Philips Hue Bloom vs. Iris: Which should you buy?

The Philips Hue Bloom and Iris are both good lights, as they're designed for different purposes. If you are looking for something to accentuate items or corners in rooms, then the Bloom is the way to go, but it's less bright, so it's more for ambiance lighting. The Philips Hue Iris is larger, so you can't hide it as well, and it's bright enough to light up an entire wall, thus filling a room with light.

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It's hard to declare an outright winner between these two Philips Hue products since they were designed to serve different purposes.

However, if we are going to prefer one over the other, we like the Philips Hue Bloom more than the Iris for a few reasons. The biggest one is the fact that it has a smaller, more compact size that is easier to conceal in a room, so the ambiance isn't ruined with a large bulb that just sticks out like a sore thumb. The Bloom is also more power efficient since the bulb is 8W, but it's definitely dimmer at 120 lumens, but it's enough to highlight items and corners.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Philips Hue BloomPhilips Hue Iris
Brightness120 lumens210 lumens
DesignDiscreet and compactBulbous
Bulb power8 W10 W
Best forItems/CornersWalls
Dimensions5" x 4" x 5"9" x 6" x 7"

If you are looking for a light to add color to the walls of a room, then the Iris is the way to go. The bulbous design and larger size will be harder to conceal, but it's much brighter and will illuminate the entire room without issue. The Iris uses a bit more power, requiring a 10-watt bulb.

Both the Bloom and the Iris are capable of over 16 million colors, which you can customize and change to with the Philips Hue app. The Bridge is required for using both the Bloom and Iris lights.

We prefer the Bloom over the Iris, but they're both great options. It really just depends on what you want your light to do. If you want ambient accenting for shelving and corners, go with the Bloom. For lighting up entire walls with bright, illuminating color, go with the Iris. They are both around the same price range and require the Philips Hue Bridge to work, and the Philips Hue app is for remote access and customizing colors.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.