A few weeks ago, Innr introduced new outdoor products. In addition to two brighter light strips for outdoor use, there are also new globes. These are called Innr Outdoor Smart Globe and are available in a 3-pack as a starter set with power supply and ZigBee radio module. In addition, the starter set can be supplemented with up to two further globes.
- more information about the Outdoor Smart Globes on the Innr website
My garden is already well stocked with Lily, Calla, Lightstrip and Amarant, but I still didn’t want to miss out on a hands-on test. Fortunately, my neighbours were willing to sacrifice their front garden to install the Innr Outdoor Smart Globe there and pair it with their Philips Hue Bridge.
Easy installation thanks to low-voltage system
But first, let’s take a look at what’s included in the package, because this is quite interesting. The three globes, of course, and here we get the first twist right away. The bulbs can not only be equipped with a ground spike and placed in the flower bed. Alternatively, you can attach loops and hang the globes in this way.
It is also important to take a look at the cables: from the thick plug, which also contains the transformer, it is two metres to the ZigBee module. This connects to your Hue Bridge and controls all the lamps behind it, which of course can only light up in the same colour and with the same brightness. Different colours are not possible. From the ZigBee module there are three metres of cable leading to the first T-piece and the first lamp. After that, there are two more metres for each lamp, whereby the last bulb does not have its own T-piece.
The installation is really easy, the plug connections are screwed watertight and the long cables can simply be buried underground if necessary. There is no need to fiddle around with 230 volts, so anyone can do it.
But what about the brightness and the colours? Innr states 370 lumens as brightness for the Outdoor Smart Globe, whereby this is explicitly a specification for each individual globe. Up to five globes can be connected to the power supply of the starter set without any loss of power. As always, Innr also cuts a good figure in terms of colour rendering, unlike cheaper third-party suppliers.
The Innr Outdoor Smart Globes can also score points in terms of price
Finally, we have to talk about the price. And here Innr cuts a good figure, also due to this year’s price increase of Philips Hue. A Philips Hue Calla with 600 lumens has a recommended retail price of 189.99 euros including the power supply. At Innr, you pay 199.99 euros for the starter set with three 370-lumen globes, and an extension costs 59.99 euros.