In spring 2020, Philips Hue introduced the outdoor wall light Resonate. It throws a triangular cone of light downwards and upwards onto the wall, but does without two separately controllable LEDs. Now Philips Hue has additionally neutered the Resonate and also offers it as a variant with a light beam directed only downwards.
At that time, the large Resonate was launched for 139.99 euros, last year the price was increased to 149.99 euros. In February, the two-beam Resonate will cost 159.99 euros. The new “half” model, on the other hand, will remain at 119.99 euros.
The well-known Resonate has been cut back quite a bit
The price is nevertheless quite sporty, because you have to bear in mind that you only get half the light. The formerly 18-centimetre-high housing shrinks to 12 centimetres and the LEDs shining upwards have simply been omitted. At least the housing is smooth and flush at the top so that no water can collect here.
There are no surprises with the light source either: The maximum of 1,180 lumens of the large version becomes exactly half, namely only 590 lumens. This is significantly brighter than a simple GU10 spot from Philips Hue, which would have a maximum of 350 lumens. If you really only want to shine downwards, this is not such a bad option. It is even praiseworthy to mention that the installation is also much easier with this new release, as the wiring is installed directly on the previously screwed bracket and the entire lamp is then simply plugged in.
Resonate with a technically very simple solution
And then there is the matter of the light cone, which can be “adjusted”. Philips Hue writes about this in the product description: “The included clip is practical to adjust the light beam narrower or wider to fit your area.”
From a technical point of view, this solution is anything but impressive. In principle, the aperture through which the light beam is cast downwards is reduced. More precisely, from around 8.5 x 5 centimetres to only 2.2 x 5 centimetres. Conversely, this means that a large part of the light remains unused in the housing.
Now, the topic of power consumption in combination with Hue mood lights is certainly debatable. However, with a significantly smaller light cone, the new Hue Resonate Downwards consumes just as much power as with the large light cone. I would have expected a technically more sophisticated solution from a market leader like Philips Hue.