In January, Philips Hue introduced the new wall lamp Inara for outdoor use. Okay, the model is not that new, because it has been available in the US for quite some time. For the launch in Germany and Europe, however, Philips Hue has equipped its wall lamp in classic lantern shape with an equally classic Hue Filament in Edison shape.
A few weeks ago, I received an offer from Click-Licht.de to try out the Inara wall lamp. Since my wife prefers the classic look anyway, we installed the Inara next to our front door a few days ago. There, the wall lamp replaces a Philips Hue Resonate.
The first impression after unpacking was positive: The Inara is safely packed in cardboard and a fabric bag. The filament lamp is placed in a separate small box so that it is not damaged during transport.
The installation of the IP44-protected wall lamp is relatively simple, although “old” technology is definitely still used here. In addition to the plastic wall mount, this primarily involves wiring with a luster clamp. Philips Hue has solved this better in other new products, but you can definitely tell that the Inara has been around for a few years. At least the cables on the lamp are long enough for me to manage the installation on my own.
Technically, the Philips Hue Inara does not deliver any surprises.
What follows is not rocket science. The lid of the Inara is unscrewed, the Hue Filament screwed in and set up as normal via the Philips Hue App. I paired it with a motion detector that puts the “Bright” scene into effect as soon as it's dark enough and motion is detected. With 2,100 Kelvin, it gives very warm white light, I might have wished for the use of a White Ambiance Filament here.
Overall, however, I like the look very much and the 550 lumens are also sufficiently bright from my point of view, even if they are not particularly impressive. However, I feel that the area around the front door is better illuminated than with the Hue Resonate, which only shines upwards and downwards along the wall.
In the end, I only have one big problem with the Philips Hue Inara: The wall light is absolutely interchangeable and in principle nothing special. You can just choose any other outdoor wall light with an E27 socket, no matter if it's a model for 30 or 300 euros, and screw in a Hue bulb. In the end, it all comes down to your personal taste – and if the Inara meets your taste, there's nothing to stop you from buying it.
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