Hueblog: My first impression of the new Philips Hue Twilight

My first impression of the new Philips Hue Twilight

Bedside lamp with lots of technology

After I was able to share the first pictures of the new Philips Hue Twilight last week, there was a lot of mockery about the design. No wonder, because at that time you couldn’t complain about the price of the new bedside lamp. Today I had the opportunity to try out the Hue Twilight myself for the first time.

I’ll be honest at this point: when I saw the first pictures of the lamp a few months ago, I was more than sceptical about the design. The longer I spent looking at it, the more positive I became about its appearance. But if you don’t like it at all, that’s not a problem – everyone has different tastes.


But we don’t need to discuss that: The Philips Hue Twilight is packed with technology. In addition to the LEDs for direct lighting, there are other LEDs on the back of the lamp that can even conjure up a colour gradient on your bedroom wall. No other Philips Hue product offers this feature alone. Another special feature: the LEDs on the back are orientated upwards, so that the cone of light is quite large even when the lamp is positioned close to the wall.

Unsurprisingly, the bedside lamp has also been optimised for use in the bedroom. According to Philips Hue, this means that the Hue Twilight suppresses the blue colour spectrum and therefore helps you to fall asleep more easily, sleep better and wake up better. Is that really true? I haven’t yet been able to try it out for myself.

How the Philips Hue Twilight buttons work

This is in stark contrast to the two buttons on the top of the table lamp – which I have of course already been busy pressing. One button can be used to switch through six new light scenes, which according to the manufacturer have been inspired by nature. These include Sleepy and Nighttime, for example. However, you can also assign your own scenes and functions to the bedside lamp button. In addition to a simple button press, both buttons also offer the “press and hold” function.

The second button can be used to activate a sleep automation function called “Sunset Go”. This simulates a 15-minute sunset with a mixture of red tones. The Hue Twilight dims down particularly far. The brightness can be dimmed down to 0.5 per cent. However, I will only be able to find out how well this works in a completely dark room.

The power supply unit is still not very smart

I would have liked a little more technology for the bedside table. For example, a USB-C port directly on the base would have been great so that a smartphone could be charged directly on the bedside table at night.

Instead, even with the expensive Hue Twilight, Philips Hue still provides us with the familiar, thick and clunky 20 watt power supply unit, which ensures a decent distance between the wall and the bedside table.

Great on the other hand: The lamp head can be rotated almost 180 degrees to the left and right. This allows you to direct the light in the desired direction, while the cable and the LEDs on the back continue to point towards the wall.

One colour exclusively in the Philips Hue online shop

The Hue Twilight is now available to order from the Philips Hue online shop, priced at 279.99 euros. There is a choice of a white and a black version of the bedside lamp, with the black Twilight available exclusively from Philips Hue.

Philips Hue Twilight

$279 / €279

This bedside lamp will make you feel more rested throughout the day. It uses science-based scenes for mood-enhancing lighting. And with ColorCast technology to project colour gradients, it brings beauty to your bedroom.

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In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

Comments 2 replies

  1. Mine arrived yesterday and although you can’t directly tune the color of the front lamp from the hue app, it is RGB and does change color in scenes or in an Entertainment areas. You can also directly tune the color in HomeKit. The software is still buggy, for example it treats the back light as a gradient light strip when you set it up in an entertainment area.

  2. Very informative overview of this enticing new product. Your site is truly the best for all things Hue 🙂

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