Philips Hue Centris – smart ceiling lamp with light bar and spots

Philips recently released the Philips Hue Centris. This is a smart ceiling lamp with a light bar and a few spots. The Centris can be operated via the Philips Hue app; this is possible via WiFi (with a Hue bridge), but also via the Bluetooth connection (without bridge). You can set the lamps warm or very cool and support a total of sixteen million colors.

Philips Hue Centris


€399.99 (white and black)



Number of Lumens:


Smarthome Integrations:

Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Homey, IFTTT, Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings


2200K to 6500K

Works with:

Android, iOS and Windows 10


Philips Hue website 9 Score 90

  • Pros
  • Secure hanging system
  • sleek design
  • Pleasant light output
  • Extensive app
  • Smarthome Integrations
  • Negatives
  • No opening for cables
  • Design doesn't suit everyone
  • Expensive system

For this review, we look at the model with a suggested retail price of 399.99 euros. It has a light bar and three spots on one side of the lamp. The colossus on the ceiling is 87.3 centimeters wide, 11 centimeters deep and 14.3 centimeters high, and available in the colors black and white. There is a maximum brightness of 3650 lumens, as well as support for Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Homey, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings and Nest.

Philips Hue Centris is safe to hang

With such a high suggested retail price, you can expect a few things from your product. In any case, it is not the mounting and the secure suspension system. The Philips Hue Centris is easy and quick to hang with two holes to be drilled in the ceiling. This is where you attach the mounting bracket. That metal bar is equipped with a snap hook and another fastening system, so that the box really does not fall down (unless the whole ceiling comes down).

The design has two drawbacks. Firstly, the sleek design should just match your interior. You don't have a choice for the shape, only the color (white or black). Philips Hue also assumes that you hang the Centris exactly above the central box and the terminal block. There is no opening on the casing, so you have to make it yourself if you want to hang it in a different place. That detracts somewhat from the stylish design.

Control via Philips Hue app

You operate the Philips Hue Centris via the free Hue app, available for Android and iOS. After accidentally adding the lamp, which is a very simple process, you suddenly get four lamps in your house. The three spots and the light bar are separate lamps, even if they are in one housing. This makes it possible to set the lamps individually, which is a great idea. Each lamp can have its own brightness, color or warmth and that simply offers many possibilities.

It also speaks for Philips Hue that they allow this form of personalization. A somewhat lazy manufacturer might have thought to keep the same setting for all lamps, but that is not the case here. You can, for example, when you add them to a room or zone. But it's not necessary. For example, you can adjust the light intensity for part of the surface to be illuminated, for example at the table, so that games at the table remain fun for everyone.

You also get access to all the conveniences and possibilities of the Philips Hue app. In addition to colors, brightness and warmth, you can also set scenes. You can turn the lights on or off individually, or all at once. Plus, you can include them in your routines (existing or not) and they can work with all sorts of accessories you may already have. Unfortunately, Philips does not include dimmers or the like, which would have been a nice addition.

Quality of light

Where a normal Philips Hue lamp is good for 800 lumens of brightness, we see that the lamps in the Philips Hue Centris (the version of 399.99 euros) have a maximum number of lumens of 3650. That is a decent amount of light that provides many a room with sufficient light quality. In addition, there is a matte plate in front of the lamps, so that the brightness is almost never painful for the eyes, unless of course you look directly into it. In general it is soft and fine light.

What's also pretty cool is the themes you can set. This is of course possible with any Philips Hue lamp in the house, but the fact that you now immediately have a cluster in your home offers possibilities. If you opt for the sunset in the Savannah, two lamps will turn red and two lamps yellow. The Arctic dawn produces the colors turquoise and blue, and the spring flower produces two kinds of pink. Because it comes from one container this time, the room also colors proportionally in the chosen colors.

Voice Control and Integrations

A smart product is worth little without sufficient integration. Because there are many voice assistants and smart home systems, and people need to have a choice, it is nice to see that there is support for Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Siri, IFTTT, the Dutch Homey and platforms such as Fibaro, and more. You can therefore include the lamps in existing networks and platforms; there is little that is not currently supported.

If you have already linked Philips Hue to your Google Assistant, the lamps will automatically appear in the list within the Google Home app, in the room you have set up in the Hue app. However, adjusting the location of the lamps for the Google Home app afterwards turns out to be challenging. We have not succeeded in moving the lamps in Google Home, while it is possible in the Philips Hue application. A small blemish on an experience that is for the most part positive.

Philips Hue Centris – conclusion

Look, nothing prevents you from buying a few smart lamps yourself (for example from Ikea or Innr) and making your own ceiling lamp. Maybe there is already a fixture in which you can simply replace the lamps, maybe you are just very handy yourself. Anyway, a ceiling lamp really doesn't have to cost as much as the Philips Hue Centris. That is also the biggest disadvantage of this product: the price tag. You can do a lot of fun things with about 400 euros.

However, when you are dealing with a proven system such as Philips Hue, the installation goes so smoothly, the operation is so extremely simple and extensive and you have the certainty that the lamp box only comes down when the ceiling gives way, then you understand why. you best make the investment in the Philip Hue Centris. Moreover, the Centris has a sleek design and you can use it as mood light or for parties and game nights.

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