Hueblog: The new Philips Hue Gradient Signe: Small change with big effect

The new Philips Hue Gradient Signe: Small change with big effect

Just a little bit of wood

Today I would like to share with you a look at the new Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp, which is not so new at all. Last autumn, Philips Hue already brought a corresponding solution onto the market, at that time still quite plain in the colours white and black.

A little more than half a year later, a third alternative has been added: The Philips Hue Gradient Signe is now also available in white with an oak base. This applies not only to the table lamp presented here, but also to the large floor lamp.

From my point of view, this is a really small change that has a big effect. While the stand of the Gradient Signe has looked quite bare until now, the oak now makes the whole story much warmer. Especially in combination with wooden furniture, the stand cuts a really good figure, even if perhaps not the exact same shade of wood is used.

Has Philips Hue not thought it all the way through?

At the same time, I welcome the fact that the long lamp body did not also get this wood look, but remains naked and white. That would have been too much of a good thing in the end. Or do you perhaps see it differently? As we all know, there is no accounting for taste.

However, I am of the opinion that Philips Hue has not thought it through to the end. I would have found it really cool if there had been a small wooden ring to replace. As a small separate accessory for 10 to 20 euros. In different colours and made of different types of wood.

In view of the recent price increases of Philips Hue, this is almost incomprehensible, because with additional design kits, the manufacturer could have collected even more. But of course Philips Hue didn’t disappoint me completely: the Hue Gradient Signe in wood look costs 239.99 euros, which is 20 euros more than its two “naked” siblings.

Technically, the Gradient Signe is unchanged

From a technical point of view, nothing has changed with the Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp with the wooden-look base. This also means that we still have to live with the weaknesses. For example, the clunky, not very flexible and not necessarily powerful power supply, to which only one device can be connected.

The gradient effect of the approximately 55-centimetre-high table lamp is created by four LED zones. In the Hue app, as with other Gradient products, you can specify up to three colours, the colour gradient of the LEDs is then created automatically. And even if the transitions are much coarser on the table lamp because there are only four segments, the gradient effect comes across quite well on the illuminated wall. By the way, the maximum brightness is specified by the manufacturer as 1,040 lumens.

If only the price were not there

I think the Philips Hue Gradient Signe is really cool, especially with the new stand. Of course, you have to have the right place for it, otherwise you won’t have much fun. And many of us would probably find the decision easier if the price wasn’t quite so extreme. 239.99 euros, that’s really tough. The floor lamp even costs 349.99 euros. And even if the price will probably drop a little in stores, as you can see from the black and white model, it is and remains expensive fun.

In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 3 replies

  1. Prices have sky rocketed, usually you not one lamp, u need two or more to get it symmetrical or similar. Then we are close to 1 000 EUR… Its great quality on hue products, but its time to look at alternatives now.

  2. But They look very good the expansive Signe gradients.

    I have a question:
    I been thinking on replacing my floor lamp, and my bedside lamps with Signe gradients floor and Signe Gradient table lamp respectively. Is the light bright enough to work as a reading lamp? Like reading a newspaper. I know the light gets reflected from the wall, my walls is flat and white.

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