About two years ago, Philips Hue introduced its low voltage system for outdoor use. At that time only with its products Calla and Lily, but especially easy to install. You only need an external socket and don’t have to worry about anything. You remain flexible and the 24 volts are completely safe.
But I got annoyed quickly that Philips Hue only sells the outdoor cable in a length of 5 metres. The latter is needed to connect several lamps. With a cable thickness of around 0.7 cm, a lot of material had to be buried if, for example, you wanted to place two lamps 1.5 metres apart.
Philips Hue opted for the wrong solution
With the launch of the outdoor range 2020, Philips Hue has reacted – and has taken a completely wrong turn in my opinion. Although there is now an optional 2.5 metre cable, it is only sold in a set with a T-piece for 17.99 euros. For comparison: the 5 meter long cable, which has been available for some time now, costs only 14.99 Euros.
This sales strategy is particularly bitter for users who, for whatever reason, need the individual T-piece. Even if we are not talking about large amounts of money, Philips aims at good profit here.
Based on the 5 metre outdoor cable with its recommended retail price of 14.99 euros, I would have much preferred the following breakdown:
- 5 m outdoor cable for 14.99 euros
- 3 m outdoor cable for 12.49 euros
- 1 m outdoor cable for 9.99 euros
- T-piece for extension for 6.99 euros
Thus, in case of doubt, one would have paid a little more than with the bundle consisting on 2,5 m of cable and T-piece. With the cable in three different lengths and a separate T-piece, buyers would have been much more flexible in terms of installation and purchase.