We no longer present the Philips brand (Koninklijke Philips NV Philips by its real name). The Amstellodamoise firm is the current benchmark for connected lighting with its Philips Hue range. Even if the price is sometimes prohibitive, they are very often of exceptional quality. Philips released the Living Colors Iris several years ago, a multi-color, multi-intensity mood lamp that can be controlled with a remote control. It is this concept that was taken up with the new Philips Hue Go, the spiritual daughter of Iris in a smaller format and, above all, nomadic. Hence the name Go.
Our choice fell on version 2: the connected lamp Philips Hue Go Bluetooth and Zigbee. This new version takes the basics of the first version by adding the possibility of controlling it only by Bluetooth, for those who do not have a ZigBee bridge. Come on, go!
Philips Hue Go: a connected and portable Bluetooth lamp
The lamp is delivered in a box of good quality, incorporating the codes of the brand: the highlighting of the Philips Hue range neighborhoods, are the nomadic aspect, to warmth of whites and its variable intensity as well as its 16 millions of colors. A very nice visual in a mat cardboard The "New version" is also in the game and also the Bluetooth rune showing its difference from the old version. On the back you will find the others technical characteristics lamp and its operation with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Our Philips Hue Go is well wedged in a fold of cardboard presenting different examples of battery life depending on the uses made. There is also a power cord, for an instruction booklet security and a quick installation guide (very concise).
The reflector shaped lamp is made of plastic material of polycarbonate type. The hemisphere is in one piece and will serve as a support with a small foot on the bottom. It is also more of a growth than a foot, but it is quite functional.
The design is quite minimalist : a shell, a button and a plug to connect theAC adapter. The latter, DC type, has the specificity, with its curved plug, to be able to connect it without disturbing the holding of the lamp. The button is multi-use because it will allow you to bothswitch the Philips Hue Go on and off, But also change colors or to make light cycles.
The Hue Go is relatively compact with its 15 cm in diameter and his 7,9 cm thick, for a weight of 625 grams.
At the level of technical characteristics, here is the young lady in a few figures:
- Lifetime : up to 20 h
- Ignition cycles: up to 50.
- Power : 6 W, equivalent to 43 W
- Brightness: 520 lm
- Color temperature: 2000 to 6500 Kelvins for whites (hot to cold, including daylight)
- Colours: 16.000.000 colors.
- Electric power : 220 to 240 V
- Variable intensity dimmable via app
- Protection sign : IP20 (therefore indoors)
- Protocols: ZigBee 3.0 via the Philips Hue Hub or Echo Show2, Studio or More. and Bluetooth
Philips Hue Go: installation and use
You could see that the Philips Hue Go finds its place in a Hue ecosystem. It is even there that it will develop its full potential. But be aware that it also works in Bluetooth and therefore without a bridge.
The procedure for the installation in Bluetooth is, in principle, not complicated. You need above all download the Philips Hue Bluetooth app (not the standard application) and create an account (email and password), activate your Bluetooth (and GPS) and presto, it's done.
Then the real fun begins. Go to " Parameters"," Lights »And come and select Philips Hue Go. To put your Hue Go in Bluetooth mode, press for 10 seconds on the button located on the back of the device. The lamp will blink twice and go out. Press one last time to turn it on again and let it be detected (don't forget to put your phone in visible Bluetooth mode).
Once connected via Bluetooth, you will most likely have to update the firmware. Let yourself be guided, it is done by itself for once. You will then have access to all of Hue Go's parameters, including its ignition behavior as well as the personalization of its default color.
What will the Bluetooth connection to your Philips Hue Go do for you? Well, this will allow you to have to a lesser extent the same customization possibilities as with the basic application and the hub. Of course " to a lesser extent " because impossible to put them in scenarios specific to the Hue ecosystem, exclusive function of the Hub. There, with simple Bluetooth, you can adjust your brightness and color as well as choose predefined moods. You are also free to create them at your convenience (add button).
And like this Hue Go is Bluetooth, it is therefore possible to connect it to a Echo device without a Hub or a Google Nest speaker, you say to yourself? Well we tried, without success… After 8 tries, we gave up the idea of being able to connect it like this. Maybe a future update will deal with this issue, Unless our copy has a problem, we haven't. However, the drawing shows an Echo Dot, which is in no way provided with a Hub ...
Philips Hue Go: installation with ZigBee bridges Amazon Echo
For this type of installation, you need a Echo Studio, Show 2 or Echo Plus, each equipped with a ZigBee hub "Friends of Hue". And that's all. Operation could not be simpler.
- switch the Hue Go,
- Ask your Show 2 or your Echo Plus to detect devices.
- And There you go. The Philips Hue Go will then appear in the app Alexa. Remember to give it a usable name.
However, in use, this remains limited to turn it on and off, make vary intensity and colors (but among the basic few managed by Alexa). The Philips Hue Bluetooth application therefore remains essential to be able to use it fully and it is necessary to use it even if you only want to use it by voice. Indeed, you will not be able to use the standard application if you have installed your Go via a Friends of Hue Hub.
Installation with the Philips Hue Bridge
In order to take full advantage of all the features of your Hue Go, the installation via the Hub is the most suitable. We refer you to our Philips Hue tutorial for more information about this app. Thanks to the latter, you will have additional features compared to Bluetooth such as increased range, setting up programming, remote control, taking into account by Hue Sync, voice control...
In our case, we did the installation by entering the serial number of the lamp. Once the 6 characters have been entered, wait for the application to find your lamp. Then change its name for ease of use and that's it. You have of course the possibility of putting this bulb (yes, in the end, it is a bulb) in a dedicated room and to integrate it with another already in place. Besides, if you choose a bright atmosphere specific to the room, you will notice that your different lamps will not all be the same color. This is normal, the atmosphere of a room is general, each element will participate in it at its level.
Use with Amazon Alexa
To bring up your Hue Go under Alexa, you must first activate the Skill Hue in the app Alexa, with your Philips credentials. If you have already activated it before installation under the hub, the Go goes up directly. Otherwise, search for new equipment with the app, choosing Philips Hue.
On the other hand, the use will be exactly the same as if you installed it on a Show 2 or other. There is no additional specificity: turn on, off, choose brightness or color.
Use with Google Assistant
Just like with Alexa, you need to activate Philips Hue in Google Home, going into "Works with Google". Enter your access if necessary. The advantage that Google Assistant will have in Alexa, it is that it makes go up the bulbs by part. Thus, you can also control a part or its bulbs, at your convenience. You also have more color possibilities (but not easy to call by voice). No difficulty then.
Philips Hue Go: everyday use
The Philips Hue Go lamp will be able to be used by voice, via the Bluetooth or standard application or even physically.
First of all, to be able to use this product in Bluetooth only, even if there are limitations, is a very good idea in order to familiarize yourself with the Philips ecosystem and then make you want to go further with full integration. Indeed, once connected to the Hub, the scenarios are up to you, the synchronizations with videos, the Hue Lab… But that said, for basic use, it is quite suitable and it will meet your expectations.
In terms of physical use, you have to know how to tame the single button. Indeed, it is quite simple in practice:
- Un long press to put on standby,
- Un press for more than 10 s to turn off,
- Un short press to cycle through the 9 pre-registered colors. Some are more dedicated to rest, meditation, others to awakening or stimulus.
- Un double click and let press to switch to a light cycle, where the lights will alternate ad nauseam.
It is the latter which is quite difficult to understand because it works once in 5 or 10… with us anyway.
The colors are truly exceptional considering the size of the product. They are quite separate, no greenish yellow, no flickering of light, and a warmth of white that works great. No complaints, we are on Philips quality, no doubt. The 520 lm are very well reproduced through these almost palpable colors so much they are present and intense.
If on the other hand you use it on battery, the brightness will be reduced so as not to shoot too much. Moreover, in maximum use, you will enjoy it for 2 hours 30 approximately, but it goes up around 18 p.m. in nightlight / candle mode. Barely count 2 hours to charge it completely.
If you want to get a feel for how it works, watch our video test, and don't forget to subscribe to our youtube channel.
It is to highlight its 3 possible uses: Bluetooth only, with an Echo equipped with a ZigBee Hub or with the Philips Hue Hub. However, while it is announced a possible use with a connected speaker type EchoDot 3 when the Hue Go is paired via bluetooth, we were unable to activate this option, despite numerous attempts. The installation was also tedious in Bluetooth. Also, manual use can be a bit haphazard at times, making the practice haphazard and frustrating in some cases.
This product is nevertheless excellent in the context of a total use with a Hue ecosystem, but deserves to be more successful on certain aspects in Bluetooth. For less than 80 €, take the plunge!