It is one of the new releases I was particularly looking forward to: The new Philips Hue Lightguide series. These are E27 light bulbs with White and Color Ambiance technology, which are equipped with a light bulb inside and have an extravagant look. There are three different shapes to start with: Globe, Triangular and Ellipse. We start with a short video in German language:
Prices: Unfortunately anything but cheap
It should already be common knowledge that Philips Hue is relatively price-intensive. And the Lightguide series is no exception: Globe and Triangular have a list price of 84.99 euros, the slightly larger Lightguide Ellipse even 99.99 euros. This makes them the most expensive lamps and replaces the 1,600 WACA E27, which has a list price of 79.99 euros.
Availability: It could start a little earlier
In the official announcement, Philips Hue promised a market launch of the Lightguide series in the fourth quarter, so that would be October at the earliest. Now, however, it could happen a little sooner: Click-Licht.de, where you can already pre-order the Lightguide series, is talking about availability from 23 September. This is also in line with the information I have received in the last few days.
The brightness: 500 lumens are that much
Philips Hue states 500 lumens as brightness for the Lightguide series. At first, this sounds little compared to the 806 lumens we have become accustomed to over the past 10 years. However: that was a specification at cold white 4,000 Kelvin. According to the new EU regulation from last year, the specification must now be for the value of standard white, which is 2,700 Kelvin. And the classic Hue lamp also achieves “only” 570 lumens. In this respect, the Lightguide models are no longer in such a bad position. Especially since they are not hidden behind a lampshade or a cover because of their appearance.
I still have to find out this little detail
My plan is to place the Philips Hue Lightguide lamps above the bedside tables in my bedroom. Philips Hue White Ambiance Filament bulbs have been used there so far. I am very happy with them, except for one small detail: The brightness is still too high even at 1 percent in a completely dark bedroom. I very much hope that the Lightguide bulbs can shine a little darker. Since the light here is not sent directly to the outside, but first through the bulb inside, and you can also play a bit with the colours, I am very hopeful.