So far, Philips Hue has not come up with a smart plug for outdoor use. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be planned in this direction, although I’m happy to be surprised. Until then, however, Hue fans can turn to a new product from Ledvance.
The Compact Outdoor Plug is also available with ZigBee technology and can therefore be easily coupled with the Hue Bridge. Of course, with the usual restrictions, for example, HomeKit is not possible. However, this is not quite as tragic for a power socket; voice control via Siri can be enabled relatively easily via short commands.
The Ledvance Compact Outdoor Plug collects plus points due to its actually very compact size, which is no comparison to the huge outdoor plug with cable that is already available from Osram and Ledvance. You can see a size comparison with the Philips Hue Smart Plug in the following two pictures.
If you consider that the Compact Outdoor Plug has additional water protection (IP44), it is actually very compact. In addition, with up to 3,680 watts, it can handle more power than the Smart Plug from Philips Hue, which you should load with a maximum of 2,200 watts.
The Compact Outdoor Plug is controlled either via the Hue app or services and switches connected there. There is also a small button on the plug itself. This lights up permanently green as soon as the socket is switched on.
It remains to be seen how reliably the new adapter plug from Ledvance will work, as other models from the manufacturer have experienced minor problems here from time to time. In the last few days, I have not noticed any problems, but my ZigBee network is well expanded and the distance to the outdoor socket is not particularly long.
According to the manufacturer, the Ledvance Compact Outdoor Plug costs just under 30 euros. In stores, you currently pay a few euros more. The smart outdoor plug has only just been launched on the market, so there will certainly be more developments in this respect in the coming weeks.