Almost exactly one month ago I introduced you to the large Hue Gradient Signe floor lamp, today I would like to take a look at the small model together with you. How does the Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp perform in everyday life and what are the changes compared to the previous model?
First of all, there is the price. The Signe has never been particularly cheap, the table lamp used to cost 169.99 euros. You pay 30 euros for the “Gradient upgrade” at the manufacturer. However, it can be assumed that the price in the shops will drop by 15 to 20 percent in the coming months.
Besides the colour gradients, the biggest difference between the two models is probably the look. While the Hue Signe was only available in an aluminium look, the new Hue Gradient Signe comes in white and black. Whether this is better or worse, I cannot judge – but in any case, you now have one more option.
Compact stand and bulky power supply unit
Personally, I find the new stand a clear improvement. It is no longer as bulky as its predecessor, but round and flat. This fits much better to the overall appearance of the table lamp. However, in contrast to the large floor lamp, the transformer is not integrated in the stand, so you have to plan for a thick plug – this can lead to difficulties, especially with a power strip.
This is something that not only annoys me about the Gradient Signe, but also about many other products. Although the Play Lightbar and the HDMI Sync Box now have a power supply unit with three connectors, it is simply not powerful enough. In my opinion, a solution with USB-C would be really modern and flexible.
But let’s get back to the Hue Gradient Signe and its most important feature: the colour gradients. These work not only in conjunction with Hue Entertainment as part of a screen synchronisation, but of course also manually via the app. Currently, up to three colours can be selected here, from which a corresponding colour gradient is then created.
Small Philips Hue Gradient Signe can display four colours
Unfortunately, this colour gradient is not particularly impressive in the table lamp and there is a reason for this: the individual segments of the small Gradient Signe are also around 12.5 centimetres long. But while the Ambiance Gradient Lightstrip is divided into 16 segments and the large Gradient Signe into 10 segments, the floor lamp has only four segments. A real colour gradient cannot be created.
In the standard case, the Philips Hue Gradient Signe is aligned to a wall and there the colours also appear washed out, so the transitions are not so hard. Nevertheless, I would recommend not selecting colours that are too far apart. A real rainbow effect like with the long lightstrips cannot be created with the short Signe.
Nevertheless, the new Philips Hue Gradient Signe is a clear improvement compared to the previous table lamp. And from my point of view, the surcharge for the gradient technology is also within limits – although one should not forget that the Signe was already quite price-intensive before.