Philips Hue white light bulb on a Hue lightstripSource: iMore

When it comes to home automation, Philips Hue lights are one of the best smart light bulbs on the market. Not only are they fully integrated with HomeKit, meaning you can control them from your iPhone, iPad, or with Siri, they are usually pretty easy to find; however, Philips Hue can get quite expensive.

While a Philips Hue light bulb will always be more expensive than your standard light bulb, here are a few suggestions on how to get your hands on some for a little less money.

Amazon Warehouse

Amazon is already one of the cheapest places to buy Philips Hue lights. However, the Amazon Warehouse can have some truly great deals.

If you don't know, Amazon Warehouse is where Amazon sells items that are either pre-owned or open-box products at discounted prices. When it comes to the Philips Hue lights, typically you're going to find open-box items at a discount, or damaged packages.

Depending on the product and the seller, the discounts can drastically change from listing to listing, so you'll have to do a little sleuthing; however, Amazon has a great return policy and customer service, so you should feel comfortable that you're taking minimal risk.

If you are patient, Amazon runs additional Warehouse sales throughout the year that typically take an additional 20% off already low prices, but it is only for Prime members.

Open box

Amazon Warehouse

Open box, but minimal risk

Amazon's Warehouse is a great way to score some truly great deals on Philips Hue lighting if you don't mind buying open box or returned items. Amazon's stellar return policy takes away the potential risks with buying used.

Refurbished & Renewed

Some online stores (or maybe even some retailers) sell refurbished Philips Hue bulbs and hardware, which can sometimes be picked up for an extreme discount.

Of course, you should do some research from the place you are buying, regardless of the source. Make sure you are familiar with the return or refund policy so you know how to protect yourself in case you receive a faulty or damaged product. Also, look for any kind of refurbished/renewed certification such as Amazon Renewed which covers your purchase for 90 days.

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Amazon Renewed

Refurbished & Renewed

Purchasing refurbished or renwed Philips Hue lighting can definitely save you some money over buying new, just make sure that you look for certifications and detailed return policies before making that purchase.

eBay

When it comes to finding things for cheap, the name eBay gets thrown around quite a bit. You can find lots of listing from eager sellers willing to sell you Philips Hue lights on eBay, and if you look hard enough, you may even find a really good deal. Plus, eBay runs promotions such as taking $10 off an order frequently, making a good deal great.

Whether it is auctions on the latest gear, or lower "buy it now" pricing, eBay can be a great resource for finding good deals. However, always make sure to review all of the details including tech specs, and the sellers history before purchasing or bidding to prevent any headaches.

Auctions and more

eBay

Score some low prices

eBay's auction format is known for catching great deals, and its buy it now option also helps keeps costs down. With a little due diligence, you can expand your Hue home on the cheap.

Starter Kits

Speaking of eBay, if you put in a little effort, you can use sales on Philips Hue Starter Kits to your advantage. These starter kits often include multiple light bulbs as well as the Philips Hue Hub at special pricing, which you can then turn around and sell on eBay, putting some extra money back into your pocket.

Of course, there are those pesky eBay fees and shipping costs, but if you are just selling the hub your costs should be minimal. Also, be sure to look for any eBay seller promotions, which can often bypass listing fees, or even net you cash back.

Extra savings

Starter Kits

Extra hub, extra effort

Sales on Philips Hue Starter Kits are a dime a dozen, so use this to your advantage by selling any extras from it that you do not need. eBay is a great way to offload things like the Hue Hub or remotes if you put in a little effort.

Government rebates

I'm not entirely sure how common these are, but some governments or other regulatory bodies will offer rebates or subsides for renovating or otherwise updating older incandescent bulbs to newer LED bulbs because they are more energy efficient.

Sometimes these rebates, tax breaks, or other incentives can be used with smart bulbs like the Philips Hue, so look around and see what you can find for your area!

Thrifter

Thrifter is one of the best daily deals websites around. The dedicated team of deal seekers constantly updates the site with new deals as they hit the web, in all sorts of categories, including smart home products like Philips Hue! Check Thrifter daily for the best results!

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Savings everywhere

Thrifter

Daily deals

Thrifter scours the internet for the best prices for just about everything you can think of, including Philips Hue. Be sure to always check Thrifter before making that purchase to ensure that you are getting a great deal.

Have any tips?

Do you know where to look for cheap Philips Hue lights and hardware? Let us know in the comment below!

Updated February 2020: Don't forget to check out Thrifter every day for new deals!

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