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3rd to 4th generation: These are the differences between the Hue lamps and sets

Here is a quick overview of all the generations of Hue products

Philips Hue products have been around for around five years and of course a lot has happened during this time. The best-known example is certainly the bridge, whereby the difference between the first and second generation can be seen very quickly: The first-generation bridge is circular, the second generation is square and has a blue glowing ring.

Technically, the differences between the two bridge models can also be quickly explained; the second generation is especially interesting for Apple owners: this is the only way to integrate the Hue system into Homekit and thus also Siri.

In contrast, the details of the lamps hide the differences. While nothing has changed with the GU10 models since then and the E14 lamps have only been on the market since the beginning of 2017, there are clear differences between the different generations of the E27 lamp.

While the Hue bulbs of the second generation are around 25 percent brighter than the first generation and can be dimmed a little more, the third generation) offers significantly better colour rendering of green and green than the second-generation blue shades.

How can you tell the individual generations of the E27 Hue lamp apart?

  • First generation (2012): Recognizable by the silver housing of the lamp, black lettering with the word "Philips", weak colour rendering for red, blue and green, round bridge without Apple Homekit, only 600 lumens brightness, model number: LCT001
  • Philips Hue second generation (2015): Identifiable by grey housing of the light source, lettering in black with the words "Philips Hue white and colour," weak colour reproduction in red, blue and green, angular Bridge 2.0 with Apple Homekit, +206 lumens of brightness (now 806 lumens), model number: LCT007
  • Philips Hue third generation (2016): Recognizable by the white housing of the lamp, lettering in gold with the words "Philips Hue white and colour", angular Bridge 2.1, perfect colour rendering of all colours, also 806 lumens brightness, model number: LCD010 / LCD014
  • Philips-hue-fourth- (2017): Recognizable by the snow-white housing of the lamp, lettering in "silver / grey" with the words "Philips Hue white and colour", imprint on the back also in silver / grey, power consumption reduced to 9.5 watts, brightness also 806 lumens, weight significantly reduced (132 grams to approx. 73 grams), there are no differences to the 3rd generation in terms of colour spectrum, model number: LCT015

Philips Hue third generation (2016)

In 2016, the third generation of Philips Hue came on the market. Recognizable by the white housing of the lamp and the golden lettering "Philips Hue white and colour" on the front. Finally, the colour spectrum has also been significantly improved and so all colours can now be used without any problems. Especially the red, blue and green tones can now be optimally adjusted and adjusted very well.

The brightness was carried over from the previous generation and is still 806 lumens. The response time has also been improved a bit, so the lamps now react even faster. The weight of each lamp has increased from 116 grams to 133 grams, making them look high quality and massive.


  • Reproduction of red, blue and green tones has been significantly improved
  • Square bridge version 2.1 included
  • Better response time to commands


  • None

Philips Hue fourth generation (2017/2018)

At the beginning of 2018, the latest and fourth generation Philips Hue came onto the market. It can be recognized by the snow-white housing of the lamp and the silver or grey lettering " Philips Hue white and colour" on the front. In addition, the technical details on the back are now also in silver or grey

The fourth Philips Hue generation has become significantly lighter and a little more efficient. The weight of a single light source is now 72 grams instead of 132 grams before, which unfortunately means that they no longer feel so valuable. The power consumption was reduced from 10 watts to 9.5 watts and the brightness is still 806 lumens. There are no differences or improvements in the colour spectrum compared to the third generation.

The fourth generation will probably be the first adaptation for the new Philips Hue Entertainment, because there the light sources are subjected to rapid movements and colour changes. Philips will therefore have improved the electronics a bit and optimized the response times. In addition, the production costs will have been massively reduced because the light sources have become significantly lighter.


  • Less power consumption with 9.5 watts
  • Brightness still at 806 lumens
  • Does not feel so valuable anymore (a lot of plastic)
  • Weight reduced from 132 grams to approx. 72 grams