Philips Hue is a RIPOFF

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    Finally a competitor for both LIFX and Philips Hue bulbs that isn't going to break the bank - Yeelight
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  Month ago +1548

    Do you use smart bulbs in your home?

    • Zax Studios
      Zax Studios Month ago

      Not yet.

    • A13DPrinting
      A13DPrinting Month ago

      I got a tp-link smart light and had connections issues so ended up taking it back. Then got the sengled starter kit which was $49 which included the bridge and 2 globes and it works great, much better than the almost $150 for the phillips starter kit. The sengled it now down to $39 for the starter kit, so this is another cheaper option.

    • Mihr Luck
      Mihr Luck Month ago

      I would actually recomend you also adding Kasa Smart Light Bulb by TP-Link - Reliable WiFi Connection, Multicolor, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo and Google Assistant, California Compliant (KL130) to your review. It cost 30 Dollars right now on amazon. It is cheaper then the phillips Hue has no HUB and is better quality then the YEE light. The app also has energy monitoring and an easy way to select colors. It also works with google home and amazon alexa. I haven't tried with Siri/apple.

    • Thomas Walma
      Thomas Walma Month ago

      I've been using smart light bulbs called Flux for over 3 years. No hub. Less expensive than the Hue and LifX but more expensive than the Yee Light. Has a good iPhone app and works with Alexa, although I only used Alexa for about a week before I decided I didn't want it

    • Ghostly Bishop
      Ghostly Bishop Month ago

      Yup love mine they are all sengled (10$ for white bulb 15$ for multi colored bulb). I have one LIFX bulb but got it free with my arlo system. Never would pay for them bulbs way to expensive.

  • Seth Taylor
    Seth Taylor 13 hours ago

    What about Ikea Tradfri?

  • Don Mega
    Don Mega Day ago

    I applaud your business choice not to review pc cases. Forces those companies to pay you in the form of ads if they want any visibility for their products! Kinda unfair though isn't it?

  • oåooåo ipip
    oåooåo ipip Day ago

    Wow ;)

  • Kabi Ebl
    Kabi Ebl Day ago

    Ive been thinking about it a lot, mulling it over... and ultimately I finally decided to go into the Philips hue thing. Just a couple bulbs to start... and get a few more and a few more every once in a while. once you have the hub, the nice thing is that the bulbs are not so bad. I mean, yeah for a long time... like years... I kept coming back to these things but ultimately not getting them just thinking its kind of dumb, they're just lightbulbs, do I really need this? no.... Its pretty damn extra for sure. But around this time of year the sun comes up pretty damn late where I live and it just sucks waking up in the morning when its still dark out. I mean I've done it a million times but I just hate it. So I got these for the purpose of having them sync up with my alarm app and try to simulate morning light. as for any other lights that I will use in my home down the road.... that'll just be for funzies...
    I mean lots of little girls dream about spending a ton of money on a dream wedding, I.... dreamt on spending my money on having a super smart house. BISH I want my house to be like the one in Eurkea... I want to wake up in the morning and believe that I'm about to have some kind of black mirror day. I want to wake up in the morning and believe its fuckin 3019 not 2019. So your fancy shmancy expensive lightbulbs for the lazy people? yes please.

  • rehdogg
    rehdogg 2 days ago

    I’d rather have no smartphone at all if i had to switch to android so i’ll keep looking for Homekit at a better price

  • Rymdkakor
    Rymdkakor 2 days ago

    Just got 10 yeelights thanks to this video!

  • Joseph Neocleous
    Joseph Neocleous 2 days ago

    So are we just going to ignore wiz?

  • Christoph Gerneth
    Christoph Gerneth 2 days ago

    You know why they are so cheap? They are spying on you. They directly connect to the cloud via WiFi. There's an interesting talk about those bulbs at the 35c3: m.thexvid.com/video/3Ej0CO3hXDc/video.html

  • DashCamEyes
    DashCamEyes 2 days ago

    I can always use auto timer to turn on and off.

  • notta3d
    notta3d 2 days ago

    Chinese software? No thanks.

  • Fasholy Shawn
    Fasholy Shawn 3 days ago

    I would kill to see him apply for a job at a tech store get an interview and when the manager asks so why do you want to work here what do you know about computers and he instantly goes off and makes the manager feel stupid 😂

  • Tracy Daniel Davis
    Tracy Daniel Davis 3 days ago

    Linus just hates on stuff for the sake of hating on it. Philips Hue lights are great and have a fantastic ecosystem with solid smart home integration.

  • John Vapes82
    John Vapes82 4 days ago

    Eddy Wally!!!
    Whaaauwww

  • devilt8
    devilt8 4 days ago

    Worth noting if you're in the UK, yeelight seems to be priced similarly to LIFX

  • Beech Man
    Beech Man 4 days ago

    Lucked out and got 2 lifx’s for only $45

  • Ross Junior
    Ross Junior 4 days ago

    I got a yeelight bulb but none of the lamps in my house fit the bulb, how do I know which lamp to buy to go with it?

  • plug walk
    plug walk 4 days ago

    no.

  • Anthonie White
    Anthonie White 4 days ago

    *inhales*
    THE👏WOW👏MEME👏IS👏DEAD

  • Xavier Sutton
    Xavier Sutton 4 days ago

    I don't know many people that go from Apple to Android, it's mostly the other way around.

  • Kyle Jensen
    Kyle Jensen 4 days ago

    To many problems with yeelights I've had the only bulbs I've never had any problems with is Phillips hue

  • David Reid
    David Reid 5 days ago

    sengled are so far so good cheap , functional

  • Virux
    Virux 5 days ago

    I appreciate the RGB bulbs in the background, lol

  • -SH0CK3RZ-
    -SH0CK3RZ- 5 days ago

    my whole house is in philips hue

  • Justin Heretotroll
    Justin Heretotroll 5 days ago +1

    Phillips Hue FTW. Stop being poor.

  • Flaviu Moldovan
    Flaviu Moldovan 5 days ago +1

    Well, there is one more thing to consider when it comes to light sources, the color rendering index (or CRI for short) is a scale which describes the light sources ability to show the color of the objects it illuminates as close as possible to "natural" light, the reference for this scale being the day light in most cases, or the incandescent bulbs in some (these are rated above 95 in report to day light), a decent light source is considered one that has the CRI above 80 (there is little color fade, or tendency of the colors to appear grey-ish above this point), how ever a very good lighting source is one that has the CRI above 90, this resemble the daylight to such an extent that is very unlikely that you could tell the difference. This only applies to white light sources, since the RGB ones will be emitting colored light, in the RGBW led bulbs such as those in the video, the white should have the CRI provided by the producer, however from the three above, i could only find the CRI on the philips products, which are rated as above 80. I'm an interior designer so I had to look into stuff like these. Best regards.

  • Cat008101
    Cat008101 5 days ago

    to any Australians here lifx do have big sales both through them and jb hi fi time to time

  • Griffin Bonacci
    Griffin Bonacci 5 days ago +1

    $720 for lightbulbs? Give me a break! I bought two of the multi colored led china bulbs with remotes for $10. How lazy must one be to need an freaking app to turn on a light? And we are supposed to be conserving electricity, so there is no need to turn them on remotely when gone! The stupid things Americans waste money on today blows my mind!

  • Good snowmen
    Good snowmen 5 days ago

    WOW *WINK*

  • Minerguy
    Minerguy 5 days ago

    -Yeelight-
    *YEETlight*

  • HeyZues Vasquez
    HeyZues Vasquez 6 days ago

    I use the GE C- Life bulbs, they have a two pack for $24.99 USD . Sadly they aren't RBG but they are very bright, and they are able to work with Google hub or through their app via Bluetooth

  • Olamide Dunni
    Olamide Dunni 6 days ago

    Still wasting my money on Phillips Hue lol

  • George Burns
    George Burns 6 days ago

    Dollar tree LEDs.

  • Cats go Meow
    Cats go Meow 6 days ago

    more like yeeeeeeet light

  • Jurgen Haan
    Jurgen Haan 6 days ago

    What's so terrible about having a hub? I actually view it as a pro. Not only does it keep your lights off the internet and independent of external servers, it can also contain custom 'labs' programs to have your lights do cool stuff like mimic tv light or slowely cycle throug light scenes.

  • JC
    JC 6 days ago

    The smart home tech is so tempting, then I think I can just use the light switch that comes with the lamp to turn it on and off. As far as all the neat things I could do with color. I put colored light bulbs in two wall sconces in my living room. I haven't turned them on in 6 months.
    So perhaps I'm just fine with regular light.
    Love my Alexa to play music though. :o)

  • Radu Cruceru
    Radu Cruceru 6 days ago

    I bought a Hue starter kit including the hub, 3 white ambiance bulbs, and a dimmer for $100. After a while I bought 2 rgb bulbs and a motion sensor for another $100. I plan on buying some more and I would not trade them for anything else.
    The cool parts:
    - hub is stored in a drawer
    - motion sensor turns on hall lights and then turn off after 5 minutes
    - the rgb lights in the bedroom are white when working, yellow when reading and other colors when doing other stuff
    - they turn off in the evening and on in the morning
    - I can control them remotely (on Android)
    - the dimmer is set above the bed to control them
    The cons:
    - the app is a little lacking (scenes, sensor capabilities etc)
    - sometimes not as bright as I would want them
    Overall, the price difference between Hue and others, in my personal opinion, goes into the experience. And that is rarely achieved in a low-cost product. I will admit that there should be an investment made to get that experience, but it's totally worth it. And if you're a little geeky and toy with Home Automation, you're actually get a whole lot more.
    For me, this goes into everything else you pay extra for: it just works.

  • Michael Claros
    Michael Claros 6 days ago

    Fucking bullshit click bait title. Go fuck yourself

  • Nick Nevco
    Nick Nevco 6 days ago

    Was this an AD or are they own by Xiaomi

  • Bee Doe
    Bee Doe 6 days ago

    *Sounds like another Kanye West Product.*

  • Théophane Mayaud
    Théophane Mayaud 6 days ago

    Look up the brand Sonoff (ew link) !!! They're the cheapest for smart light bulbs, smart switches and others ! About 10$/light bulb !

  • Matt DeWolfe
    Matt DeWolfe 6 days ago

    LIFX has 15 dollar white bulbs

  • psikopatadam
    psikopatadam 6 days ago

    Get a Wemos D1 Mini $3, get a relay board, around $2.5, find reverse engineered codes and upload, around 15 minutes.
    Do some cable cutting...
    There you go, you have a $6 smart device, light, door whatever you want.

  • Joseph Houde
    Joseph Houde 7 days ago

    Mom called, she wants her ear rings back.

  • Yannis Boh
    Yannis Boh 7 days ago

    2:53, what do you mean? I'm not on working with light.

  • J
    J 7 days ago

    they cost like 20+ on the links you posted

  • Johnny John
    Johnny John 7 days ago

    but they cant synchronize with Razer Chroma Devices and that's the reason I went for Philips hue.

  • fuzzy
    fuzzy 7 days ago

    No, really!?!?

  • Kanin
    Kanin 7 days ago

    Yeet light

  • James Grey
    James Grey 7 days ago

    I guess I'm getting old or never was hip, but I just don't see any use for color changing lights at home. It's a neat little trick and might be fun for parties at times but I really can't imagine needing them.

  • Guy Downie
    Guy Downie 8 days ago

    In the UK a system called Hive is very popular which Philips Hue is compatible with.

  • Franchesco Yepez Mejia

    Why didn't I saw this video the day I decided to purchased hue.......

  • Nick Rosseel
    Nick Rosseel 8 days ago

    Amazing how you fit in "Eddy Wally's waaw" there 😂

  • altma
    altma 8 days ago

    yeelight has very bad long-term usage ratings.

  • Ruhrpottpatriot
    Ruhrpottpatriot 9 days ago

    No love for IKEA's TRÅDFRI? Starting at 13€ for one bulb and compatible with Hue? Yes it's not RGB, but in most cases dimming a light is what you'd want.
    Sorry, but that's the one I'd go with.

  • Koala Bear
    Koala Bear 9 days ago

    are u like, david tennants cousin?

  • The AwesomeRCMinecrafter

    7:51
    I suggest the latter.

  • Matthew Paquette
    Matthew Paquette 9 days ago

    Didn’t need a video to figure that one out!

  • manonthedollar
    manonthedollar 9 days ago

    I have Philips Hue and I really like it. I've got motion sensors in my closets, cozy scenes set up, schedules, all that. Plus, there's an API for Python which is really nice.
    If the faux-nerd boy needs to make loud angry squeaks about something being a rip-off, I'd be interested in a breakdown of just how much money he's thrown away on studio space and RED cameras to make something that doesn't look or sound much better than a college student could do in his dorm room with a Sony A7S.

  • John Simpson
    John Simpson 9 days ago

    The Yee light is $35.

  • Ray Otberg
    Ray Otberg 9 days ago

    I've watched a few of your videos and you have an on going theme. You bash tech companies for making a profit. Do you realize how innovation and capitalism works? I guess not. Stick to technology reviews and not the economic side of things. You're in way over your head.

  • Robbe Nagel
    Robbe Nagel 9 days ago

    Those light bulbs hanging out of those lamps look hideous.

  • Gerson Mendoza
    Gerson Mendoza 9 days ago

    I got my four smart bulbs for 10 each on sale in Amazon. A 5 meter light strip for 15, and a light bulb speaker (that also changes light) for the bathroom for 20. Oh, and three smart plugs at 30 each (tried a few cheaper but they would not work)
    Can honestly say that will be my extent into smart homes for a while lol.

  • Robin
    Robin 9 days ago

    More like YEETlight

  • Steven Velasquez
    Steven Velasquez 9 days ago

    Some bootleg ass lights

  • The Creative Corner
    The Creative Corner 9 days ago

    Can you do a video about the IKEA tradfri smart light bulb?

  • Blocked User
    Blocked User 9 days ago

    Its a $4 trinkett ...

  • Nathan Truman
    Nathan Truman 10 days ago

    Merkury RGB bulbs at Walmart are $12.88 locally to me and are individual units when connected to the internet and they work with echos soooo. Found the better option.

  • www.GPcarAudio.com
    www.GPcarAudio.com 10 days ago

    I'm using a bunch of the Merkury bulbs, $12 each. They are fantastic. Work with google home and a phone app and you can change them to whatever colors you want.

  • VitoTheo
    VitoTheo 10 days ago +1

    *Yee* Light

  • Espen Lunden
    Espen Lunden 10 days ago

    I love how one of their networks is called "no u" at 5:03

  • I Commando
    I Commando 10 days ago

    As of now, Philips Hue, if you are into ambient lighting, is the way to go.
    It has a native app on all devices including computers meaning you can have ambilight while gaming.
    Also having an RGB bulb with SEPERATE white LED is key for when you want to read stuff.

  • krimlon
    krimlon 10 days ago

    I have purchased most of mine off of amazon. The vegahome light switches packs for $29 for a pack of 2 and the tonbux smart plugs for lamps instead of bulbs which are far cheaper and connect to android assistant.

  • Jerrin Phox
    Jerrin Phox 10 days ago

    Why do you want to control the thermostat and light from distance? Its another stuff that can be hacked. I prefer the LED light bolt and a regular thermostat that I control with my hand.

  • HackingDutchman
    HackingDutchman 10 days ago

    Smart bulbs?!? Nowadays it's just integrated RGB LED strips in the whole house. I almost don't use bulbs and don't now a lot of people who do anymore.

  • S V
    S V 10 days ago

    Eddy Wally says "Waw"

  • Conny Stiernborg
    Conny Stiernborg 10 days ago

    Or you can just use Ikeas system that is cheaper and super good,

  • zaxxoid
    zaxxoid 10 days ago

    Considering dollar stores now sell decent normal LED bulbs, I can't even imagine bothering with all this at any price point. I guess app controlled coloured lighting doesn't appeal that much to me.

  • Fifty
    Fifty 10 days ago

    Feit bulbs. $34 CAD/2pack from Costco. Works with Alexa/Google.
    www.feit.com/product-category/bulbs/smart-wifi-light-bulb/

  • Null Exe
    Null Exe 10 days ago

    I have two Philips bulbs + the bridge. Owned them for over a year, the bulbs are turned on almost constantly. I've had zero issues with them on my in home network, they are pretty much plug and play. The app works every time I launch it. They may be overpriced, but I'm happy with it. Only thing I might do differently is when the bulbs need to be replaced is to get the white only bulbs instead of the full RGB ones, since they are cheaper.

  • plainlake
    plainlake 11 days ago

    Wait.. Why do I need this?

  • Noxmiles
    Noxmiles 11 days ago

    IKEA IKEA IKEA

  • Socman86
    Socman86 11 days ago

    I was unsubbed to u I did not unsub your channel. Anyone else have that happen?

  • ChumpyChicken2
    ChumpyChicken2 11 days ago

    You should see what we had young in the game!

  • StefixMaster
    StefixMaster 11 days ago +1

    YeetLight

  • richystar2001
    richystar2001 11 days ago

    Chinese hate Crapple... So there is hope for the future of the planet.

  • Ayhan ÇEVİK
    Ayhan ÇEVİK 11 days ago

    Whats is the phone?

  • otis ellis
    otis ellis 11 days ago

    Geeni smart bulbs are cheaper on Amazon and they work great.

  • The Gamer
    The Gamer 11 days ago

    You're a ripoff to start with.

  • Thor
    Thor 11 days ago

    Does this yee bulb work with homekit yet?

  • CTSnyder_Gaming
    CTSnyder_Gaming 12 days ago +25

    I didn't know Kanye made light bulbs

  • Jason M
    Jason M 12 days ago

    sengled is also a cheap alternative available at many canadian retailers locally (well at least 2) and amazon, much cheaper than philips bit more than yeelight

  • Carl Willows
    Carl Willows 12 days ago

    3:45
    Why does the screen look over scanned?

  • Danny Riddle
    Danny Riddle 12 days ago

    One drawback to yeelight - outdoor lighting is not available yet.

  • Chilly Wizard
    Chilly Wizard 12 days ago

    Why would you want to light any room in colour?

  • Frederick Röders
    Frederick Röders 12 days ago

    Ill just get cheap RGB lights and keep a few more of those remotes around.

  • Matthew Pease
    Matthew Pease 12 days ago

    My question is if I live in the middle of nowhere and have no internet can I still use the Philips Hue bulbs

  • Matthew Pease
    Matthew Pease 12 days ago

    Do these light bulbs require internet WTF?

  • Ninjanoodles78
    Ninjanoodles78 12 days ago

    What is up with the notification bar at the top? (@5:27) Are they just subtly dissing the notch trend?

  • Matty G
    Matty G 13 days ago

    The cheapest RGB Yeelight i could find was $29.99