Does Philips Hue work with 220V? [Researched Solution]

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Does Philips Hue work with 220V?

In short, it depends.

Well, I know you’re not here to hear this answer.

Depending upon which generation of bulbs you’re using and where you live, the Philips Hue may work for you or vice-versa.

A lot of people have asked it, ” Does Philips Hue work with 220v?”.

Trust me, after doing research, I can definitely say that answering this question correctly is more difficult than it sounds.

Why did I buy Philip Hue?

Recently, I read somewhere that the Philip Hue works fine in the recessed lighting fixture.

Since I’ve got a good number of recessed fixtures in my basement, so I was more than excited about this product.

At the same time, a few of my clients were also interested in this product and asked me for feedback.

Though I tried to find the answer on the internet till I wasn’t satisfied with the explanation out there.

So, I took a call to experience the problem and then find the solution.

I am a nomad and I travel a lot with my husband.

I thought it as a good idea to have the lights ON even though you aren’t at home. Definitely, this trick adds to security, isn’t it?

Well, I’ve hidden love for both Alexa and Google Home, and since this was compatible with both so, I thought let’s give it a try.

After all, I’ll not require a dimmer switch anymore.

There are a couple of ways to dim the light.

You can use Philip Hue Apps to dim the light.

Alternatively, you can pass the command to Alexa or Google Home to dim the light.

Some example of commands:

  “dim the light”

“dim all the lights”

“dim lights by 80 percent” and so on…  

The Philips Hue is one of its kind.

There are so many things that I love about these bulbs.

Allow me to mention a few of them.

  1. You can connect at max 50 bulbs to one bridge
  2. Easy installation process
  3. The existing system can be scaled up easily
  4. Voice control by Alexa and Google Home
  5. You can use Hue Tap or Hue Motion Sensor to set it up
  6. You can create a lightning schedule to make your task easier.

My Experience

The installation process was quite easy, and I didn’t find any problem.

As compared to the other smart devices, the set up was simple and easy.

The first thing that I did was set up the hue app, then I authorize the app to speak to the bridge.

To make it more user-friendly, I set it up with the Alexa. Turning it ON/OFF was much easier than before.

I did an experiment. I bought a few colored balls for my son’s playroom.

He was very happy with these balls. You know why?

In fact, he was able to control the color of the balls using his voice via Amazon echo, and also by the Philips Hue app on his iPod.

A few of my clients from America asked me whether Philips Hue will work with 220 Volts or not.

Well, the answer is more simple than you can imagine.

I know you’re a bit skeptical and searching for the correct answer.

In order to come to a conclusion, I conducted a few tests, and I can certify you that if you’ve bought a Philip Hue Bulb in the United States, then it will work with 220 V even though it is rated 110 V.

At the same time, Philips Bulb which is rated only for 110 V will not work with 220 V and if you’ll try to forcefully operate it, then it may lead to some serious complications.

  One of my clients recently bought a Philips Hue Starter Kit and a couple of Hue Lux Bulbs and planned to use it in this country where the household electricity supply is 220 Volts with 50 Hz. 

You will be astonished to know that the Hue Bulb worked fine for him without any disturbances or complications.

While I was doing some online research, I found that in a forum some people were talking about how the bulbs will light up automatically even though you’ve shut it down using the Philip Hue App.

Let me highlight some of the confusion surrounding Philips Hue bulbs, and what all the people are talking about it.

If you live in a country where the household electricity supply isn’t compatible with the Philips Hue bulbs, then I’ll recommend you to try a 120 V adapter.

What Does Philips Say?

As per the Philips, Hue is designed to work with the below specifications.

  1. 100-240 V AC / 50-60 Hz
  2. Output Voltage: 5 V DC 600mA
  3. Standby Power: 0.1 W max

Well, if it is straight coming from the manufacturer that it can handle, then I’ve to assume that it can handle it perfectly.

However, if it isn’t operating perfectly, then I’ll advise you to contact Philips and ask them about the solution.


There isn’t any doubt that with any new technology there are bigs that need to be resolved. I’ve done thorough research, and I can assure you that all the bugs are fixed by the manufacturer in the newest generation.

Personally, I wholeheartedly recommend the starter kits that come with the Philips Hue Hub.

I hope this article would have added some value, and also provided a solution to your query.

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