Announced at the beginning of January and also available in stores since last week: the outdoor spot Philips Hue Lily XL. In cooperation with the official Hue dealer Click-Licht.de, I can present the new outdoor lamp to you in detail today – including a 15-minute video in which I compare the new Hue Lily XL with the small Hue Lily and a Hue GU10 spot.
But first of all, the most important technical data are available at a glance. The new Philips Hue Lily XL delivers 1,050 lumens, while the previously available small model only managed 640 lumens as maximum brightness. The Lily XL consumes up to 15 watts for this brightness. And it's not just the name that sounds big: with a diameter of 11.2 cm, it is also twice as big as the model that has been available for some time.
Signify has set 139.99 euro as a non-binding price recommendation. Moreover, the Philips Hue Lily XL is only available as an expansion without a power supply – you either have to have the latter already or buy it separately. The outdoor power adapter will be available as a single purchase from the end of February as the well-known 40 watt version or as a powerful 100 watt model from April. It is not entirely clear why Philips won’t sell the Lily XL as a basic set with a power supply. In the end, there is only one extension. In comparison: the small Lily garden spot costs 89.99 euro as an extension.
Supplied extension cable of the Lily XL is shorter than before
It is important to take a look at the scope of delivery: there is a useful cap that is simply placed on the spot. Although this part is only made of plastic it helps to reduce the glare effect significantly if desired. A little drawback: all expansions were equipped with a 5 meter long cable so far, the Lily XL is only equipped with 2.5 metres. Is this a point of criticism? I can't say for sure – if a few centimeters are missing in the end, it's definitely annoying. If you need less than 2.5 metres of cable anyway, you will be happy about the shorter cable.
Once you've got the necessary power supply, nothing stands in the way of outdoor pleasure. At an outdoor socket, the installation is no problem at all: it can be carried out without any knowledge of electrical engineering. The design and the idea are basically already known from the small version, only that the maximum possible brightness is now much higher. This is especially noticeable in white light but the difference is not quite as great when using coloured settings.
Together with the various mounting options, either screwed to the wall or to the floor, as well as the practical ground spike, the Philips Hue Lily XL can score points across the board as a component of the easy-to-install low-voltage system. Even the right orientation is no problem thanks to the flexible spotlight which can be swivelled and rotated.
Philips Hue Lily XL in detail
If you want to get some visual impressions before you buy I recommend to take a look at the video included in the article. If you still have specific questions that have not been answered yet, just ask them in the comments.