Philips Hue Go is a portable smart light that allows you to add ambient lighting anywhere. It can be operated and controlled individually via Bluetooth, or it can be used as a part of the entire family Hue lighting system with Hue Bridge.
Philips Hue Go is the least likely device to convince anyone to switch to Philips Hue because of their smart lighting needs. For a lamp of this size, it is expensive, and its apparently modern, all-plastic, bowl-shaped industrial design will make many people feel cold. On the other hand, there is a Bluetooth radio on the board, so you don’t need a Philips Hue Zigbee to Wi-Fi bridge to control it. It can be powered by AC power or built-in battery, so you can use full-color ambient light anywhere indoors or outdoors.
Let me emphasize ambient light. “Hue Go” only produces 520 lumens of brightness (equivalent to a 43-watt incandescent lamp), so you don’t want to rely on it for task lighting or reading. But this is a full-color LED with two color wheels in the Hue app, allowing you to select the shade of colored light and white light (the degree of change from warm to cold).
You can also create custom lighting scenes, or choose from a variety of pre-programmed scenes, such as “Northern Lights” (cold blue shade), “Tropical Twilight” (warm orange glow) and “Enhanced light” ( Bright white). The app’s three lighting control panels (color, color temperature, and scene) have a slider at the top that allows you to brighten or dim the lights, and there is a button to turn Hue Go on and off.
Bluetooth or bridge?
Controlling Hue Go via Bluetooth can save you the cost of buying Hue Bridge, but you can only control about 10 Hue bulbs compatible with Bluetooth, while using Bridge you can control up to 50. Bluetooth provides a much smaller range than Wi-Fi. In fact, you may need to be in the same room. Since you are actually controlling the lights, the proximity requirement does not seem to be a big limitation for Hue Go, but mixing the Bridge together also allows you to control the Hue lights when you are out.
Hue Go’s battery power option means you can take it outdoors or even camp overnight. When you are not within the range of your home Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth will provide control advantages, but there is no easy way to switch back and forth between Bluetooth and a bridge (Wi-Fi). Each scenario requires a different application, and if you start with Bluetooth control, you must transfer the Hue device to Bridge to use Wi-Fi. However, repeatedly pressing the power button on the back of Hue Go will cycle it between various colors and color temperatures (press and hold the button to turn it off).
When you take Hue to the outside, you should remember that the device is not only not waterproof, but it does not protect water at all. Its manufacturer Signify provides it with an IP20 degree of protection, where the number 2 indicates that it can prevent pollution of large particles (greater than 12.5 mm (about half an inch)). A level of zero usually means that the manufacturer has not tested the device’s water resistance, but Signify’s website states that Hue Go has “no water resistance”.
You need to add Hue Go to the virtual room before you can control it through any application, a step that may seem counterintuitive for devices that may be used in your home or even the entire home. I decided to create a room called Mobile and assign it to that room. If you decide to place it in your bedroom (or anywhere else), you can use other Philips Hue smart bulbs or lighting devices nearby to control it, which is easy to do.
Hue Go is versatile and portable, can produce very high-quality light in every shade of the rainbow, and it is part of the largest smart lighting ecosystem on the market. Its very modern and all-plastic industrial design will not discourage everyone-I can’t say I am a fan-but the option of controlling via Bluetooth means you don’t need to buy a Hue Bridge yet.
Given that this light provides battery-powered options, there is no doubt that many people will take it outdoors to use ambient lighting on picnic tables and dining tables, so I decided for Signify to at least not build it and scratch it with some protection. Affected by the weather. It doesn’t have to dive, but in terms of price, it should be able to withstand rain.