Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022

Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022

THE BOTTOM LINE For Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp

The latest Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp is brighter than ever and features Bluetooth for hubless control.

Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp PROS

Wide color and white temperature range
Stylish design
Features Bluetooth for hub-free app control
Supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands

Philips Hue Iris Table Lamp CONS

Some features require a Hue Bridge hub


Connectivity Bluetooth, ZigBee
Integrations Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit
Base Type Standalone
Light Color Color, White
Light Color Temperature 2,000K to 6,500K
Output 570 lumens
Wattage 8.1 watts
Watt Equivalence 40 watts
Mfr. Est. Lifespan 25000 hours
Requires Hub No
Dimmable Yes
Geofencing/Location Services No
Scheduling Yes

Smart lighting is Designed to be used as a backlight or nightlight, the Philips Hue Iris is a smart and stylish $99.99 table lamp that lets you set the mood with the push of a button or the sound of your voice. It can glow in 16 million colors and a wide range of warm and cool whites for the perfect ambiance for every occasion, and it supports routines to help you wake up gradually in the morning and unwind at night. The newer model offers a maximum output of 570 lumens, more than double its predecessor, and adds Bluetooth support so you can control it from your phone without a separate hub. Hue users alike.

Iris Table Lamp Design and Features

Iris is a smart table lamp with a stylish modern design. It comes in black or white, with a clear plastic base, an aluminum inner tube, a diffuser cover, and a fabric-wrapped cord. It’s meant to function as a color backlight or nightlight, although it’s a bit large for a nightstand, measuring 8.0 x 7.4 inches (LW).

It has a built-in 16 million colors LED bulb with white temperature from 2000K to 6500K, and a life span of 25,000 hours. It is dim and has a maximum output of 570 lumens (when using white light), which is twice the brightness of the original Iris, which is 210 lumens.

While the original model required a Philips Hue bridge (opens in a new window) for wireless control, the new Iris supports Bluetooth so you can connect it directly from your phone to the Hue BT app (for Android and iOS). control. Range allows you to program routines so that the iris slowly fades in or out to help you wake up or sleep, and timers so that they turn on, off or flash at a specific time (more on these features below).

It doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, so you’ll still need the Hue Bridge (sold separately for $59.99) to control the light when you’re away from home. Hue Bridge offers a few other benefits, giving you the ability to connect and control up to 50 lights and accessories (the Hue BT app tops 10), and link Iris to the Apple HomeKit platform.

Iris Preparation

Since I already have bedside table lamps, I put the iris on my bedroom dresser pointing to the wall behind the TV. It works well there, washing the wall and ceiling with color at night.

I don’t have a Hue bridge, so I set up the iris test unit using the Hue BT app. Connecting the lamp to the application is easy. Simply select Start and press Yes when it asks if the light is compatible with Bluetooth. After you submit your name and email address and agree to the terms and conditions, it asks if you plan to use a voice assistant to control the lights. The app then instructs you to turn the light off and on, making sure to keep your phone three feet away from it. Once connected, the app will notify you that you have successfully installed your Hue table lamp and ask if you’d like to add more.

If you select Yes when asked if you plan to use a voice assistant to control the lights, the app will ask you to choose between Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Make sure your Alexa or Google Assistant device is in the same room as your light, and tap Make Discoverable in the Hue BT app.

I chose to set it up with the Google Assistant. To do this, simply open the Google Home app, tap the plus sign in the top left of the screen, and then follow the onscreen instructions. Then you select the room your light is in, give it a name or go with the recommended name, press Next, and the connection will start. Once connected, the Home app will tell you that your light is ready.

Use the Iris to Set the Mood

With the Hue Bluetooth app, you can turn the iris light on and off, set one of the preset white or color scenes, choose a white tone or color and save it as a custom scene. , and you can adjust the brightness of your light (from 1 to 100 percent).

Preset white scenes include bright, focus, dim, vivid, night light, reading and relax. My favorites include Spring Blossom, which is a pink in the Sunshine range, Arctic Aurora, which is a mint shade in the Serenity range, and Tropical Twilight, a vibrant purple in the Relaxation range. I also created a look of my own called Angel Pink, which is a peachy pink.

In the app, you can also enable routines for the iris lamp to light up gradually in the morning to help you wake up naturally, or to dim gradually at night to help you unwind before bed, or the timer expires. When creating a wake-up routine, you can choose whether you want it to end 10, 20 or 30 minutes before your wake-up time. With this feature, I programmed Iris to start dimming 30 minutes before 6am, when I get up on weekdays, and the extra light definitely helps wake me up.

When you create a Go to Sleep routine, you can program it to end automatically at a set time, or when you press a button. The timer routine feature allows you to program the flash, turn on or off at a specific time or at the end of the countdown timer.

During testing, Iris worked well with the Hue BT app and applied the selected settings without any lag. I also worked with Google Assistant voice commands like, “Hey Google, turn on the light in my bedroom” or “Hey Google, turn off the lights in my bedroom”. You can also ask the virtual assistant to adjust the lighting to suit a specific scene. For example, just say, “Ok Google, change my bedroom light to angel pink.”

Smart and Attractive Accessory

If you are looking for a smart and elegant table lamp that can evoke a certain ambiance with the touch of a button or the sound of your voice, Philips Hue Iris is a great choice. It’s easy to set up and use, and even easier on the eyes, offering preset white or color scenes, and the ability to create and save your own with just a few clicks. It supports Bluetooth, so you can control it with your phone and your voice without a hub, although you’ll need a Philips Hue Bridge (sold separately) to do this when you’re out and about. However, the addition of Bluetooth support, as well as a significant brightness bump over the original, makes the Hue Iris a self-contained smart light worth considering.

If you’re looking for a more portable accent lamp, consider the $79.99 Philips Hue Go, which has a rechargeable battery, but isn’t as bright as the Iris (note that we reviewed a 2015 first-gen model (reviewed) that doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, but isn’t as bright as the Iris). on Bluetooth, but the latest version has). And if you want to light up big walls, Philips Hue Play Light Bars ($129.99 for a pack of two) are a great alternative, although they do require a Hue bridge.


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