In the meantime, Philips Hue has been on the market for more than ten years, but there is still no specific product for a place in the home in 2023. There are products for the TV and for the sink. For the PC monitor and for the Christmas tree. But what about the bedside table?
Of course, I would have almost any classic bedside lamp fitted with a Hue bulb, but can that really be the end of the line? Of course, the new Hue Go Portable fits perfectly on the bedside table. But isn’t there a bit more to it?
So far, Philips Hue has only really ventured into the subject a little bit, if at all. The Philips Hue Gradient Signe table lamp is shown standing on a bedside table in some product images.
Fittingly, it is advertised as having a “wake up naturally” feature that can produce a gradient of colour like the sunrise. “Use the Hue Gradient Signe light as your personal alarm clock. Watch the beautiful colours of the morning sun slowly fade into each other across the entire luminaire,” writes the manufacturer.
And how do you turn on the light at night?
With the Gradient Signe table lamp on the bedside table, I only have one problem: how do you turn it on? No one is going to pick up their smartphone at night and open the Hue app or alternatively use a voice command. Of course, you could connect the bedside lamp to a smart Hue switch, such as the Hue Smart Button or the new Hue Tap Dial.
But it would be much more intuitive if you just had to tap the base of the Gradient Signe to switch the light on and off. Or swipe your finger over the long shaft to dim the light in the desired direction.
And if Philips Hue really thought innovatively, they would give a Signe bedside lamp a charging function for smartphones. Or perhaps an integrated LED display for the time?