Spring is coming (soon, we promise), and smart lighting manufacturer Philips Hue has some new products that can help brighten up your outdoor space so you can spend more time outside when the ice finally melts.
Signify, owner of Philips Hue, has announced three new additions to its outdoor smart lighting line, all of which will arrive in the US on March 1, 2022. In addition, two new lighting effects will appear on the Hue app later this year to add features to its smart indoor lights.
The Philips Hue Inara Wall Lamp ($99.99, available March 1) is a vintage-style outdoor wall lamp with a light bulb. Also known as an Edison bulb, an incandescent bulb has its “electric” filament visible through the bulb, which resembles that first light bulb designed by Thomas Edison.
This traditional look is popular in exposed bulb fixtures, and they’ve been everywhere indoors for a while now. This is the first outdoor version we’ve seen, but you can’t just buy the outdoor lamp and fit it into an existing fixture, as it’s only available in Inara’s black vintage-style lantern.
The Inara doesn’t have the color-changing options of Hue’s signature bulbs, instead you can adjust the light bulb brightness in the app, with a remote (sold separately) or with your voice (it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant voice assistants.)
For something a little more colorful and much more contemporary, the new Lucca Wall Light ($99.99, available March 1) is an outdoor wall fixture with a round shape and black bands around it.
Offering white or color-changing light, the Lucca 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 lamp in black (available March 1 for $159.99). This is 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 often used to accentuate architectural features.
All new light fixtures work with the Philips Hue app and require the Philips Hue Bridge for automations, such as turning the lights on 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 for the company’s indoor lamps, Candle and Fireplace, which allow you to adjust your Hue lights to match the glow of candlelight or a fireplace.
Third-party apps have been providing these features for Hue lights for a while, and candlelight was part of the Hue’s Labs portion of its app, but it’s now making its way into the main app. Candle and fireplace effects work on all compatible Philips Hue bulbs (both the hub-based Zigbee versions and the standalone Bluetooth bulbs).