Like many products in the Philips Hue line, the Go is expensive, especially for a portable ambient light. It is a smart bowl-like lamp that offers 520 lumens with Bluetooth, and colored lights great for creating scenes. However, not everyone can afford such a luxury light.
Therefore, this post will cater to those who are looking for a cheaper Philips Hue Go alternative. It may not have all the features of the GO, but I guarantee below that the options I provided will be cheaper, with different color shades.
Let’s face it, you don’t need this product, but you WANT it. I use the Go, like an ambient light beside my bed at night when I am sleeping. Sometimes I would take it with me when I am camping in the backyard with the kids it is- so much fun. Because of the Bluetooth feature, I don’t need access to Wi-Fi to enjoy this smart light.
It has a battery life of 18 hours and once you download the app (which I have already) you can adjust the brightness. The Go also responds to music and beats, however, you can not get the full experience unless you have the HUB. Of course, if you are new to Philips Hue products, the hub is an additional fee.
OK, enough about the Philips Hue Go, Let’s get started with the alternatives.
- Meross Smart Ambient Lamp.
- Creative Nova Portable Ambient Light.
- Mr.Go 16-inch Glowing Ball Light.
- AUKEY Cordless Table Lamp.
Meross Smart Ambient Lamp
Turn your attention to the Meross Ambient Lamp, this underrated smart light offers your similar features of the Go, at a fraction of the price. It uses voice commands, so you can control it remotely. As a result, it can connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Home Kit, etc.
While it doesn’t use Bluetooth and requires a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network for it to function, you still have access to 16 million colors.
Unlike Go, you don’t need an additional hub to set timers and schedules. However, it lacks the Go portable ability and only offers 300 lumens, but you can dim it as low as 3% and it’s cool to the touch. For the price, it’s an amazing product.
- App and Voice command controlled.
- Connects to Home kits.
- Add timers and schedules or countdown.
- Access to 16 million colors.
- Not portable.
- 300 lumen compared to the Philips Hue Go 540.
- No music features.
It’s a great product and still worth considering SEE PRICE.
Creative Nova Portable Ambient Light
The Creative Nova is one of the best Philips Hue Go alternatives. Pack with features like Home Kit compatibility, Bluetooth, and access to 16.8 million colors- it is worth consideration. Plus, it is cheaper than the Go. It is an ambient light, so you can take it anywhere you like for added fun.
The Nova comprises seven hours of battery with a handle for easy transportation. Compared to the Philips Hue Go weird bowl shape, which can fall out of your hand at a moment’s notice. It is water-resistant, and many customers praise how loud the speakers were. Some customers also complained of the poor set-up with Alexa. Apart from this, it is durable and has many features.
- Home Kit compatible (Voice commands)
- Free app.
- Color change.
- Music player.
- Portable like the Hue.
- Battery life.
- Easy to carry.
- Waterproof unlike the Go.
- Hard to set up with Alexa.
- Poor app experience.
Mr.Go 16-inch Glowing Ball Light
It is pricey and there are only 16 RBG colors and four lighting effects the Mr. Go is great for your kid’s room. If you want that round experience without paying for the Philips Hue Go, then you will enjoy this light. It is portable, remote-controlled, and waterproof.
The Mr. Go is a beautiful ambient light for your home, but it comes with its limitations. You can not connect to home kits, or sync with music, fewer color shows, and no app. Yet the color fades are very mesmerizing for your children’s room.
- Great for kids.
- Color changes.
- Cheaper than the Hue.
- Portable and waterproof.
- 12 hours battery life.
- No way near the Philips Hue Go.
- Fewer color options.
- No music.
Still need it for your kids room SEE PRICE
AUKEY Cordless Table Lamp
The last on my list is the Aukey ambient light. It is a popular lamp bringing in over 18,000 reviews on Amazon. While you are not getting all the features of the Philips Hue Go, it is affordable and offers color changes.
The AUKEY comprises 15 hours of dim lighting with only four hours of charging. You can carry it all over the house with a 2-year warranty for peace of mind. Besides, the RBG mode this light offers three warm white modes and 360 degrees touch control base.
Pros you’ll love
- RBG colors.
- Easy to carry around compared to the Go bowl shape.
- Maximum of 15 hours.
- 2-years warranty.
- Wish it had more smart features.
- No music mode.
To recap, this was one of the most difficult tasks yet, to find a Philips Hue Go alternative. To match these features, there were no products exactly like the Go. It took me five days to gather the information, and I ended up with four choices.
The Philips Hue Go is one of a kind, it comes from a reliable brand and with the Hub, you’ll get the full experience. The only downfall is the price, one Go can buy at least four of Meross. If I had to choose one lamp, the Creative Nova will be my top choice and the closest to the Philips Hue Go.