I like Philips Hue. No wonder, after all, I have not only equipped almost my entire house with smart light sources from the manufacturer, but I also have a blog dedicated to the topic. In principle, not a day goes by without me dealing with Philips Hue.
And these are not only positive stories, but meanwhile also more and more problems. I don’t even want to talk about the two price increases at the beginning of the year and in spring, as well as the general delivery problems. You could almost say that we have become accustomed to them by now. Or to put it another way: Philips Hue is not alone with these problems.
But precisely because of these difficulties, it should be ensured that everything else runs smoothly. And this is exactly the sticking point. And that’s exactly what Philips Hue can’t seem to get right at the moment.
The first case: the new Hue Go portable table lamp
It all started with the new Hue Go, which was supposed to be launched in late summer. What a practical idea it would have been to take the portable table lamp to the terrace in August or early September, when it was still summery warm in the evening but got dark earlier. But the product, which was introduced in June, has now been postponed until next year – a required certification, which was necessary for sales in Europe, was not granted.
In the USA, on the other hand, Philips Hue wanted to stick to the schedule. However, it is extremely unlikely that it will work out with the late summer, because the beginning of autumn is just around the corner on 23 September.
The second case: the Philips Hue Lightguide series
That’s not the only false start, though. We also have to wait longer for the new, visually impressive Philips Hue Lightguide light sources. Here, too, Philips Hue actually did everything right and promised availability for the fourth quarter when it was officially announced on 1 September.
However, the first orders were delivered a little more than a week ago. Only to find out that there are such serious technical problems that the sale has to be stopped again. The market launch has now been postponed “until further notice“.
What will happen in the coming weeks?
The next major construction site for Philips Hue is already imminent: the launch of Matter. In October, the new smart home standard is to get underway. With the preparations, Philips Hue has of course long since received. A firmware update for the bridge should already be in the starting blocks and will hopefully be rolled out in time for the official launch of Matter. Philips Hue should not allow itself a false start here.
Beyond that, there are still one or two construction sites in the background at Philips Hue, but I can’t share any concrete information with you at the moment. Let’s just hope that everything runs smoothly here…