In the smart lighting market, Philips Hue is an absolute premium product. The manufacturer also underlines this with the next price increase, which will affect almost all outdoor products and ceiling lights from February. I don’t necessarily have a problem with high prices – but then the quality should be right down to the last detail.
But this is exactly where Philips Hue seems to have a problem or two at the moment. A good example is the update of the Hue app to version 4.34.0 that was released yesterday. The manufacturer writes in the update description:
You can now search “energy saving” in the Hue scene gallery to see our most energy efficient scenes! Try it out to set the mood — and save some energy.
The problem with this is that, so far, you can’t search for the particularly energy-efficient scenes in the Hue Light Scene Gallery or via the search function located there. The widely advertised function is simply not available. This is certainly just an oversight, but one that should not occur in a global company.
Update at 18:00: In the meantime, you can find the energy-saving scenes with the search term “Energy Saving”.
Double problems with a Perifo set
But Philips Hue doesn’t seem to be looking too closely at the hardware at the moment either. On Tuesday, I helped out in the family and installed a Hue Perifo set that cost almost 700 euros.
With the Perifo Lightbar, one of the two receptacles for the rails was screwed on the wrong way round, so that the lightbar could not snap into place. Here, the assembly was not only sloppy, but also not checked.
And a Perifo spot would not light up either. A quick look inside revealed: A cable was not plugged in properly. Theoretically, the cable could have come loose during transport, but that shouldn’t happen either.
How has the quality of Philips Hue products been for you lately? I am curious about your experiences – just write a comment.