Skip to main content

Light up your space and mood with new portable, LED accent piece

Some enchanted evening, you might find yourself with an urge to set the mood outdoors. With Philips’ new Hue Go, you can change up any space’s vibes from romantic to Zen through your smartphone.

Hold the bowl-shaped mobile luminescent device in your lap or showcase it on the dining room table. Despite its shape, the Go doesn’t have to just rest on your table like a cereal bowl. You can tilt it up, too, depending on where you’d like to shed a little light. Like other products from the company’s line of programmable LED bulbs, Go can alternate among varied tones on the color spectrum, including traditional white, as well as various brightness levels.

Philips Hue Go (English)

A departure from the company’s other LEDs, Go isn’t tied to your wall socket. Each standalone unit reportedly remains charged for three hours at a time and is controlled by the Hue app (Android and iOS) and any of the 200-plus third-party apps available; you can have the Go light up when you get a notification, set it go off after an hour, or illuminate when you enter the house with its geofencing feature. You can also sync it with your music or use a third-party app to have the Go match what’s happening in certain video games.

If you’ve left your phone in another part of the house, you can still operate the wireless light source using its manual switch. When that blind date goes south, you can instantly lighten things up, changing from the Cozy Candle to Sunday Coffee pre-set, two of five “dynamic effects” built in to the system that cycle through different tones to match the ambience you’re trying to set.

Slated to arrive in stores by the end of May, Go is expected to retail for $100. For comparison, a three-pack of Philips Hue light bulbs, with an accompanying bridge to connect them to your Wi-Fi network, is $200.

Erika Prafder
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Erika Prafder is Digital Trends’ Home contributor. She is a veteran writer, with over fifteen years of experience covering…
Why smart lights are the perfect entry point to the smart home
philips hue updates old products adds gradient strip iris lifestyle living room

Getting started with building a smart home can be daunting. The benefits are sort of nebulous at first, and the up-front cost can be off-putting. There are a lot of ways to approach the idea of building out a smart home, but we contend that smart lights are the best first step on that journey.
You can start small
If you want to upgrade your home's entire lighting setup at once, you can, but that can be pricy. Luckily, you can buy a single smart bulb for $20 without a separate hub and enjoy the benefits right away, and then decide to expand. Mix and match brands one light at a time to find the combination of cost and value that works best for you, then go all-in with whatever lighting system you like best.
The benefits are visible

The benefits of many smart home devices aren't quite as palpable as a smart light's. A smart light changes the mood of your entire home and reinvents your relationship with a light switch. Meanwhile, smart speakers can amount to a spooky robot ghost lady that lives in your kitchen. A smart lock gives you a different way to fumble for your keys. A smart thermostat operates quietly in the background with the end result being a comfortable temperature. These benefits are harder to come to grips with than turning your living room purple whenever you want.
Smart lights are idiot-proof
Setup for smart lights is painfully easy. It's often little more than turning off the light, popping out the old bulb, putting in the new one, turning the light on, and pairing with your phone. It's hard to mess up. In a worst-case scenario, you'll need to reset the bulbs and pair again. In the vast majority of instances, you'll be dealing with the same standard size of socket, so not much chance of getting the wrong kind of bulb.
Your phone has great support
Smart lights are one of the product categories with the most consistent support for smart home platforms like Google Home and Apple HomeKit. These are well-integrated with the phone you already have, giving you an easy way to issue voice commands to your lights. These mechanisms are in addition to native Android and iOS apps that often provide home screen widgets and advanced functions you'll need to dip into anyway during setup.

Read more
The best LED light bulbs for 2022
A person reading next to smart light bulb.

LED bulbs are the way to go for a "smarter" smart home. While some bulbs and bulb kits may be a bit of an investment upfront, the cash you'll save in the long run, combined with many of the great lighting features and added security your home will net, will make your lumens upgrade well worth it.

Whether you want to be able to match your lighting to your mood, use a “daylight” feature, or change colors on the fly, we found bulbs that serve your needs. If you need a multipack to transition from outdated light bulbs, we've got you covered. Read on for our favorite LED bulb options of the year.
Cree A19 Bulb
Best LED bulb

Read more
Smart lighting voice control guide
Philips Hue Appear Outdoor smart light.

While some of your fondest memories of home may be flicking a light switch off and on exactly 31 times before leaving a room, those days of physical input are quickly being relegated to the history books thanks to the smart home. One of the biggest conveniences of smart lighting is being able to control it all with your voice. Light systems like Philips Hue support all of the  popular voice assistants like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant. How do these systems work, how do you set them up, and can they really understand your commands? Here are the the answers to all of these questions and more.
What are voice-activated devices?

Voice-activated devices record a user's audio commands and send those clips to remote servers to translate. It then returns commands or information to the device. In the case of smart lighting, a command can look like saying, "Hey Google, turn off all the lights," to your Google Nest Mini, which then shoots the clip over your home Wi-Fi network to Google's servers that translate it into a proper device command. That command is sent back to the Nest Mini, which figures out you want to do something with your smart light bulbs, sends that command to your lights, and voilà, your lights get turned off.

Read more