Which is better Philips hue or Lifx?

Are you trying to decide between the Philips Hue and the Lifx? If so, read on for my opinion on the matter.

When it comes to smart lighting, two companies are popular with homeowners: Philips Hue and LIFX. Both have top-notch light bulbs with lots of functionality and perfect user-friendly apps. However, the strengths and weaknesses lie between each device, uniquely addressing what users want from their home’s décor.

If you want to start with one or two lights, then Lifx models may be a better choice because they are cheaper and less of an investment than Hue Bridge. On the other hand, if you want to go all-in on smart lighting, the Philips Hue ecosystem is the more suitable option.

Philips Hue lights cover everything from outdoor spotlights to indoor lamps that fit almost any room. You’ll also find plenty of smart light bulbs at Lifx, like strip lights and tiles, that are just as stylish as the Hue.

Philips Hue and Lifx differ slightly in terms of what you can do with them. Philips Hue is a bit more advanced in that it has additional third-party apps, but otherwise, the two are pretty much the same. Both companies have great integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home systems, so they will work for whichever system you prefer.

Philips Hue Vs LIFX Brightness

The A19 LIFX bulbs are a brighter alternative to Philips Hue. These lights put out 1,100 lumens compared to Philips hue’s 800 and use only 11 watts of electricity compared to Phillips’ 10.

They also offer 16 million different colors, so there is more variety in terms of esthetics than other bulbs. But, the Hue has deeper tones. Although it’s hard to tell at first glance when comparing them side by side, the difference is clear as day. Many RBG fanatic, applauded Lifx for its vibrance and its ZLED strips, which uses Lifx patented Polychrome technology to create different shades of light at once.


Philips Hue and Lifx offer apps for Android and iOS, both of which are sleek and easy to use. The precise color selection in the Lifx app is much better than the color palette Phillips offers. But either way, you can do tasks like grouping light bulbs or setting timers fairly easily with both apps.

Both apps do a fine job of letting you group lights by room or zone, and both; let you create lighting “scenes” with many different options. You can also use the app to schedule specific changes in light levels at any time of the day for optimal comfort.

The Features

Lifx colour lights

One common difference between the Hue and the Lifx is the connection method. The Philips Hue is known for its bridge and Zigbee smart home protocol. It is an additional device and costs, but the mesh network improves the range and reduces the tethering of the device to your router.

Let’s not forget that some of the newer Hue bulbs also work with Bluetooth. Compared to the Lifx bulbs, there is no bridge as the bulbs have their Wi-Fi modules and connect directly to your router.

Both offer additional features like Hue’s ability to sync everything you see on your TV. The Lifx can simulate candles and strobe lights, which gives the bulbs a real-life feel that you can’t get with the Hue.


Both Philips Hue and Lifx aren’t exactly budget-friendly. Both have a hefty price tag for starter kits and individual bulbs. While you can get a low-end bulb for $20-30, a single Lifx bulb costs upwards of $40. However, with the Lifx, there is a flat price with the Hue; if you don’t have the bridge, it’s an extra $50.

This means starting with the Lifx is cheaper than the Hue.

Does Philips Hue work without internet?

No, Philips Hue, unlike other smart light bulbs, doesn’t need the internet to work. They work with Zigbee over a separate wireless connection and are the perfect alternative to the internet and Bluetooth. Using a common language, Zigbee communicates with all Hue smart lights. Then there’s the mesh network, which offers a stronger transmission range for better stability when connection nodes fail.

How long do Philip Hue bulbs last?

Like many LED lights, Philips Hue can last 6-7 years at 2500 -5000 hours of operation. You can also file a warranty claim before two years for regular bulbs and three years for Energy Star certified bulbs.

Philips Hue bulbs

The Vedict

The choice of smart light depends on what you are using the product for and how much is needed for your home. If you are looking to buy one or two bulbs then the Lifx is a better option. However, if you want your entire home fitted for smart lighting then consider purchasing the Hue as it is great for long-term use.

Your budget is another important factor, non of these lights are budget-friendly so you may want to consider other options like the Wiz. The Wiz has amazing color changes and stems from the Hue line so you know it is well made.

I am a wife and mom with two kids. I am also a writer, avid DIYer, and tech enthusiast. My favorite things are writing, shopping online for gadgets, and gizmos I can’t afford (yet). Being at home with my kids is the best part of my day!

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