Signify has produced Philips Hue smart lights for nearly a decade. Hue’s array includes bulbs, lamps, light strips, and fixtures. Signify unveiled additional Philips Hue smart lighting products this week, including new bulbs, a gaming-oriented light strip, and more.
Philips Hue adds new smart lights, strips, and lamps today. Here’s a rundown:
- Color-changing filament bulbs (plus a new candle shape for filament bulbs)
- Brighter (75 watt and 100 watt equivalent) color-changing and full-color Hue bulbs
- A “light tube” for surrounding your TV (it syncs colours to the screen).
- Signe floor and table lamps that can display multiple colours at once Hue ambience gradient lightstrip that can display several colours at once
- Infuse is a novel ceiling light that changes colours and shines up.
Some brighter bulbs and filament bulbs are available now, the lightstrip and lamps in October, and the light tube and ceiling in January.
Signify, which makes the Hue line, is also launching a Hue app update that allows “dynamic scenes” Later this fall, the business hopes to offer a “natural light” setting that will enable your lights modify their colour temperature to resemble the sun, with cooler tones in the morning and warmer tones at night.
Signe and gradient floor lamps (center… but not actually visible). Both lights are multicolored. Symbolize
Later this fall, the Hue Play HDMI sync box will offer 120Hz gaming. You’ll have to choose between 1440p resolution and high refresh rate. The unit supports 4K at 60Hz.
App changes and automation
Hue also discussed software updates. By year’s end, the Hue Sync app will be folded into the main Hue app, simplifying control for those with many Hue products. A new SmartThings integration will enable Samsung phone owners sync Hue lighting to “most streaming services” by the end of the year. Integration is coming later this year, like most of Hue’s announcements this week.
“Mimic presence” turns your Hue lights on and off automatically to make it look like you’re home when you’re gone. Hue currently offers a random choice, but a regimen that mimics your behaviors should be more successful. The new automation should arrive soon.
Hue is a high-end smart lighting brand, so its new lights aren’t cheap. Our guide to the best smart lights has picks starting at $15. Set up your Hue Sync Box and link your bulbs to Google Assistant with our guides.
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