If you took a closer look at the new releases that Philips Hue presented a week ago, you might have already discovered them: There are two new recessed spots that are actually not that new. The White and Color Ambiance recessed spot Centura is now also available in a black design and with the Philips Hue Xamento there is even a completely new name. However, the recessed spot is not that new, it is basically a Philips Hue Adore with a coloured GU10 LED.
Please do not expect a detailed review with all the details and real impressions at this point. The reason is quickly explained: Neither here in the office nor in my home is there a ceiling in which I could install the recessed spots. Nevertheless, I would like to show you in this article what you can expect in the box.
Centura and Xamento have the same basic construction
The basic construction of Centura and Xamento is identical, both have a White and Color Ambiance GU10 spot and the identical socket. The hole diameter should be 70 millimetres, with a little bit of air upwards or outwards. The installation depth is specified by the manufacturer with 10 centimetres, theoretically a few millimetres less are also sufficient here.
The Centura recessed spotlight can be tilted in several positions by applying firm pressure, while the Xamento only shines directly downwards. On the other hand, the Xamento is protected against splashing water by a small protective cover according to IP44 and may also be used in the bathroom. Unfortunately, this protective shield is only made of plastic, despite the metal look.
The pricing is interesting. That you pay a rather high price is no surprise. However, at least within the Hue universe, this has to be put into perspective a little bit: According to the recommended retail price, a single GU10 spot costs 59.99 euros. The Centura spot costs 64.99 euros directly from the manufacturer, so the additional price for the built-in technology is quite reasonable. On the other hand, I don’t understand why 74.99 euros are charged for the new Xamento recessed spot. Since a recessed spot rarely comes alone, Philips Hue also offers sets of 3, which offer a small price advantage.