Spring is coming (soon, we promise) and smart lighting company Philips Hue has some new products that can help spruce up your outdoor space, so you can spend more time outdoors when the ice finally melts. .
Signify, owner of Philips Hue, has announced three new additions to its outdoor smart lighting lineup, all coming to the US on March 1, 2022. Additionally, two new lighting effects are expected to come to the Hue app later. this year to add functionality. to its smart indoor bulbs.
The Philips Hue Inara Wall Light ($99.99, available March 1) is a vintage-style outdoor wall light with an incandescent bulb. Also known as an Edison bulb, a filament bulb has its “electric” filament visible through the bulb, resembling that first incandescent light bulb designed by Thomas Edison.
This traditional look is popular in fixtures with an exposed bulb, and they’ve been everywhere indoors for a while now. This is the first outdoor version we’ve seen, with the Inara using one of Hue’s indoor bulbs (the Hue ST19 filament bulb) in an IP44 weatherproof fixture. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t just put one of these bulbs in any outdoor fixture, Hue recommends that its bulbs are only used inside the company’s own fixtures “for longevity and safety”.
The Inara lacks the color-changing options of Hue’s signature bulbs, instead you can adjust the brightness of the filament bulb in the app, with a remote (sold separately), or with your voice (It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant voice assistants.)
For something more colorful and much more contemporary, the new Lucca Wall Light ($99.99, available March 1) is a round-shaped outdoor wall light surrounded by black bands.
The Lucca offers white or color-changing light and is designed to be bold and bright, making it a good choice for smart lighting on a porch or balcony where you want to be able to see what you’re doing.
The third new product is the Resonate Wall Sconce in Black (available March 1 for $159.99). It’s more of an atmospheric addition, with a minimalist design that casts white light or colored light up and down a wall. This type of light is commonly used to highlight architectural features.
All of the new lights work with the Philips Hue app and require the Philips Hue bridge for automations like turning on the lights when you get home. Hue offers an outdoor motion sensor that can be paired with any of its lights for automatic activation. Hue products also work with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings and Apple HomeKit smart home platforms.
Signify has also announced that the Philips Hue app will receive an update in the first quarter of 2022. Two new effects are coming to the company’s indoor bulbs, candle and fireplace, which will allow you to set your Hue bulbs to imitate the glow of a candle or a fireplace.
Third-party apps have offered these features for Hue bulbs for a while, and the candle used to be part of Hue’s Labs section of its app, but it’s now making its way to the main app. The candle and fireplace effects will work on Philips Hue lights compatible with Zigbee and Bluetooth connectivity. The company hasn’t said if the feature will come to its older Zigbee bulbs only.
Update: Thursday, February 3, 11:45 a.m.. Added new information from Signify regarding the type of bulb in the Inara fixture and where it is safe to use.
Correction: Thursday, February 3, 11:45 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that the new effects would work on Bluetooth or Zigbee Hue bulbs, the company contacted to clarify that they will only work on Bluetooth and Zigbee compatible bulbs.