Are Philips Hue Bulbs Bright Enough? (Brightness Comparison)

Like all interior designers, light plays an important role in the customization of your home. Philips Hue can provide different degrees of lighting for both the outside and inside of your home means enhancing every corner of the home and creating different atmospheres.

Most Philips Hue lights can just reach a maximum brightness of 806 lumens, however they are planning to launch new standard-size bulbs that can provide up to 1100 lumens of brightness, and even up to 1600 lumens of brightness in Hue white Ambiance, Hue White, and Hue White and Color Ambiance versions.

All smart home providers like Philips Hue provide a variety of good lighting options with built-in LED technology from pendant lights, light strips, floor lights to even lighted play bar and filament bulbs. You are sure to find what you’re looking for.

Unlike fluorescent and incandescent lamps, LEDs are not inherently white light sources. There are 2 methods to create this white light; either by using a phosphor coating on the bulb LED, or mixing different color lights to create a white effect. 

LEDs work differently than traditional bulbs; A traditional bulb uses passing electricity via a wire which glows hot to produce light, while LEDs use a totally varying technology that can alter colour temperatures (kelvins). The smart bulbs from Philips Hue come in multiple ‘white’ types including cool, warm, natural, and daylight.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 E26 LED Smart Bulb
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 E26 LED Smart Bulb

You can customize the feel and look of your home with the Play Bars, Table lights, and even Light Strips.

Finally, you will ask some questions. How bright are there bulbs? Can the brightness of these bulbs meet my needs?

Heres’s what else we’ll cover:

  • The Brightness of Philips Hue Products Including Hue E26, A19, G25, E12, GU10, etc
  • The brightness of Philips Hue go
  • What Philips Hue products you will buy for general lighting
  • How about Nanoleaf and LIFX

Ready to get started? Let’s dive in.

How many Lumens do you Need?

Have you ever wondered how many LED lumens, lights, you need to light your room? 

  • lumens = brightness
  • watts = energy

Though it’s true that a lumen is just a unit of measurement of light, however, LED lights offer a higher Color Rendering Index(CRI). So you can see with better clarity in your room with LED lights than a traditional bulb.

Determine the Needed Lumens. To determine the needed lumens, you should multiply a room square footage by the room foot-candle requirement. For example, a 100 square foot dining room, which requires 30-40 foot-candles, will require 3,000-4,000 lumens. 

I list some information below

  • LED Lighting for Bedroom Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 1500 to 4000 lumens, and color temperature from 2700k to 3000k.
  • LED Lighting for Home Office Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens. Suggested Color Temperature from 3000k to 5000K.
  • LED Lighting for Living Room Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 1,500 to 3,000 Lumens. Suggested Color Temperature from 2200k to 3000K.
  • LED Lighting for Dining Room Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 3,000 to 6,000 Lumens. Suggested Color Temperature from 2200k to 3000K.
  • LED Lighting for Kitchen Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens. Suggested Color Temperature from 2700k to 5000K.
  • LED Lighting for Bathroom Use. Suggested Total Brightness Level from 4,000 to 8,000 Lumens. Suggested Color Temperature from 3000k to 5000K.

If you to reach 4000 lumens in your room, you should use 6 – 8 bulbs at 800 lumens each. The amount of bulbs or lights you will need depend on the lumen output of each light fixture or bulb.

Old Incandescent Bulbs (Watts)ENERGY STAR Bulb Brightness (Minimum Lumens)
40450
60800
751,100
1001,600
1502,600

You still have to make a decision according to the actual situation or your preference. Some people may like to be brighter, some people may like to be darker. There is no standard answer, it’s entirely up to you.

How bright are the Philips Hue bulbs?

You are sure want to know what brightness bulbs Philips Hue can provide for us. I will show some information for what may work best for your home to light.

How bright are the Philips Hue bulbs?
Brightness of Three A19 Bulbs

With millions of shades of white and color rights, E26 bulbs come in varying shapes like G25, A21, A19, and BR30, and all of them fit into your standard light sockets. They have different lumen outputs depending on their color and size and are easy to install and set up.

The E26 BR30 bulbs are at 650 lumens, while the G25 and A19 filament bulbs are at 530 lumens. The basic E26 color is at 800 lumens. It seems not very bright. I wish they are the 900-1000 lumen range.

Anyway, they work perfectly out of the box. Easy to set up and look very beautiful.

The E12 is only at 450 lumens and does not fit into a standard socket.

I made a table for bightness comparison.

Philips Hue BulbBrightness (Lumens)
Hue E26 White And Color800 lumens
Hue E26 BR30 White And Color650 Lumens
Hue A19 and G25530 lumens
Hue E12450 lumens
Hue GU10 (Spotlights) White And Color400 Lumens
The brightness (lumen) levels for various Philips Hue bulbs

You are sure to know Philips Hue but when it comes to E12, E26, A19, you may not know what it means. The lighting terminology can be confusing if you are not in the industry.

The term A21, A19, and E26 are used to describe the overall shape and dimensions of a light bulb. A19 bulb is extremely popular and more known than A21. They fit in most standard light sockets and they are typically interchangeable.

Are A19 bulbs compatible in the A21 socket?

Yes, since A19 lamps are smaller than A21 lamps in all dimensions, they can be placed into virtually all fixtures and sockets designed for A21 bulbs. However because A19 lamps have a smaller lamp head, so can’t accommodate larger A21 bulbs.

Additionally, a larger A21 light bulb may perhaps result in the heat being placed closer to your devices or lampshade, increasing the risk of fire.

If you want to buy chandeliers. E12 bulbs are for you as they come in a smaller base.

GU10 bulbs have a 2000 to 6500 Kelvin color temperature for up to 16 million colors. Microsoft Cortana, Homekit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa are supported for seamless voice control.

The white and white Ambiance comes in at 400 lumens, and the White and Color Ambiance comes in at 350 lumens.

Phillips Hue Go, bright enough to light up part of a room?

The Philips Hue Go is a portable wireless light source, just needing to be plugged in to recharge occasionally. It is bright and easy to use, you can put it where you need or want it and not be concerned with finding an outlet to plug it in. 

Philips Hue Go Brightness in A Room

The Philips Hue Go White & Colour Ambiance Bluetooth LED Portable Table Lamp works straight out the box, you can use the Philips Hue Bluetooth app to control it easily. You can play about with 16 million colours with the Hue app, including warm-to-cool white light to create the ambiance for your room.

The Hue Go emits just 520 lumens of brightness per bulb-equivalent to a 43-watt incandescent. So please don’t rely on it for read by or task lighting even if you use several at the same time. 

However, it is a portable light for outdoor events or camping or an attractive decoration for a coffee table or counter and adds a great colorful glow to any scene. You also can use Hue Bridge to unlock the full potential of your smart lighting at any time.

Ambient or General Lighting

Where To Use Ambient Lighting

  • Every room in your home
  • Closer to the ceiling to diffuse light more effectively
  • Towards the centre of the room

General lighting, also known as ambient lighting, offers an area with non-specific, overall illumination. It is used in a variety of environments, such as residences, educational facilities, office spaces and atriums.

Aside from the basic lighting function, ambient lighting improves the depth of a space or a room and the sense of warmth. It is the foundation of all the lighting of your rooms.

Though you can use standalone fixtures like table or floor lamps, ambient light is usually designed with overhead fixtures, such as:

  • Panel lights
  • Ceiling fans
  • Chandeliers
  • Track lighting
  • Recessed lighting

Here are a few tips for buying the right lumen level for your space:

  • Because it’s intended to offer a general layer of light, so ambient lighting does not need to be as focused or bright as an accent or task lighting.
  • To calculate how many total lumens your rooms need, you can calculate the square footage of a room, then multiply by 20. Aiming for about one light for every 4 square feet of ceiling if you will use recessed lighting. 
  • It also varies for everybody. Personal preference, architectural obstructions, and failing vision can also impact the lumens your space need.

Philips Hue Products for General and Ambiance Lighting

It is not practical or sufficient to just use Philips Hue bulbs for general lighting. And I don’t think you want to use over 3 bulbs to light a room. But you can use them in conjunction with some other lighting products of Philips Hue for general lighting in a room.

You can use them in conjunction with Philips Hue’s line of Pendant and ceiling lights. I recommend the Philips Hue Flourish pendant luminaire. It is the only pendant luminaire in the Philips Hue portfolio that has the entire color spectrum because of White and Color Ambiance. It is as bright as almost 4 standard Philips Hue’s E27 lamps with up to 3,000 lumens.

Philips Floor lamp emits around 2,000 lumens of brightness, and some floor lamps will work very well with your entertaining room. If you want to add a “smart” Wifi light, I recommend signe floor light. It is perfect with your modern décor and gives great ambiance background. It is articulating when it is synchronized to all your Hue and TV.

You also can buy Philips Hue Ceiling and Pendant lights with a higher lumen output from 2400 to 3000 lumens.

A higher price tag means a higher lumen output. Smart lights are the easiest, cheapest way to get started with your smart home. I hope you can find products you are satisfied with. 

Philips Hue Play Bar

If you are looking for a simple and clean way to add accent or bias lighting around your home, then the Philips Hue play Bar is for you.

Each Play Bar is capable of emitting up to 530 lumens of brightness, which is adequate for bias and accent installations, however not very enough to light up your entire room.

Should you use Nanoleaf or LIFX instead?

When choosing smart bulbs for your home, you should take into account the pros and cons of each. Even with similar products, it has their own pros and cons from different manufacturers.

With A19 bulbs, Philips hue only comes in at 800 lumens per bulb, but LIFX’S A19 bulbs come in brighter at 1100 lumens a bulb. 

The Nanoleaf Essentials smart bulbs are rated for a maximum of 1,100 lumens per bulb, making it one of the brightest smart lights. The only other bulb that trumps the Nanoleaf bulb in its own brightness is the newest white-only Philips Hue light that comes in at 1,600 lumens.

Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagons Expansion Pack with 3X Multicolor Hexagon Light Panels

But the price of Nanoleaf makes people shay away though it is great. However, it’s all up to you when choosing your smart bulbs such as your budges, preference, and the actual situation.

The Philips Hue line of smart bulbs is growing today with the addition of a bunch of new lamps, strips, and lights. 

Ask yourself if you really need this item. Will it be helpful in your life? Be a smart shopper buy a smart bulb. But to prevent you from spending too much money on items you don’t need, try to investigate their value.

Conclusion

You can buy your smart home lighting in terms of price, convenience, brightness, and color. 

In terms of feature set and comprehensiveness though, it is very hard to look beyond what Philips Hue provides you, there is a variety of lamps, bulbs, and fittings to meet most scenarios.

It works exactly as advertised via the app, and they are easy to configure and set up.

Philips Hue is not the only choice for you when it comes to smart lights, however it is the standard bearer at the moment.

Although Philips Hue bulbs bright are not enough now, they come in at a bit lower lumens than similar products from other brands. But It is planning to provide a larger lamp with up to 1,600 lumens in Hue White, Hue White Ambiance, and Hue White and Color Ambiance versions.

I believe you are looking forward to seeing what Philips Hue does next.

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