Starting this week, Philips’ new outdoor products can be ordered. I have already taken a closer look at the new Philips Hue Resonate and have also mounted it on my house wall. I would now like to use this article to share my experiences with the new light source with you.
Let's start with a few technical details. The Resonate is a White and Color Ambiance model. Therefore, it can display different white tones and 16 million colors. The maximum possible brightness is 1,200 lumens with a power consumption of 16 watts.
Philips Hue Resonate is also available with stainless steel housing in silver
The Philips Hue Resonate is available in two different versions: either with a black housing made of aluminium or in a silver version made of stainless steel. Both models measure 18 x 12 x 9.3 cm and require a fixed power connection on the wall.
The lamp’s distinctive feature becomes clear just by looking at the product pictures. The Resonate wall lamp has two integrated LEDs that cast a cone of light both upwards and downwards. Too bad: there is only one controller built in. For this reason, the Resonate only appears as one lamp in the app. Likewise, this means that only one color can be displayed at the top and bottom.
The installation of the Philips Hue Resonate is not difficult to manage: the plastic wall bracket can be completely separated from the rest of the lamp in order to fix it with four screws in the desired place. The mounting material is not included. Small wonder – considering the many different wall types. I fixed the wall lamp with two screws which already provides a secure fit.
Mounting works without a helping hand
Afterwards, three cables have to be connected with a lustre terminal before the lamp is hooked onto the wall bracket and fixed with two screws. Now you only need to switch on the power again to pair the outdoor lamp with the Hue app and add it to the system. The connection is established by ZigBee and Bridge exclusively, a Bluetooth connection is not integrated in these outdoor lamps.
Concerning the design of the Philips Hue Resonate, there is one small detail that should not remain unmentioned. Both the top and bottom of the transparent plastic cover have two indentations on the edge which allows for rainwater to run off. Therefore, you don't have to worry about water in the top of the lamp.
You should also keep in mind that the luminosity of the Philips Hue Resonate is mainly directed upwards and downwards. Depending on the mounting height, the light cone reaches only a few meters away from the wall. Thus, rather small areas can be illuminated but not necessarily a whole terrace. On the other hand, the Resonate naturally provides a nice lighting effect on the wall.
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