The best Philips Hue Starter Kit deals for September 2017

Bringing you the best price on Philips Hue Starter Kits

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The Philips Hue range of smart lighting for your home has proved incredibly popular since launch and we're here to help you find the best price on the Philips Hue Starter Kits.

The Starter Kits include a few bulbs and the all-important Hue Bridge - the technical brain that lets you control the bulbs from smart devices like your phone, tablet, Google Home and Alexa-sporting tech like the Amazon Echo Dot.

Before diving in though, you'll need to think about the lighting fixture where you're going to put the bulb. Is it a bayonet (UK only), a screw or a spotlight? You can usually see which one you're getting via the picture, but good retailers will help you out further by giving exact bulb IDs in the description or title. Bayonets (UK only) are B22, medium-sized screw-ins are E27 (in the UK) or A19 (in the US) and spotlight are GU10. So, if your lighting fixtures at home take those same bulbs you should be fine with the corresponding Philips Hue starter kits. Once you're sorted with a starter kit, check out the other Hue items in the range with our Philips Hue deals page.

1. Philips Hue Colour Ambiance Starter Kit (Screw bulb)

The ultimate in multi-coloured home lighting

Specifications
Needs bridge: Yes (included)
Fitting: Screw (A19 or E27)
Ambience: Yes
Colour: Yes
Richer colour: Yes
Power: Mains
Extendable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Incredible colour variety+Lots of apps+Includes three bulbs

This is our top recommendation if you're looking to get started with Philips Hue as it gives you three Richer Color bulbs and the base station all in one package. With this set you can really kit your home out for parties or just freshen up the ambiance in a room, and provides a good platform you can add to with more bulbs later on. Don't forget to check out the range of Philips Hue apps to find new colour scheme 'recipes' - there's even an Apple app that attempts to mimic your TV's on-screen lighting to enhance the picture with in-room lighting via the camera on your i-device. The prices below are for the medium-sized screw bulbs. In the UK, they're known as E27 bulbs, whereas in the US they're known as Edison or A19 bulbs.

2. Philips Hue Colour Ambiance Starter Kit (Bayonet bulb)

The ultimate in multi-coloured home lighting

Specifications
Needs bridge: Yes (included)
Fitting: Bayonet (B22)
Ambience: Yes
Colour: Yes
Richer colour: Yes
Power: Mains
Extendable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Incredible colour variety+Lots of apps+Includes three bulbs

Like the above bulbs but with an old-school British B22 or Bayonet fitting. You'll find these in some other remote parts of the globe, but generally, they're UK only. You're likely to need bayonet bulbs in the UK if you're using slightly older desk or ceiling lamps - most modern fixtures use screw fittings so do make sure you're buying the right one!

3. Philips Hue Colour Ambiance Starter Kit (Spotlight bulbs)

The ultimate in multi-coloured home lighting

Specifications
Needs bridge: Yes (included)
Fitting: Spotlight (GU10)
Ambience: Yes
Colour: Yes
Richer colour: Yes
Power: Mains
Extendable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Incredible colour variety+Lots of apps+Includes three bulbs

The final type for now in the Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance Starter Kit range is the spotlight bulbs, also known as GU10 bulbs. These are the most modern fixtures of the three and are generally found in kitchen lighting, cabinets, alcoves and newbuild bathrooms. Because most kitchens tend to have at least six spotlight bulbs it can be quite expensive to fill each slot with a Hue alternative so getting the cheapest prices out there is even more important. Be sure to check the 'feet' on the pictures to make sure these match the bulbs you have at home before buying.

4. Philips Hue White Starter Kit

The cheapest way to get Philips Hue in your home

Specifications
Needs bridge: Yes (included)
Fitting: Screw (A19 or E27) / Bayonet (B22)
Ambience: No
Colour: No
Richer colour: No
Lumens: 750
Power: Mains
Extendable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Smartphone / Alexa control+Dimmable lighting+Cheap

This entry-level Philips Hue White Starter Kit comes with two white bulbs along with the Hue Bridge. This kit may lack colour or 'temperatures' of white but it still includes smart features like dimmer lighting, timers and remote switching (via smart devices). We've listed the best prices for the Philips Hue White Starter Kits in each available bulb type below.

5. Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit

Our pick of the non-colour Starter Kits

Specifications
Needs bridge: Yes (included)
Fitting: Screw (A19 or E27)
Ambience: Yes
Colour: No
Richer colour: No
Lumens: 860
Power: Mains
Extendable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Pitch perfect mobile control+Includes wireless dimmer switch+Wider variety of warm and cool white light

Unlike the other Philips Hue Starter Kit deals, most of the White Ambiance sets come with a wireless dimmer switch to use anywhere in your home. This might be on a table with your other remotes, or even as an extra light switch if you stick it on a wall (no wires or drilling required) - perfect if any of your existing wall switches require a stumble in the dark before finding it. The White Ambiance bulbs are capable of so much more than the standard white bulbs as they can emit differing shades or temperatures of white light and their dimming range is also a lot more impressive than the standard white bulbs. So you can wind them up to a sharp, bright white light, or chill the scene down with a warmer, natural glow more akin to sunrise/sunset. It's easier on the eyes and a great new way to see your home. If you're not bothered about multi-coloured bulbs, these are the ones to go for. As things stand, the Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit is only available with the E29/A19 screw-in bulbs. This set can come with either two or three bulbs.