It is something we have probably all been waiting for. It is something that will solve a problem that we have been angry about for years. It’s about the classic light switch on the wall, which we have so far been able to combat at best with a Friends of Hue switch.
Philips Hue is at home on the smartphone and tablet, there is no doubt about that. I use the Hue app almost exclusively on the iPhone, even on the iPad I hardly ever open the app. But there are certainly some users out there who would like to access the Hue app on the Mac.
As you may have noticed, a new HomePod has been launched. In Germany the HomePod mini costs 96.50 euros with reduced VAT, and from next year the price will be back at the regular 99 euros. However, the HomePod mini is currently hard to get, online orders at the Apple Store will probably not be delivered until next year.
Around the CES at the beginning of the year, Philips Hue not only introduced new outdoor products, but also announced several new partners for its Friends of Hue program. Besides Voltus and Jung, who have meanwhile presented their Friends of Hue switches, the German company Insta was also named. On its own website Insta already announced on January 7th: “From now on we are also part of the Friends of Hue partner programme at Signify.
Already in February, when Müller-Licht published its new Tint catalogue for the current year, the German manufacturer’s socket strip was shown for the first time. But it took some time until the market launch, now it should be soon: The new product is already listed on Amazon and can be pre-ordered.
At WWDC this summer, Apple introduced a new function for HomeKit: Adaptive Lighting. Lamps connected via HomeKit are automatically controlled throughout the day to create the ideal lighting scene at any time. In practice, this is quite simple: to activate Adaptive Lighting, a small icon is selected in the HomeKit app via the colour selection function for the desired lamp.
In the official Hue App there is an area called Hue Labs, which is worth a look every now and then. There Philips Hue provides some experimental and seasonal features that have not yet found a permanent place in the Hue app. We are currently working on two new formulas that will make your home shine in an autumnal light.
Especially with the Nest Protect smoke detector, I always found the interaction with Philips Hue lamps particularly exciting, even if the emergency hopefully never occurs: as soon as smoke and a possible danger is detected, all Hue lamps throughout the house should switch on. A function which, thanks to Works with Nest, could be implemented without any major problems.
I already announced it last week, now I can show you the result: Since yesterday the Philips Hue Flourish is floating above my dining table. Today I would like to share with you my first experiences around the installation and of course the first impression after the installation. But first let’s have a look at the previous state.
In recent months Innr has launched three outdoor products compatible with the Philips Hue Bridge. In addition to an outdoor lightstrip, they have also launched spots and, most recently, pedestal lights. Today I would like to present you an accessory for the latest products OPL 130C and OSL 130C.