Signify has been pumping out sensible lights beneath the Philips Hue model for practically a decade now, for those who can imagine it. Over time, the Hue lineup has grown to incorporate all kinds of bulbs, lamps, gentle strips, and fixtures. This week, Signify introduced its Hue choices are increasing additional: there’s an entire mess of recent Philips Hue sensible lighting merchandise coming this fall, together with some fascinating new bulbs, a gaming-oriented gentle strip, and extra.
Hue’s fall lineup is headlined by the brand new Lightguide bulbs: outsized, orb-style gentle bulbs out there in three shapes. The bulbs help full shade management, however like all shade Hue lights, will also be set to extra standard tints. They work with a Hue bridge, or with out (over Bluetooth). The Globe and Triangle variations will retail for a spendy $75 apiece, whereas the ovular Ellipse will go for a staggering $90. These costs are extraordinarily excessive for single gentle bulbs, however the Lightguide bulbs are supposed to be ornamental, and Hue says they need to final a couple of decade with regular use. Hue-branded pendant cords can even be out there for $50, however the Lightguide bulbs will work in any normal lamp. They’re coming someday earlier than the tip of the yr.
Hue can be introducing a model of its Filament candle bulbs with adjustable shade temperature. They will retail for $45 apiece—a $10 markup from the gentle white model—or $65 for a two-pack. You can get your palms on them beginning September 13.
A brand new gentle strip and fixture
Hue is introducing a brand new gentle strip made for PC gaming. The aptly named Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip for PC is available in three sizes: one for single 24″ and 27″ displays, one for single 32″ and 34″ displays, and an extended model made for setups utilizing three 24″ or 27″ screens . Just like different Hue Play merchandise, the strips sync up along with your PC to create ambient lighting that matches the motion in your display screen. The smaller single-monitor strip will go for $170, the larger one for $190, and the three-monitor setup will value $280. There’s additionally new integration with Corsair iCue to sync the strips along with your PC’s RGB lighting.
There is a new low-profile downlight Hue says is supposed to be put in in areas the place conventional recessed lighting cannot be. It is totally color-customizable, and may attain a most brightness of 1,200 lumens. It is impressively slim, nevertheless it does nonetheless should be wired and put in in your ceiling. The Hue slim downlight will retail for $70. Hue says it is out there now, nevertheless it would not look like on sale but, instantly from Hue or from retailers.
App modifications and a brand new automation
Lastly, Hue highlighted a couple of upcoming modifications to its software program. The Hue Sync app shall be folded into the usual Hue app by the tip of the yr, streamlining the management expertise for individuals with plenty of various kinds of Hue merchandise. Additionally by the tip of the yr, a brand new SmartThings integration is coming that’ll allow you to sync your Hue lights to music from “most streaming companies” for those who’ve bought a Samsung cellphone. Like most of what Hue introduced this week, that integration is coming later within the yr.
A brand new automation known as “Mimic presence” will flip your Hue lights on and off routinely across the instances you usually accomplish that manually, to make it seem like you are dwelling whenever you’re away. Hue already provided an possibility that turns lights on and off at random instances, however a routine that extra intently mimics your habits ought to be a simpler deterrent for would-be bandits. The brand new automation ought to be coming within the subsequent couple of weeks.
The brand new Hue lights aren’t low-cost, however Hue’s sometimes a higher-end sensible lighting model. When you’re available in the market for one thing rather less dear, you’ll be able to learn our information to the perfect sensible lights—we have picks beginning round 15 bucks. For extra Hue, try our guides on establishing your Hue Sync Field and connecting your bulbs to the Google Assistant.