Philips Hue has once again released a new update in the App Store. Version 4.35 of the official application for the smart lighting system is now available for download. Included is one small change in particular, which can prove to be quite practical. In the room and zone view, you can now create your own groups for scenes.
The Philips Hue Nyro came onto the market at the beginning of 2020, as a base and wall lamp, both models I have already presented to you in an article. After I had to realise a few weeks ago that it is extremely difficult to cut laminate on a dark roof terrace, I installed the Hue Nyro there again.
In my article “Philips Hue is working on member management” I already announced this feature, now Philips Hue seems to be pretty close to launch. After logging in with the web browser to account.meethue.com, you will already find a section called “My Homes” in the “My Philips Hue System” section, which shows the number of Hue Bridge and the number of members.
I already had to announce it, but now the time has come: Philips Hue has increased the prices of almost all outdoor products and numerous ceiling lights. It will probably take a few more weeks until the changes reach the market. However, the new prices are already active in the official Philips Hue online shop.
Just earlier this week I informed you that the Hue switches now also appear in the Alexa app as Smart Home devices. However, there wasn’t much you could do with the switches in the Alexa app yet. This has changed today, because the individual buttons of the switches can now be used as triggers for Alexa routines.
In spring 2020, Philips Hue introduced the outdoor wall light Resonate. It throws a triangular cone of light downwards and upwards onto the wall, but does without two separately controllable LEDs. Now Philips Hue has additionally neutered the Resonate and also offers it as a variant with a light beam directed only downwards.
In the smart lighting market, Philips Hue is an absolute premium product. The manufacturer also underlines this with the next price increase, which will affect almost all outdoor products and ceiling lights from February. I don’t necessarily have a problem with high prices – but then the quality should be right down to the last detail.
After the announcement at the beginning of the month, the new Philips Hue Resonate with the downward light beam is now available in the official online shop of Philips Hue. The wall lamp for outdoor use can be ordered for 119.99 euros. While the Resonate models, which can shine downwards and upwards, will remain 10 euros higher in price in February, the new release will remain at this price for now.
With the introduction of Matter, Philips Hue wants to finally change the course here sometime in spring, the story should be settled anyway. Perhaps they are already the harbingers. In the Alexa app, switches from Philips Hue are currently showing up, at least for the first time. So if you take a look at the devices section of the Alexa app and are surprised that suddenly numerous new devices have been found, then these could be accessories such as the Philips Hue dimmer switch or the Hue Tap Dial Switch.
Some time ago, I introduced you to the large Philips Hue Enrave. The ceiling light with White Ambiance technology does a very good job in the children’s room. Today I take a look at the small model of the Hue Enrave with a diameter of only 26.1 centimetres. Not without reason, because the small ceiling light is one of the products that will become more expensive from February.