After starting with E27 and GU10, we had to wait a long time before Philips Hue also offered a solution for E14 sockets. In spring 2017 the candle lamp was finally ready. A really great product, which is also visually very impressive. Unfortunately with one problem.
The E14 base is always used for luminaires when the design is small and compact. The best example here is certainly table lamps for the desk or bedside table. But it is precisely for these that the previous E14 candle lamp, with its rather long design, was simply too large.
I simply unpacked the measuring tape. The area above the base, i.e. everything that sticks out of the lamp socket, is about 9 centimetres in size for the E14 candle lamp. The new Philips Hue E14 Luster, which I simply call the E14 teardrop lamp, is much smaller: here the area is only about 5 centimetres.
And it is precisely these four centimetres that ultimately make the difference. Just take a look at the table lamp, which can be seen at the top of the cover picture. The E14 candle lamp would never have fitted in here. With the new E14 drop lamp, however, this is no problem, as you can see in the following picture. Technically the more compact design makes no difference, by the way, both versions offer a maximum brightness of 470 lumens.
But I am not entirely satisfied with Philips Hue’s product policy. After the E14 candle lamp was released in early 2017 as White Ambiance and White and Color Ambiance and was not offered as Hue White until two and a half years later, things are very different with the new E14 drop lamp.
New E14 drop lamp should have been offered as White Ambiance
The Philips Hue E14 chandelier will be offered at the start only as Hue White with a fixed colour temperature of 2,700 Kelvin. A decision that I cannot understand. Especially when used in a table lamp on a desk or bedside table, it would have made incredible sense to use White Ambiance technology. After all, it would have made it possible to change the colour temperature – and set warm white light in the bedroom and cooler light in the home office.
After all, it was envisaged to expand the product portfolio in the future. First, however, they wanted to wait and see how the Hue White E14 chandelier performed on the market. That’s quite okay, but they still chose the wrong ordering.
Should you still be able to use Philips Hue’s most compact lamp to date, you can now pre-order it. A single E14 drop lamp is available for 19.99 euros, the double pack of Hue White E14 chandeliers costs 29.99 euros.