The Lightguide collection from Philips Hue, which was officially launched in September 2022, has not exactly gone according to plan so far. After the first models had just gone on sale, sales were stopped again a short time later. Our own experience and numerous reader reports showed that the light sources fogged up inside.
It was not until December that one of the three lamps, the Ellipse version, was “officially” launched. In February, the next bad news: the production of the Globe and Triangular shapes could not meet the high standards of the manufacturer and will not be continued for the time being.
Philips Hue has planned two more Lightguide models
The three variants Ellipse, Globe and Triangular should probably only be the beginning. Because, as I also noticed, all three models are quite large. The Ellipse model, currently available for 99.99 euros, has a diameter of around 19 centimetres. By comparison, the previously largest single light source, the Philips Hue Giant Globe Filament, has a diameter of only 12.5 centimetres.
As photos taken by the FCC in the meantime show, there are apparently finished and functioning Lightguide models with a smaller form factor. Not only the glass body, but also the internal light bulb is significantly smaller than in the three models officially presented in September 2022.
According to my information, these are specifically a smaller Globe Lightguide with a diameter of 9.5 centimetres – which would be about the same size as the “small” Globe Filament – as well as an Edison Lightguide with a diameter of 7 centimetres. Both are clearly smaller than the “discontinued” Philips Hue Lightguide Globe with a diameter of 12.5 centimetres.
Will the small Lightguide lamps ever come onto the market?
At the moment, the question is completely open whether the two discontinued Lightguide lamps Triangular and Globe will be produced again and go on sale. So far I have no information on this.
And the two smaller versions are also unlikely to be on sale any time soon. And that’s a bit of a shame, because after all, the small Lightguides would probably be priced below the larger models, which would have started at 84.99 euros. And so, if you like the design, the only option at the moment is the particularly large and, at 99.99 euros, also the most expensive Philips Hue Lightguide Ellipse.