit includes two white and color ambiance lights that work with most lamps or overhead lights to bring 16 million colors anywhere in your home. Works with voice assistants too
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